1 jan 21

After the DFA announced that the PSA birth certificate is no longer a requirement when renewing passports, we received a lot of messages from our followers seeking to clarify the new policy.  Some of them who had confirmed appointments for passport renewal proceeded to the DFA branches WITHOUT their PSA birth and marriage certificates, only to be told that they, in fact, need to present these documents.

So to set the record straight, we checked directly with the DFA for the official list of requirements when renewing Philippine passports.  And that while it was officially announced that the PSA birth certificate is no longer required, there will be instances when this may still be asked of you, especially if you had some birth certificate details corrected such as the spelling of your name, your birth date, or if you will be using a different last name in your passport compared to the last name you use in your other IDs.

The following were lifted from the DFA website:

Adult Renewal Application of e-Passport

CORE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Confirmed Online Appointment
  2. Accomplished Application Form
  3. Personal appearance
  4. Current ePassport with a photocopy of the data page.
  5. Any of the following valid IDs with one photocopy
  6. Original PSA authenticated documents that will support the change of name:

If you are a married female applicant yet you wish to retain your maiden name in your passport, your PSA Marriage Certificate is NOT required.

Additional requirements may be required.  Please refer to the section below for additional requirements for Adult Renewal Applications.

LIST OF VALID IDs

  1. Social Security System (SSS)/Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-purpose Identification (UMID) card.
  2. Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License. Student Permit may be accepted if in card format.
  3. Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID.
  4. Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA)/Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card.
  5. Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Election Officer with Dry Seal.
  6. Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License.
  7. Senior Citizen ID
  8. Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
  9. School ID (if applicable)
  10. Current Valid ePassport (for renewal of ePassport)
  11. For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government-issued IDs showing their Philippine citizenship (ex: Residence Card).

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

In addition to the core requirements, the following supporting documents will be further required for the following cases:

  1. Lost VALID ePassport will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
    1. Online appointment is STILL required.
    2. If the photocopy of the applicant’s last issued passport is available, the Birth Certificate will NOT be required.  Otherwise, you have to bring your PSA birth certificate.
    3. Police report in English (original and photocopy)
    4. Affidavit of Loss in English (original and photocopy)
    5. Penalty fee: Php 350.00
    6. Additional 15 days clearing period for LOST, VALID passports.
  2. Lost EXPIRED ePassport will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
    1. Online appointment is STILL required.
    2. If a photocopy of the applicant’s last issue passport is available, the PSA birth certificate will NOT be required.  Otherwise, you have to bring your PSA birth certificate.
    3. Affidavit of Loss in English
    4. Penalty fee: Php 350.00
  3. Renewal of FREQUENTLY LOST PASSPORT will be treated as NEW APPLICATION
    1. The online appointment still required.
    2. Police Report in English
    3. Affidavit of Loss in English
    4. Penalty fee: Php 350.00
  4. In case of applicant used a Travel Document to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION
    1. Online appointment is still required.
    2. Original travel document
    3. Affidavit of Explanation
  5. In case of applicant lost the Travel Document used to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION
    1. The online appointment still required.
    2. Original Travel Records from the Bureau of Immigration
    3. Affidavit of Explanation
  6. In case passport has been MUTILATED or DAMAGED – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
    1. Online appointment is still required.
    2. Affidavit of Explanation
    3. Applicant must surrender the mutilated/damaged passport
    4. Penalty fee: Php 350.00
  7. In case the applicant is a Dual Citizen (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements)
    1. Online appointment is still required.
    2. Government-issued IDs (refer to valid Philippine Government-issued IDs or their secondary citizenship/residence counterparts.)
    3. Report of Birth OR Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration.
  8. In case the applicant is a Filipino citizen by Election (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements).
    1. Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship
    2. Identification Certificate of Election from Bureau of Immigration
  9. In case the applicant is a Naturalized Citizen (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements)
    1. Identification Certificate of Naturalization from the Bureau of Immigration.

Tomorrow we are going to feature the requirements for renewal application of non e-Passports.  These are the green, brown, machine-readable (maroon) passports that were issued in 2009 or earlier.  If you are scheduled to apply for the renewal of your child’s passport, visit us on Wednesday as we will feature the requirements for passport renewal of minor children.

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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