Tag Archive: Passport Renewal


9 Sept 30

My friend’s dog tore his brand new passport apart, three months before he was scheduled to leave for Singapore.  He cried like a little boy while collecting the scraps of paper that was once his primary travel document.

How do you get a replacement for your damaged passport?  Read this.

First off, we need to define what damaged passport means.  According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, your passport is considered damaged or mutilated when:

  • The data page or any information on it is torn or damaged to the point of unreadability.
  • A damaged passport microchip that is no longer machine-readable.
  • One or more pages have been torn out or missing.
  • Passport cover no longer attached to the booklet.
  • The booklet is unstitched, severely damaged by water, or with visa stamps that have bled out.
  • Passport picture is tampered and no longer clear/visible.

If your passport exhibits any of the above descriptions, you can consider it as damaged and therefore, needs to be replaced.  The DFA treats the replacement of damaged passports as new applications and so anyone seeking to have a damaged passport replaced must go through the same process as when you are applying for a new one.  Here’s how:

  1. The first thing you need to do is to get an appointment online and pay the corresponding passport fee to confirm your slot.
  2. Submit a notarized Affidavit of Explanation as to how, when, and where your passport was damaged or mutilated.
  3. Bring an original and photocopy of the first and last pages of the damaged passport.
  4. Prepare P350 as a penalty fee for the damaged passport.

You are also encouraged to bring an original copy of your PSA birth certificate especially if your personal details are hardly recognizable in the damaged passport.  You can get a copy online and have it delivered to your home at www.psahelpline.ph.

There shall be a 15-day clearing period within which your application will go through verification and your old passport records will be tracked and reviewed.

There you have it.  The process and requirements may be a bit different but rest assured that the DFA can have your damaged passport replaced.

Just the same, take care of your passport and other important IDs and documents.  Keep them in locked drawers or plastic containers to keep them safe from pets, pests, flood, and maybe even fire.  Always have duplicates available in your office as well so you would have a ready reference in case you lose the original ones.

Thanks for dropping by!

References:

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.passport.gov.ph

www.filipiknow.net

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7 July 31

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will begin accepting the PhlPost ID (postal ID) as a primary ID when applying for or renewing your passport, beginning today, August 1, 2019.  This should be good news for most of us who have limited government-issued IDs (especially for those who do not have a driver’s license or a PRC ID).  Personally, I only have my passport, TIN, and SSS ID; and before I even got my passport, I only had my SSS.  So for those who have yet to apply for an SSS ID, or a Driver’s License, or any other major government-issued ID, your postal ID can now come in handy when transacting with the DFA.

Here is the list of other acceptable valid IDs for passport applications:

  • Social Security System ID
  • Government Service Insurance System ID
  • Unified Multi-purpose ID
  • Land Transportation Office Driver’s License (student permits will be accepted if in card format).
  • Professional Regulatory Commission ID
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration e-card.
  • Commission on Elections voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the election officer (with dry seal).
  • Philippine National Police firearms license
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • Airman license (issued August 2016 onwards)
  • School ID (if applicable)
  • Current valid ePassport (for renewal of ePassport)

If you want to know how to get a Postal ID, read this blog.

For more information on passport application and renewal, here are some of my previous blogs you can visit:

Passport Application: What You Need to Bring to the DFA Consular Office 

What Are The Requirements for New Passport Application? 

DFA Passport Appointment: No Show, No Refund 

Birth Certificates No Longer Required for Passport Renewal (and Why You Still Need To Get A Copy of Your PSA Birth Certificate)

List of Requirements for Renewal of Passport

 

Sources:

www.rappler.com

www.dfa.gov.ph

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4 Apr 8

The DFA has recently announced that PSA birth certificates are no longer required when renewing your old passport.  While this is true, there are still special cases when you will still be asked to submit a copy of your birth certificate.

We summarized the list from DFA and are sharing it in today’s blog, for your quick reference:

  1. First-time passport applications.

One of the core requirements for FIRST-TIME passport applicants is an original copy of his or her PSA-authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper.  If you are a married female and you wish to use your husband’s last name in your passport, you also need to bring a copy of your PSA-authenticated Marriage Certificate.

