Here are some tips that can help you make the most of your appointment with the DFA for your passport application or renewal.
Before applying for a Philippine passport:
- All applicants should secure an online appointment when applying for a passport.
- The public is advised to secure their passports prior to booking their flights. Flight bookings should only be made if passports are still valid for at least six (6) months.
- A confirmed appointment is required for all applicants except for those who would qualify for the courtesy lane.
- Applicants are reminded to be on site not earlier than 30 minutes on their selected date and time of appointment at their chosen consular office.
- Personal appearance is required for all applicants.
- Please be warned that dealing with fixers is at your own risk and expense.
- Prepare all the originals and photocopies of the documentary requirements for passport application.
- To ensure entry to countries with strict dress codes, all applicants are required to wear decent clothing for passport photo capture. Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothing, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited.
- Jewelry such as earrings and necklaces and colored contact lenses are not allowed during photo capturing;
- The DFA adheres to “No Escort” policy; escorts shall be prohibited from entering the DFA consular premises to accompany the applicants.
After Applying for a Philippine passport:
- The applicant shall bring the passport receipt for the release of their passport. In case of lost passport receipt, an Affidavit of Loss is required.
- Check if all the data on the passport are correct before leaving the Consular Office.
- For applicants 13 years old and above, immediately affix the signature on the third page of the passport booklet upon receipt of the passport. For minors 12 years old and below, leave it blank.
- If the applicant cannot personally claim his/her passport, an immediate family member or an authorized representative shall present an Authorization Letter or a Special Power of Attorney respectively, to claim the passport in behalf of the applicant. Both documents should contain the name and photocopy of the ID of the authorized individual.
- Passports unclaimed after one hundred and eighty (180) days will be canceled per Department Order No. 37-03.
- Do not staple anything on the passport booklet especially the covers as it may damage the electronic chip and render the epassport unreadable.