Passport for minors

posted Aug 16, 2012, 7:38 AM by Jalandhari Kom
It is mandatory to have a separate passport for minors including infants. A number of foreign embassies refuse to grant visas if minor’s name is included in the parents’ passport.
When you apply for passport for a minor, submit the following additional documents:
Fresh application form
Proof of residence
Proof of date of birth
Seven identical photographs in black and white or color – four pasted on the application in the boxes provided, two pasted on page 5 without signatures and one unsigned on the Passport Application Registration Form. (Thumb impression will do in case a minor is unable to sign). 
A DD payable to the regional passport office or passport office concerned for an amount prescribed. 
Two self-attested photocopies of a valid passport, if any, of both parents incorporating their present marital status or two self-attested photocopies of a valid passport of any one of the parents.
Two self-attested photocopies of first four pages and last four pages of passport of any one of the parents for ECNR endorsement on a passport. 
Affidavit (one original and one self-attested photocopy), as per specimen, by a legal guardian only if parents are not legal guardians. 
Affidavit (one original and one self-attested photocopy), as per specimen, by two responsible persons who know the legal guardian and the minor. 
Affidavit (one original and one self-attested photocopy), as per specimen, in the case of a single parent. 
Affidavit (one original and one self-attested photocopy), as per specimen, in the case of parents who are separated but not formally divorced. 
A sworn affidavit (one original and one self-attested photocopy), duly attested by an Indian embassy/consulate, in the case of parents residing outside India. 
In the normal course the signature/consent of both parents may be taken for issue of a passport to the minor. However, if in case the applicant parent is not in a position to get the consent of the other parent, for whatever reason, the parent applying for the passport of the minor may sign the form and submit a sworn affidavit (as per the prescribed format) stating the facts and circumstances of the case along with the application.
The affidavit should also state that in case of a court case he/she would be responsible and not the passport office. In such cases where only one parent applies, in case of any doubt, the passport office may request for the physical presence of the child to ensure that the applicant parent has the actual custody of the child.
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