The Indian passport application rules have been been changed. Photo: iStock

To simplify the process of obtaining a passport, the government has announced that applicants will no longer have to submit a birth certificate, according to media reports.

Under Passport Rules 1980, anyone born on or after January 26, 1989, had to submit a birth certificate to obtain a passport. But from now on, an Aadhaar card or a PAN card, along with several other documents, including academic certificates, driving license, voter ID card and/or LIC policy bonds can be used as proof of date of birth, The Indian Express reported.

The Times of India reported that applicants over 60 years of age and under eight years of age will get a 10 percent discount on passport fees. Divorce decrees and adoption certificates will not be needed to get a passport. For orphaned children, a document from their orphanage will suffice.

New passports will have all details printed in both Hindi and English.