18. New passport not to be issued: (1) Once a passport has been issued to a passport holder, another passport shall not be issued during the valid period of the passport acquired in his/her name. Provided that, A new passport may be issued in the following circumstances:–
(a) If a diplomatic or official passport holder has submitted an application to acquire an ordinary passport except than such passport
(b) If an ordinary passport holder has submitted an application to acquire a diplomatic or official passport,
(c) If a passport has become unreadable being older or has become damaged being torn,
(d) If the required pages for receiving the visa or to make endorsement has not been available in the passport due to all pages in the passport being
(e) If an application has been submitted along with the application submitted by the passport holder in the local police office in relation to the lost of a
passport and the report given by the police office with details for proving the lost of passport,
(f) If the valid period of an ordinary passport has been expired or if an application has been submitted to acquire a new passport by submitting such passport,
(g) If the travel document obtained (received) pursuant to Clause (a) of Sub-rule(1) of Rule 15 and provisional passport obtained (received), pursuant
to Rule 16 has been submitted.
(2) While taking (acquiring) a new passport pursuant to Subrule( 1) the procedure pursuant to Rule 7 shall be completed.