Aug 08

If the information in your passport is incorrect, such as the spelling of your name or the date of your birth, can you still use your passport to travel?

Some Pinoys do not have a middle name, can they still apply for a passport even if this is the case?

This is part 3 of our series on Passport FAQs!  Don’t fail to share!

Other Passport-related Inquiries

  1. My passport’s information is incorrect. My passport has a typographical error. What should I do?

If you notice an error in your passport, please go to the nearest Consular Office and inform them about the error so that it can be evaluated and rectified.  You may find the Consular Office nearest you at https://consular.dfa.gov.ph/directory

  1. Can I still use my maiden name in my passport even though I am married?

Yes, provided that you have not yet used your married name in any previous Philippine passport.

  1. What should I do, my name is on the DFA Watch List?

You may contact the Passport Division at passportconcerns@dfa.gov.ph

  1. When is a passport considered mutilated?

An ePassport is considered damaged or mutilated under the following conditions:

  • Data page or any information on it is rendered unreadable or has been torn removing any information from the page.
  • Passport chip has been damaged and is no longer readable.
  • Machine-readable zone (MRZ) is no longer readable or has been torn from the data page.
  • The photo on data page is no longer visible, has been tampered, or the quality is questionable.
  • Page/s have been torn out and are no longer available.
  • Cover has been unstitched from the booklet.
  • Stitching of booklet has been undone.
  • Booklet has been severely water-damaged/water-logged and/or visa stamps have bled out.

Should a passport be in any of the above conditions, the applicant must provide an Affidavit of Explanation.

  1. Can I apply for a passport even though I do not have a middle name?

Yes, as long as that is what is indicated in your birth certificate.

However, if you do have a middle name but it does not appear in your birth certificate, you need to have your birth certificate corrected first.  Please refer to https://psa.gov.ph/civilregistration/problems-and-solutions for the requirements and procedure.

Authentication of Documents (“Red Ribbon”)

  1. How do I get my documents authenticated?

Here is the procedure for authentication services:

Step 1: Fill out an application form (Maximum of 5 documents per application form).

Step 2: Present a valid ID upon submission of the documents to the processing window.

Step 3: Pay appropriate Authentication Fee (Php 100/document – 4 days processing / Php 200/document – 1 day) processing to the Cashier.

Step 4: Bring official receipt and claim the authenticated documents on the indicated release schedule.

For more details, please visit: http://consular.dfa.gov.ph/authentication

  1. Does authentication need an appointment?

No appointment is needed for authentication services.

  1. Where can I submit documents for authentication? / Are authentication services available on Saturdays?

Authentication services are available only at the following Consular Offices:

  • DFA Aseana
  • DFA NCR-Northeast (Ali Mall)
  • DFA NCR-East (SM Megamall)
  • DFA NCR-West (SM Manila)
  • DFA NCR-South (Metro Gaisano Alabang) and
  • DFA San Fernando, Pampanga

Yes, authentication services are available from Monday to Saturday.  But authenticated documents are released only from Monday to Friday.

DFA Aseana does not have authentication services on Saturday.

  1. Can I send a representative to have my documents authenticated for me? What are the requirements?

Applicants must file/claim their documents personally.  If you are unable to do so, you may send your authorized representative who may file/claim documents on your behalf.  Your authorized representative must present a Special Power of Attorney, a photocopy of the applicant’s valid ID bearing his/her signature and the representative’s own valid ID bearing his/her signature and one photocopy.

For more information, please visit: http://consular.dfa.gov.ph/requirements-for-authorized-representative

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