PHILIPPINE Passport is an official travel document you can obtain at any age. It is issued by a government under Department of Foreign Affairs, certifying the holder’s identity and citizenship and entitling them to travel under its protection to and from foreign countries.

No idea about Passport application and renewal? This article is a complete guide for your application whether you are a NEW applicant or you are about to RENEW your passport.

 

STEP BY STEP PROCEDURE

STEP 1. First, you have to ensure that you have the basic things that you will be needing upon application.

You must have these following requirements:

  1. A working computer with internet
  2. A web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox)
  3. A valid and active email address.
  4. A pdf reader,  an a4 paper (standard paper size) and printer (to print the filled up application form to submit during personal appearance at the DFA)

 

STEP 2: Make sure you book your schedule ahead of time. I consider this as the top priority upon application.

Open your browser and click this link: https://www.passport.gov.ph/appointment

If you wanted to book a schedule for yourself alone click on “START INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENT”, if you are applying with a companion, click on “START GROUP APPOINTMENT”

Then tick the box that says “I have read and understood the instructions and information on this    page,  and agree to the Terms and Conditions on the use of this online appointment and scheduling system.”

Choose your desired appointment date and time that compliments the completion of all the requirements needed, (will be listed at the bottom of this article).

 

 

Application Form

 

 

After successfully filling up all the necessary information, an email confirmation will be sent to your mail with the appointment code and the link to print your filled application form which should be brought upon personal appearance prior to your booked scheduled.

 

 

 

Email Confirmation / Appointment Code

 

 

STEP 3: Proceed to DFA Satellite where you booked your appointment on the scheduled date, make sure to be 30 minutes earlier than your appointed time.

Before proceeding to DFA satellite, ensure that you brought all your requirements (will be listed down  below) to avoid delay and disapproval of your application. Being vigilant will save you time and energy, in addition money as  well.

Important reminders: Observe proper dress code. Applicants wearing sando, spaghetti straps, shorts, sandals, slippers/flipflops, or tube may not be allowed to enter the building.

 

 

STEP 4: Present your APPOINTMENT CODE to the guard (usually approaching the guard is the first thing to do once you entered in a DFA Satellite.

The guard will instruct you where to present your requirements (listed below)

 

 

STEP 5: Submit all appointment code, application form and all the requirements needed to the appointment counter.

The officer-in-charge will instruct you to wait in a waiting room marked as WINDOW 1. You’ll have to wait for your name to be called by the DFA officer in the window counter.

Make sure to make 2-3 copies each of all your requirements.

 

 

STEP 6: Proceed to the Cashier.

After thorough checking of your application form and requirements, the officer will instruct you to proceed to the counter. They only accept cash payment and require only the exact amount to pay. So, make sure to prepare the amount needed before going to the cashier.

PASSPORT FEE:

 

Please take note that there is an additional fee of Php 200.00 for a lost valid MRRP / MRP or Php 350.00 for a lost valid e-passport.

Please take note that there is an additional fee of Php 200.00 for a lost valid MRRP / MRP 
or Php 350.00 for a lost valid e-passport.

 

STEP 7: Proceed to the encoding and data capturing.

Here are some Guidelines to be followed :

  •  YOUR POSE
           Your frontal pose looking directly at the camera lens and showing your full face must be used. Rotation or tilting of the head either in an up/down or left/right direction must be avoided. The mid points of               the mouth and the bridge of the nose should lie on an imaginary vertical line in the center of the image.
  •  EXPRESSION
           Your expression should be neutral with both eyes open and mouth closed. There should be no hair covering the eyes. Contrived expressions such as raised eyebrows, squinting or frowning are not                        acceptable.
  • SMILING
            When having their photos captured, applicant may smile, but without showing their teeth and gums. The ‘Mona Lisa’ smile is recommended.
  • EYEGLASSES/CONTACT LENSES
             Eyeglasses should always be removed before capturing the applicant’s photo. The use of contact lenses for medical reasons is accepted, provided that the contact lenses do not change the applicant’s true eye color. Therefore, applicants are advised to take off their contact lenses before having their photos captured.
  • EARS SHOULD BE VISIBLE

             As much as possible, both ears of the applicant should be visible.

  • EARRINGS/HAIR ACCESSORIES
           These accessories should be removed prior to photo capturing. Frizzy/afro hairstyles should be neatly arranged showing full frontal facial image.
          Wearing of earrings is not allowed.
 
INFANTS
Infants or very small children who are unable to support themselves should be assisted by either parent or their guardians. Hands, arms, etc., used to support the child should not be visible. High-chair for minor applicants may be used, if needed.

