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Feb 08-a

Question: Can I apply for a passport even if my gender in my PSA birth certificate is wrong? I can have this corrected but that will take time. I already have an appointment with the DFA and I need my passport asap.

Answer: You may go ahead and appear at the DFA on the date of your appointment, bring all the required IDs and supporting documents as listed in the passport.gov. website.  You may be required by the DFA to submit an Affidavit of Undertaking in support of your claim that your birth certificate is undergoing a correction. Take note that the DFA may also simply advise you to come back when a copy of your birth certificate is already available.  It is up to you to explain to them why you still cannot execute a copy of the document.

Question: My wife and I will be accompanying our 3-year-old son for his passport application. Can we both access the priority lane so we can have our passports renewed at the same time?

The Priority Lanes at DFA offices are reserved for Senior Citizens, OFWs, PWDs, pregnant women, and children below 7 years old.  Only one companion is allowed to be with the applicant inside the DFA premises; only this companion may take advantage of the no-appointment privilege.

Question: My middle and last names were interchanged in my birth certificate so that my last name appears to be my middle name, and my middle name appears to be my last name.  What do I do? 

This can be corrected by filing a Petition for Correction at the LCR of the city or municipality where the birth was registered.  It would be wise to prepare copies of your parents’ PSA birth certificates as well to serve as supporting documents to your petition.

Question: When our daughter was born, we weren’t married yet.  We placed a false date of marriage in our daughter’s birth registration. Now we are already married, how do we correct the date of marriage in our child’s birth certificate?

Never, under any circumstance, place false information in your civil registry documents.  These types of cases need to be referred to a lawyer and may undergo a court proceeding.

Question: My child is 2 years old and is already registered at the LCR.  Can I add three more letters to his name when I get his PSA birth certificate?  Is there a fee for this and how much?

If the error is considered clerical (typographic error), you may simply file a petition for correction.  However, if the petitioner wants to “change” the name (in this case, add a few letters to the original name), you will be asked by the LCR why you wish to do so.  Your request may be granted (or denied!), depending on the veracity of your reason for changing the name.

Question: Will the DFA accept the LCR petition letter as proof that the spelling of my name in my birth certificate is already in process. I already have an appointment for passport interview.

No.  You will have to wait until your PSA birth certificate is made available.  The DFA will only accept birth certificates in PSA Security Paper.

Question: Can we apply for the late registration of birth certificate of a deceased person?  We need his birth certificate so we can claim the death benefits. 

You will have to explain to the LCR why you need to “late register” the birth of a deceased person.  Normally, this type of request is not allowed.

Question: I am scheduled to pick up my PSA birth certificate on February 13, 2018 between 1PM to 4PM at the Releasing Area, 5th floor of PSA Sta. Mesa. However, I can’t make it to Manila on the said date.  Is it okay if I pick it up after February 13?

Yes.  Requested PSA documents are kept on file for 30 days until the requesting party comes to claim the document.  PSA reserves the right to dispose of the documents if these remain unclaimed for more than 30 days.

Question: When I was 18 years old, I was “married” to my girlfriend who was only 17 years old then. We separated a few years later and I found out she got married to another man. I am planning to marry my partner too but when I requested for my CENOMAR, the details of my previous marriage are written on the document.  When I asked my ex, she said that her CENOMAR did not show the same.  What do I do?

In order for you to be allowed to remarry, your previous marriage must be dissolved by virtue of an annulment.  There is a huge possibility that your petition for an annulment will be easily granted because both you and your ex-wife were underage at the time you were supposedly married.

Question: I had my birth certificate “endorsed” by the LCR to the PSA.  How many days or weeks or months does it usually take before I am able to get a PSA copy of my birth certificate?

Normally, a week after you are given a copy of the finality an endorsement with the courier receipt by the LCR, you may begin following up at the PSA Sta. Mesa office, building 2.  Bring all the documents given to you by the LCR as proof of your transaction.

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Jan 31

Securing a passport appointment online with the DFA has become a laborious task for Filipinos as of late.  It has become close to impossible to snag a date and time to visit your preferred DFA branch for your passport application or renewal to be processed.  Pinoys, especially those who travel frequently for work and business, could not help but vent their frustration (and desperation!) through social media, blogs, and random television and radio interviews.  And why not, when one’s right to travel abroad is practically hindered simply because the Department of Foreign Affairs could not accommodate the volume of applicants.

