Important Guidelines when Applying or Renewing your Passport

Whether you are applying for a passport for the first time or are about to have your old one renewed, you need to be guided by the following reminders from the DFA.  A lot of applicants fail to check these fine prints in the DFA website and end up losing their slot simply because theyContinue reading “Important Guidelines when Applying or Renewing your Passport”

Passport Application for Minors: What You Need to Bring and Why

Margaret is 13 years old and is about to secure her very first passport.  It would have been a breeze to accomplish this errand if not for Margaret’s living arrangement that is quite complicated. Margaret’s parents separated before she turned 7 years old.  Her mother went back home to her province in Dumaguete; Margaret wasContinue reading “Passport Application for Minors: What You Need to Bring and Why”

The Senior Citizen and His Passport: How to Get a Passport if You Don’t Have a PSA Birth Certificate

A primary requirement when applying for a passport (or renewing an old one) is the applicant’s birth certificate in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly NSO) or a Certified True Copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar.  This has become an issue among senior citizens, especially those born on 1945 andContinue reading “The Senior Citizen and His Passport: How to Get a Passport if You Don’t Have a PSA Birth Certificate”

Passport Application Problems: Father’s Last Name Appears as the Child’s Middle Name on Birth Certificate

The DFA will always refer to the authenticated copy of our PSA birth certificate for the accuracy and completeness of our names.  The name, and how it is written, on the birth certificate is what will appear on the passport. Miguel Oben is an illegitimate child.  He has always used his mother’s last name asContinue reading “Passport Application Problems: Father’s Last Name Appears as the Child’s Middle Name on Birth Certificate”

Passport Application Process: What Happens If I Fail to Claim my Passport at the DFA?

After you have successfully satisfied all the ID and documentary requirements to obtain a new passport or have your old one renewed, you will be issued a receipt by the DFA cashier.  If you opted not to have your passport delivered to you, you will have to go back to that DFA branch to claimContinue reading “Passport Application Process: What Happens If I Fail to Claim my Passport at the DFA?”