Good News for those Applying for Passport: Rules Relaxed
No need of Birth Certificate for Passport.
Now no need of providing a Birth Certificate which used to be a huge hassle for those born in their home towns and now living in another state or those whose parents worked in all India services and could not obtain a birth certificate. Ministry of External Affairs has relaxed the rules and has removed the unjustified requirement of providing the birth certificate when other relevant and verified documents are available.
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 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:
(i) 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 & Deaths Act, 1969, to register the birth of a child born in India.
(ii) 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.
(iii) PAN card issued by the Income Tax Department with the DOB of applicant.
(iv) Aadhar card/E-Aadhar having the applicant’s DOB of applicant.
(v) Copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant (only for 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 licence issued by the transport department of the concerned state government, having the DOB of applicant.
(vii) Election photo identity card issued by the Election Commission of India having the DOB of applicant.
(viii) Policy bonds issued by the Public Life Insurance Corporations or companies having the DOB of the holder of the insurance policy.
Also, all declarations and annexures can now be provided on plain paper with self-attestation, thereby, doing away with the need for providing any affidavit or notary attestation.
In another important decision, it has been decided that the applicant need not provide names of both parents. Now applicant can provide name of the father or the mother or the legal guardian. This will help even single parent get a birth certificate for the kids without providing the partner’s name.
In case of divorced, applicant need not provide name of the spouse. And no need of even a divorce decree.
In case of orphans, where no document is available to establish the date of birth – a letter from the head of the orphanage declaring the date of birth of the applicant is sufficient.
In case of government servants, who are not able to obtain NOC/Identification Certificate from the head of the department, can give a declaration on plain paper that they have intimated their boss and obtain a passport on urgent basis.