NEW DELHI: Your passport may soon be unacceptable as a proof of address. In fact, new passports will not even have your address on it. However, this dilutes the importance of the passport as an identity and verification document at a time when Aadhaar is being aggressively promoted by the government.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), new passports being designed by the Indian Security Press, Nasik, will drop the last page, which has the holder’s address, name of spouse, details about earlier passports, and if an Emigration Check is required before leaving for a job in another country.
According to an MEA spokesperson, a committee of officials from MEA and the Ministry of Women and Child Development had met to discuss issues related to passport applications , particularly cases where the “mother/child had insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport and also relating to passport issues to children with single parent and to adopted children”.
The existing passports would continue to remain valid until the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet, the spokesperson added.