This practice, however, of airing grievances in public opens doors to more problems than solutions.  While the DFA heeded the public’s clamor to open more appointment schedules (and soon!), scalawags also found an opportunity to earn fast, dishonest cash out of the public’s desperation to get their travel documents.  It wasn’t long before social media channels became tools for fixers to start working their charm to unassuming Filipinos who could not wait to get an appointment with the DFA online.

Of course, the DFA was quick to respond to the alarming number of scams happening right under its nose.  Through the help of investigators, they were able to uncover four types of scams that fixers employ to pick on passport applicants.

To spread awareness and warn the public from falling into the traps of these heartless crooks, we lifted some important information about passport appointment scammers and fixers and are sharing it in our page.  We still believe that awareness and vigilance will help us get ahead of these criminals and save us the trouble of wasted time, money, and effort.

Types of Passport Fixers

  1. Fixers who offer slots for a fee but do not actually get the promised appointments.

Applicants will be asked to pay a certain amount that supposedly buys them an appointment slot with the DFA.  They are given application forms to fill out, complete with barcodes and other appointment details.  Everything looks authentic except that the entire process is a hoax.  Come appointment date, the poor applicant is informed by the DFA that he or she does not have an appointment and the documents given to her by the fixer are fake.

  1. Fixers who sell courtesy lane passes.

The DFA accommodates Senior Citizens, PWDs, pregnant women, children 7 years old and below, Solo Parent ID holders, and migrant workers in its Priority Lanes.  These applicants no longer need to set an appointment online and can simply visit any DFA office anytime for their passport application.

Crooks sell this privilege to people who cannot get an appointment online.

Of course, the trade is illegal and the privilege is non-existent.

  1. Obtaining endorsements from government agencies.

This is more commonly known as an inside job where the fixer (who stays outside the DFA offices) are in cahoots with a government employee who supposedly has access to the appointments.  They sell these endorsements to passport applicants – endorsements could be genuine, but the fact that it is being sold makes it illegal.

  1. A fixer fills out an online application form using the personal information of their clients.

No one should apply on your behalf, not even fill out your online application form.  If anyone offers to do this for you for a fee, know that you are already being scammed.

Ultimately, the idea is to make the applicant believe that he or she has been given a confirmed appointment with the DFA, minus the hassle of waiting for dates and times to be freed up online, in exchange for a few thousands of pesos.  The DFA does not sell these appointment slots and so anyone who does is automatically considered a fixer.  And any transaction made with these crooks will not be honored by the DFA, no matter how much money you spent to get the appointment confirmed.

As the famous saying goes, walang manloloko kung walang magpapa loko. 

Don’t be any of the two.

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Jan 25

The quickest answer to this question is yes.  In fact, it is highly advisable to have your passport renewed before it expires as most countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your departure.

Here are a few more pointers that frequent travelers need to know about passport renewals:

  1. Frequent travelers must not wait until their passports are nearing expiration before they have it renewed.  If your work or business requires you to travel often, you must renew your passport once you have used up half of its pages.
  2. In urgent cases when you need to travel but only have less than six months validity on your passport, the Consulate may extend its validity under the following circumstances:
    • If your passport expired within the last calendar year;
    • If your current passport is not an e-passport (it does not have the symbol for a microchip on its front cover);
    • You have already applied for the renewal of your passport and are just waiting for its release;
    • The reason for your travel is an emergency such as the death of a relative or sudden illness of a family member.  Such cases must be supported by documentary proof (doctor’s certification, emails, and other correspondences).
  3. If your passport expires while you are abroad, you may apply for a temporary travel document to allow you to travel back to the Philippines and have your passport renewed.  You may get this at the Philippine Embassy in the country where you are located.
  4. Newly married women have the option to change their last name upon renewal of their passports; however, this is not mandatory.  A married woman may keep her maiden last name in her passport if she so wishes. Should she decide to change her last name to her husband’s, she will have to retain this name until her husband passes away or when her marriage is legally dissolved (as in an annulment recognized by Philippine laws).
  5. Filipinos who are naturalized as US citizens lose their privilege to renew their Philippine passports.  If their passports are still valid at the time of their oath-taking in US soil, these are automatically invalidated.  They may apply for a Philippine passport upon reacquisition of their Filipino citizenship.

