Passports are one of most important documents in the world. Besides being a form of identification, this pocket-sized document allows you to travel abroad. This must always be presented to immigration authorities upon departure of the origin country and arrival at the destination. In the Philippines, passports are issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
What You Need to Know
If you are applying for a passport for the first time, these are the following documents you need to furnish and present:
You need to first fill out an online application form and book an appointment. To do so, go to the DFA’s Office of Consular Affairs Website.
Next is to furnish a copy of your birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) printed on a security paper. You may also bring a copy from the Local Civil Registry (city or municipal hall) but only as a supplement if the entry in your NSO-issued birth certificate could barely be read.
For women, you need to bring your marriage certificate issued by the NSO printed on a security paper. Like the birth certificate, you may also bring a copy from the Local Civil Registry if the entries in the NSO version are illegible.
You also need to bring at least one government-issued ID card with signature and recent photograph. Any of the following will do:
- SSS ID
- Driver’s License issued by the Land Transportation Office (LTO)
- GSIS ID E-Card
- PRC ID (for licensed professionals)
- IBP ID (for lawyers)
- OWWA ID (for Overseas Filipino Workers)
- BIR ID (digitized)
- Senior Citizen’s ID (for senior citizens)
- Voter’s ID
- PWD ID (for the handicapped)
For Minors (below 18 years of age), they need the following:
- NSO Birth Certificate
- NSO Marriage Contract of Parents (if applicable)
- Baptismal Certificate
- Original passport of either parent
- For those born out of wedlock or unusual circumstances, they need the original passport of the mother
- School ID
For the renewal, you need the following:
- Original Passport
- Photocopy of the date page and back page of the passport
- 2 valid ID’s
- If the passport does not show your place of birth, bring your NSO-issued birth certificate or your old green passport for substantiation purposes.
If your passport is lost, submit all basic requirements (see above) for first-time application in addition to an Affidavit of Loss, Police Report, a copy of the lost passport (if you made one) and a 200 or 350 (if electronic) peso penalty charge.
How Much will it Cost?
The regular rate is 950 PhP at the DFA Consular Office and its Satellite Offices within Metro Manila. It will take 15 business days to process your application. If you want it expedited, it will be 1,200 PhP within 7 business days.
Outside Metro Manila, the regular rate is also 950 PhP, taking 20 business days. If you want it expedited, the rate is also 1,200 PhP but will take 10 business days.
Where to Apply for a Philippine Passport?
In the past, travel agencies would take care of that for you. But with stricter policies implemented by the DFA (Anti-Fixer Policy), you must personally appear at the DFA Office of Consular Affairs at ASEANA Business Park in Paranaque or any of its satellite offices. Go to this link at the DFA’s Website to know where else you can apply for a passport.