At first glance, the list of requirements needed when applying for a Philippine passport could be intimidating. This is one reason why most Pinoys choose to apply for their passports only at the first sign of an imminent travel abroad. Very few realize that a passport is a government-issued identification that everyone must have in their possession: like a driver’s license or an SSS ID.
To help you prepare for your passport application, we are providing the complete list of requirements, as published by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The following lists cover the general requirements as well as other special requirements depending on the applicant’s case (dual citizenship, applicants below 18 years old, minors not traveling with parents, etc.).
- Personal appearance at the chosen DFA branch.
- Confirmed appointment.
- Duly accomplished application form. You may download the form from the DFA website, www.dfa.gov.ph
- Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (you may order at www.psahelpline.ph) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by the PSA.
- Transcribed birth certificate from the LCR is required when entries in the PSA birth certificate are blurred or unreadable.
- If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by the PSA.
- Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity (refer to the list of IDs here – hyperlink to latest article on acceptable IDs and documents).
Apart from the General Requirements, applicants need to prepare the following depending on his or her case:
In Case of NO BIRTH RECORD
If applicant was born IN or AFTER 1950 (January 1, 1950 or after):
- Apply for the delayed registration of birth at the local civil registry office located at the place of birth of applicant.
- Submit authenticated Birth Certificate from PSA and supporting public document/s with correct date and place of birth (i.e. Form 137, Voter’s Registration Record, Baptismal Certificate with readable dry seal or National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) with photo and readable dry seal for Muslim applicants.)
If applicant was born BEFORE 1950 and later (December 31, 1949 and later):
- Certificate of Non-availability of Record from the PSA.
- Notarized Joint Birth Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons.
- Any public document/s with correct full name, date, and place of birth (i.e. Baptismal Certificate with readable dry seal or NCMF Certificate with photo and readable dry seal for Muslim applicants).
For Married Women:
- Marriage Contract in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or original and photocopy of the Certified True Copy (CTC) of MC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA.
- Transcribed Marriage Contract from the LCR is required when entries in the PSA Marriage Contract are blurred or unreadable.
- Report of Marriage duly authenticated by PSA if married abroad.
- Original and photocopy of Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO), Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance (required for women with foreign national husband).
Applicants who availed of Dual Citizenship under RA 9225:
- Identification Certificate of Retention or Re-acquisition.
- Oath of Allegiance
- Order of Approval
Applicants who elected Philippine Citizenship:
- Identification Certificate of Election
- Oath of Allegiance
- Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship
Applicants who have been Naturalized:
- Identification Certificate of Naturalization
- Oath of Allegiance
Take note that the DFA may require additional documents and IDs that are not included in the above lists, depending on how they would evaluate your case.
The DFA Aseana branch prioritizes Senior Citizens, pregnant women, PWDs, and children that are 7 years old and below. This means that if you fall under any of these categories, you no longer need to get an appointment online when applying for your passport. Just make sure that you have the complete set of IDs and documents to avoid delays in your application.
For all your PSA document needs, you may order online and have the certificates delivered to you. Just visit www.psahelpline.ph