There will be no change or correction in the date of birth (DOB) of the passport holders, if the request has been made after a period of five years from the date of issue of passport.
The ministry of external affairs (MEA) have served these orders to the passport issuance authority (PIA) across the nation to not entertain or accept any request for the change/correction with regard to DOB, if the period of issuance of passport has exceeded five years.
However, the order mentions an exception that in case the applicant was minor at the time when the passport was issued, the request can be considered.
If such an applicant, after attaining the age of 18 applies for the passport with the request of change of DOB in the passport, the PIA irrespective of the period of issuance of passport may accept his or her case for consideration,” MEA orders stated.
“If the PIA is satisfied with the claim and with the document (submitted by the applicant), they may accept his or her request for change of DOB without imposing penalty,” it added.
Harmanbir Singh Gill, regional passport officer, Jalandhar, said that only bona fide claims for change or correction of the date of birth in the passport will be accepted.
Notably, if the passport holder applies for change of DOB within five years of the date of issue of passport, the request of such an applicant, irrespective of the difference in the DOB will only be considered if the applicant has birth certificate issued by registrar of birth and deaths.
But such a request will only be entertained if the earlier (wrong) DOB recorded in the passport was based on documents other than the birth certificate.
Also, the PIA will levy a penalty on the applicant for obtaining earlier passport by providing wrong information of DOB.