How to apply for a Philippine passport? There are actually two ways to apply for a Philippine passport. It is either through passport appointment or passport on wheels. No appointment is needed for senior citizen and 1 travel companion, a person with disability (PWDs)and 1 travel companion, solo parent and his or her minor children, pregnant women, minors 7 years old and below and his or her minor siblings, and overseas Filipino workers. In this post, I’ll be sharing tips on Philippine passport online application or the passport appointment.
It is true that it is not easy to get a schedule of passport through online application. I’ve been there. I was searching online through a DFA online passport application for a Saturday schedule, but I can’t find any availability. If there are other available schedule, you’ll have to wait for two-three months from its date.
Surprisingly, for the passport appointment my husband spotted a weekday schedule. The scheduled date is only a month away from that day of booking. For the Philippines Passport Online Application confirmation
Easy steps for DFA Passport Appointment System
- Schedule an appointment online at https://www.passport.gov.ph/appointment. You may create an individual or group appointment for the family. Follow the procedure online.
- After the booking an appointment, you will receive an email for the reference number from DFA passport appointment for the payment instruction. Confirm your appointment by paying the amount using your selected payment center, which is in the list of payment instruction.
- After payment, you will receive an email confirmation that you have successfully confirmed your passport appointment.
Philippine Passport Online Application Confirmed Passport appointment
Tips on Philippine Passport Online Application
- Follow the steps in the confirmed online appointment. (There’s a passport application checklist along with all the necessary support documents needed -Do not forget the photocopies and secure the documents in a folder)
- Wear decent clothing for passport photo capture. (Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothing, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited). Also, Earrings and colored contact lenses are not allowed during data capture.
- Arrive at least 30 minutes earlier before the appointment date and time. Let’s say you have an appointment at 10am, be there at 9:30am or earlier.
- Be attentive, patient, and follow the steps in the passport appointment.
- Make sure to double check the details in your passport application screen before leaving the last step (after taking picture of you). That includes checking on the correct spelling of your name, address, birthday, and other important details.
The purpose of my online passport application is for my passport renewal and the new passport application of my two kids. Through online passport appointment, I opted to schedule a group appointment. Passport renewal of Brown Passports, Green Passports, Machine Readable Passports (Maroon) or any older Passports will be treated as NEW APPLICATION. So, the requirements needed is the same as a new application. I brought a photocopy of my old passport and my original passport.
What are the Philippine passport requirements?
- Confirmed Online Appointment
- Personal appearance
- Accomplished application form
- Original copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper. (At the time we applied, DFA still considers NSO birth certificate for as long as it is still considered good, readable, no discoloration, and not damage) Note:**Married Females (who are using their spouse’s last name) must also submit Original copy of PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract on Security Paper or Report of Marriage**It is required to bring your local civil registry copy with the same registry number in your PSA/NSO birth certificate if the PSA Birth Certificate is not clear or cannot be read
- Photocopy of Philippine Government valid ID and you also have to bring and show the original valid ID in the verification step. See list of acceptable IDs for Philippine passport.
For more details of requirements needed to apply for a Philippine passport, visit DFA passport requirements.
- Confirmed Online Appointment (if applicable) – Children 7 years old and below do not need to have an online appointment. They are entitled to avail of the courtesy lane together with their parent/s and minor siblings. Click here to schedule for an online appointment.
- Accomplished Application Form (click here for Blank Application Form)
- Personal Appearance of minor applicant and either parent or authorized adult companion
- Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Birth Certificate
- Local Civil Registrar Copy may be required if PSA Birth Certificate is not clear or cannot be read
- Marriage Certificate is required if only one parent is accompanying the child
- If parents are unmarried, an Affidavit of Support and/or Consent executed by the Mother will be required if she is not accompanying the child
- If Affidavit of Support and/or Consent is executed abroad, it must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate
- Passport or Valid Government issued ID of either parent (click here for the List of Acceptable IDs for Passport Application)
- School ID (if applicable)
- For seven years old and above, it is highly advisable to bring the school ID of the child (whether old school ID) and any proof of your child’s identification such as certification of school enrollment or form 137 with school dry seal.
How much is the passport fee?
A: For passports applied for in the Philippines:
New / Renewal
Regular – Php 950.00
Expedite – Php 1,200.00
Penalty for Lost and Mutilated ePassport – Php 350.00
For online passport appointment, you will receive an email for payment instruction and a referrence number for that. There is a convenience fee of P50.
NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED for the following:
- SENIOR CITIZEN and one (1) travel companion
- PERSON WITH DISABILITY (PWDs) and one (1) travel companion
- SOLO PARENT and his/her minor children
- PREGNANT WOMEN
- MINORS SEVEN (7) YEARS OLD AND BELOW and his/her parents and minor siblings
- OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (land-based, or seafarers)
You may avail of the OFW LANE or COURTESY LANE at DFA Aseana or at any DFA Consular Office to apply for your passport.
Releasing of Passport
From the date of my appointment, how long should I expect the regular passport application to be processed?
A: For NCR applicants, you should expect your passport to be released twelve (12) working days after being accommodated for processing.
For RCO applicants, you should expect your passport to be released twelve (12) working days after being accommodated for processing.
For frequently asked questions, please visit http://consular.dfa.gov.ph/list-of-acceptable-id-s?id=75
Finally, done with our Philippine passport online application. Now our family’s passport is complete. We opted to pick up our passport at the nearest preferred DFA passport processing branch in Alabang.
DFA – NCR South (Alabang)
Address: 4/F Metro Alabang Town Center, Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City
Operating Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday – Saturday
You may view the complete list of consular office / passport capturing site at the Directory page.
We chose regular passport processing, so we just picked up the passport at the branch I mentioned above.
Our family is looking forward next year to our first out-of-the-country trip. Praying for that.
Good luck to your passport application!