Tag Archive: Department of Foreign Affairs


9 Sept 30

My friend’s dog tore his brand new passport apart, three months before he was scheduled to leave for Singapore.  He cried like a little boy while collecting the scraps of paper that was once his primary travel document.

How do you get a replacement for your damaged passport?  Read this.

First off, we need to define what damaged passport means.  According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, your passport is considered damaged or mutilated when:

  • The data page or any information on it is torn or damaged to the point of unreadability.
  • A damaged passport microchip that is no longer machine-readable.
  • One or more pages have been torn out or missing.
  • Passport cover no longer attached to the booklet.
  • The booklet is unstitched, severely damaged by water, or with visa stamps that have bled out.
  • Passport picture is tampered and no longer clear/visible.

If your passport exhibits any of the above descriptions, you can consider it as damaged and therefore, needs to be replaced.  The DFA treats the replacement of damaged passports as new applications and so anyone seeking to have a damaged passport replaced must go through the same process as when you are applying for a new one.  Here’s how:

  1. The first thing you need to do is to get an appointment online and pay the corresponding passport fee to confirm your slot.
  2. Submit a notarized Affidavit of Explanation as to how, when, and where your passport was damaged or mutilated.
  3. Bring an original and photocopy of the first and last pages of the damaged passport.
  4. Prepare P350 as a penalty fee for the damaged passport.

You are also encouraged to bring an original copy of your PSA birth certificate especially if your personal details are hardly recognizable in the damaged passport.  You can get a copy online and have it delivered to your home at www.psahelpline.ph.

There shall be a 15-day clearing period within which your application will go through verification and your old passport records will be tracked and reviewed.

There you have it.  The process and requirements may be a bit different but rest assured that the DFA can have your damaged passport replaced.

Just the same, take care of your passport and other important IDs and documents.  Keep them in locked drawers or plastic containers to keep them safe from pets, pests, flood, and maybe even fire.  Always have duplicates available in your office as well so you would have a ready reference in case you lose the original ones.

Thanks for dropping by!

References:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.passport.gov.ph

www.filipiknow.net

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9 Sept 23

The Department of Foreign Affairs applied some changes in the passport appointment system last year in order to make more room for more passport applicants.  Getting an appointment with the DFA has become so difficult for most Filipinos because the appointment slots get blocked off really fast.  It was found out that a significant number of people who reserved these slots never make good with their commitment, resulting to more and more people having to wait for a month or more just to get an appointment with the DFA.

Last year, the DFA tweaked the process a bit so that a passport applicant who reserves a slot online can confirm his appointment by paying his passport fee first.  In the past, you pay your passport fee after you have gone through the entire application or renewal process.  This was seen as one of the major reasons why appointment slots get booked right away and unused reservations remain blocked until the day of the person’s appointment (usually 30 to 60 days from the time it was reserved.). With the new process, an applicant is given only 48 hours, from the time he is generated a reference number, to confirm his appointment by paying his passport fee at any of the accredited payment partners of the DFA.  If he or she does not post any payment within the prescribed period, his appointment is canceled and is made free for others to reserve.

So how do you pay your passport fee so you don’t lose your reserved slot?  Read this:

  1. When you are done with the appointment setting process, click on the Proceed to Payment button on the screen.
  2. You will be taken to the newly launched Philippine passport ePayment portal, showing the total fee you need to pay and the authorized payment centers where you can make your payment.
  3. Click Proceed. You should receive an email with your reference number. Take note of this number or print it out and bring it with you when you make your payment at your chosen Payment Center.
  4. Below is a list of payment centers that you can choose from:
  • Bayad Center outlets
  • ECPay
  • PeraHub
  • Robinson’s Business Center and Department Stores
  • Waltermart Department Store
  • 7-11 Stores
  • USCC (Western Union)
  • Villarica Pawnshop
  • Other payment centers, as well as the credit/debit card payment facility, will be made available soon.

Other reminders when paying at Payment Centers:

  1. The paid passport fee is non-refundable. If you fail to make it to your appointment, you cannot re-schedule or demand a refund.
  2. The Payment Centers may charge you an additional P50 as a convenience fee.
  3. If you are paying for more than one passport appointment (ex: family appointment or group application), each person’s appointment will be assigned its own reference number. Payments for group applications will also be on a per reference number basis – you pay for each, not as a group.
  4. You may contact the ePayment Portal Help Desk at (02) 234-3488 or email them at info@passport.gov.ph

Keep your receipt after making the payment and make sure to bring it with you on your appointment and when you claim your passport.

