Your passports may not serve as a valid address proof anymore

Your passports may not serve as a valid address proof anymore

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, the nodal ministry for issuing passports has also chose to provide a separate passport of orange colour for the Emigration Clearance Required (ECR) category.

The ministry is also considering a possible change in the colour scheme of passports.

The ministry of external affairs will soon issue new passports without the last page that contains details including the residential address of the holder, a statement from the ministry said on Friday.

The current passport has a photograph and other details on first page, while the address is mentioned on the last. With the address not there, passport would cease to be official document for address proof.

The ministry examined the recommendation in consultation with the various stakeholders, and also examined the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding machine readable travel documents, and decided that the last page of the passport would no longer be printed. The decision was taken after the committee gave its report to the MEA on an application from a single mother for her child's passport.

New passports for citizens who have Emigration Check Required (ECR) status will have orange cover jackets, instead of the traditional dark blue.

The government has been constantly improving the ease with which the passport can be delivered to the seekers through its Passport Seva Kendras that it has opened across the country in recent years. The existing passports would continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet, added the official release. While an official Passport has a white cover and is issued to those representing the Indian government on official business.

The Indian Express report stated that while applying for a new passport, the applicant needs to enter the address, however, the same will not be printed on the last page.

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