by Mayee Gonzales, on category "Government Services"
February 24, 2018
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.
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.
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), 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
It’s the same process as above except that you need to bring your old/expired passport on the day of your 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.
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.
New Philippine passports have a 10-year validity, as per RA 10928, a law implemented by the administration earlier this year.
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.