New Delhi: Are you applying for a passport? here is some good news for you. Now you no longer required to present your birth certificate to get a passport. Continuing the process of simplifying passports for Indian citizens, the government informed Parliament this week that Aadhaar or PAN card among a host of documents could be used to establish proof of birth. According to the Passport Rules, 1980, all applicants born on or after 26/01/1989, had to submit a birth certificate, a mandatory provision. Now they can submit any one of these — transfer/school leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/recognised educational board containing the DOB of the applicant; PAN Card; Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar; driving license, Voter ID cards, even LIC policy bonds. Government servants can give extracts of service record, pension records, etc. The aim, said VK Singh, answering a question in Parliament is to make passports easily available to millions more.
Applicants over 60 and below 8 years of age will get a 10 per cent discount on passport fees. Online applicants need only provide the name of one parent or guardian, not both, helping single parent families.