June 21, 2019 | Posted by: Moneymax | Government Services
June 21, 2019
A Philippine passport is your ticket to the world. It’s the most important document you’ll need if you wish to study, work, or travel overseas. It’s also a powerful identification card that you can use in private- and government-related transactions.
However, getting or renewing a Philippine passport through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) can be tricky. DFA passport appointment slots are limited. Securing an appointment now feels like winning the lottery due to the shortage of slots in the online scheduling system.
But a passport is a passport and we all need it to go overseas. Lessen the stress of getting a Philippine passport with our quick and easy guide.
All Philippine passport applicants—whether for new application or renewal—must book an appointment with the DFA before going to one of its locations.
Exempted from setting a DFA passport appointment are the following applicants who can go directly to the courtesy lane (1):
Simply visit the DFA passport appointment website (2) and do the following:
Upon submitting the online form, the DFA will email a reference number for paying your passport processing fee.
With the DFA ePayment Portal has been implemented, applicants pay their fees before making a personal appearance at the DFA office. Pay your passport processing fee at any of these authorized payment centers:
According to the DFA, it will add more payment channels soon, including facilities for credit and debit card payments.
Once your payment has been processed, the DFA will send you a confirmation email with a passport appointment packet that contains the following:
Print all the documents in A4-size paper and don’t forget to bring them on the day of your DFA passport appointment.
Is it your first time to apply for a Philippine passport? Secure the following requirements before going to the DFA office. Applicants with incomplete requirements are automatically rejected, so better keep a checklist of the following documents.
You can bring any of the following valid IDs. To secure your application, prepare at least two from the list.
Secure an original copy of your birth certificate authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). You can conveniently order one online and have it delivered to your home or office address.
You can also present a Certified True Copy (CTC) of your birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the PSA.
Are you a naturalized Filipino citizen? Or maybe you have dual citizenship or have no birth certificate? If so, you need to present additional documents to the DFA.
Married women who want to use their spouse’s surname must submit an original copy of their marriage certificate issued by the PSA. No need to do so for those who’d like to keep their maiden name. For this, ensure you have the complete list of passport requirements (4).
Arrive at your assigned DFA site 30 minutes before your appointment schedule, as latecomers and those coming in too early aren’t accommodated. Also, observe the proper dress code. Individuals wearing sandos, spaghetti straps, shorts, tubes, sandals, or slippers may not continue their appointment.
When you’re done with all the passport application or renewal steps, you’ll be issued a stub or receipt that indicates your passport’s tentative release date.
Visit the DFA consular office where you filed your application and present your receipt to claim your passport. If you’ve lost your passport receipt, you need to present a notarized affidavit of loss.
You can assign someone else to pick up your passport if you’re not available to do it. The DFA requires an authorization letter (for immediate family members) or Special Power of Attorney (for non-immediate family) and a photocopy of the authorized representative’s valid ID before issuing the passport.
Don’t delay claiming your passport. The DFA cancels unclaimed passports after six months.
If you chose to have your passport delivered, be sure someone is at home to receive it.
Once you get your new passport, check if all details in it are correct and then put your signature on the third page.
No, you cannot cancel your appointment. Make sure to show up as no-shows will be banned for three months. If you’ve paid the passport fee already, it will be forfeited and cannot be refunded.
If you wish to reschedule, go to the DFA passport appointment system’s reschedule feature (5) and enter your appointment code and email address.
Yes, you’re still required to secure a DFA passport appointment on your own. Travel agencies can no longer get appointment slots for their clients.
DFA passport renewal has the same process as new passport applications, except that you need to bring your old/expired passport with photocopy of its data page (the second page with your photo and personal information) on the day of your appointment. Birth certificate and valid IDs are not required for passport renewal.
No. The DFA considers the NBI clearance as just a supporting document and not a valid ID by itself.
Also, the DFA does not accept the following IDs and documents:
Rush applications usually take seven days, while regular applications may take as long as 15 days. If you apply in a regional office, rush processing may take 10 days, while regular processing may take 20 days before pick-up or delivery. Individuals based abroad should expect their passport in 30 to 60 days.
New Philippine passports have a 10-year validity (6), as per Republic Act 10928, a law implemented by the administration since early 2018.
Applying for or renewing a Philippine passport can be a breeze if you know what to do and where to go to. Though convenient, the DFA must take extra steps to ensure that every applicant can reserve a slot and receive their passport on time.