Itching to travel abroad, but no passport yet? Or maybe, yours just expired? Well, you came in just in time, last year the Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA announced that the validity of Philippine passports extends to up to 10 years. With that, we’ll guide through the process to jump start your travel plans. Additionally, giving tips on how to make sure you get everything just right.
How to Apply for Passport
The first thing you have to do in passport application is scheduling an appointment with DFA. This has been made easy through either an online application or via phone scheduling.
Guide for Online Application
- You start by opening www.passport.gov.ph and choose “Schedule an Appointment” link found in the top menu.
- There are two options here, you can either “Start Individual Appointment” when applying only for yourself, and “Start Group Appointment” if applying for your whole family.
- You will then be prompted to choose your appointment time, date and place. There are multiple sites for passport application in the Philippines, they even have sites inside malls like DFA Aseana, DFA Megamall or DFA Alimall. They are also no need to worry because there is a passport application center in every region of the Philippines.
- You will be asked to fill up the required information on the site. Make sure to double check all your inputs before doing the next steps.
- After your confirmation of information, you will proceed to payment. This will be either regular processing 10-15 days which costs P950 or Express Processing for 5-7 days which costs P1200.
- A reference number will be forwarded to your email, attached is the file for your passport application form which has been duly paid.
Guide for via phone application
- You can call the DFA contact number at (02) 737 1000.
- The customer care representative will then be taking your call and ask all the necessary information. Provide as needed.
- You will also be prompted for your payment.
- A reference number will be forwarded to your email and the file for your passport application form after your call.
There is no need for you to set up an appointment if you fit in the following categories. Just go straight to the courtesy lane or OFW lane provided at each DFA site.
- Children (7 years old and below)
- Pregnant women with a valid medical certificate if pregnancy is not yet visible
- Solo parents along with their valid solo parent ID
- A person with disability with PWD ID
- Senior Citizens with valid Senior Citizen ID
- Overseas Filipino Worker, maybe land-based or sea-farers with valid iDole card.
Passport application requirements
For New Passport Applications:
• Birth Certificate – This must be an original copy, PSA authenticated and printed within one year before the application.
• Original IDs – This may be your Unified Multi-Purpose ID or UMID, Valid Driver’s License, PRC license, OWWA or iDOLE card, and Voter’s ID. Senior Citizens can also use their Senior Citizen ID and students can present their School ID. The original and photocopied version is needed. Additionally, supporting documents are also accepted as long as they are clear and duly signed, proving your citizenship, place, and date of birth as well as full name.
For passport renewal:
• Old Passport – This must be not tampered or mutilated at any form.
Remember to bring two (2) photocopied versions of your documents. This shall be needed to proceed with your passport application.
Dealing with your Appointment Schedule and Some Tips
The first page of your application form gives you the reminders for your appointment. It is really imperative that you arrive thirty (30) minutes before your schedule. You must also take note that the will be a “No Escort” policy, only the applicant will be allowed inside unless you’re accompanying a minor. You must also dress appropriately for your passport photo, avoid wearing revealing clothes such as plunging necklines, spaghetti straps, sleeveless tops, sando, tube tops, see-through tops, halters. Any accessory should also be removed, such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, and pieces of jewelry.
Here are the steps you’ll have to go through inside the DFA site
- Document verification. They’ll check if you have the complete documents needed, they make sure that the IDs presented are valid, as well as the number of photocopies you have prepared.
- Processing. After checking, you will then be asked to proceed for processing your passport. This station will give you the date you must return to your passport. They usually give stubs with the return date for your passport.
- Data encoding and biometrics. They will be encoding details from you’re your documents, your name, birth date, and other details. They’ll ask to confirm inputs of information, so pay attention to spellings and other details. You will be a photographed in this station, you will also under biometrics here.
- Delivery. For the Delivery fee, it’s P150. You will be queuing again and you will also be given a separate receipt and tracking number for your delivery. If you’ll claim your passport personally, you are done and can skip this step.
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