  1. Lost or mutilated passports.
  1. Lost and VALID ePassport
  2. Lost and EXPIRED ePassport
  3. Mutilated Passport

These cases are treated as new passport application.  You need to bring a copy of your PSA birth certificate IF YOU COULD NOT PRODUCE A PHOTOCOPY OF YOUR LAST ISSUED PASSPORT.  But if you have a photocopy of your passport, you no longer need to bring your birth certificate.

  1. Applicants in the DFA watchlist.

This was included in the Bulletin released by the DFA in their website last January 15, 2019.

A person under the DFA watchlist will still be required to present a copy of his PSA birth certificate for reasons reserved to the agency.

  1. Renewal of old brown and green passports bearing no complete middle name.

This is a rare occurrence but it still happens to some passport holders.  If the DFA finds that your middle name may be incomplete, misspelled, or missing, you will be required to submit a copy of your PSA birth certificate to serve as a reference of your correct middle name.

  1. Renewals requiring changes in personal information.

Any change in your personal information that you wish to be applied upon the renewal of your passports, such as your last name or middle name, will have to be supported by a copy of your PSA birth certificate or marriage certificate.

The list was lifted from the Department of Foreign Affairs’ website and Facebook page.

Sources:

www.dfa.gov.ph

https://www.facebook.com/dfaphl/

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3 Mar 26

To avoid encountering problems on your passport application appointment date, make sure you have the correct and complete set of requirements when you appear at the DFA.  Remember, if you are renewing a maroon passport, you no longer need to bring a copy of your PSA birth certificate, unless you are going to use this as proof of filiation (parentage) for your (minor) child’s passport renewal.

  1. Personally appear at the DFA Consular Office where you set your passport application appointment.
  2. Bring your printed appointment packet that was sent to your email after you made your ePayment:
  • Checklist with schedule;
  • Application form with a barcode, reference number, and e-receipt number;
  • Two copies of the e-receipt.
  1. Birth and/or Marriage Certificate
  • Bring the original copies.
  • The DFA only accepts authenticated copies printed on NSO or PSA on the yellow Security Paper.  Again, the PSA Birth Certificate is NO LONGER required for the renewal of the maroon passport.
  1. One valid ID and its photocopy. The DFA accepts ANY ONE of the following:
  • SSS/GSIS/UMID
  • Driver’s License
  • Student Permit (card format)
  • PRC ID
  • OWWA/iDOLE ID
  • Voter’s ID/Voter’s Certificate
  • PNP Firearms License
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • School ID (valid and enrolled)
  • Valid ePassport
  • Residence Card

For more questions about passport appointments and requirements, you may visit the DFA website at ww.dfa.gov.ph or www.consular.dfa.gov.ph

Need quick facts about passport applications, requirements, and fees? Read this blog: QUICK FACTS FOR PASSPORT APPLICANTS AT THE DFA.

Reference:

https://www.facebook.com/dfaphl/

www.dfa.gov.ph

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3 Mar 04

Due to the recent updates in the documentary requirements for passport application and renewal, my relatives (especially the seniors!) had a hard time figuring out whether they should bring copies of their PSA birth certificates and PSA marriage certificates on their appointment date.  Some were saying they must bring their PSA civil registry documents, while others were saying they may skip that part and just bring their valid IDs.

The best place to get the best answers would, of course, be the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs.  So in today’s blog, I will be sharing with you the most updated list of documentary requirements, accepted IDs, and supporting documents that the DFA accepts for FIRST TIME PASSPORT ADULT APPLICANTS.

ADULT NEW APPLICATION

  1. CORE REQUIREMENTS
  1. Confirmed Online Appointment
  2. Personal appearance
  3. Accomplished Application Form
  4. Original copy of PSA Birth Certificate on Security Paper
    • Married Females (who are using their spouse’s last name) must also submit an original copy of PSA Marriage Certificate on Security Paper or Report of Marriage.
    • Local Civil Registrar copy may be required if PSA Birth Certificate is not clear or cannot be read.
  5. Any of the following valid IDs with one photocopy.

