The MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) announced, on Dec 23, 2016 that for all the applications of passport by residents of India, Aadhar card will be accepted as a valid proof of Date of Birth (DoB).
This also allows for the eAadhar cards that have the DoB printed on them. This is yet another move in simplifying the application for a Passport and another significant inclusion of Aadhar in simplifying government processes.
In order to streamline, liberalise and ease the process of issue of passport, the ministry has taken a number of steps in the realm of passport policy, expected to benefit the citizens of India applying for a passport.
– Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh.
Aadhar Card – A Valid Proof of DoB for Passport:
Currently, proof of DOB accepted for filing an application for Passport only included any one of the documents:
- Birth Certificate 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
- Transfer/School leaving
- Matriculation Certificate
- PAN card
- Copy of the extract of the service record of the applicant in case of Government employees
- Driving licence
- Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC)
- LIC policy bond
However, with this announcement, eAadhar too will be acceptable for Passport application. This is a big relief for all those who have applied for Aadhar cards but haven’t yet received the physical copies of Aadhar letters.
They can simply go to https://eaadhaar.uidai.gov.in/ and download their eAadhar cards; provided the Aadhar status shows, “In process” or “Dispatched“.
To check Aadhar status, click here.
To know how to download eAadhar in 5 simple steps, visit here.
What else has changed:
Earlier, the government insisted on having a Birth Certificate issued by Municipal Corporation of equivalent authority for individuals born before 1989. However, this will now change – those born before 1989 can simply submit their Aadhar card or eAadhar as a totally, valid and acceptable proof of DoB.
The Government also accepted a long-standing demand of Sadhus and Sanyasis to use the names of their Gurus instead of using their biological parents’ names.
Further, policy changes now do away with the mandatory requirement of a marriage certificate for married applicants. Also, the applicants can now provide name of only one parent and not both – this is a relief for single parents as well.
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