How to Apply for Philippine Passport – Requirements and Procedures

In a series of blog posts we will be talking about the basic requirements you need to secure before you can apply as an Overseas Filipino Worker.

From Philippine Passport, NBI Clearance to Visa application and more, I will walk you through the step by step process. We will begin the series with the Philippine Passport, as it is an important document needed if you wish to travel or work abroad.

Applying for a Philippine passport is strictly “by appointment policy”. You need to visit the online appointment system, follow the steps and wait for the email confirmation to be sent on your inbox.

Medyo nakaka-kaba for first time applicants but all you have to do is make sure you have complete requirements, you schedule an appointment beforehand and you come to your interview on time. Passports are basic right of Filipinos so there is little chance you’ll get denied.

How to Apply for Philippine Passport – Requirements and Procedures

Step 1. Schedule a Personal Appearance

  • Go to  www.passport.gov.ph/appointment and select “Schedule an Appointment”.
  • Fill in the DFA Passport Application Form with correct details.
  • Next choose the DFA Service Center you want to file your application as well as your chosen date and time.
  • Once done, you will receive a reference number and a confirmation link to print your application form. Make sure to confirm your appointment. Also, don’t forget to print and bring your duly-accomplished application form.

There is no need to set an appointment for the following applicants:

Senior Citizen with Senior Citizen ID
Person with Disability (PWDs) with PWD ID or visible disability
Solo Parent with Valid Solo Parent ID
Pregnant women with medical certificate
Minors seven (7) years old and below

Step 2. Prepare your basic passport requirements

While waiting for your personal appointment, you can prepare the basic requirements you need. Below are the 2017 updated requirements in getting a Philippine passport:

For first time applicants

  • Birth Certificate – Only Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Make sure every detail found on your birth certificate is correct, clear and can be read. Also prepare NSO- issued Married Certificate for married female applicants.
  • Any two (2) of the following supporting documents:
  1. Barangay Clearance
  2. Marriage Contract
  3. Land Title
  4. Driver’s License
  5. Government Service Record
  6. School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with Dry Seal
  7. Voter’s Registration Record from COMELEC Intramuros
  8. Old Income Tax Return
  9. Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and/or citizenship
  • Any two (2) of the following government issued valid ID:
  1. Driver’s license;
  2. Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) ID;
  3. Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID;
  4. National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance;
  5. Police clearance;
  6. New Postal ID;
  7. Voter’s ID;
  8. Tax Identification Number (TIN) ID;
  9. Barangay certification;
  10. Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID);
  11. Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS) e-Card;
  12. Social Security System (SSS) card;
  13. Philhealth card;
  14. Senior Citizen card;
  15. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ID;
  16. Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) ID;
  17. Seaman’s book;
  18. Alien Certification of Registration/Immigrant Certificate of Registration;
  19. Government office and GOCC ID (e.g., AFP, HDMF IDs);
  20. Certification from the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP);
  21. Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD) certification;
  22.   Company IDs issued by private entities or institutions registered with of supervised or regulated either by the BSP, SEC or IC;
  23. School ID for students and
  24. Other valid IDs issued by the government of the Philippines, its political subdivisions and instrumentalities

 

  • Confirmed Appointment – You are required to set an appointment online. Go to https://www.passport.gov.ph/ and reserve your slot for the personal appearance.

 

For minors

  • Birth Certificate – Only Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
  • Marriage Certificate of the parents if applicable
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Original passport of either one (1) of the parent.
  • School ID if the minor is a student

 

For passport renewal

 

  • Original Old Passport – bring the original and photocopy of your old issued passport.
  • At least two (2) valid identification documents
  • Birth Certificate – Only Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

 

For Lost Valid or Unexpired Passport

 

  • All basic requirements mentioned above
  • Notarized Affidavit of Loss with detailed explanation of when, where and how the passport was lost
  • For valid passports, submit Police Report
  • A photocopy of the lost passport if available.

 

Step 3. Go to your scheduled appointment

  • Arrive on your confirmed application date and time at the DFA Service Center you have chosen.
  • Bring your duly-accomplished application form and basic requirements.
  • Present your DFA passport application form to the Appointment Counter and wait for your queue number.
  • Wait for your queue number to be called or displayed on the monitor. Proceed to the available Processing Window on your turn
  • Present all the requirements to the personnel. Wait for the confirmation of your complete requirements before proceeding to payment.
  • The latest Philippine Passport Application and Renewal Fees are as follow:

Regular Processing Rate is P950 (15 working days)

Express Processing Rate is P1200 (7 working days)

  • Once you are done with the payment go to the encoding section to get your biometrics, signature data and image capturing.
  • Lastly, get your receipt with date stamped on when you can claim your passport. For those who wish to be delivered, pay additional courier fee of P120.