Note: If the female applicant opts to retain her maiden name, the PSA Marriage Certificate is no longer required.

*Additional requirements may be required.  Please refer to the section below for additional requirements for Adult New Applications.

 LIST OF VALID IDs

  1. Social Security System (SSS)/Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-purpose Identification (UMID) card.
  2. Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License.  Student Permit may be accepted if in card format.
  3. Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID.
  4. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)/Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card.
  5. Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Election Officer with Dry Seal.
  6. Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
  7. Senior Citizen ID
  8. Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
  9. School ID (if applicable)
  10. Current Valid ePassport (for Renewal of ePassport)
  11. For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government-issued IDs showing their Philippine citizenship. (Example: Residence Card)

Important Reminder: The Department may require additional supporting documents as may be necessary.

The DFA requires various supporting documents depending on the applicant’s case.  For example, you do not have a PSA birth certificate and could not retrieve a Report of Birth from the LCR of your birth certificate.  Or yours is a Late Registered birth certificate or a female applicant’s marriage has been dissolved and she wants to use her maiden surname in her passport.

To get the list of supporting documents based on these differing cases, follow our blog and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MasterCitizen/

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2 Feb 27

Last year, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) tweaked the passport appointment process a bit so that applicants are required to confirm their appointments by paying for their passports before their appointment dates.  In the past, applicants have the liberty to book an appointment’s date and time, appear before a DFA consul, and then pay for their passport only after they have completed all required processes.  This has been observed to be one of the reasons why some applicants do not keep their commitment to appear before the DFA.  Because they can simply book another slot, they just ignore their set appointments, never mind that others are not able to book their own because all slots are already filled.

To discourage no-shows and help the agency better manage the appointment slots, the DFA placed the payment of the passport at the onset of the application process.  This time, after you have successfully reserved your slot, you have 24 hours to pay your passport fee in order for the DFA’s system to confirm your appointment.  Non-payment within the prescribed timeline will mean that you have decided against your appointment and your slot will be released for others to claim.

But what happens if you fail to appear before the DFA even after you have already made a payment?  Can you refund the passport fee?  Can you have your appointment moved to another date?

According to the DFA, they follow a No Show, No Refund policy on booked appointment slots.  They may, however, entertain appeals to accommodate applicants who have valid reasons for missing their appointment, but these are on a case-to-case basis.

Also, make sure to bring all required documents and IDs on your appointment date.  Incorrect and incomplete requirements can also keep you from completing the application process and your appointment will be as good as canceled.  No refund for such cases as well.

Here are some important reminders when applying for or renewing your passport at the DFA:

  1. Have your passport renewed at least six months before the expiry date.
  2. Make sure that all information on your application form, birth, and or marriage certificates, and IDs are true, correct, and accurately spelled and dated. If there are discrepancies, have these corrected first.
  3. Have a valid and active Yahoo or Google Mail account ready when making an appointment online.
  4. Remove accessories such as necklaces, earrings, and colored contact lenses when appearing before the DFA consul, up until your photos have been taken.
  5. Make sure that the information on the data page of your new passport is all correct before affixing your signature. The consul will let you check this before finalizing your data page.

For more information on passport applications and renewal, visit the DFA website at www.dfa.gov.ph

Reference:

http://www.dfa.gov.ph

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1 jan 23

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has specific requirements for minors applying for passports or having old ones renewed.  In today’s blog, we will also be including the additional requirements in cases when a child is adopted, is not traveling with parents, or has issues with the entries in his or her birth certificate.

Read on!

