What are the New Passport Rules 2018?

India is now a progressive country that is growing on many fronts, with so much change in the lifestyle of its citizens the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) has also brought about a few new passport rules for 2018. few of these rules are already at play and few of the new passport rules will come into effect soon.

The New Passport Rules Will Include:

Residential information will no longer be included on the last page

As per the recent updates, the MEA is planning not to print the last page of the passport. The residential information of an individual will remain in the government database but will not get printed.

Colour of the passport might change

Currently, the passports in India are issued in three different colors: Diplomats have “Red,” government officials have “White,” and “Blue” passports are issued for to categories of citizens: ECR (Emigration Check Required) and ECNR (Emigration Check Not Required) Instead of blue, the ECR type will soon have orange passports to make it easier to identify during immigration checks

Parents name will not be printed

Another one of the proposed changes in accordance with the new passport rule was that along with the address even the names of the parents will not be printed on the last page of the passport. The MEA has been assessing submissions where the names of estranged mother/father and kids of single parents need not be printed on the passport. However, there is still some clarity needed on whether both the parents’ names would be collected at the time of application or not.

Physical police verification might change to online verification

In order to lessen the processing time of passports. The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project will be associated with the MEA and replace the traditional physical police verification to online verification this year for passport applicants.

New Passport Rules That Are Already in Effect

A few major changes by the MEA are already in effect those are:

Regular passport applicants can opt for post-police verification

When it came to passport verification, earlier the option of post police verification was only available to Tatkal applicants, now the MEA has simplified the entire procedure to apply for a passport by allowing regular passport application the choice to do a post-police verification without paying any extra cost.

Substitute for the birth certificate

Earlier, it was a mandatory requirement for applicants born after 1 January 1989 to submit their birth certificates. As per the new rules, now applicants can submit any one of the following documents if they don’t have a birth certificate:

  • PAN card
  • Voter’s ID
  • Aadhaar card
  • Driving license
  • Life insurance policy which has the birth date of the applicant
  • Transfer certificate/matriculation certificate/school leaving certificate

Name of any one legal guardian or parent

According to the new passport rules implemented by the MEA, it is no more mandatory for applicants to state both names of their parents while filling in the passport application. Applicants can give one name of either a legal guardian or a parent, making it easy for orphans and children with single parents to apply for a passport.

In addition to this, spiritually oriented individuals like Sadhus and Sanyasis can mention their spiritual leader’s name instead of their biological parents names.

Annexes are reduced

Instead of 15 annexes now, only 9 annexes are required to be submitted. Annexes A, C, D, E, J, and K have been removed and a few have been merged. Therefore reducing the trouble of collating the documents.

Attestation is no more required for annexes

Before all annexes required the attestation of an Executive Magistrate/Notary/First Class Judicial Magistrate. The new passport rule rule now made all annexes self-declaration forms to save time and effort that goes into getting the attestation.

Divorced and Married individuals

After considering the changing communal norms, the new passport rule states that a marriage certificate or mention of the spouse name is no longer required while applying for a passport (along with the annexure K).

Job-related urgent passports

In a situation where a government employee is not able to get an identity certificate or no objection certificate for an urgent passport from his/her employers, a self-declaration can be submitted. This declaration form can be submitted to the passport issuing authority stating that the applicant has already submitted an intimation letter to the employer notifying them that he/she is applying for a normal passport.

Here you have it, everything you need to know about the new passport rule in India. With this you’ll know what you will need to do before applying for a passport.