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Jan 03

At first glance, the list of requirements needed when applying for a Philippine passport could be intimidating.  This is one reason why most Pinoys choose to apply for their passports only at the first sign of an imminent travel abroad.  Very few realize that a passport is a government-issued identification that everyone must have in their possession: like a driver’s license or an SSS ID.

To help you prepare for your passport application, we are providing the complete list of requirements, as published by the Department of Foreign Affairs.  The following lists cover the general requirements as well as other special requirements depending on the applicant’s case (dual citizenship, applicants below 18 years old, minors not traveling with parents, etc.).

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Personal appearance at the chosen DFA branch.
  • Confirmed appointment.
  • Duly accomplished application form.  You may download the form from the DFA website, www.dfa.gov.ph
  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (you may order at www.psahelpline.ph) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by the PSA.
    • Transcribed birth certificate from the LCR is required when entries in the PSA birth certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by the PSA.
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity (refer to the list of IDs here – hyperlink to latest article on acceptable IDs and documents).

Apart from the General Requirements, applicants need to prepare the following depending on his or her case:

In Case of NO BIRTH RECORD

If applicant was born IN or AFTER 1950 (January 1, 1950 or after):

  • Apply for the delayed registration of birth at the local civil registry office located at the place of birth of applicant.
  • Submit authenticated Birth Certificate from PSA and supporting public document/s with correct date and place of birth (i.e. Form 137, Voter’s Registration Record, Baptismal Certificate with readable dry seal or National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) with photo and readable dry seal for Muslim applicants.)

If applicant was born BEFORE 1950 and later (December 31, 1949 and later):

  • Certificate of Non-availability of Record from the PSA.
  • Notarized Joint Birth Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons.
  • Any public document/s with correct full name, date, and place of birth (i.e. Baptismal Certificate with readable dry seal or NCMF Certificate with photo and readable dry seal for Muslim applicants).

For Married Women:

  • Marriage Contract in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or original and photocopy of the Certified True Copy (CTC) of MC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA.
    • Transcribed Marriage Contract from the LCR is required when entries in the PSA Marriage Contract are blurred or unreadable.
  • Report of Marriage duly authenticated by PSA if married abroad.
  • Original and photocopy of Commission on Filipino Overseas (CFO), Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance (required for women with foreign national husband).

Applicants who availed of Dual Citizenship under RA 9225:

  • Identification Certificate of Retention or Re-acquisition.
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Order of Approval

Applicants who elected Philippine Citizenship:

  • Identification Certificate of Election
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship

Applicants who have been Naturalized:

  • Identification Certificate of Naturalization
  • Oath of Allegiance

Take note that the DFA may require additional documents and IDs that are not included in the above lists, depending on how they would evaluate your case.

The DFA Aseana branch prioritizes Senior Citizens, pregnant women, PWDs, and children that are 7 years old and below.  This means that if you fall under any of these categories, you no longer need to get an appointment online when applying for your passport.  Just make sure that you have the complete set of IDs and documents to avoid delays in your application.

For all your PSA document needs, you may order online and have the certificates delivered to you.  Just visit www.psahelpline.ph

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Jan 02a

Unlike most other improved products and services, the Philippine passport that now boasts of a 10-year validity period which took effect on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2018, will not increase its price.  Passports will still be issued at Php 950.00 for regular processing and P1,200.00 for rush processing.  The former takes 15 working days before it is made available to the applicant while the latter takes only 7 working days.

That’s one good news you can be happy about on the second day of the year!

When the proposal for the passport’s 10-year validity was in full swing last year, one concern raised was its price.  They said that if the passport is to be used for a decade then there should be more pages and that would essentially mean more cost.  Aren’t we glad this problem was nipped in the bud?

Passport applicants may continue to set their appointments online at the www.dfa.gov.ph website.  Take note that Senior Citizens, children that are 7 years old and below, pregnant women, and PWDs are given priority at the ASEANA DFA office (satellite offices may have different policies on children’s exemption); this means that if you fall under any of these categories, you no longer need to set an appointment online.  Just make sure that you have all the requirements needed for new passport applications or renewal of an expired one.

For the complete list of documentary requirements and acceptable IDs, read our previous article here. 

Also, the 10-year validity will not be applicable for Filipinos below 18 years old.  According to the DFA, facial features could still change during these ages and so it is better for them to come back for a new passport after a shorter period.

If you have questions about passport application, send us a message and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Bonjour.  Mabuhay.

It’s been a while and the rush rush of everyday life seems to keep on rushing 🙂 Also, your inquiries and questions just keep pouring in that I hardly find any time to post new blogs or even subjects of interest lately.

However, I noticed that some people are still under the cloud when it comes to getting their passport processed. Considering how easy it is now, for the last 4 years or so actually, with the expansion of the DFA with mall processing offices aside from the one in ASEANA.

So for the sake of those who are planning to get a passport, new or renewal, I’m posting this 12-Easy steps. Hope it helps 🙂

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Note: The appointment system is designed to coordinate the passport application flow efficiently by accommodating applicants with a scheduled hourly appearance to optimize queue and save time.

1. Log on to http://www.passport.com.ph – you need to set an appointment first to be able to get a passport. This applies for new, renewal or lost expired passport application.

2. Select a DFA office location nearest you. There are now 6 sites to choose from.

> DFA ASEANA– ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City

> DFA Alabang– th Floor, Metro Alabang Town Center, Alabang – Zapote Road 1700, Muntinlupa City, Philippines

> DFA Ali Mall – Ali Mall Government Center, Level 2 Ali Mall Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines

> DFA Manila– Conception Street Corner Arroceros and San Marcelino, Metro Manila.

> DFA Megamall– 7th Floor Megamall Building C, EDSA corner J. Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

> DFA Galleria– Lingkod Pinoy Center, Level 1 west lane, Robinsons Galleria EDSA cor. Ortigas ave. Pasig City, Philippines

3. Fill up the online application form- completely and correctly, remember this is your passport, one of your major ID.

4. Choose an appointment date and time- for your convenience, you can choose the date and time of your appointment from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.

5. Confirm and print your application form– check the email message from your submitted email address. Important: You need to click the confirmation link to finalize your appointment.

6. Prepare all the needed requirements- make sure you have prepared all the requirements and have them photocopied. Applicants without a complete set of photocopies will not be entertained. Check the list at http://passport.com.ph/requirements

7. Go to your chosen DFA office on the time and date of your appointment – be there at least 30 minutes before your appointment time.

8. Present your printed application form to the Verification Counter – this counter will make sure that your appointment schedule is valid. Show your printed application form.

9. Proceed to the Processing Area and present your requirements– the DFA processor will evaluate the requirements with you.

10. Proceed to the Cashier to pay for the passport fees

  • Regular Processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00

11. Proceed to the Encoding Area for data capturing – earrings and contact lenses are not allowed during data capturing (photo). Smiling with visible teeth are also not allowed.

12. Proceed to the Passport Delivery Counter -have your passport delivered to you after the date of release, no need to come back to get it.

I hope this helps enlighten those who are planning to get a new passport or renew their expiring ones.

Make sure you don’t deal with fixers. It is so easy that you can do it within half an hour.

Be empowered. Be smart.

Cheers,

MC

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