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Birth certificates no longer a must for passport

Image result for Birth certificatesNEW DELHI: You no longer need to show 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.

As has been reported earlier by TOI, neither divorce decrees, nor adoption certificates need to be submitted any longer to get a passport. Orphaned children only need a document from their orphanage to confirm date of birth.

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