A guide to new passport rules

The Ministry of External Affairs has announced various modifications to the passport rules aimed at easing the process of issue of passport. Many new rules for various sections of society are also announced.

The Government has announced new passport rules aimed at simplifying and easing the process of issue of passport. The new passport rules also simplify the process of application for single parents, orphaned children, sadhus etc.

Eight (8) different documents will now be accepted as proof of Date of Birth (DOB).

As per the existing provisions of the Passport Rules, 1980, all the applicants born on or after 26th January 1989, mandatorily submit the birth certificate as the proof of DOB.

The government has now decided that applicants can submit any of the following eight (8) documents as the proof of DOB while submitting the passport application:

The birth certificate issued by the Registrar of Births & Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Birth & Deaths Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child born in India.

Transfer or School Leaving or Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended or by the recognized educational board containing the DOB of the applicant.

PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department with the DOB of applicant.
Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhar having the DOB of applicant.

Copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant (only in respect of Government servants) or the Pay Pension Order (in respect of retired Government Servants), duly attested/certified by the officer/in-charge of the Administration of the concerned Ministry/Department of the applicant, having his DOB.

Driving licence issued by the Transport Department of concerned State Government, having the DOB of applicant.

Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India having the DOB of applicant.

Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations/Companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy.

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