Passports may no longer serve as a valid proof of address as the External Affairs Ministry has decided to do away with the last page of the travel document which contains the address of the holder.
The last page of the passport includes the father or legal guardian’s name, the names of the holder’s mother, spouse and their address. “As the last page of the passport would not be printed now, the passport holders with ECR (Emigration Check Required) status would be issued a passport with an orange passport jacket and those with non-ECR status would continue to get a blue passport,” an MEA statement read.
The recommendations of a three-member panel, comprising officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Women and Child Development, were accepted and it was decided 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”, the statement said.
The panel examined various issues “pertaining to passport applications including examination of where mother/child had insisted that the name of the father should not be mentioned in the passport and also relating to passport issues of children with a single parent and that of adopted children”, it added.
The Indian Security Press (ISP), Nasik, would be designing the new passport booklets in due course of time. “Till such time the new passport booklets are designed, manufactured and made available to the ministry by ISP, Nashik, the passports and other travel documents would continue to be printed with the last page,” the MEA said.
However, these changes will not affect old passports already held by citizens, since, they will continue to remain valid till their respective date of expiry. Presently, passports are issued in three colours. Government officers have a white passport, diplomats are issued a red one and all others are dark blue.