Revamping the passport issuance and verification process
India

Revamping the passport issuance and verification process

23 Apr 2017 | By Gaurav Jeyaraman

Now online passport application in Hindi

The Ministry of External Affairs said people can apply for passports online in Hindi too. The Committee of Parliament on Official Language made recommendations regarding this in its ninth report. President Pranab Mukherjee accepted these recommendations.

The panel also recommended that computers in passport offices be compatible with Hindi. It added that most work in these offices should be done in Hindi.

Timeline

27 Jan 2016: Getting passports now made easier

To ease the process for applying for a new passport under the 'normal' category, the government has decided to do away with police verification for the issuance process.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that applications "with an affidavit of no criminal case" will be sufficient for issuing passports.

Police verification will take place after issuance of the passport via the "mPassport Police App".

16 May 2016: Passport available online under digital India

Passport available online under digital India

Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Lok Sabha that under the digital India initiative, the passport service would be made available online.

Prasad said other services being provided online include income tax, immigration, core banking, pension grievance redressal, courts, police, RTI, utility payments.

The government aims to make huge savings by introducing these services online.

24 Dec 2016: Passport application procedure simplified

Single mothers, adopted children, sadhus/sanyasis will now find it much easier to apply for their passports.

The online passport application form requires the applicant to enter the name of the father/mother/legal guardian making it easier for single parents to apply for their children.

Sadhus and sanyasis can now name their spiritual guru in place of their biological parents' names.

10 Feb 2017: Soon: Passports without parents, spouse name

The Ministry of External Affairs is considering a proposal to issue passports without personal details like name of spouse, father, mother, etc. The move seeks to make it easier for children of single parents to get passports.

The recommendations were made by a three-member panel of MEA and Women & Child Development ministries' employees.

Sources said "The MEA accepted the recommendation of the panel."

13 Apr 2017: Women need not change name on passport post-marriage: PM Modi

Women need not change name on passport post-marriage: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi announced women need not change their names on passport after marriage.

Married women, who take their husband's name, no longer need to go through the tedious name-changing process for passport.

He added women don't have to submit marriage/divorce certificate and are free to use their father/mother's name in passport.

He was speaking at Indian Merchant Chamber's Ladies Wing Golden Jubilee event.

23 Apr 2017: Now online passport application in Hindi