Passports won't serve as address proof anymore?


For the major part of my life, till Aadhaar came into the picture, it was the passport which helped me to authenticate my address and existence across the nation.

Ironically, UK is contemplating reverting its passport colour from burgundy to blue to celebrate Brexit. The MEA also plans to issue orange passports to holders who require emigration check.

The Indian Security Press, Nashik, will have to design the new passport booklets to the altered specifications finalised by the ministry. Hence, no longer the passport can be used for verifying your address.

It is reported that Surendera Kumar, under-secretary of policy and legal matters at the consular, passport and visa division of the ministry, has purportedly confirmed that the change could happen when the "next series" of passports is being issued.

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. These are all included in the first page of the passport booklet.

The External affairs ministry is now considering the proposal and might take an official call on it soon.

But What About The Address?

Soon, however, those in the ECR category will have orange passports, Kumar said. The information will be available in the government's database and can be checked by authorities through the barcode placed 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.

Currently, barring diplomatic and official passports, all Indian passports have blue cover.

You need not worry on that front. Also "the existing passports would continue to remain valid till the date of expiry printed in the passport booklet".