MINOR RENEWAL APPLICATION OF PASSPORT

CORE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Confirmed Online Appointment (if applicable) – Children 7 years old and below do not need to have an online appointment. They are entitled to avail of the courtesy lane together with their parent/s and minor siblings.
  2. Accomplished Application Form.
  3. Personal Appearance of the minor applicant and either parent or authorized adult companion.
  4. Current ePassport with a photocopy of the data page.
  5. Marriage Certificate is required if only one parent is accompanying the child.
  • If parents are unmarried, an Affidavit of Support and/or Consent executed by the Mother will be required if she is not accompanying the child.
  • If Affidavit of Support and/or Consent is executed abroad, it must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate.
  1. Passport or valid government-issued ID of either parent with one photocopy.
  2. School ID (if applicable).

Additional requirements may be required.  Please refer to the section below for additional supporting document requirements for Minor Renewal Applications.

LIST OF VALID IDs (of parent/s accompanying minor applicant)

  1. Social Security System (SSS)/Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card (UMID)
  2. Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License. Student Permit may be accepted in card format.
  3. Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID.
  4. Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA)/Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card.
  5. Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Election Officer with Dry Seal.
  6. Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
  7. Senior Citizen ID
  8. Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
  9. School ID (if applicable)
  10. For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government-issued IDs showing their Philippine citizenship (ex: Residence Card).

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

In addition to the core requirements, the following SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS will be further required in the following cases:

  1. In case of a Lost VALID ePassport – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age is still required.
  • If a photocopy of the applicant’s last issued passport is available, the Birth Certificate will not be required.
  • Additional Requirements for Lost Valid ePassport:
    • Police Report in English (it must be filed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application. Original and photocopy required.)
    • Affidavit of Loss in English (it must be signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application. Original and photocopy required).
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00
  • Additional 15 business days clearing period for Lost Valid Passports.
  1. In case of Lost EXPIRED Passport – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age still required.
  • If a photocopy of the applicant’s last issued passport is available, the Birth Certificate will not be required.
  • Additional Requirements for Lost Expired Passport:
    • Affidavit of Loss in English (signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00
  1. In case of renewal of a Frequently Lost Passport – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age is still required.
  • Additional Requirements for renewal of Frequently Lost Passport:
    • Police Report in English (filed by parent/s, legal guardian, or a person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
    • Affidavit of Loss in English (signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00
  1. In case applicant used a Travel Document to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age is still required.
  • Additional Requirements for applicants who used Travel Documents to travel back to the Philippines:
    • Original Travel Document
    • Affidavit of Explanation (signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
  1. In case applicant lost the Travel Document used to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age still required.
  • Additional Documents for Lost Travel Documents used to travel back to the Philippines:
    • Original Travel Records from the Bureau of Immigration.
    • Affidavit of Explanation (signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
  1. In case passport has been mutilated or damaged – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  • Online appointment for minor above 7 years of age is still required.
  • Additional requirements for mutilated and/or damaged passports:
    • Affidavit of Explanation (signed by parent/s, legal guardian or person authorized by parent/s who will accompany the minor applicant on the day of application).
    • Applicant must surrender the mutilated/damaged passport.
    • Penalty fee: Php 350.00
  1. In case the applicant is not accompanied by the parent/s during the application process:
  • Applicant must submit a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) executed by the parent/s designating the minor’s companion to assist in the application process. The SPA must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • Passport or valid government-issued ID of the authorized adult companion.
  • SPA or Affidavit of Support and Consent must have a copy of parent/s valid ID and/or passport attached.
  1. In case the applicant is not traveling with parent/s.
  • Applicant must submit DSWD clearance and Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the parent/s. The Affidavit of Support and Consent must be consularized by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • Passport or valid Government-issued ID of the authorized adult companion for the list of acceptable IDs for passport application.
  1. In case the applicant is an illegitimate child in custody of the mother.
  • Personal appearance of minor applicant and mother or authorized adult companion.
  • Passport or valid government-issued ID of the mother or authorized adult companion.
  • If the applicant is not accompanied by the mother during the application process, the applicant must submit a Special Power of Attorney executed by the mother designating the minor’s companion to assist in the application process. The Special Power of Attorney must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • If the applicant is not traveling with mother, the applicant must submit DSWD clearance and Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the mother. The Affidavit of Support and Consent must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  1. If the applicant is an illegitimate child and mother is deceased/absent and father is unknown.
  • Personal appearance of minor applicant and adult guardian.
  • PSA birth certificate
  • Valid passport or valid government ID of an adult guardian
  • DSWD clearance
  • Affidavit of Guardianship
  1. If the minor applicant has undergone the process of domestic adoption.
  • Personal appearance of the minor applicant and adoptive parent/s.
  • Valid passport or valid government-issued ID of adoptive parent/s.
  • Court Decree of Adoption and documents to prove the identity of the child (ex: Birth Certificate, Certificate of Foundling).
  • If the applicant is not accompanied by adoptive parent/s during the application process, the applicant must submit a Special Power of Attorney executed by the adoptive parent/s designating the minor’s companion to assist in the application process. The Special Power of Attorney must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • If the applicant is not traveling with adoptive parent/s, the applicant must submit DSWD clearance and Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the adoptive parent/s. The Affidavit of Support and Consent must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy /Consulate if executed abroad.
  1. If the minor applicant is undergoing or has undergone the process of foreign adoption/Inter-country Adoption Board (ICAB) adoption process.
  • Personal Appearance of the minor applicant and ICAB representative.
  • Endorsement from ICAB
  • Certificate of Child Available for Adoption/Deed of Voluntary Commitment
  • Placement Authority issued by ICAB
  • Certificate of Issuance of Passport issued by ICAB and documents to prove the identity of the child (ex: Birth Certificate, Certificate of Foundling).
  • Clearance for Inter-country Adoption
  • Child Study Report
  • DSWD clearance
  1. If the applicant is a foundling and NOT for adoption.
  • Personal appearance of minor applicant and adult guardian.
  • PSA Certificate of Foundling
  • Passport or valid government-issued ID of an adult guardian.
  • DSWD clearance
  • Affidavit of Guardianship

