With the growing enrolment and the utility of Aadhar card, there are number of government processes which are making use of Aadhar as a way to verify and also speed up the overall process. One such use is the latest inclusion of eAadhar and Aadhar Card for Passport as a valid and acceptable proof of age (Date of Birth proof). Here’s more on this development and why it is an important development.
eAadhar OR Aadhar Card for Passport can now be used as valid DOB Proof:
The latest inclusion of Aadhar or eAadhar as Date of Birth Proof for Passports has been done to ease the application for passport procedure. It is important to note that the eAadhar was earlier also announced by the Government to be a valid and acceptable proof of ID and Address [like the actual Aadhar Letter] for all process and purposes.
The eAadhar is an electronic version of the Aadhar which can be downloaded online for free in a few simple steps. To know how to get your eAadhar, click here.
Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh announced that the mandatory requirement of birth certificate for applying for a passport has been eliminated. Furthermore, a provision has been provided for the government emplyees, who may not able to get a “no objection certificate” in time from their departments. Such government employees, who need to get the passport on an urgent basis can now submit a self- declaration, instead of the No objection certificate, that she/ he has given prior intimation letter to her/ his employer informing that he/she was applying for an ordinary passport. They too can now produce their eAadhar or Aadhar card for passport application purposes.
Earlier, as per the statutory provisions of the Passport Rules, 1980, it was mandatory for all the applicants born on or after January 26, 1989, to submit their birth certificate as the DOB proof to get a passport. In order to liberate and ease the passport application process, this rule has now been modified.
The applicant may now submit any of the following documents as a proof of date of birth:
- Transfer/ school leaving/ matriculation certificate
- PAN card
- Aadhar/ eAadhar card
- Driving license
- Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC)
- Copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant
- LIC policy bond
- Birth Certificate
The Birth Certificate of a person is issued by the Registrar of Births & Deaths or the Municipal Corporation or any other prescribed authority whosoever has been empowered under the Registration of Birth & Deaths Act, 1969 to register the birth of a child born in India. It has now been made optional to give the birth certificate as the proof of date of birth.
Also…. Government now allows Sadhu’s and Sanyasis to use their Gurus name in Aadhar:
Another important Aadhar related development is that the government has heeded to the demand by sadhus/ sanyasis and they are allowed to write names of their gurus instead of their parents’ names. However, at least one public document will have to be provided such as PAN card, EPIC, etc. wherein the name of the guru has been recorded against the column(s) for parent(s) name(s).
Aadhar has now, for a long time been a great document to speed the entire process of getting a new Passport, but this latest development has only made it easier for a lot of people who either do not have the birth certificate handy or are not able to obtain the required documents from the authorities, to get their passports.
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