Birth certificates not needed any more
In a move to speed up and simplify the passport delivery process, the government on Friday announced a series of steps that would help single mothers, orphaned children, and sadhus obtain passports with ease.
Announcing the changes that will relax the need for birth certificates in the application process, Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd.) V.K. Singh declared.
Holy men can now apply for a passport with the name of their spiritual guru, instead of biological parents. However, they would have to provide a document such as voter ID, which records the name of the guru against the column for parent’s name.
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Applicants can submit:
- PAN Card, birth certificate, voter identity card, Aadhaar, driving license
- Students can submit transfer certificate/school leaving certificates
- Online passport application form now requires the applicant to provide the name of any one among the father, mother or legal guardian.
No marriage certificates needed for married applicants.
No need to name the spouse in cases of applicants who are divorcees.
Orphaned children can submit a declaration from their respective orphanages while sants can name their spiritual gurus.