Source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph

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1 jan 22 (1)

If your passport does not have a biometric chip embedded in its cover, it is not an e-Passport.  If that is the type of passport you are to renew this year, there may be some requirements that are different from the list we featured yesterday.  Today’s blog is dedicated to the holders of non-ePassports: those issued in 2009 or earlier, are colored green, brown, or maroon.

These were lifted straight from the website of the DFA:

CORE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Confirmed online appointment
  2. Accomplished application form
  3. Personal appearance
  4. Current Passport with a photocopy of the data page
  5. Any of the following valid IDs with one photocopy
  6. Original PSA authenticated documents that will SUPPORT THE CHANGE OF NAME:

If a woman opts to retain her maiden name, a Marriage Contract is not required.

Additional requirements may be required.  Please refer to the section below for additional supporting document requirements for Adult Renewal non-ePassport applications.

LIST OF VALID IDs

  1. Social Security System (SSS)/Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-purpose Identification Card (UMID).
  2. Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License. Student Permit may be accepted if in card format.
  3. Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID.
  4. Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA)/Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card.
  5. Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Election Officer with Dry Seal.
  6. Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License.
  7. Senior Citizen ID
  8. Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
  9. School ID (if applicable)
  10. For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government-issued IDs showing their Philippine citizenship (ex: Residence Card).

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

In addition to the core requirements, the following supporting documents will be further required for the following cases:

  1. In case of a LOST VALID NON-Epassport – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  •  The online appointment still required.
  • If a photocopy of the applicant’s last issued passport is available, the Birth Certificate will not be required.
  • Additional requirements may be required. Please refer to the section below for additional requirements for Adult Renewal non-ePassport Applications (Lost Valid Passports).
  • Police Report in English (original and photocopy)
  • Affidavit of Loss in English (original and photocopy)
  • Penalty Fee: Php 350.00
  • Additional 15 business days clearing period for Lost Valid Passports.
  1. In case of a LOST EXPIRED NON Epassport – Will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  •  The online appointment still required.
  • If a photocopy of the applicant’s issued passport is available, the Birth Certificate will not be required.
  • Additional requirements may be required. Please refer to the section below for additional requirements for Adult Renewal non-ePassport Applications (Lost Valid Passports).
  • Affidavit of Loss in English
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00

