Easy Steps to Philippine Passport Application and Renewal

by Mayee Gonzales, on category "Government Services"

February 24, 2018


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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, which you can use in private- and government-related transactions.
However, getting or renewing a Philippine passport can be tricky. Apart from the requirements you need to prepare, passport appointment slots are also limited. Securing an appointment with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) now feels like winning the lottery due to the shortage of slots in their 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.

Philippine Passport Application

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1. Secure All Required Documents

Is it your first time to apply for a Philippine passport? Secure the following requirements before going to the DFA. Applicants with incomplete requirements are automatically rejected so better keep a checklist of the following documents.

Valid ID (original and photocopy)

You can bring any of the following valid IDs. To secure your application, prepare at least two from the list.

  • SSS ID
  • UMID
  • Voter’s ID
  • Driver’s License
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • PWD ID
  • School ID (for students)
  • PRC License
  • OWWA or iDOLE card
  • PNP Firearms License
  • Residence Card or any other ID that warrants your Philippine citizenship (for OFWs or Filipinos based in other countries)

Birth Certificate (original and photocopy)

Secure an original copy of your birth certificate authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), printed on Security Paper, and issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO). You can order one through the PSA’s e-Census website and have it delivered to a 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 NSO.

Supporting Documents

Are you a naturalized Filipino citizen? Or maybe you have a dual citizenship or have no birth certificate? If so, you need to present additional documents to the DFA. For a complete list of requirements, click here.

2. Schedule an Appointment with the DFA

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All applicants must book an appointment with the DFA before going to one of their locations. To accomplish this, simply visit the DFA website and do the following:

  • Start an individual or group appointment
  • Choose a site location
  • Select your preferred date and time
  • Fill out all necessary information
  • Confirm appointment

Upon confirmation, the DFA will email a reference number and a link to print your passport application form. Print this and don’t forget to bring it on the day of your appointment.

Things to Remember Before Scheduling an Online Appointment

  • Passport appointments are limited. You’re lucky if you are able to secure a slot on your first try.
  • Choose an earlier schedule, preferably AM, to avoid long lines.
  • There are numerous regional consular offices and satellite sites in the country. Choose one closest to your place to save time. For a complete list of DFA sites, click here.
  • Online appointments are only available to Filipinos living in the Philippines. Citizens based abroad can head to the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate to file their passport application.
  • The following people don’t need to set an appointment and can go directly to a DFA priority lane assigned to them: children aged seven and below; pregnant women with medical certificate; senior citizens with senior citizen ID; solo parents with solo parent ID; persons with disability; and OFWs with iDOLE card, VISA, and POEA-authenticated employment contract

3. Show Up on Your Appointment Date and Time

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Arrive at your assigned DFA site an hour before schedule as latecomers won’t be accommodated. Also, observe proper dress code. Individuals wearing sandos, spaghetti straps, shorts, tubes, sandals, and slippers may not continue their appointment.

Here’s an overview of what you need to do on the day of your appointment:

  • Present your application form and requirements to the Application Counter. You will then receive a queue number.
  • Wait for your number to be called. Proceed to the Processing Area afterwards and present your documents.
  • Head to the Passport Enrollment Section and pay the processing fee of PHP 950 for regular or PHP 1,200 for express.
  • Have your photo and biometrics taken at the encoding section.
  • If you prefer to have your passport delivered, go to the Delivery Counter and pay an additional fee of PHP 150.

I just want to renew my passport. How do I do it?

It’s the same process as above except that you need to bring your old/expired passport on the day of your appointment.

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Can I cancel or reschedule my appointment?

No, you cannot cancel your appointment. Make sure to show up as no-shows will be banned for three months.
If you wish to reschedule, go to the appointment system’s reschedule feature and enter your email address and appointment code.

When will my passport arrive?

Rush applications usually take 7 days while regular applications may take as long as 15 days. If you applied in a regional office, rush processing may take 10 days while regular processing may take 20 days before pick-up/delivery. Individuals based abroad should expect their passport in 30 days.

How long can I use my passport?

New Philippine passports have a 10-year validity, as per RA 10928, a law implemented by the administration earlier this year.

Final Thoughts

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.
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