Birth certificate which is a vital Government document issued by Registrar of births and deaths or by empowered Municipal Corporation authority under Act of 1969 is always considered for other important documents such as passport. However, recently, to ease the passport application procedure, documentary mandation has been revised.
The Indian Passport issuing authority, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced an important decision related to passport applications. The new policy allows applicants to submit other types of documents as a substitute of birth certificate. Various documentation changes has been implemented by MEA in this regard.
This new provision of birth certificate rules for passport is beneficial for applicants who are not able to receive “no objection certificate” from ministries or department for any valid reason. The announcement was made in 2016 that includes government employees orphans, and single mothers as well.
As per earlier Passport Rules in India 1980, sumitting birth certificate was mandatory. But after this announcement Substitute for Date of Birth Certificate can be considered. Birth certificate is no longer mandatory when applying for passport in India.
Documents Required For Passport in India
How to apply for passport without birth certificate is a common question these days. Alternative document for birth certificate for passport that applicants can submit are school leaving, matriculation certificate, last attended educational board certificate containing the date of birth.
PAN Card, Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar, Voter Id Card, driving license, and LIC policy bonds or any other Policy bond issued by a public life insurance company mentioning the applicant’s date of birth can be considered as document required for passport renewal, police verification in India as per new rules are also acceptable for fresh passport application.
Applicant’s Election photo identity card (EPIC) is also valid as identity document for passport. For divorcees applying for a passport is now easy as mentioning of spouse name is also not a mandation instead parent’s name can be included.
Marriage certificate is not required in case of separated/divorced applicants. The passport forms annexures has been also reduced from 15 to 9 also, no attestation is required priorly from any judicial magistrate but self-attestation is required.
Applicants living with single parent can now opt to fill any one legal guardian or parent details because as per new rules for passport mentioning only one parent or legal guardian name is mandatory. The mandation of father’s name to be mentioned in the passport application form no longer persist. The authority has done good examination in regard to issues relating to passport applications and thus has come up with New Passport Rules overcoming these problems.
Orphaned children are also benefited by new rules of passport application. Orphaned children who don’t have date of birth certificate or a matriculation certificate now can apply for passport with a declaration application signed by chief orphanage/child care organisations.
Government employees who are generally unable to get annexure B or no-objection certificate on urgent basis can now submit a self-declaration in annexure-N and can apply for ordinary passport.
At all passport issuing centres and Passport Seva Kendras these changes in passport documentation has contributed tremendous increase in new passport applications.
Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) has also emerged as helplines for citizens and has made the entire campaign an efficient passport service task. By approaching POPSK one can now process passport application quite easily.
There is a reduction in Passport fee for senior citizens and minors as well. New passports will also have personal details printed in both Hindi and English language. For Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) over 60 years of age certain discount on the passport fee is also applicable.
The initiative aims at reaching urban as well as rural areas. In this context more than 80 Passport Seva Kendras (PSK) and 150 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) are catering old and new passport applicants in India. Government is further planning to launch new Passport Seva Kendras and Post Office Passport Seva Kendras to extend passport related services across the nation.