Birth certificates not must to get new Indian passports

By Vinod Nair — MUSCAT: Dec. 24: India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced a list of rules to be followed while issuing new passports.  Sushma Swaraj, India’s Minister of External Affairs, in a tweet sought feedback on new rules to be followed while applying for an Indian passport. As per the extant statutory provisions of the Passport Rules, 1980, all applicants born on or after 26/01/1989 had to submit their birth certificate as proof of date of birth (DOB). It has now been decided that the applicants may submit any of the following documents as proof of DOB.
Birth Certificate (BC) issued by the registrar of births and deaths or the municipal corporation or any other prescribed authority that is empowered under the Registration of Birth and Deaths Act, 1969, to register the birth of a child born in India.
Transfer certificate/school leaving certificate/matriculation certificate issued by the school last attended and recognised by the educational board containing the DOB of the applicant.
878138PAN card issued by the Income Tax Department with the DOB of applicant. Aadhar card/E-Aadhar having the applicant’s DOB of applicant.
Driving licence issued by the transport department of the concerned state government, having the DOB of applicant.
Election photo identity card issued by the Election Commission of India having the DOB of applicant.
Policy bonds issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations or companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy.
The online passport application form now requires the applicant to provide the name of father or mother or legal guardian — only one parent and not both. This would enable single parents to apply for passports for their children and to also issue passports where the name of either the father or the mother is not required to be printed at the request of the applicant.
The release said the married applicants would not be required to provide any marriage certificate. It added that the passport application form does not require the applicant to provide the name of her/his spouse in case of separated or divorced persons. Such applicants for passports would not be required to provide even the divorce decree.
Necessary notifications would be soon published in the official gazette to confirm these changes. Instructions are also being issued to the passport issuing authorities in India and abroad on these revised regulations, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) website said.