The Ministry of External Affairs will soon issue new passports without the last page that contains the residential address of the holder, which means that it may not serve as an address proof in the near future.
The last page of the passport includes the father or legal guardian’s name, the names of the holder’s mother, spouse and their address.
The regular blue passports also have two categories – one where emigration checks are required and the other where they are not. Since the last page of the passport, which usually carried this information, will not be printed anymore, the ministry will make the passports of those in the emigration checks category orange.
The changes will not affect people holding the old passports, which will continue to remain valid till they expire.
“Till such time the new passport booklets are designed, manufactured and made available to the ministry by ISP, Nashik, the passports and other travel documents would continue to be printed with the last page,” the MEA said.