3 Mar 13

Children below 18 years old must be accompanied by either parent when applying for their passports, especially if it is their first time to do so.  As much as possible, both biological parents must be present during the interview, picture-taking, and collection of the child’s biometrics.  But what if one or both parents are not available to accompany their child?  Or what if the child is not traveling with either parent?  Also, what if the child is illegitimate and the father is unknown?

Today’s blog will focus on the required additional documents that parents and guardians need to submit to the DFA for a minor child’s passport application, if he could not be accompanied by his parents or if he is an illegitimate child and is residing with his biological mother.  If you need a list of the core requirements (documents and acceptable valid IDs), click here 

  1. In case the child is not traveling with his parent/s:
  • The child’s guardian (or whoever is processing the application for the child) must submit a DSWD clearance and Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the parent/s. The Affidavit of Support and Consent must be Consularized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • Passport or valid government-issued ID of the authorized adult companion.
  1. In case the child is illegitimate and is in the custody of the mother:
  • Child’s personal appearance along with his mother or authorized adult companion.
  • Bring a copy of the child’s PSA birth certificate.
  • Passport and a valid government-issued ID of the mother or authorized adult companion.
  • If the child is not accompanied by his mother during the application process, the accompanying adult must submit a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) executed by the mother designating the minor’s companion to assist in the application process. The SPA must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • If the child is not traveling with his mother, the accompanying adult must submit a DSWD clearance and Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the mother. The Affidavit of Support and Consent must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.

The above is lifted from the www.passport.gov.ph website.  Visit us again tomorrow for more information on the requirements for passport applicants with special cases.

References:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.passport.gov.ph

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