Getting a Passport in the Philippines: Tips and Procedures for New Applicants

Whether you are a traveler who wants to explore the world outside of the Philippines or simply someone who needs it for employment abroad(or other purposes), getting a passport is an advantage. Apart from it being a travel document, it can also be used as a primary national identity and can be presented as a supporting document, if needed.

For first-time applicants, I truly understand the sudden feeling of tension and confusion that you get when you apply for a passport. I’ve been there and I felt the need to share my experience upon getting my passport to at least help you be at ease. 

The very first thing that you need to do is to locate the nearest Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) office. It is the DFA’s role to issue passports to Filipinos as part of their primary role to contribute to the enhancement of national security and the protection of the territorial integrity and national sovereignty…“.

STEP 1:

Here are the locations of DFA offices at selected cities:

  • Manila
    • DFA Pasay – 2330 Roxas Blvd, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila
    • DFA Parañaque – Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Aseana Business Park, Barangay Tambo Parañaque 1714 Metro Manila, Parañaque, Metro Manila
    • DFA Alabang – Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila
    • DFA Megamall – SM Megamall, 422 Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila
  • Davao – SM City Davao, Quimpo Blvd, Talomo, Davao City, Davao del Sur
  • Cebu -Pacific Mall, MC Bacalso St Corner U.N. Ave, Estancia, Mandaue City
  • Cagayan De Oro City – 3rd floor, Centrio Ayala Mall, Capt. Vicente Roa St

lrm_export_20170217_214558If you already know which DFA office is nearest to you, next step is to gather the documents that you will need. When I went to the DFA office in Cagayan de Oro City, the guard handed me this checklist.

If you lack a valid ID for some reasons, I assure you, you need not worry. In my case, I have no 2 valid IDs available at that moment, as I just graduated from college and duh, I didn’t care about IDs before (lol), so the guy from DFA asked me to provide 2 birth certificates: PSA authenticated(original) and one from the local, municipal office(photocopy).To be sure, prepare the available supporting documents that you have that are listed in this checklist.

So why do we have to check the requirements first before proceeding to the online appointment system? You need to have the needed papers at hand first before you schedule an appointment as you do not want to risk canceling your slot just because you missed one document. Also, be aware that not coming on the scheduled date will cause your suspension to schedule another appointment for one (1) month.

*Make sure that you have the PSA authenticated birth certificate and the marriage contract (for married women) as these are the primary documents needed.

After preparing all the requirements, you may now schedule an online appointment. Click here to schedule an appointment. When you select the date and time of your appointment, be sure to give an hour allowance, in case you get late. Also, review your entries to avoid any errors as the data that you have provided will be used as your passport details.

Once you have confirmed your appointment, download the confirmation emailed to you and print it out.

*Do not forget to confirm your appointment. Check your email.

PROCEDURES:

  1. Know the nearest DFA office
  2. Prepare and Gather requirements
  3. Schedule an Online Appointment
  4. Be present on the Scheduled date

STEP 2:

On the day of your scheduled appointment, be sure to have the requirements and the print out of your confirmed appointment. When you have it already, go to your chosen DFA office where you have set your appointment  30mins before your scheduled time.

Remember that you do not need to fall in line once you get to the DFA office. You have set an appointment so you just need to present the confirmed appointment form that you have printed out. They’ll get that form from you and you’ll be allowed to get inside after.

Next, you will need to wait for your name to be called. Once called, present your requirements and wait for further instructions from the counter.

After a successful verification of your documents, you have to wait again for the cashier to call your name for payment. You have to choose between regular and express which vary from its period of delivery.

  • Regular – Php 950.00 (30 days)
  • Express – Php 1,200.00 (15-20 days)

I have chosen regular because I don’t need the passport ASAP. For those who urgently need it, you should avail the express service. After payment, you will be called for photo capturing and fingerprinting.

*Note: Remove your earrings and any piercings and push your hair backward to clearly show your face.

If you don’t want to go visit the office again to claim your passport then you can have it delivered by LBC (the only courier) to your home. I have decided to have mine delivered. For that, I paid an extra amount of Php 220.00 for the delivery fee. In CDO, there is a separate counter for the courier transactions.

PROCEDURES:

  1. Present your Confirmed Appointment on scheduled date
  2. Present requirements for verification once called
  3. Proceed to Payment
  4. Proceed to Photo capturing and Fingerprinting

And finally, you are done.

Ops, not yet. Waiting for the passport to be finally in your hands is truly exciting. I understand the tension, been there. 😀

A Philippine passport is valid for five(5) years from the date of issue and must be renewed before it expires. Philippine immigrations, also, require the passports to be at least six(6) months valid to be allowed to enter or depart from the country.

On the latest news, though, the house of representatives have already approved the House Bill 4767, which aims to extend the validity of the DFA-issued passport from five (5) years to ten (10) years, and is to be sent to the Senate for further actions.

If this has helped you, please share and like this post. Also, you may want to check my other articles. Happy Travels!

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