STEP 8: Proceed to the Delivery Counter (OPTIONAL)

You can choose if you want your new passport to be delivered at your doorstep. It will cost around Php 150.00 for every single passport. You will pay for each passport whether the delivery address is   just the same address as the other one. This will save your time on going back to the satellite on the        release date of your new e-passport.

 

 

PHILIPPINE PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW APPLICANT OF LEGAL AGE

IMPORTANT: YOU SHOULD BRING 2-3 EXTRA COPIES OF EACH REQUIREMENTS.
  • Filled up application form
  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by NSO. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in NSO Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. (Report of Birth duly authenticated by NSO if born abroad)
  • No need to submit a passport size photo
  • 2 Valid Government-issued picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity

Government-issued picture IDs such as the following:

  • Digitized SSS ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS E-card
  • PRC ID
  • IBP ID
  • OWWA ID
  • Digitized BIR ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • Unified Multi-Purpose ID
  • Voter’s ID
  • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:
  • Old College ID
  • Alumni ID
  • Old Employment IDs

LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant, at least 2 of the following):

  • PSA Marriage Contract
  • Land Title
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal
  • Government Service Record
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Digitized Postal ID
  • Readable SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form
  • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (please attach receipt)
  • School Yearbook
 

 

For Married Women:

  • Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or original and photocopy of the Certified True Copy (CTC) of MC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by NSO. Transcribed Marriage Contract from the LCR is required when entries in NSO Marriage Contract are blurred or unreadable.
  • Report of Marriage duly authenticated by NSO if married abroad

For Minor Applicants (below 18 years old)

General Requirements:

  • Confirmed appointment (except for 1 year old and below)
  • Personal appearance of the minor applicant
  • Personal appearance of either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / of mother (if minor is an illegitimate child)
  • Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by NSO or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by NSO. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in NSO Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. Report of Birth duly authenticated by NSO is required if minor was born abroad.
  • Document of identity with photo, if minor is 8-17 years old (for first time and renewal applicant) such as School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal
    • For minor applicants who never attended school, a Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school, is required
  • Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by NSO
  • Notarized Affidavit of Support and Consent to travel from either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / from mother (if minor is an illegitimate child)
  • Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person traveling with the minor
  • Photocopy of valid passport of either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / of mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) or identification documents (Please refer to List of Acceptable IDs)

Additional Requirements:

If minor is not traveling with either parent or alone

  • Personal appearance of the mother is required if minor applicant is an illegitimate child.
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion and relationship to the minor. If minor will be traveling alone, ASC must be executed by either parent, stating that his/her child will be traveling alone. If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
  • Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance
    • There is no need to secure a DSWD Clearance if the minor traveling abroad has parents who are in the Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants, provided he / she is holding a valid pass such as a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card which serves as proof that he / she is living with parents abroad.

 

PASSPORT RENEWAL

General Requirements

  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • Duly accomplished application form – may be downloaded from DFA Website
  • Most recent expiring or expired passport
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity.

 

Additional Requirements

Brown Passport or passports issued prior to 01 May 1995:

  • Bring original brown passport and photocopy of passport pages 1,2,3,4 and last page
  • Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA, to determine complete middle name. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA if born abroad

Green Passport or passports issued after 01 May 1995:

  • Bring original green passport and photocopy of the data page and last page of passport

Machine Readable Passport (MRP) issued in the year 2007:

  • Bring original passport and photocopy of data page and last page of passport
  • Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) to determine complete place of birth. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable

Electronic Passport (E-passport)

  • Bring original e-passport and photocopy of page 2 (data page).

For women who would change their civil status from single to married:

  • Marriage Contract (MC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of MC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. Transcribed Marriage Contract from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Marriage Contract are blurred or unreadable.
  • Report of Marriage duly authenticated by PSA if married abroad
  • Original and photocopy of Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance (required for women with foreign national husband).

For married women who would like to revert to their maiden name:

  • Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA if born abroad
  • If already widowed: Death Certificate in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) of the deceased husband
  • If marriage is annulled: Annotated PSA Marriage Contract and Certified True Copy (CTC) of Court Order effecting the annulment.
  • If divorced: Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Divorce Decree duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the divorce was obtained or by the concerned foreign diplomatic or consular mission in the Philippines. Certified True Copy (CTC) of Philippine Court recognition of foreign divorce decree must also be present and the PSA Marriage Contract with the annotation of the Divorce Decree.

For minor applicants, requirements for first time minor applicants are still prescribed, in addition to the passport of minor Applicants who availed of Dual Citizenship under RA 9225:

  • Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA if born abroad
  • Identification Certificate of Retention or Re-acquisition
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Order of Approval

For Muslim Applicants

  • Same general requirements stated above

For converts who would like to use their Muslim name:

  • Annotated Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) bearing the Muslim name National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Certificate of Conversion