References:

www.passport.gov.ph

www.dfa.gov.ph

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9 Sept 16

A confirmed appointment at the DFA means that particular date and time is reserved for you for your passport application or renewal.  Last year, there was a clamor for the DFA to systematize their online appointment process because applicants could not seem to get any available date (at any of the most accessible DFA offices) no matter how long they wait online.  Later on, DFA advised the public of the best times to get an appointment: 9AM and 12PM.  Apparently, these are the hours when the system refreshes and the available dates are updated.  Also, they required applicants to pay their passport fees first before their reserved slots are officially confirmed and blocked off.  No payment within a specified number of hours after reservation means that the time and date you reserved will be freed up for others.  Unlike before when applicants are only required to pay their passport fees after they have gone through the entire passport application or renewal process at the DFA.

But what if an applicant wishes to change his appointment date after he has confirmed (meaning, has already paid for his passport fees)?  Is there a way to accommodate this or are all confirmed appointments considered final?

Read on:

The passport appointment website, www.passport.gov.ph has a Reschedule button that allows applicants with confirmed appointments to change their appointment date and time.  So the answer to our questions is Yes.  However, you need to take note of the following when requesting your appointment to be rescheduled:

  1. Rescheduling is dependent on the availability of the appointment slots. This means that if your desired new date and time is no longer available, you cannot be accommodated. You may have to keep checking the site to see if your preferred time has been freed up.
  2. You can only reschedule once.
  3. You can only reschedule a weekday appointment to another weekday – not on a weekend.

Are you thinking of rescheduling your confirmed appointment with the DFA? Well, we hope this article helped.

Visit us again tomorrow for more information and helpful tips when getting a new or renewing a Philippine passport.

References:

http://www.passport.gov.ph

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3 Mar 26

To avoid encountering problems on your passport application appointment date, make sure you have the correct and complete set of requirements when you appear at the DFA.  Remember, if you are renewing a maroon passport, you no longer need to bring a copy of your PSA birth certificate, unless you are going to use this as proof of filiation (parentage) for your (minor) child’s passport renewal.

  1. Personally appear at the DFA Consular Office where you set your passport application appointment.
  2. Bring your printed appointment packet that was sent to your email after you made your ePayment:
  • Checklist with schedule;
  • Application form with a barcode, reference number, and e-receipt number;
  • Two copies of the e-receipt.
  1. Birth and/or Marriage Certificate
  • Bring the original copies.
  • The DFA only accepts authenticated copies printed on NSO or PSA on the yellow Security Paper.  Again, the PSA Birth Certificate is NO LONGER required for the renewal of the maroon passport.
  1. One valid ID and its photocopy. The DFA accepts ANY ONE of the following:
  • SSS/GSIS/UMID
  • Driver’s License
  • Student Permit (card format)
  • PRC ID
  • OWWA/iDOLE ID
  • Voter’s ID/Voter’s Certificate
  • PNP Firearms License
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • School ID (valid and enrolled)
  • Valid ePassport
  • Residence Card

For more questions about passport appointments and requirements, you may visit the DFA website at ww.dfa.gov.ph or www.consular.dfa.gov.ph

Need quick facts about passport applications, requirements, and fees? Read this blog: QUICK FACTS FOR PASSPORT APPLICANTS AT THE DFA.

Reference:

https://www.facebook.com/dfaphl/

www.dfa.gov.ph

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3 Mar 25 (1)

Whether you are traveling for leisure, business, or employment, you must always exercise caution and vigilance for your safety and security.  The Department of Foreign Affairs released a list of reminders for every Pinoy to remember when traveling abroad, especially first-time travelers or those who are visiting a country for the first time.  We are also including a quick review on how to get a new passport in case you lose your passport while abroad.

Read on!

