The government has told Parliament that the process to apply for Passport doesn’t require birth certificate anymore as Aadhaar and PAN card can be used to establish proof of birth. The step was taken to ease the process of obtaining a passport.
Previously, all passport applicants born on or after 20/1/989 had to submit their birth certificate as a compulsory provision. But, the ministry of External Affairs has widened the scope of birth proof to school leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued, PAN Card, Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar, driving license, Voter ID cards and even LIC policy bonds.
The Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh had already removed the obligatory provision of the birth certificate in December last year. He had said that the date of birth is no longer required for getting passport and documents like PAN card, driving licence, Aadhaar card, or Matriculation Certificate will suffice.
He had also declared that online passport application form now requires the applicant to fill the name of only one parent and not both. The government has declared new passport rules in order to streamline and ease the process.