How to Apply for Passport Online?
Before the announcement of new rules, applicants born on or after Jan 26, 1989, were required to furnish the birth certificate as a date of birth proof but as per amendments, new rule says that an individual can provide any of the following listed documents as proof of birth:
Birth certificate issued by MC (Municipal Corporation) or registrar of births/ deaths.
Transfer certificate/ school leaving/ matriculation certificate issued by the school last attended.
Permanent Account Number issued by Income Tax department.
The Aadhar Card/e-Aadhar issued by Unique Identification Authority of India.
Driving license issued by the state government's (RTO).
Voter ID card or Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) issued by the Election Commission of India.
Service record extract or Pay Pension Order with DOB (for government employees).
A Policy Bond issued by the Public Life Insurance firms.
Along with the Women and Child Ministry, MEA has offered a host of changes to the passport rules. Some of the rules are:
An applicant can provide the name of only one parent or legal guardian that allows single parents to apply for passports for their children.
The total number of annexes has been brought down to 9 from 15 (prescribed in the Passport Rule, 1980)
Few of the Annexes have been removed while some of them are merged to ease the process.
The self-declaration can be provided on a plain paper and no attestations are required.
The passport application form does not ask for the name of an individual's spouse, if he/she is a divorcee.
Orphaned children can submit a declaration given by the head of the orphanage or child care home that confirms the date of birth of the applicant.
An in-country domestically adopted individual can give a declaration on a plain paper confirming the adoption instead of submitting the registered adoption deed.
In order to facilitate payment of tatkal passports, government is deploying POS machines.