Important Guidelines when Applying or Renewing your Passport

07 - 03

Whether you are applying for a passport for the first time or are about to have your old one renewed, you need to be guided by the following reminders from the DFA.  A lot of applicants fail to check these fine prints in the DFA website and end up losing their slot simply because they are not wearing the prescribed dress code, lack the necessary documents, and sometimes, does not have the exact amount for the passport fees!

To help you achieve a hassle-free visit to the DFA we summarized the following guidelines when applying for a passport.  You may also download the complete list of the DFA’s required IDs and supporting documents here.


  • Personal appearance is required for all applicants.
  • Confirmed appointment is required for all applicants EXCEPT:
    • Senior citizens
    • Infants and minors below 1 year old
    • OFWs – OFWs must show sufficient proof such as valid employment contract or OEC.
  • Earrings and colored contact lenses are not allowed during data capturing. Smiling with visible teeth is also not allowed.
  • Check all the data in the computer monitor and in the Enrolment Certificate before signing it.
  • Only immediate family members are allowed to get the passport on behalf of the applicant. Immediate family members include father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, and children of legal age.
  • Passport shall be released to an immediate family member only with proper authorization letter. Passport of a minor applicant shall be released to parents only or to an authorized representative with Special Power of Attorney and Affidavit of Support and Consent.
  • Passports unclaimed after six (6) months will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.
  • Check all data in the received e-passport upon release.
  • Number of processing days may vary depending on the location of the Regional Consular Office where the application was filed.
  • The Department may require additional supporting documents as may be necessary, especially for applicants with dual citizenship and with foreign-sounding family names to prove citizenship.


For FIRST TIME passport applicants:

  • Regular Processing (15 working days) – Php 950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days) – Php 1,200.00

For RENEWAL of passport:

  • Regular Processing (15 working days) – Php 950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days) – Php 1,200.00


  • Regular Processing (15 working days)– Php 950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days) — Php 1,200.00


  • Regular Processing (15 working days) – Php 950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days) – Php 1,200


  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Smiling

When having photos captured, applicant may smile but without showing their teeth and gums.  The ‘Mona Lisa’ smile is recommended.

  1. Eyeglasses and 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.

  1. Ears should be visible

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

  1. Earrings and hair accessories

These accessories should be removed prior to photo capturing.  Frizzy/afro hairstyles should be neatly arranged showing full frontal facial image.  Earrings as not allowed.

  1. 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.  Highchair for minor applicants may be used, if needed.

COURTESY LANE FACILITY AVAILMENT AT ASEANA: Who are allowed to use the Courtesy Lane?

  • Regular government employees / with GSIS / appointed by Civil Service Commission
  • Dependent of government employee
    • Legal spouse
    • Parents
    • Unmarried children
  • Retired government employees (one year availment)
  • Incumbent elected officials
  • For barangay level, only the following are entitled:
    • Barangay Chairman
    • Barangay Kagawad
    • SK Chairman
  • Endorse from House of Representatives must be endorsed by DLLU before lodging their applications to Courtesy Lane
  • Media personnel must first secure endorsement from Public Information Services Unit (PISU) before going to Courtesy Lane.
  • Referrals made from DFA employees (limited to 3 referrals per month) and Head/s of other government agencies must secure proper endorsements duly signed by authorized signatories of their respective offices. Only original copies will be accepted for verification purposes. Photocopy of DFA employee’s valid I.D. / government agencies official’s Department I.D. must be attached for verification purposes.
  • Minor (7 years old and below)
  • Senior Citizens (60 years old and above)
  • PWD (genuinely disabled) / with PWD I.D.s
  • Pregnant (genuinely pregnant) / with medical certificate
  • Passport fees:
    • Php 1,200.00 – 10 working days
    • Senior citizens have an optional processing fee of Php 950.00 – 20 working days

If you have questions about passport applications and renewals, send us a message and we will do our best to find the answers for you.


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38 thoughts on “Important Guidelines when Applying or Renewing your Passport

  1. I would like to get a passport using my maiden name on it since my husband died already, what are the requirements I have to accomplish?

    1. Hi Judith,

      Apart from your PSA birth certificate, you need to bring a copy of your husband’s PSA death certificate when the DFA interviews you for your passport renewal.

      Advise them that you wish to revert to your maiden name.


  2. Hi po ask ko lang po kung pwede po kumuha na lang ng bagong passport kesa .expired na din po kase at nabaha din po .pwede po ba yun new passport na lang po ulit ??

    1. Hi Cholita,

      HIndi po. Kailangan po may appointment kayo. Hindi po kayo ma-entertain kung wala kayong appointment.

      Ang pwede lang po mag walk-in for passport renewal ay mga senior citizen, buntis, may kapansanan, at mga baby hanggang 1 year-old.


    1. Hi Girly,

      As long as your Solo Parent ID is updated and valid (a solo parent ID must be renewed every year), you will be accommodated at the Priority Lanes of the DFA and you would not need to set an appointment.

      Again : ONLY IF YOUR SOLO PARENT ID IS VALID. and only if you have a SOLO PARENT ID.

      Not all solo parents qualify for a Solo Parent ID.


  3. hi., itatanong ko lang po sana kung okay ba kahit anong kulay ng tshirt with collar kapag magpapapassport ka?

  4. hi…itatanong ko lang po kung ano ano po ba talaga ang mga requirements ng lost expired passport of senior citizen?
    thank you so much

    1. Hi Sharon,

      Here are the requirements for lost expired passports:

      * Affidavit of Loss with detailed explanation on when, where and how passport got lost. If the lost passport is still valid, submit Police Report.
      • Photocopy of first page of lost passport (if available)
      • Please take note that there will be a 15-day clearing period prior to the processing of
      application for replacement of a lost valid passport.

      The rest of the requirements are the same as in a normal passport application or renewal.


  5. Ragarding for PWD’s who will be working abroad, will the remarks of that person being confidentially disabled will also appear on the records of the other country or is it only on the DFA’s record system? I have a friend worries about that. Please we need your reply Ma’am/Sir. Thank you. God bless.

  6. Hello, ask ko lang, madami ako nababasa and naririnig about sa Senior Citizen walk-in. Pwede ba sumabay yung kasama ng Senior Citizen? Thank you

  7. Required po b ang personal appearance ng gov’t employee kapag mgrerenew ng passport ang kanyang legal spouse? Sa

  8. Need pa po ba ng PSA pag magrenew ng ePassport? Saka old college id lang po meron ako okay na po bang requirements un? Thank you po!

  9. Kapag mag-renew ng passport ang mother in law ko which is senior citizen, Pwede din po ba kame mag-renew ng mga anak ko kahit wala appointment

    1. Senior lang talaga ang pwedeng mag walk in application. Kung may anak ka na below 7 yrs old pwede din siya sa priority lane pero ikaw lang ang pwedeng masabay mag apply sa kanya.

  10. Can i still use my maiden name once i renew my passport even though I’ve already used my married surname on the expired passport?

      1. Hello po, ask ko lng pano po mag change ng name ng father ko kc nakalagay sa birth certificate ko is Rick then ung tunay nyang name is Ricardo then patay na po tatay ko. San ko po pwedeng ipa change ung Name nya?

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