3. In case of RENEWAL of a frequently LOST PASSPORT – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION. 

  • The online appointment still required.
  • Police Report in English
  • Affidavit of Loss in English
  • Penalty Fee: Php 350.00

 4. In case applicant used a TRAVEL DOCUMENT to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.

  •  The online appointment still required.
  • Original Travel Document
  • Affidavit of Explanation
  1. In case applicant LOST THE TRAVEL DOCUMENT used to travel back to the Philippines – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.
  •  The online appointment still required.
  • Original Travel Records from the Bureau of Immigration
  • Affidavit of Explanation

 6. In case passport has been MUTILATED OR DAMAGED – will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.

  •  Online appointment still required.
  • Affidavit of Explanation
  • Applicant must surrender the mutilated/damaged passport
  • Penalty fee: Php 350.00

 7. In case the applicant is a DUAL CITIZEN (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements).

  •  The online appointment still required.
  • Government-issued IDs (refer to valid Philippine Government-issued IDs or their secondary citizenship/residence counterparts).
  • Report of Birth OR Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration.

 8. In case the applicant is a NATURALIZED CITIZEN (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements).

  •  Identification Certificate of Naturalization from the Bureau of Immigration.

 9. In case the applicant is a Filipino Citizen by Election (in addition to the Renewal Core Requirements).

  •  Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship
  • Identification Certificate of Election from the Bureau of Immigration.

Tomorrow we shall feature the list of requirements for minor children (below 18 years old) so make sure you drop by again for more helpful information on passport applications and renewals.

Source: www.dfa.gov.ph

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1 jan 15 (1)

And just an hour after my previous blog, the DFA announces its brand new directive that birth certificates are no longer required for ALL types of passport renewals.  Yes, even for passports issued in 2009 or earlier and all non-epassport types.

Just to be clear though, the PSA birth certificate is still a documentary requirement when applying for your passport for the first time.  Also, the PSA marriage certificate shall still be required if a female passport applicant wishes to use her married last name in her passport, or are renewing an old passport that is in her maiden name and would now want to use her married last name.

To be sure, always keep an updated copy of your PSA birth certificate and marriage certificate, especially when transacting with government agencies that often require proofs of identification.

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1 jan 15

So the DFA needs our help in rebuilding their database and we can do so by presenting a copy of our PSA birth certificate when renewing our passports.  Do you have a copy of your birth certificate yet?

I used to keep several copies of my birth certificate in my desk; these were printed on the old yellowish sheet with NSO’s logo on the upper left hand (or was it right?) corner of the document.  When my passport was due for renewal last June 2016, I was advised by my friend to secure a new copy of my birth certificate before going to the DFA for my application.

“Bakit, may expiration ba ang birth certificate? Di ba wala naman?”

Of course, my birth certificate does not have an expiration date!  What my friend was trying to tell me (pala!) was that the PSA (formerly NSO), regularly updates (or maybe, reprints) the copies of our documents on security papers to discourage the circulation of unauthorized and fake copies made elsewhere.  Embassies and other government agencies are duly advised whenever the PSA is set to release certificates printed on new security papers so that these offices would know when the documents being presented to them are updated copies or old files (like my copies of my birth certificate).

So if you think you still have several copies of your birth certificate left in your stash, check them now to make sure these are updated ones.  Foremost, it must bear the new seal of the PSA, and not the former NSO.  If your document is worn out, has some minute tears, or the entries are hardly readable, please get yourself new copies.

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Birth, marriage, and death certificates cost Php 365.00 per copy while the CENOMAR costs Php 465.00 per copy.  Visit their user-friendly website now so you can place your orders ahead of the others!

Word of the wise: As soon as you have confirmed an appointment with the DFA for your passport application or renewal, get new copies of your PSA birth certificate and marriage certificate (for married female applicants who wish to change their last name in their passport).  Don’t wait until the last minute to do this because it’s a primary documentary requirement, especially if your old passport is not an e-passport.

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