The Union Government announced new passport rules in order to streamline, liberalize and ease the process of issue of passport. Under new rules, birth certificate is no longer mandatory for getting passport. Henceforth, applicant of online passport application will only need to provide the name of only one parent and not both. This will enable single parents to apply for passports for their children. Besides, married applicants will not be required to provide any marriage certificate. The application form does not require the applicants to provide the name of their spouse in case of separated or divorced persons.