 

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Jan 24 (1)

A basic requirement for passport renewal is the submission of the expired (or expiring passport) so the DFA can cancel its validity.  But what if the old passport has gone missing?

Here’s how you can renew a lost and expired passport:

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Personal appearance.
  • Confirmed appointment.
  • No need to submit a passport size photo.
  • Submit same documents required for first-time passport applicants.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS in case the passport was lost and cannot be found:

  • Submit a Notarized Affidavit of Loss (with detailed explanation on when, where, and how the passport got lost).
  • If the lost passport is still valid, submit a Police Report.
  • If available, bring a photocopy of the first page of the lost passport.

Take note that there will be a 15-day clearing period prior to the processing of an application for replacement of a lost valid passport.

IN CASE PASSPORT WAS ALREADY DECLARED LOST BY THE APPLICANT BUT EVENTUALLY WAS FOUND AND RETURNED TO THE APPLICANT:

  • Submit a Notarized Affidavit of Retrieval (with detailed explanation on when, where, and how passport was found).
  • Original and photocopy of the first and last page of the passport.

IN CASE OF MUTILATED OR DAMAGED PASSPORTS:

  • Submit a Notarized Affidavit of Mutilation (with a detailed explanation of when, where, and how the passport got mutilated or damaged).
  • Original and photocopy of the first and last page of mutilated or damaged passport.

IN CASE APPLICANT WAS ISSUED A TRAVEL DOCUMENT:

  • Original Travel Document
  • Submit a Notarized Affidavit of Explanation Regarding Issuance of Travel Document (with a detailed explanation of when, where, and why the applicant was issued a travel document).
  • Original and photocopy of the first and last page of canceled passport (if the passport is still in the possession of the applicant).

It is not advisable to pose as a first-time passport applicant if you lost your passport.  The DFA will see your previous passport details anyway and you will be required to submit the same documents (affidavit of loss, etc.) as listed above.  Your appointment will be wasted and you may run the risk of being placed under questionable applications.

Source:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.officialgazette.gov.ph

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Jan 22 (1)

Now that you have finally set an appointment for your passport application, it is time to begin preparing the requirements you need to bring.  Here’s a summary of all the things you need to know when applying for a Philippine Passport at any DFA office:

  1. Personal appearance is required for all applicants.
  2. A confirmed appointment is required for all applicants except senior citizens, infants, and minors below 1-year-old and OFWs. For OFWs, sufficient proof must be submitted such as a valid employment contract or OEC.
  3. Earrings and contact lenses are not allowed during data capture. Smiling with visible teeth is also not allowed.
  4. Check all the data in the computer monitor and in the Enrolment Certificate before signing it.
  5. Only immediate family members are allowed to get the passport on behalf of the applicant. Immediate family members include father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, and children of legal age.
  6. The passport shall be released to an immediate family member only with the proper authorization letter. Passport of a minor applicant shall be released to parents only or to an authorized representative with Special Power of Attorney and Affidavit of Support and Consent.
  7. Passports unclaimed after six months will be canceled per Department Order No. 37-03.
  8. Check all data in the received e-passport upon release.
  9. The number of processing days may vary depending on the location of the Regional Consular Office where the application was filed.
  10. The Department may require additional supporting documents as may be necessary, especially for applicants with dual citizenship and with foreign-sounding family names to prove citizenship.

PASSPORT FEES:

For First-time Passport Applicants:

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

For Renewal of Passport:

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

For Replacement of a lost expired passport:

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

For replacement of lost valid passport:

  • Regular processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00
  • Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200 for a lost valid MRRP/MRP or P350 for a lost valid e-passport.

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Jan 11

Good news for all Solo Parent ID holders!

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed that solo parents, with a valid Solo Parent ID, will now be prioritized at the passport application lanes.  If you are a Solo Parent ID holder, you no longer need to set an appointment online to apply for or renew your Philippine Passport.  You can simply visit any DFA branch as a walk-in applicant; as long as you have the complete set of IDs and other requirements, you will be attended to right away.

In the past, only OFWs, Senior Citizens, PWDs, pregnant women, and minors are welcome to take advantage of the priority lanes set by the DFA.  The list has become delightfully longer with Solo Parents included in it.

How do I get a Solo Parent ID?

