Can I Renew My Passport Before It Expires?

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 aboutContinue reading “Can I Renew My Passport Before It Expires?”

How to Renew a Lost and Expired Philippine Passport

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.Continue reading “How to Renew a Lost and Expired Philippine Passport”

Quick Facts for Passport Applicants at the DFA

  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: Personal appearance is required for all applicants. A confirmedContinue reading “Quick Facts for Passport Applicants at the DFA”

7 Things to Remember When Having Your Passport Photo Taken

Back in the day, passport applicants are required to bring copies of their 2×2 ID photos when applying for their Philippine passports.  Restrictions are limited to the type of shirt you should be wearing on the photo (with collar) and the background should be white.  Applicants are also advised to avoid wearing accessories such asContinue reading “7 Things to Remember When Having Your Passport Photo Taken”

Solo Parents May Now Use the DFA’s Passport Priority Lanes

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 renewContinue reading “Solo Parents May Now Use the DFA’s Passport Priority Lanes”

How to Get the Different Government-issued IDs Required by the DFA

In almost all of your transactions, whether with a government agency or a private corporation like banks, schools, and remittance centers, you will always be required to present a government-issued ID.  It doesn’t matter if you have a company ID, a school ID, or membership cards, agencies will always require you to present a government-issuedContinue reading “How to Get the Different Government-issued IDs Required by the DFA”

What You Need to Prepare for your Child’s Passport Application

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 whereContinue reading “What You Need to Prepare for your Child’s Passport Application”

How to Apply for a Philippine Passport if You Do Not Have a Birth Certificate

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 forContinue reading “How to Apply for a Philippine Passport if You Do Not Have a Birth Certificate”