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Press Release

New Passport Rules

Embassy of India

Doha, Qatar




New  Passport Rules


1.            In order to streamline, liberalize and ease the process of issue of passport, the Ministry of External Affairs/ Government of India has taken a number of steps in the realm of passport policy which is expected to benefit the citizens of India applying for a passport. The details of these steps are given below:-



2.            As per the extant statutory provisions of the Passport Rules, 1980, all applicants born on or after 26/01/1989, in order to get a passport, had to, hitherto, mandatorily submit the Birth Certificate as the proof of Date of Birth (DOB). It has now been decided that all applicants of passports can submit any one of the following documents as proof of DOB while submitting their passport application:

(i) Birth Certificate (BC) 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;

(ii) Transfer/ School Leaving/ Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/recognized educational board containing the DOB of the applicant;

(iii) PAN Card issued by the Income Tax Department with the DOB of applicant;

(iv) Aadhar Card/E-Aadhar having the DOB of applicant;

(v) 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;

(vi) Driving license issued by the Transport Department of concerned State Government, having the DOB of applicant;

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

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




3.       In case of In-country (domestically adopted children) the following documents are required to be furnished:-


“The deed of adoption which may either be Notarized or Registered, confirming/ detailing the adoption of applicant by the adoptive parent(s) from the biological parent(s). In case the applicant is not having any kind of deed to confirm the adoption and the situation is such that the same also cannot be executed at this point of time due to death of biological/ adoptive parents or any other reason, whatsoever it may be, the applicant may give a declaration on a plain paper confirming the adoption.”




4.       The following amendments have been made in current passport rules:-


(i)      The online passport application form now requires the applicant to provide the name of father or mother or legal guardian, i.e., 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.

(ii) All the annexes that are required to be given by the applicants would be in the form of a self declaration on a plain paper. No attestation/ swearing by/ before any Notary/ Executive Magistrate/ First Class Judicial Magistrate would henceforth be necessary.

(iii)     Married applicants would not be required to provide Annexure K (Marriage Affidavit) or any marriage certificate.

(iv)     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.

(v)     The erstwhile Annexure E (an affidavit to be submitted by the applicants who intend to get the passport in their changed name) has been discontinued. In all such cases the applicants need to submit either clippings from two newspapers announcing the change of name or the gazette Notification published in the Indian Union/ State Government, as the case may be, along with at least two public/ school documents issued in favour of the applicant with the changed name.













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