Recently, the validity of the Philippine passport was upgraded to 10 years. This can be advantageous to those who frequently travel and even for those who are planning to get a new passport or for renewal.
If you don’t know where to start, please read on.
For new applicants, here are some documents to prepare in getting Philippine Passport:
- Valid IDs including Voter’s ID, school ID (students), Senior Citizen’s ID, SSS ID, PRC, BIR, and driver’s license
- Birth certificate issued by PSA or certified true copy of birth certificate issued by the LCR
- Other documents that you may bring include marriage certificate, baptismal certificate, transcript of records, government service record, land title, and certificate of tribal affiliation
Once you secure all the documents, make sure to keep a photocopy of every document. If you will renew your passport, make sure to bring your old passport.
Set DFA Passport Appointment
The next step after securing all the documents is to set an appointment with DFA. This is done by either calling the customer service hotline or through online application.
If you will apply through the customer service hotline, you can call (02) 737-1000. Make sure to follow the instructions and provide the necessary information. After scheduling your appointment, you’ll be given a reference number and the link of your application form.
For DFA online application, you can visit the official website at www.passport.gov.ph and click the “schedule an appointment” icon. Choose the appointment date, place and time convenient to you. A reference number will be sent through email and the link of the passport application form.
DFA appointment is not necessary for Filipino citizens who fall in the following category:
- Minors not more than 7 years old
- Pregnant women (bring medical certificate)
- Person with disability (bring PWD ID)
- Solo parents ( bring solo parent ID)
- Senior citizens (bring senior citizen’s ID)
The appointment system is serve on a first come, first serve basis. DFA discourages applicants to avoid getting help from fixers.
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During the scheduled appointment, make sure to bring all the required documents and the supporting papers as well. Follow the required dress code otherwise you won’t be allowed to enter in the DFA office. Minor applicants must come along with the parents or guardians and be at the DFA office 30 minutes prior to the schedule.
The processing fee is Php950 for regular processing and Php1,200 for expedite processing. Follow the application process posted in the DFA office.