 

DFA Satellite Offices in Metro Manila

 

There are six (6) DFA Service Center in Metro Manila. All of DFA Service Centers can be found near or inside mall establishments which is good, making personal appointment easier and more convenient for the Filipinos. Appointment shall be made within 10:00am – 5:00pm every Mondays to Saturdays except declared holidays.

 

You can follow the table below for the complete DFA Service Center information.

 

NCR Satellite Office Address Contact Number
DFA Aseana Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Aseana Business Park, Barangay Tambo Parañaque, Metro Manila (02) 737-100
DFA NCR-East

(SM Megamall)

7F Building C, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City (02) 520-3230
DFA NCR- Central

(Robinsons Galleria)

Level 1 Lingkod Pinoy Center, Robinsons Galleria, Quezon City (02) 631-0806
DFA NCR-West

(SM Manila)

5th Floor, SM City Manila, Conception St. Manila (02) 536-9994
DFA NCR-North East

(Ali Mall)

Level 2, Ali Mall Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City (02) 293-0105
DFA NCR-South West

(Alabang Town Center)

4th Floor Metro Department Store, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa (02) 551-1051

 

For those in the provinces can follow the same step-by-step process as mentioned above and set an appointment to the nearest DFA Regional Consular Office. Here are the complete list for your reference:

 

Regional Consular Office Address Contact Number
Angeles Pampanga 3F MarQuee Mall Pulung, Maragu, Angeles City (045) 304-0193
Bacolod 2F East Block Square Circumferential Road, Brgy. Villa Monte, Bacolod City (034) 434-8338
Baguio Upper Basement SM City Baguio, Luneta Hill, Baguio City (074) 422-2258

(074) 422-1465

Butuan CESIA Bldg. Mantilla Blvd., Butuan City (085) 342-7822
Cagayan de Oro Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City (08822) 724-309

(088) 857-2175

Cebu 4th Level Pacific Mall-Metro Mandaue, UN Ave. cor. MC Briones St., Brgy. Estancia, Mandaue City (032) 520-5898

(032) 520-6193

(032) 520- 6551

Cotabato People’s Place, City Hall, Cotabato City (064) 421-3495

(032) 520-6193

(032) 520-6551

Davao 3F SM City Davao Quimpo Blvd., Ecoland Brgy. Malina, Davao City (082) 285-4885

(082) 285-1900

General Santos Robinsons Place General Santos, J. Catolico Sr. Ave., Lagao, General Santos City (083) 553-8380
Ilo-Ilo Yulo Street, IloIlo City (033) 336-1737

(02) 487-3041

La Union Pasado Building Pagdalagan Norte San Fernando, La Union (027) 607-6487

(072) 607-6510

Legazpi 3rd Floor Pacific Mall F. Imperial Street, Barangay Capantawan Landco Business Park, Legazpi City (052) 480-3000
Lipa City 2F Robinsons Place, JP Laurel Highway, Mataas na Lupa, Lipa City (043) 722-0578
Lucena 3F Pacific Mall Lucena, M.L. Tagarao St., Barangay Ill Lucena City (042) 710-4526

(042) 372-1898

Pampanga 2F Robinsons StarMill City of San Fernando, Pampanga (045) 636-0007

(045) 636-0009

Puerto Princesa 2F Puerto Princesa City Coliseum National Highway, Brgy. San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City (048) 434-1773
Tacloban Leyte SMED Center Capitol Site Sn. Enage, Tacloban City Consular: (053) 321-8233

Admin: (053) 523-0080

Tuguegarao Regional Government Center, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley (078) 846-2310
Zamboanga Go-Velayo Bldg. Veterans Ave. Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur (062) 991-4398

 

Important Reminders

 

  1. Enclose all your requirements in an envelope to keep them safe and don’t forget to bring them on your scheduled appearance.
  1. Have at least two (2) photocopies of each document you will present for security purposes.
  1. Make sure the email address you will use in your online application filing and scheduling is valid and working.
  1. Appearance slot is based on first come, first serve basis. Currently, almost all dates until month of November 2017 is already full.
  1. Additional requirements may be required by the Passport Officer depending on the completeness and status of your application.
  1. You have at least six (6) months to claim your passport on the DFA Releasing Area. If you fail to claim your passport within six months it will get disposed.
  1. Review your accomplished passport before going out. Ensure all data provided in the passport is correct. You can approach a DFA personnel in case there is a mistake but this may take another day/days of correction.
  1. Avoid talking or dealing with fixers around the area. Verification, processing and payment can be easily done inside the DFA Service Center or Regional Consular Office. This is also highly recommended for you to avoid being scammed.

 

Overall

I hope this post helped you. Don’t delay your passport application kasi sa totoo lang marami kang pwede pag-gamitan niyan. Let me know in the comment section below how your passport application went. How much time you spent applying or any problem you encountered.

Salamat Kabayan!  

 

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