Tag Archive: Online Passport Application


10 Oct 1

When you fill out the online application form for your passport appointment, it is as good as filling out an actual document – all the information you place there will be considered true and correct by the DFA.  But what if you realize you placed the wrong information in the form after you have submitted it?  Can you retrieve it and apply the needed corrections?

Well, the answer is both yes and no.  Read today’s blog to know how you can remedy wrong entries in your online passport application form and avoid losing your appointment.

Changing the location and schedule of your appointment

According to the DFA, the only information you can change in your online appointment are the location and the schedule.  If you changed your mind about the DFA office where you want to be interviewed for your passport application, you can actually change it online.  You can also do the same for your schedule as long as you follow the guidelines of the DFA for changing confirmed schedules.  Read this blog from last month for the complete details (Can I Reschedule My Confirmed Passport Appointment at the DFA?).

Correcting mistakes such as misspelled names, wrong gender, or wrong application type (new instead of renewal).

You can no longer correct these types of mistakes online but you can have the DFA personnel correct it for you during your interview.  Your application will go through a verification process and you will also be given time to review the entries in your passport before they finalize it for printing.  Make sure to mention which entries you need to be corrected during your interview and review your passport on the screen carefully.

You do not need to make another appointment if you think you committed errors in your application form.  Just go ahead and show up on your scheduled appointment and make sure to mention the corrections you need to apply to your application form.

As always, do not forget to bring the necessary IDs and documents such as your PSA birth certificate and any government-issued ID, for passport application and renewal so you don’t waste your appointment.  Also, always double-check your entries in the online form before hitting the submit button so you minimize the risks of sending out incorrect information into the system.

Stay tuned for more blogs about passport application and renewal.  Got questions? Send us an email.

References:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.passport.gov.ph

www.filipiknow.net

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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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9 Sept 13

As soon as your baby has a PSA birth certificate, you can already apply for his very own passport.  Today, we are going to help you with all the important information needed when getting a passport for babies and minors.

Read on.

A minor is defined as someone who is below 18 years old and those that are over 18 years old but are unable to fully take care of themselves because of physical or mental disability or condition.

The DFA identifies minors into two categories:

  • 0 to 7 years old are:
    • Babies
    • Kids aged seven years old and below
    • No need to secure an appointment online and are entitled to the courtesy lane with their parents and minor siblings.
  • 8 to 17 years old are:
    • Must secure an online appointment for passport applications and renewals.
    • They can access the courtesy lane if they have another sibling aged 7 years old and below who are also applying for or renewing his passport.

A minor child’s passport is only valid for 5 years, unlike that of the regular passport’s 10-year validity.

Steps in getting a Philippine Passport for babies and minors:

  1. Complete the requirements before going to your preferred DFA branch.
  • Confirmed online appointment (if applicable – 8 years old to 17 years old)
  • Duly accomplished passport application form.  You can download a copy of the form here.
  • Personal appearance of the minor child and either parent or authorized legal companion.
  • PSA birth certificate. (How to get PSA birth certificate.)
  • In case the child does not have a PSA birth certificate or a Report of Birth yet, you can submit the following:
    • PSA-authenticated Certified True Copy of LCR Birth Certificate
    • Original copy of Report of Birth or first endorsement from the Consular Records Division IF YOUR CHILD WAS BORN ABROAD ONLY.
  • PSA Marriage Certificate if only one parent will appear before the DFA.  If the parents are not married, an Affidavit of Support and/or Consent must be executed by the mother if she will not be present during the passport application.
  • Passport or any valid government-issued ID of the parent or authorized guardian that will accompany the child.
  • If the child is already attending school, present his valid school ID.
  1. Submit all the requirements to the DFA. Your child’s photo will be taken by a DFA representative during the application process.
  2. Pay the passport fee and make sure you are issued your receipt and a slip of paper with the date when you are to return to the DFA to claim the passport. Keep your receipt as this will serve as your claim stub.
  Regular Express
Aseana and Consular Offices (within Metro Manila) Php 950 (12 working days) Php 1200 (6 working days)
Consular Offices (outside Metro Manila) Php 950 (12 working days) Php 1200 (7 working days)
  1. Claim the child’s passport.

The DFA will keep the passport for 6 months; after which, they shall discard the passport and you will have to go through the process again if you wish to get another one.

 

References:

www.passport.gov.ph

www.filipiknow.net

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