Passport Will Not Be Considered As Identity Proof of Address

Indian passports no longer valid proof of address? Here's what Ministry of External Affairs has to say

The spokesman said, "Now, the last page of the passport will not be printed, passports with orange colored jackets will be issued for passport holders with an ECR (immigration check) status and regular blue passports will be issued for non-ECR statuses".

The ministry of external affairs will issue those people requiring emigration checks orange colour passports.

Nashik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course.

Kumar added that a three-member committee comprising officials of the MEA and the Ministry of Women and Child Development was constituted to examine various issues pertaining to passport applications where mother or child had insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport. As of now, passports are issued in three colours - white for government officials or people who visit other countries for official work of the government, red coloured passports are issued for diplomats, and blue for everyone else.

Besides this, the colour of the passport will also undergo some minor changes.

This comes as the foreign ministry announced that the last page of the passport will not contain details like the address, father's name and the name of the mother or spouse.


Currently, the first page of the passport has the photograph, the name of the citizen as well as other details and the address is printed on the last page.

All current passports will continue to be valid, even once the new series of passports are issued, up till their expiry date.

Echoing Kumar's thoughts, JD Vaishampayan at the regional passport office in Pune told HT that there are a few changes in the pipeline and they "may happen soon". The ministry has been evaluating submissions that in case of children of single parents, the name of the estranged father/mother need not be printed on the passport.

Till the new passport booklets are designed, manufactured and made available to the ministry by ISP, the passports would continue to be printed with the last page.

According to a Hindustan Times report, the next series of passports may have the last page blank as a measure to protects details.

Since then, the passport has been considered as a valid travel document, which is legal and issued by the country's government for global travel.

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