Everything You Need to Know About Philippine Passport Application and Renewal in 2021
Jan 20, 2021   •   Meryl Medel
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Jan 20, 2021   •   Meryl Medel
While you can’t really travel abroad at the moment, you shouldn’t really just let your passport expire. This official travel document from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is one of the most accepted proofs of identification and citizenship, not only in the Philippines, but worldwide. And it’s also one of the IDs with the longest validity periods — at 10 years. Convinced you need to have this extremely useful ID onhand? Follow this easy guide so you can apply for or renew your passport now.
Are you signing up for a new application or just a renewal? You would fall under renewal if you have a passport that has expired, a passport that will be expiring within the next year, or a passport that has no blank pages left.
However, you will need to submit a new application if:
Once you know what type of application you’ll be doing, select a DFA site where you want to set the appointment and select a date.
Usually, you would find that the next two to three months are already fully booked, so you’d have to come back frequently to check the availability of appointments. Once you find an open slot, decide immediately if you want to get that, because the system will only reserve it for you for 20 minutes. So you better lock in that appointment ASAP or you’ll be waiting again.
After you’ve selected a site, date, and time, you will be led to the online application form, which you’ll have to fill out. It has four pages, with each page asking for the following information:
For the email address, the DFA suggests using a Gmail or Yahoo Mail account as opposed to other email addresses like your work email. Their system seems to be incompatible with other email addresses, so you might not be able to receive updates if you put anything other than Gmail or Yahoo Mail.
Once you’re done filling out the application form, you will be asked to review the submitted information. Check that everything’s in order before clicking that Submit button. A tip: it’s best to prepare all these details ahead of time, so you won’t be scrambling or panicking to finish filling out the online application form within the 20-minute reservation period.
After you click the Submit button, you will be redirected to the payment page. You have two options to choose from:
The additional fee for lost or damaged passports costs PHP 350. Other fees like the convenience fee of the selected e-payment platform and delivery fee are not yet included.
Payments can be made through the following methods:
Once your payment is confirmed, a PDF containing all the information you submitted will be sent to your email address. It will contain your appointment schedule, your application form, and two copies of your electronic receipt.
Print out all the pages of the PDF sent to your email address on A4 paper. Depending on your type of application and whether you’re a minor or not, you would have to submit additional documents on top of the printed application form.
Once you have all your documents ready, the next thing you need to do is to wait for your appointment. It would be months before then, so make sure you don’t forget.
You also have to prepare things that would help you observe health and safety protocols. Prepare face masks, face shields, and alcohol for your trip to the DFA site. Read up on any safety procedures DFA is currently implementing, and make sure you’re also healthily fit before you head on to your appointment.
On the day of your appointment, show up early — at least 30 minutes before. Latecomers will not be entertained. If you miss your scheduled appointment, you’ll have to restart the whole process again.
Make sure to look your best, too! Your photo will be taken and it will be embedded in your passport for ten whole years, so it’s best to look presentable. When you’re at the DFA site, you’ll have to go through at least three steps:
The DFA will also provide you with a receipt or claim stub that you can present when your passport is available for pick up.
If you chose to claim your passport at the DFA site, you need to bring the original DFA-issued receipt or claim stub and an original valid ID.
Not available to pick it up? If someone else is picking it up for you, have your representative bring an authorization letter, the original receipt, your valid ID (original and photocopy), and your representative’s valid ID (original and photocopy). However, take note that only the immediate family can pick it up on your behalf. That means only your parents, sibling, spouse, or child of legal age can claim your passport for you. If there really is no one else, a person who isn’t an immediate family member can claim for you. But they would need a lot more required documents. This includes a Special Power of Attorney, the original receipt, your valid ID (original and photocopy), and your representative’s valid ID (original and photocopy).
If you opted for delivery, you only need to wait for your passport to arrive at your doorstep a few days after the release of your passport.
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