New Passport Rules: The implementation of new regulations in India has brought significant changes to the process of applying for a passport. Applicants who use Aadhaar for verification will now be required to create a digital locker account. This change will make the passport application process easier for international travel.
New Passport Rules
According to the New Passport Rules, individuals seeking a new passport will be required to create a digital locker account. Digital Locker is a digital wallet service provided by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in India. This platform allows users to securely store essential government-issued documents such as driver’s licenses, mark sheets, vehicle registration certificates, Aadhaar cards, PAN cards, passports, and voter identity cards.
Will be Able to Apply Online by Uploading Documents
Before submitting their passport application online through the official website passportindia.gov.in, applicants will now be required to upload all necessary documents to their digital locker account. This step will make it easily accessible to verify all required documents during the application process.
No Need to Carry Photocopies Anymore
One advantage of using a digital locker to submit documents is that applicants no longer need to carry hard copies of their documents during the passport application process. The purpose of this new rule is to expedite processing time and improve the quality of the application process, eliminating the need for photo copy verification.
How will DigiLocker be useful in the passport application process?
The digital locker plays a crucial role in streamlining the passport application process. Firstly, it eliminates the need for photo copies, thereby expediting the application process. Moreover, with the establishment of passport service centers and Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs) across the country, the reliance on physical document verification reduces significantly.
How to Use DigiLocker?
- Users will need to register with their mobile numbers, which should already be linked to Aadhaar, in order to start using DigiLocker.
- A One-Time Passcode (OTP) will be delivered to the VA VAN number, for verification.
- Use OTP to log in to your DieselLocker account.
- Users have the ability to upload and store government-issued documents in their digital locker accounts.
- Before applying for a passport online, upload all the required documents onto your digital locker account.
Benefits of DigiLocker
The inclusion of Dieselockr in the New Passport Rules has been encouraged as it proves to be a highly beneficial app for Indian users. Several advantages of this app are mentioned below.
- If we want to be free from the complexity of taking old photocopies, we now have to get access to the documents as needed.
- Documents are securely stored in digital form.
- This application expedites the passport application process.