As a step towards easing the process of securing passport, the government of India informed Parliament that PAN or Aadhaar amongst other documents can be taken for establishing birth proof. As per the Passport Rules, 1980, all individuals making passport application who are born on or after 26/01/1989 have to mandatorily submit birth certificate.
But now on applicant can submit PAN card, aadhaar or e-aadhaar, voter id driving license, LIC policy bond or school leaving or transfer or matriculation certificate that is issued by the recognized educational board or last attended school that bears the date of birth of the applicant.
As reported by leading English daily, neither adoption certificate nor divorce decree shall be required any longer to secure a passport. In case of orphaned individual only a certificate confirming the date of birth from the concern orphanage is required.
For government servants, the details including pension records or service records can be furnished to get passport. The main aim of this simplification is to render the availability of passport easy for several more.
Newly issued passports shall have personal details imprinted in both English and Hindi. Further in case the applicants of passport are aged less than 8 years or above 60 years, a concession in fees shall be offered. In case of single parent families, online passport applicants need to provide or give in name of one parent or natural guardian as the case may be. reduced from 15 to 9, and they only need to be printed out in plain paper, and self-attested. "No attestation/swearing by/before any Notary/Executive Magistrate/First Class Judicial Magistrate would be henceforth necessary" Simply meaning, married applicants don't need to provide marriage certificate or name of the spouse in case they are separated or divorced. The rules are under implementation from December 2016.