Birth Certificates No Longer Required for Passport Renewal (and Why You STILL Need to Get a Copy of Your PSA Birth Certificate!)

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 requirementContinue reading “Birth Certificates No Longer Required for Passport Renewal (and Why You STILL Need to Get a Copy of Your PSA Birth Certificate!)”

Renewing Your Passport? Bring Your PSA Birth Certificate!

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 onContinue reading “Renewing Your Passport? Bring Your PSA Birth Certificate!”

List of Valid IDs for Passport Application

Still wondering what IDs the DFA accepts for passport application and renewal?  Here is a comprehensive list lifted from the DFA’s Facebook page.  Don’t forget to take note of the IDs they DO NOT accept, too (to avoid hassles and delays in your application). The DFA accepts at least one of the following IDs withContinue reading “List of Valid IDs for Passport Application”

When is the Best Time to Get a Passport Appointment Online?

If you are still having a hard time getting a passport appointment with the DFA, here’s some good news for you! The DFA opens at least 10,000 appointment slots daily and you are sure to be able to book one if you go online at the right time. According to yesterday’s advisory, 5,000 slots areContinue reading “When is the Best Time to Get a Passport Appointment Online?”

New DFA Passport Releasing Period Starts Today!

The long wait is indeed, over!  Today, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announces the shortened releasing period for regular and express passport processing.  This is good news to Pinoy travelers who rely on the speed and efficiency of DFA to produce and deliver their passports on time. Beginning today, October 1, 2018, passport applicantsContinue reading “New DFA Passport Releasing Period Starts Today!”

Who May Use the DFA’s Passport Courtesy Lanes?

Securing an appointment with the DFA to apply for a passport or have your old one renewed has proven to be quite a challenge for most.  Good thing the DFA has made courtesy lanes available for certain types of applicants. Here is the list of requirements in order to be eligible for the DFA’s courtesyContinue reading “Who May Use the DFA’s Passport Courtesy Lanes?”

The Four Kinds of Passport Appointment Fixers and Why You Should Avoid Them

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,Continue reading “The Four Kinds of Passport Appointment Fixers and Why You Should Avoid Them”

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?”