How to Apply for A Philippine Passport

A lot of airlines nowadays are giving out so many promo fares for international destinations. They are offering as low as P1 base fare. The only things you will need is pocket money and a passport.

Start processing your passport by following these easy steps.

Schedule an appointment with DFA online.

An online appointment is required for you to be able to process your passport application.

  • Go to passport appointment website. Click the start an appointment.
  • Read the terms and conditions and then click on the box to signify agreement of the terms.
  • Select individual appointment if you are applying for yourself or group appointment if you are applying for your family.
  • Select your desired area and click next.
  • Select preferred date and time. Click on the captcha and then click next.
  • Fill up all personal information in the form provided. Click next every after fill up.
  • Once done, you will be asked to review the information you provided. If everything is correct, solve the captcha and tick the box that says “I am aware that the possession…” Click the confirm button.
  • Choose the processing type you prefer. Regular processing takes about 12 working days and cost P950. Express processing only takes 6-7 working days but cost P1,200.
  • Click “Pay Now.” Payment must be done within 48 hours after you receive the reference number in your email. Failure to do so will result to cancellation of appointment.
  • Tick the “I Agree” box and then click “Proceed to Payment” button.

Please take note of the following:

  • You will need a valid email address to be able to receive system generated messages.
  • Only Gmail and Yahoo can receive email from the passport system.
  • The online appointment is a first come first served basis. Most areas have fully booked appointments so you may have to visit the website more than once until a schedule appears.
  • Choose morning appointments to avoid long queues so you will be able to process your passport within the same day.
  • Passport appointments are free.

Pay the application fees.

After clicking the “Proceed to Payment”, you will taken to the newly launched Philippine Passport ePortal system. In here you will see the total cost of passport fee and the list of authorized payment channels where you can pay the said fee. Please take note that credit card and debit card is still under development.

Click “Proceed” and wait for the reference number in your email. Once received, you can then proceed to any payment channel of your choice. Show them the number and pay the corresponding fee.

An email confirmation will be sent to you. Click the link provided and print the following documents as part of your passport appointment packet:

  • Checklist with your indicated schedule.
  • Confirmed Application Form with bar code appointment reference number (ARN) and eReceipt number.
  • Two copies of the eReceipt.

Make sure to bring them along with other documentary requirements to the DFA office on the day of your appointment.

Prepare all requirements for a Philippine Passport

1. Valid ID (original and photocopy).

Acceptable ID for passport application is as follow:

  • Social Security System (SSS) ID
  • Government Service Insurance System(GSIS)
  • Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certificate or Voter’s Registration Record from COMELEC Head or Regional Office
  • Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • Persons with Disabilities (PWD) ID
  • School ID (for students)
  • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) / Integrated
  • Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card
  • Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
  • For OFWs or Filipinos based in other countries, you can also bring your Residence Card or any other ID showing your Philippine citizenship.

2. PSA/NSA Birth Certificate (original and photocopy)

It must be an original copy authenticated by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and printed on Security Paper. If you already have a birth certificate, you can bring that instead.

3. For married women: Marriage Contract

In addition to the Birth Certificate and valid ID, you must also bring an original and photocopy of your marriage contract or Report of Marriage (if married abroad) authenticated by the PSA.

If married to a foreign national, provide the original and photocopy of Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance.

4. Documents for minor applicants

  • Confirmed online appointment (see step 2) is only required for minors between the ages of 8 and 18. Minors 7 years old and below can bypass the online appointment and avail of the courtesy lane together with their parent/s and minor siblings.
  • Minor applicants are required to appear at the DFA office with at least one parent. The parent/s must bring a passport or any one of the valid government-issued IDs as proof of identity.
  • If neither of the parents is available, any adult companion is allowed as long as he/she submits a Special Power of Attorney executed by the parent/s. If executed abroad, the Special Power of Attorney must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate.
  • If the applicant will not be traveling with parent/s, he/she must submit a DSWD clearance as well as an Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the parents. Again, the affidavit must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy/Consulate if executed abroad.
  • PSA/NSO birth certificate.
  • School ID (if available).

Please take note that minors who have no birth certificate, illegitimate, legally adopted, or in the process of foreign adoption are required to present additional supporting documents. Check out this link for a complete list of requirements.

5. Special cases

If you belong to the ones listed below, you will need to present additional supporting documents.

  • Applicants with late registered birth certificates.
  • Applicants with no birth certificate or report of birth.
  • Women whose marriages have been dissolved and want to use their maiden names again.
  • Applicants who have missing data or discrepancy in data in the birth certificate or report of birth.
  • Applicants who are dual citizens or who became Filipino citizens through naturalization, election, or Act of Legislation.

Proceed to DFA Office on your appointment schedule.

Make sure that you arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Latecomers will not be accommodated. Also, if you’ve chosen to appear in one of DFA satellite offices, keep in mind that they only process passport applications and renewals. Other issues like citizen evaluation cases and lost passports are addressed to DFA Aseana.

Check the following important requirements:

  • Observe proper dress code. People wearing sandos, spaghetti straps, shorts, tubes, sandals, and slippers may not be allowed to enter the building.
  • As mentioned above, minors below 18 years old are required to appear with a parent or an adult companion.
  • Don’t forget to bring the printed passport appointment packet (see the previous step) as well as original copies and photocopies of the documentary requirements.
  • No need to bring passport-sized photos. The encoding team will do the image capturing for you.
  • Proceed to the Application/Appointment Counter to present the printout of your passport appointment packet.  Get a queue number and wait for your number to be called or show up on the announcement screen.

Proceed to the encoding section for image and fingerprint capturing.

A DFA personnel will take your picture, fingerprint and digitized signature. Eye glasses, contact lenses, facial piercing, earring and other pieces of jewelry within your face section should be removed suring the taking of photo. You can apply make-up but only lightly. Don’t smile or show teeth and look directly to the camera.

Once done, they will give you either a claim stub or will write at the back of your official receipt when you can claim your passport. If you don’t have time to personally claim your passport, you can opt for courier service of P150 for door to door delivery. Make sure to pay the courier fee before leaving the DFA office.

Claim your passport.

You can receive your Philippine passport in two ways:

  • Return to the DFA office on the date indicated in your claim stub or Official Receipt. Claim your passport at the Passport Releasing section. If you’re not available to personally claim your passport, you can ask a representative to do it on your behalf, provided that you execute a Special Power of Attorney containing the reason/s why you aren’t able to claim it yourself.
  • If you have availed of the courier service, wait for your passport to be delivered to your mailing address approximately 1 to 2 weeks after your application. In case you won’t be available to receive it personally, a representative must show the claim stub/Official receipt, an authorization letter with your signature, and valid IDs of both you and the said representative.

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