Is an Aadhaar Card Mandatory for a Passport Application?
As per the latest amendments made by the government of India, Aadhaar card is now a mandatory document that you need to furnish while applying for a new passport. This change in the passport application is made to streamline, liberalize and ease the process of passport application, which was earlier more strenuous and time-consuming.
If you are looking to apply for a passport, you can use your Aadhaar Card to make the process simple and time-saving. This is made possible with the idea that the passport application process that consisted of a long police verification step (earlier) will now be postponed. And now the applicant will get the passport in 10 days only and the police verification will be done later when they will receive the passport.
Below is the procedure to follow to get passport in 10 days using Aadhaar Card:-
1. The first step is to get an Aadhaar card if you don’t have till now. For that, you need to visit the official UIDAI website to book an appointment for Aadhaar card enrolment if you don't have an Aadhaar card.
2. Visit the official Passport India website and register yourself by filling in the required details.
3. Choose the option to apply for a passport in the given options.
4. Fill in the application form and submit it online.
5. Pay the required fee online.
6. After submitting and making payment for your passport application, take out a copy of the form and attach a photocopy of Aadhaar card to it.
7. Carry the application form with the Aadhaar card to the Passport Kendra. The Aadhaar card here will serve as the valid resident and ID proof.
8. Within three days you will receive an appointment and within seven days the processing and dispatching of the passport will be completed.
9. Police verification checks can then be scheduled on the later date.
10. All in all, with Aadhaar card you can get your passport within 10 days.
An Aadhaar card is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Indian government. Every citizen of India must obtain this card from the Aadhaarcenter by submitting their biometric and demographic details such as fingerprint and iris scan along with a photograph for the records.
This is mandatory because the Aadhaar card is becoming the government’s base for public welfare and citizen’s service. And to get access to these resources unswervingly, an Aadhaar card is important. In fact, an Aadhaar is now made essential all sorts ofservices and benefits offered by the government. The new amendments in the Aadhaar card is a government’s initiative to create a vast database through which it can keep track of all the benefits and programs it provides along with the category -of people who will be receiving the benefits. In this manner, it can also identify whether the actual beneficiaries of the particular scheme are receiving the benefits or not and can take corrective actions.
An Aadhaar card is not just making the passport application simpler. Instead, it can be used for a number of other purposes too, making it a unanimouslyaccepted government-issued card that one can easily apply for to avail each of these services. An Aadhaar card can be used as a valid address proof, identity proof, as well as proof of age to avail any of the government related services or schemes. It can also be used to avail government subsidies including LPG, opening bank accounts, disbursing provident fund, etc. All these benefits altogether make Aadhaar a resourceful card that every citizen of India should own.