  1. Be mindful of and respect local laws and regulations;
  2. Always keep alert in crowded areas such as popular tourist spots, airports, bus, train, and metro stations, markets and shopping areas, large sports and concert venues, and onboard public transportation, among others, where petty criminals tend to congregate;
  3. Be wary of con artists who use a variety of tactics to distract tourists while accomplices gain access to one’s personal items;
  4. Be careful of one’s belongings.  Never leave items that may easily be picked up, such as wallets, mobile phones, and cameras, unattended.  Always keep these close to you, especially in crowded areas;
  5. As much as possible, distribute your cash, credit cards, important documents, and other valuables in separate compartments in your bag; and
  6. Keep both hard and electronic copies of your passport, IDs, credit cards, and important documents handy while on travel.
  7. When traveling with children, never ever let them wander off alone.  Never leave them unattended even when you feel that the area is safe and guarded.
  8. Always take photos of your children to take note of the clothes they are wearing before you leave the hotel or go out for the day.

I lost my passport abroad!

Filipinos whose passports get lost or stolen should immediately secure a Police Report and contact the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate for assistance.  The Embassy or Consulate can help Filipinos who lose their passports by issuing a travel document that will allow travel back to the Philippines.

For a more detailed article on how to get a passport or travel document while abroad, please visit this blog we released in the past.

 

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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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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3 Mar 08

Does your birth certificate have errors?  Are there details such as spellings, dates, and names that do not match the details in your valid IDs?  Are you a dual citizen, naturalized Filipino citizen, or obtained your citizenship by election?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, today’s article is for you.

If you need the list of general requirements for FIRST-TIME, NEW PASSPORT APPLICATION, click here.

Supporting documents for passport application if:

  1. If the applicant has lacking data in the birth certificate or Report of Birth:
  • Applicant must submit proof of filing of supplemental report or correction from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR).
  1. If the applicant has a discrepancy in data in birth certificate/Report of Birth and other documents:
  • A discrepancy in the first name – applicant must submit a copy of the petition and supporting documents for correction of the first name filed with Local Civil Registrar (LCR) or consulate.
  • A discrepancy in other data – applicant must submit annotated birth certificate authenticated by PSA reflecting the corrected entry.
  1. If the applicant is a dual citizen:
  • Original PSA authenticated birth certificate/Report of Birth and Original Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine Foreign Service Post (FSP) or the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and a photocopy.
  • Government-issued IDs (Philippine or from the country of second citizenship).
  1. If the applicant is a Naturalized Filipino Citizen:
  • Identification Certificate of Naturalization from BI
  1. If the applicant obtained Filipino citizenship by Election:
  • Affidavit of Election of Philippine citizenship.
  • Identification Certificate of Election from BI.
  1. If the applicant has been granted citizenship by Act of Legislation.
  • A certified true copy of the law granting citizenship.

Foreign birth certificate authenticated by Philippine FSP.

Thank you for joining us in this series!  All the information featured in this series were lifted from the http://www.passport.gov.ph website.  If you have any questions about your passport application, feel free to drop us a line and we will get back to you with the best answer we can find.

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3 Mar 04

Due to the recent updates in the documentary requirements for passport application and renewal, my relatives (especially the seniors!) had a hard time figuring out whether they should bring copies of their PSA birth certificates and PSA marriage certificates on their appointment date.  Some were saying they must bring their PSA civil registry documents, while others were saying they may skip that part and just bring their valid IDs.

The best place to get the best answers would, of course, be the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs.  So in today’s blog, I will be sharing with you the most updated list of documentary requirements, accepted IDs, and supporting documents that the DFA accepts for FIRST TIME PASSPORT ADULT APPLICANTS.

ADULT NEW APPLICATION

  1. CORE REQUIREMENTS
  1. Confirmed Online Appointment
  2. Personal appearance
  3. Accomplished Application Form
  4. Original copy of PSA Birth Certificate on Security Paper
    • Married Females (who are using their spouse’s last name) must also submit an original copy of PSA Marriage Certificate on Security Paper or Report of Marriage.
    • Local Civil Registrar copy may be required if PSA Birth Certificate is not clear or cannot be read.
  5. Any of the following valid IDs with one photocopy.

Note: If the female applicant opts to retain her maiden name, the PSA Marriage Certificate is no longer required.

*Additional requirements may be required.  Please refer to the section below for additional requirements for Adult New 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. (Example: Residence Card)

Important Reminder: The Department may require additional supporting documents as may be necessary.

The DFA requires various supporting documents depending on the applicant’s case.  For example, you do not have a PSA birth certificate and could not retrieve a Report of Birth from the LCR of your birth certificate.  Or yours is a Late Registered birth certificate or a female applicant’s marriage has been dissolved and she wants to use her maiden surname in her passport.

