E-Passport/Revised Passport Rules and Annexures
The External Affairs ministry has announced that government will soon be launching an e-passport system and procurement of machines for the same are underway. The digital passport system will engage foolproof techniques to monitor data and check identities.Also,the e-passport will be issued immediately after successful police verification of the individual.
An e-passport is fitted with a chip that carries all the information printed in a regular passport. Official reports suggest that the new passports are likely to be issued from next year onwards and the India Security Press (ISP), Nasik is tasked with the responsibility of making them.
REVISION OF PASSPORT RULES AND ANNEXES
The Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) has changed the rules for Passport Applications
Birth Certificate as proof of birth is no longer mandatory for proof of Date of Birth
Any of the following proofs should be good enough
⇒School Leaving/Matriculation certificate
⇒Aadhar/E-Aadhar cards with Date Of Birth
⇒Service records in case of government servants
⇒Driving License,Voter ID cards,policy bonds
⇒Orphaned Children without proof of date of birth can submit a declaration by the Head of the Orphanage or Child Care Home
⇒No attestations self or otherwise required
⇒ The total number of Annexes prescribed in the Passport Rule, 1980, has been brought down to nine  from the present fifteen . Annexes A, C, D, E, J, and K have been removed and certain Annexes have been merged.
⇒All annexures can be in the form of a self-declaration on a plain paper.No attestation by Notary/Executive magistrate/First Class judicial Magistrate needed from now
⇒Married Applicants do not have to provide marriage certificates
⇒No need to provide name of spouse if separated or divorced.Even divorce decree not needed
⇒Sadhus/Sanyasis can provide the name of their spiritual guru in lieu of biological parents.The guru needs to submit one of the documents
⇒Name of only one parent is good enough.Either the name of the father or mother or legal guardian is sufficient. Names of both parents are not required.This would enable single parents to apply for passport for their children
⇒An undertaking on non-judicial stamp paper is required for children born out of wedlock
⇒Adoption deed is no loner required for domestically adopted children.A declaration on plain paper confirming adoption is enough.
⇒Government servants without Identity Certificates/No Objection Certificate or NOC from employers can submit a self declaration informing that he/she is applying for an ordinary passport.