(UPDATED: December 8, 2020)
In a public advisory posted on November 29, 2020, the DFA announced that passport applications are strictly by appointment only. As mandated by law, "passport appointment slots are limited by the maximum capacity of applicants and personnel allowed within our Consular Offices." Physical distancing will, of course, be observed at all times; don't forget to wear a face mask and face shield.
Here's what you need to know.
Book an appointment.
Where do I book an appointment?
Whether you are renewing or getting your first passport, you need to set an appointment online at www.passport.gov.ph. Flight bookings should ONLY be made if passports are still valid for at least six months. Just pick a consular office and a date. Pro tip: Try clicking refresh as sometimes slots open up from time to time.
How much do I have to pay?
There are two types of processing you can choose from. Regular processing of 12 working days costs P950. You may also choose to expedite the process in as fast as seven days or even as early as six working days for Metro Manila Consular offices. This express option costs P1,200. Take note: If you choose a Saturday appointment, it's automatically considered as express processing.
How do I confirm my appointment?
To confirm, you have to pay through any on the list of authorized establishments within 48 hours or your appointment will be canceled. You just need your reference number (sent to you via email after booking a slot) and you have to pay a service fee of P50. Don't forget to keep the receipt after payment! You will then receive a confirmation email with the attached application packet you have to print.
Prepare all the required documents.
These are the requirements you have to prepare and bring with you:
- Application packet. Checklist with your indicated schedule, confirmed application form, and two copies of the e-receipt.
- PSA/NSO birth certificate. Bring an original copy along with a photocopy. Can't find an original copy? Don't fret! You may order online. For married females, bring an original copy of your marriage contract to support change in marital status. (IMPORTANT: Submission of birth certificates is no longer required for passport renewals.)
- Any of the following Valid ID's:
-Social Security System ID (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), or Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
-Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License
-Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)/Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) Card
-Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter's ID or Voter's Certification from the Election Officer with Dry Seal
-Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
-Senior Citizen ID
-Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
-Philippine Postal ID (issued November 2016 onwards)
-Seafarer's Record Book (SRB)(*must be issued Feb 2020 onwards) issued by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)
-Current Valid ePassport (For Renewal of ePassport)
*take note that additional supporting documents may be needed for special cases.
- Current passport with photocopy, for renewals. If you lost or damaged your current passport, they will consider your application as a new application and not a renewal. Aside from this, they will also need a police report and an affidavit of loss with photocopies of each. And finally you will be charged a fee of P350.
After securing all your requirements, you must show up. Don't forget to wear decent clothing because they'll be taking your passport photo: No plunging necklines, sleeveless tops, see-through clothing, and the like. DFA advises you to be there thirty minutes before your set appointment. One perk of being early is that you'll finish early, too. Sometimes, even if your appointment is not for another thirty minutes, they may process your application earlier as long as you're already there. Such a time-saver!
Once you're there, get a queue number at the application/appointment counter. When it's your turn, go to the processing area to present all of your documents. Then, proceed to the encoding station for them to take your photograph, fingerprints, and digitized signature. And don't you worry, there are signs everywhere. Plus, there will be DFA officers to help you out.
Claiming your passport
There are two ways to go about this: You can return to the DFA office on the indicated date on your claim stub and proceed to the passport releasing station. You may also assign someone else to get it for you provided you execute a special power of attorney stating the reasons why you aren't able to claim it yourself. If you don't want to be bothered with all this, you may have your passport delivered for an additional fee of P150, to be paid at the DFA premises after your appointment process. Once you're done, you're good to go for the next ten years!