Unlike your Postal or Philhealth ID, the Solo Parent ID may only be granted to qualified applicants.  This means that not all solo parents can qualify for the ID and its accompanying benefits and privileges.  One has to qualify based on the standards set by law.

According to RA 8972, a solo parent is:

  1. Left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to the following circumstances:
    • Death of spouse.
    • Spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one (1) year.
    • Physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner.
    • Legal separation or de facto separation from spouse for at least one (1) year, as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children.
    • Declaration of nullity or annulment of marriage as decreed by a court or by a church as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of the children.
  2. Unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children.
  3. A woman who gives birth as a result of rape and other crimes against chastity even without a final conviction of the offender, provided the mother keeps and raises the child.
  4. Any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children.
  5. Any family member who assumes the responsibility of head of family as a result of the death, abandonment, disappearance or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent.

If you wish to apply for a Solo Parent ID, you may proceed to your designated barangay hall or directly to a DSWD office in your area.  Your financial status is part of the evaluation, so make sure to bring a copy of your ITR; if you are a stay-at-home parent, the DSWD worker should be able to identify what document you can file in place of an ITR.

Prepare a copy of the PSA birth certificates of your children as well as any other document that could attest to your status as a solo parent (annulment papers, spouse’s death certificate, etc.).

Your documents will be evaluated by a social worker; it could take up to 30 days for your ID to be issued.  The Solo Parent ID is valid for one year and is renewable.

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Jan 05 (1)

Applicants who are below 18 years old have a different set of general requirements and other documents depending on the child’s status (illegitimate, traveling without either parent, etc.).  The parents’ passports are vital requirements and must be included in the documents and IDs to be submitted when applying at a DFA office.  In cases where the child is illegitimate, the mother must be present throughout the whole passport application process.

General Requirements:

  • Confirmed appointment (except for 1-year-old and below).
  • Personal appearance of the minor applicant.
  • Personal appearance of either parent and valid passport of parents (if minor is a LEGITIMATE child).
  • Personal appearance of mother and proper ID or valid passport of mother (if minor is an ILLEGITIMATE child).
  • Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by the PSA (you may order at www.psahelpline.ph) or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA.
    • Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable.  Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA is required if minor was born abroad.
  • Document of identity with photo, if minor is 8-17 years old (for first time and renewal applicant) such as School ID or Form 137 with readable dry seal.
  • For minor applicants who never attended school, a Notarized Affidavit of Explanation executed by either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / by mother (if minor is an illegitimate child) detailing the reasons why the child is not in school, is required.
  • Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA (for legitimate child).
  • Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person traveling with the minor.

Additional Requirements:

IF MINOR IS NOT TRAVELING WITH EITHER PARENT OR ALONE:

  • Personal appearance of either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / of mother (if minor is an illegitimate child).
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion and relationship to the minor.  If minor will be traveling alone, ASC must be executed by either parent, stating that his/her child will be traveling alone.  If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
  • Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance.
  • There is no need to secure a DSWD Clearance if the minor traveling abroad has parents who are in the Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants, provided he/she is holding a valid pass such as a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card which serves as proof that he / she is living with parents abroad.

IF BOTH PARENTS ARE ABROAD:

  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General). If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
  • Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with an attached photocopy of either parent’s valid passport (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General) authorizing a representative in assisting the child to apply for a passport.  If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the SPA.
  • Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance.
  • There is no need to secure a DSWD clearance if the minor traveling abroad has parents who are in the Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants, provided he / she is holding a valid pass such as a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card which serves as proof that he / she is living with parents abroad.
  • Proper ID of the duly authorized representative (refer to the list of IDs here – hyperlink to latest article on acceptable IDs and documents).

IF MINOR IS LEGITIMATED BY SUBSEQUENT MARRIAGE OF PARENTS:

  • Authenticated Birth Certificate from PSA must include annotation regarding new status as legitimated and the full name of the child.

IF MINOR IS ILLEGITIMATE BUT ACKNOWLEDGED BY FATHER:

  • Birth Certificate from PSA reflecting surname of father with Affidavit of Acknowledgment and Consent to use the surname of the father.

IF MINOR IS A FOUNDLING:

  • Certificate of foundling authenticated by PSA.
  • DSWD Clearance.
  • Passport of the person who found the applicant.
  • Letter of authority or endorsement from DSWD for the issuance of passport.

