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Passport New Rule: Government of India has changed the passport application process, know what is the new rule

Passport New Rule: The Government of India has made a major change in the rule of passport application process. Now it is mandatory to upload documents on DigiLocker for passport application.

Passport New Rule: The Government of India has made a major change in the passport application process for international travel. Applicants for new passports will now have to use the government platform DigiLocker. All the documents have to be uploaded using DigiLocker. Once the documents are uploaded, applicants can make their passport application online through the official website, passportindia.gov.in.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said that if applicants have uploaded their documents through DigiLocker, they will not be required to carry original physical copies during the application process. The move is expected to reduce the time taken in the passport application process. It has been implemented with the intention of reducing the need for physical document verification.

What is DigiLocker?

DigiLocker is a digital wallet service provided by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. In this, users can securely store and access government documents such as driving license, vehicle registration certificate and marksheet. The Ministry has now also permitted the use of Aadhaar documents through DigiLocker for online application submission.

You can save these documents in DigiLocker

Users can also store and access important official documents such as Education Certificate, Birth Certificate, PAN Card, Aadhaar Card, Passport and Voter ID Card in DigiLocker. This change has been implemented to speed up the application process and reduce the need for physical document verification at Passport Seva Kendras and Post Office Passport Seva Kendras in various regions.

This is how you can use DigiLocker

To open a DigiLocker account, users need to register with a mobile number and this number should already be linked with Aadhaar.
Users will be sent a One-Time Passcode (OTP) to the linked mobile number while logging into the DigiLocker account.
If you want to make any changes in DigiLocker, then that data has to be updated in Aadhaar.

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