Easier passports for single parents, their kids

The Ministry of External Affairs today changed the rules of the issuance of new passports to ease the process of the application and delivery of passports. Divorced applicants would not have to provide even the divorce decree.

According to the existing legislative provisions of the Passport rules, 1980, all the applicants born on or after January 26, 1989, had to submit the DOB certificate as a proof of passport.

Likewise, the form no longer requires the applicant to provide the name of her/his spouse in case of separated or divorced persons.

The online passport application from now on wards requires only name of father or mother or legal guardian, enabling single parents to apply for passport of their children and applicant can request not to print name of either father or mother on the passport.

There was a demand from Sadhus and Sanyasis to allow them use their spiritual gurus name in lieu of their biological parent.

However, they must provide at least one public document such as election photo identity card (EPIC), PAN card, Aadhaar card etc., where their guru's name has been recorded against the column for parents' names.

The government has announced new passport rules in order to streamline, liberalise and ease the process of issuing of passport, an official statement said. These pertain to single parents, parents with adopted children and instances where they did not want the inclusion of one parent. Instead, the applicant can give a declaration on a plain paper confirming the adoption.

Procedure has become easier for single parents to apply for passports for their children. No attestation/swearing by/before any notary/executive magistrate/first class judicial magistrate would be necessary.

No longer is the submission of registered adoption dead is required in case of in-country domestically adopted children. 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. "At the same time, it would enable this ministry to continue to deliver passport related services to the citizens in a timely, transparent, more accessible, reliable manner and in a comfortable environment through streamlined processes and committed, trained and motivated workforce". It also contains the Date of Birth of the applicant.

# Birth certificate issued by the registrar of births and deaths or the municipal corporation or any other prescribed authority.

Now PAN Card, Aadhar Card, Driving license would serve as the proof of date of birth of the Passport Applicant.

# Aadhar card/E-Aadhar with date of birth.