The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Union has made changes to the validity of the rental agreement, which is accepted as proof of address. Currently, the fingerprints of the applicants` 10 fingers are taken by biometric finger scanners in passport offices and the Seva Kendras passport. However, it is found that infants face many inconveniences when taking fingerprints. That is why the Ministry has decided to exclude children under the age of five from this procedure. The unregistered agreement is also considered by the passport information authorities as a valid proof of address for granting passage facilities to applicants and accepted In a statement, the regional passport officer, S. Maniswara Raja, said that only a rental contract registered for a period of more than one year was accepted as proof of address. However, in order to alleviate the difficulties faced by passport applicants, the Ministry had issued injunctions to accept unregistered rental contracts as well as valid evidence. Source: In the meantime, the ministry has also changed the rules for issuing passports for lost passports. Instead of filing an initial information report or missing certificate with the police, applicants can submit a Lost Documents Report (LDR), Raja said. However, this procedure is only restricted for passports that have disappeared in Tamil Nadu. People can receive updates on their passport via WhatsApp – 88701-31225, toll-free number 1800-258-1800. LDR can be generated by uploading the lost passport information with an ID card to the Tamil Nadu Police Department portal.

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