IF MINOR IS ORPHANED:

  • Authenticated Death Certificates of parents from PSA.
  • Court order awarding guardianship of the orphaned minor applicant or substitute parental authority under Article 214 and 216 of the Family Code.
  • DSWD Clearance

ABANDONED MINOR APPLICANT:

  • Court order awarding guardianship of the abandoned minor applicant or substitute parental authority.
  • DSWD Travel Clearance.

IF MINOR IS LEGALLY ADOPTED:

  • Original and Certified True Copy (CTC) of PSA Birth Certificate before adoption.
  • Original and Certified True Copy (CTC) of the PSA amended Birth Certificate after adoption.
  • Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Court Decision or Order on Adoption and Certificate of Finality.
  • DSWD clearance for minor applicant, if traveling with the person other than the adopting parents.

In case the applicant is for adoption by foreign parents:

  • Certified True Copy of the Court Decree of Abandonment of Child.
  • PSA Death Certificate of the child’s parents or the Deed of Voluntary Commitment executed after the birth of the child.
  • Endorsement of child to the Inter-country Adoption Board by the DSWD.
  • Authenticated Birth or Foundling Certificate.

MINOR APPLICANT WHOSE PARENTS ARE ANNULLED / DIVORCED:

  • Court order awarding guardianship of the minor applicant or substitute parental authority.
  • DSWD Travel Clearance.
  • PSA Marriage Certificate with annotation on nullity or annulment decree.

MINOR APPLICANT WHOSE MOTHER IS LIKEWISE A MINOR:

  • Personal appearance of mother and maternal grandparent/s.
  • PSA Birth Certificate of minor applicant and mother.
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the maternal grandparent/s indicating the name of the traveling companion.
  • DSWD Clearance if minor will be traveling with the person other than the maternal grandparent/s.
  • Proof of identity of mother and maternal grandparent/s (please refer to list of acceptable IDs).

The DFA implements strict measures for minor passport applicants to ensure the safety and security of Filipino children traveling abroad.  Parents are likewise encouraged to cooperate and provide all the needed documents to avoid delays in their child’s application.

Reference: www.dfa.gov.ph

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Jan 04 (1)

Your PSA birth certificate is a primary requirement when applying for a passport with the DFA.  Without it, it would be nearly impossible to get the rest of the application process done.

Unfortunately, there are some people who really do not have their civil registry documents on file at the PSA.  When they request for a copy, they receive a Negative Certification, indicating that they do not have any records or theirs may have gotten lost during or after the war.

How do you apply for a passport if you do not have a birth certificate?

Let us show you how:

If you were born in or after January 1, 1950, you need to submit the following:

General Requirements:

  1. Personal appearance at your chosen DFA branch.
  2. Confirmed appointment (done online at www.passport.gov.ph/appointment)
  3. Accomplished application form.
  4. Valid picture ID with photocopy.
  5. Supporting Documents

In case of NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE:

  1. Apply for the delayed registration of birth at the local civil registry office at the applicant’s place of birth.
  2. Submit the following documents:
    • Authenticated Negative Result of Birth Certificate from the PSA.
    • Supporting public documents with the correct date and place of birth such as:
      • Form 137
      • Voter’s registration record
      • Baptismal certificate with readable dry seal.
      • National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) certificate with photo and readable dry seal (for Muslim applicants).

If you were born in or before December 31, 1949:

General Requirements:

  1. Personal appearance at your chosen DFA branch
  2. Confirmed appointment (done online at www.passport.gov.ph/appointment)
  3. Accomplished application form
  4. Valid picture ID with photocopy
  5. Supporting documents

In case of NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE:

  1. Certificate of Non-availability of Record from the Philippine Statistics Authority.
  2. Notarized Joint Birth Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons
  3. Any public document with the correct full name, and date and place of birth such as:
    • Baptismal Certificate with readable dry seal
    • National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Certificate with photo and readable dry seal (for Muslim applicants).

If you are unable to secure a copy of your birth certificate from the PSA, proceed right away to the LCR of the city or municipality where you were born.  There are a multitude of reasons why your birth records may not be available at the PSA, you just need to find out why so you would know what to do next.  The LCR would be able to tell you what you need to do in order to have your birth records documented, or corrected, or reconstructed, whatever the case may be.

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

References:

www.psa.gov.ph

www.dfa.gov.ph

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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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