The issue was discussed with the Department`s Legal and Contractual Division (L-T) and it was decided that the registered tenancy agreement, duly registered under section 17 of the Registration Act 1908 and executed by the lessor for a period of more than one year in favour of the tenant, would be accepted as valid proof of address for the filing of the passport application. In the meantime, the ministry has also changed the rules for re-issuing passports for lost passports. Instead of submitting initial information reports or missing police certificates, applicants can produce lost documents (LDRs), Raja said. From now on, the permanent address will no longer be a problem for applicants, as applicants can present their registered rental agreement as proof of valid address on which they have stayed for more than a year as a tenant. LDR can be generated by downloading lost passport information from the Tamil Nadu Police Department portal with a photo ID card. People can get updates on their passports via WhatsApp – 88701-31225, free number 1800-258-1800. Currently, prints of the candidates` 10 fingers are recorded by biometric finger scanners at passport offices and Passport Seva Kendras. However, it is noted that infants face many inconveniences when they ingest fingerprints. As a result, the ministry has decided to exempt children under the age of five from this procedure. In recent years, the demand for different sections to relax address references has increased. The union`s Department of Foreign Affairs has long received such requests from passport issuers and the public to treat the registered lease as one of the valid documents as proof of address.
Harmanbir Singh, Regional Passport Officer, “While we relax the standards of proof of address, we will be very strict while checking whether the tenant has remained at the address indicated for a year or more and whether the agreement is carried out according to the rules specified in the deed.” In a statement, the regional passport officer, S. Maniswara Raja, said that so far, only a lease registered for more than a year has been accepted as proof of the address. However, in order to alleviate the difficulties faced by passport applicants, the Department granted the acceptance of unregistered leases and valid evidence. Source: rupeenomics.com/non-registered-rent-agreement-now-valid-address-proof-passport-applications/ This procedure is limited however only for passports that have disappeared in Tamil Nadu.