Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Here is why passport may no longer be a valid address proof

Here is why passport may no longer be a valid address proof

Since the last page of the passport, which usually carried this information, will not be printed anymore, the ministry will make the passports of those in the emigration checks category orange.

At present, the crucial document is issued in three colours - white passport is given to government officers, diplomats get red passport while other people get blue ones. As has dependably been the situation when new series is issued, every single existing global ID will stay substantial till their expiry date. Kumar said the change may reflect in the "next series" of passports issued.

As of now, the last page of the passport showcases the address, while the first page has the photograph and name.

"The decision to keep the last page of the passport blank was made to protect the citizens' details", Surendera Kumar, the undersecretary of policy and legal matters at the Consular, Passport and Visa Division of the ministry told Hindustan Times.

However, sources said that application forms for new booklets of current passport holders will continue to capture the data regarding parents and postal addresses as mentioned in their previous booklets.

Media reports also claimed that the ministry is also considering to change the colours of the passports.

After consulting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding compatibility of passport booklets minus the last page, with Machine Readable Travel Documents, the MEA concluded that, "the last page of the passport and other travel documents issued under the Passports Act, 1967 and Passport Rules, 1980 would no longer be printed".

Attacking Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union government over reports that passports may no longer serve as the holder's address proof, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the move shows that government was treating India's migrant workers as "second class" citizens.

According to MEA, the Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course and until the final product is available the old formats will continue to remain operational.

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