How to Apply for a Philippine Passport (UPDATED)

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While a passport is every traveler’s lifeline, it is also important to a non-traveler as a form of identification. And unlike before, getting a passport is as easy as a few clicks and a few steps. I’ll walk you through the process with this updated guide:

 

1.  SET AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE

If you google passport application and click this link http://passport.com.ph/, you will see this image on your screen and be redirected to the updated DFA site.

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The DFA site has apparently improved its pages through an infographic, making it easier for applicants to understand the steps in passport application. The reminder below should be noted – DO NOT BOOK A FLIGHT until you have acquired a passport or renewed one (at least 6 months before its expiry).

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The DFA has even made it easier for the applicants to navigate its page under three key menus – REQUIREMENTS, SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT, and WHERE TO APPLY.

So the first step is to click the schedule an appointment. Pick a date for your personal appearance, the time most convenient to you and the location where you intend to apply (TIP: if there’s a DFA satellite office near you, choose that location. Normally, a bigger number of applicants flock to DFA Aseana office than any other branch).  You will be given time slots to choose from based on your given date, it will be indicated what slots are open and not available. If no time slots appear on the right section of your screen, that means you should pick another date or another location.

Once you’ve successfully set an appointment, you can move to the next step where you will be asked to provide your personal information. Be sure to review all the details from spelling to digits as errors may cause a delay in the processing of your passport. After you submit all the information, you will receive a confirmation of your appointment from the DFA, which indicates your Reference Number and a few instructions on the next steps.

2.  PREPARE REQUIREMENTS

While waiting for your appointment date, you can start preparing your requirements. It will do you some good if you keep them all in one brown envelope or folder. So here’s a rundown of what you will need:

New application

General Requirements

  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • Duly accomplished application form – may be downloaded from DFA Website
  • 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)
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity

For other details on the requirements, you can click this link: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/new-application

      
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

Click here for complete information on requirements: https://www.passport.gov.ph/requirements/passport-renewal

IMPORTANT: Bring your expired passport with you on the scheduled appointment at DFA office.

3.  PERSONAL APPEARANCE

On the day of your appointment, you don’t have to dress up like you’re showing up for a job interview. For men, just don’t wear a wife beater shirt (sando) and for women, no off-shoulder or sleeveless tops, please. I don’t even bother putting on makeup because I end up ugly anyway on my passport photo. (NOTE: I only speak for myself. LOL)

  1. PROCESSING

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The duration of processing your passport application depends on your chosen time slot and location. It took me less than an hour to process my renewal on a Wednesday at DFA Megamall. But I advise you to come at least an hour before your time slot because DFA offices have NO NOON BREAKS anymore and they continuously accommodate applicants even ahead of the appointed time slot. I was scheduled at 3:30 in the afternoon but I started the process at 2 p.m.

Your requirements will be reviewed at the reception. Make sure you have photocopies of your ID and other documents. If complete, you will be instructed to proceed to the processing section. While queued inside, DFA personnel will again check your requirements. When it’s your turn, all the information in your application form will be reviewed/verified. If you are renewing a passport, this is the section where your expired passport will be punched with holes to make it void (see image below).

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2  ENCODING & PAYMENT

The information on the application form will then be encoded. After this, you can proceed to pay. You can choose to have your passport processing expedited in 15 days, for Php1,200.00. The regular fee costs Php950.00, with 25 working days for completion. You can also opt to have it delivered via LBC for an extra cost of Php150.00 but the LBC payment booth is usually located near the exit.

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It is also in the encoding section where you will be asked for biometrics (photo, fingerprints, digital signature), NO NEED to bring passport size photos.

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For other specific details on your passport application, you may refer back to the link mentioned above. Happy travels!

 

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