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1 jan 23

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has specific requirements for minors applying for passports or having old ones renewed.  In today’s blog, we will also be including the additional requirements in cases when a child is adopted, is not traveling with parents, or has issues with the entries in his or her birth certificate.

Read on!

MINOR RENEWAL APPLICATION OF PASSPORT

CORE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Confirmed Online Appointment (if applicable) – Children 7 years old and below do not need to have an online appointment. They are entitled to avail of the courtesy lane together with their parent/s and minor siblings.
  2. Accomplished Application Form.
  3. Personal Appearance of the minor applicant and either parent or authorized adult companion.
  4. Current ePassport with a photocopy of the data page.
  5. Marriage Certificate is required if only one parent is accompanying the child.
  • If parents are unmarried, an Affidavit of Support and/or Consent executed by the Mother will be required if she is not accompanying the child.
  • If Affidavit of Support and/or Consent is executed abroad, it must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate.
  1. Passport or valid government-issued ID of either parent with one photocopy.
  2. School ID (if applicable).

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

LIST OF VALID IDs (of parent/s accompanying minor applicant)

  1. Social Security System (SSS)/Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card (UMID)
  2. Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License. Student Permit may be accepted 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. 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 in the following cases:

  1. In case of a Lost VALID ePassport – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age is still required.
  • If a photocopy of the applicant’s last issued passport is available, the Birth Certificate will not be required.
  • Additional Requirements for Lost Valid ePassport:
    • Police Report in English (it must be filed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application. Original and photocopy required.)
    • Affidavit of Loss in English (it must be signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application. Original and photocopy required).
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00
  • Additional 15 business days clearing period for Lost Valid Passports.
  1. In case of Lost EXPIRED Passport – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age still required.
  • If a photocopy of the applicant’s last issued passport is available, the Birth Certificate will not be required.
  • Additional Requirements for Lost Expired Passport:
    • Affidavit of Loss in English (signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00
  1. In case of renewal of a Frequently Lost Passport – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age is still required.
  • Additional Requirements for renewal of Frequently Lost Passport:
    • Police Report in English (filed by parent/s, legal guardian, or a person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
    • Affidavit of Loss in English (signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00
  1. In case applicant used a Travel Document to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age is still required.
  • Additional Requirements for applicants who used Travel Documents to travel back to the Philippines:
    • Original Travel Document
    • Affidavit of Explanation (signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
  1. In case applicant lost the Travel Document used to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age still required.
  • Additional Documents for Lost Travel Documents used to travel back to the Philippines:
    • Original Travel Records from the Bureau of Immigration.
    • Affidavit of Explanation (signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
  1. In case passport has been mutilated or damaged – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age is still required.
  • Additional requirements for mutilated and/or damaged passports:
    • Affidavit of Explanation (signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
    • Applicant must surrender the mutilated/damaged passport.
    • Penalty fee: Php 350.00
  1. In case the applicant is not accompanied by the parent/s during the application process:
  • Applicant must submit a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) executed by the parent/s designating the minor’s companion to assist in the application process. The SPA must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • Passport or valid government-issued ID of the authorized adult companion.
  • SPA or Affidavit of Support and Consent must have a copy of parent/s valid ID and/or passport attached.
  1. In case the applicant is not traveling with parent/s.
  • Applicant must submit 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 for the list of acceptable IDs for passport application.
  1. In case the applicant is an illegitimate child in custody of the mother.
  • Personal appearance of minor applicant and mother or authorized adult companion.
  • Passport or valid government-issued ID of the mother or authorized adult companion.
  • If the applicant is not accompanied by the mother during the application process, the applicant must submit a Special Power of Attorney executed by the mother designating the minor’s companion to assist in the application process. The Special Power of Attorney must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • If the applicant is not traveling with mother, the applicant must submit 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.
  1. If the applicant is an illegitimate child and mother is deceased/absent and father is unknown.
  • Personal appearance of minor applicant and adult guardian.
  • PSA birth certificate
  • Valid passport or valid government ID of an adult guardian
  • DSWD clearance
  • Affidavit of Guardianship
  1. If the minor applicant has undergone the process of domestic adoption.
  • Personal appearance of the minor applicant and adoptive parent/s.
  • Valid passport or valid government-issued ID of adoptive parent/s.
  • Court Decree of Adoption and documents to prove the identity of the child (ex: Birth Certificate, Certificate of Foundling).
  • If the applicant is not accompanied by adoptive parent/s during the application process, the applicant must submit a Special Power of Attorney executed by the adoptive parent/s designating the minor’s companion to assist in the application process. The Special Power of Attorney must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • If the applicant is not traveling with adoptive parent/s, the applicant must submit DSWD clearance and Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the adoptive parent/s. The Affidavit of Support and Consent must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy /Consulate if executed abroad.
  1. If the minor applicant is undergoing or has undergone the process of foreign adoption/Inter-country Adoption Board (ICAB) adoption process.
  • Personal Appearance of the minor applicant and ICAB representative.
  • Endorsement from ICAB
  • Certificate of Child Available for Adoption/Deed of Voluntary Commitment
  • Placement Authority issued by ICAB
  • Certificate of Issuance of Passport issued by ICAB and documents to prove the identity of the child (ex: Birth Certificate, Certificate of Foundling).
  • Clearance for Inter-country Adoption
  • Child Study Report
  • DSWD clearance
  1. If the applicant is a foundling and NOT for adoption.
  • Personal appearance of minor applicant and adult guardian.
  • PSA Certificate of Foundling
  • Passport or valid government-issued ID of an adult guardian.
  • DSWD clearance
  • Affidavit of Guardianship

Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph

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1 jan 22 (1)

If your passport does not have a biometric chip embedded in its cover, it is not an e-Passport.  If that is the type of passport you are to renew this year, there may be some requirements that are different from the list we featured yesterday.  Today’s blog is dedicated to the holders of non-ePassports: those issued in 2009 or earlier, are colored green, brown, or maroon.

These were lifted straight from the website of the DFA:

CORE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Confirmed online appointment
  2. Accomplished application form
  3. Personal appearance
  4. Current Passport 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 a woman opts to retain her maiden name, a Marriage Contract is not required.

Additional requirements may be required.  Please refer to the section below for additional supporting document requirements for Adult Renewal non-ePassport applications.

LIST OF VALID IDs

  1. Social Security System (SSS)/Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card (UMID).
  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. 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. In case of a LOST VALID NON-Epassport – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  •  The online appointment still required.
  • If a photocopy of the applicant’s last issued passport is available, the Birth Certificate will not be required.
  • Additional requirements may be required. Please refer to the section below for additional requirements for Adult Renewal non-ePassport Applications (Lost Valid Passports).
  • Police Report in English (original and photocopy)
  • Affidavit of Loss in English (original and photocopy)
  • Penalty Fee: Php 350.00
  • Additional 15 business days clearing period for Lost Valid Passports.
  1. In case of a LOST EXPIRED NON Epassport – Will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  •  The online appointment still required.
  • If a photocopy of the applicant’s issued passport is available, the Birth Certificate will not be required.
  • Additional requirements may be required. Please refer to the section below for additional requirements for Adult Renewal non-ePassport Applications (Lost Valid Passports).
  • Affidavit of Loss in English
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00

3. In case of RENEWAL of a frequently LOST PASSPORT – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION. 

  • The online appointment still required.
  • Police Report in English
  • Affidavit of Loss in English
  • Penalty Fee: Php 350.00

 4. In case applicant used a TRAVEL DOCUMENT to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.

  •  The online appointment still required.
  • Original Travel Document
  • Affidavit of Explanation
  1. In case applicant LOST THE TRAVEL DOCUMENT used to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  •  The online appointment still required.
  • Original Travel Records from the Bureau of Immigration
  • Affidavit of Explanation

 6. In case passport has been MUTILATED OR DAMAGED – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.

  •  Online appointment still required.
  • Affidavit of Explanation
  • Applicant must surrender the mutilated/damaged passport
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00

 7. In case the applicant is a DUAL CITIZEN (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements).

  •  The online appointment still required.
  • Government-issued IDs (refer to valid Philippine Government-issued IDs or their secondary citizenship/residence counterparts).
  • Report of Birth OR Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration.

 8. In case the applicant is a NATURALIZED CITIZEN (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements).

  •  Identification Certificate of Naturalization from the Bureau of Immigration.

 9. In case the applicant is a Filipino Citizen by Election (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements).

  •  Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship
  • Identification Certificate of Election from the Bureau of Immigration.

Tomorrow we shall feature the list of requirements for minor children (below 18 years old) so make sure you drop by again for more helpful information on passport applications and renewals.

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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