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Passport will not serve as address proof soon, to lose last page

SNS | New Delhi | Updated :

Passport will no longer be a valid proof of house address as Ministry of External Affairs will do away with the last page that contains the address of the document holder.

The decision to discontinue the last page, containing information such the name of the father, mother, spouse, address, Emigration Check Required (ECR) and the old passport number, is being implemented to protect the details of a passport holder.

The decision follows the report of a three-member committee of the Foreign Ministry and the Women and Child Development Ministry that examined calls for doing away with the father’s name in the passport, according to media reports.

The ministry has examined the recommendations of the committee, the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation regarding machine-readable travel documents, and “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,” according to an External Affairs spokesperson, as quoted in media reports.

Passports are issued in three colours; government officers and people who travel to other countries for the Centre, carry white passports, diplomats carry red ones and all others carry blue ones.