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How to Get Philippine Passport: Requirements, Procedures and Tips

Written By Jane Miranda on Monday, February 6, 2012 | Monday, February 06, 2012

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How to get a Philippine passport? I have listed the steps, procedures, requirements and tips in getting your passport in the Philippines. Whether you’re a first timer or have applied a long long time ago…this article will let you obtain your passport the fastest way and expedited way.

Applying to obtain your passport? Perhaps you’re into travelling or working overseas that you finally decided to obtain your lovely passport. I just got my passport few years ago and not for those reasons. My boss asked me one day if I’ve got mine. Was wondering if she was into dragging me with her holiday trip. But it was just a random question. I told her not yet. She laughed and joked about me being left behind here if the next world war struck here. lol Made sense. So there I’ve got mine but it wasn’t so easy and fast I tell you. If you hate going to different government agencies here in Phil. obviously you get what I mean. Ok let’s proceed to getting your Philippine passport.

Passport Fees:
 Regular Processing: Php 950.00 (20 working days)
 Rush Processing: Php 1,200.00 (10 working days)
 An additional fee of Php 200.00 will be charged for processing of Lost Passports if it is still valid.
Philippine Passport for New Applicants
Before I enumerate the list of requirements to obtain Philippines passport for new applicants, let me first give you some nice tips to have a smooth and fast process of getting your passport. First, have your documents all consistent and accurate.

Check all important personal details and information and make sure they all tally with your IDs and papers. These details are your complete name, date of your birth, place of birth, your parents’ name, their birthdates, address, and the like. These details must all tally and be consistent because they will be stored in the DFA’s database.

Also please make sure you have all the same signature from your valid IDs to avoid going home. Why you must do this? Simply to avoid embassy problems, government records errors and other related problems.

3 steps in getting Philippine Passport (New and Renew)

  • Scheduling an appointment to your nearest DFA office (please download the DFA application form I linked below to save time in filling it out and falling in line)
  • Attending at the exact appointment without being late. (at this time, you must have all the requirements and the fees for passport processing payment)
  • Passport releasing
I recommend you reserve an appointment the earliest date prior to your travel or whatever purpose and reason you have. If you want to make an advance appointment in Manila, go to this link and apply for a passport through their online passport application. I've listed the addresses of the DFA offices for the other provinces nationwide below. You can schedule your desired time and day for your appointment. Take note, it’s not a guarantee you’ll get your passport faster as there are different populations from each region.

I also suggest you download the application form and fill it out before you go to your DFA office to complete all requirements and have all data accurate. Sometimes, you forget data so I suggest you fill out the forms at home. Anywayz, you can download as many forms as you want. Go to the link below to download your passport application form.

DFA passport application form

Please have all your original documents and IDs photocopied before going to DFA

Requirements for Renewal of Passport

Brown Passport or issued prior to 01 May 1995
  • Old passport and photocopy of passport pages 1,2,3, 4 (amendment). The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  • Original valid ID.
  • Birth Certificate from NSO in Security Paper (SECPA)
  • Negative Birth Record from NSO if born 1950 & below and Joint Birth Affidavit from Two Disinterested Persons; and supporting document showing complete Middle Name
Green Passport or issued after 01 May 1995
  • Present passport and photocopy of pages 1,2,3 (amendment) and last page.
  • The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate for minor applicants.
  • For illegitimate minor, personal appearance of mother is required.
Machine Readable Passport (Maroon)
  • Present passport and photocopy of pages 1,2,3 (amendment) and last page.
  • The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate for minor applicants.
  • Original Birth Certificate from NSO in Security Paper (SECPA) if city/municipality & province on birth place is not specific (Example: NCR instead of San Juan, Metro Manila)
  • For illegitimate minor, personal appearance of mother is required.
Other Supporting Documents
Please bring the following if they are available.
  • Marriage Contract
  • PRC / IBP ID
  • Land Title
  • Driver's License
  • Government Service Record
  • Digitized SSS-ID
  • School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with Dry Seal
  • Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and/or citizenship
  • Voter's Registration Record from COMELEC Intramuros
  • Baptismal Certificate w/ Dry Seal
  • Seaman's Book
  • Income Tax Return (Old)

Requirements for New Applicants
Authenticated NSO birth certificate or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO depending on the NSO signatory; for born 1950 & below, Negative Birth Record from NSO & Joint Birth Affidavit from Two Disinterested Persons if no record from NSO.
Two Original valid IDs (please make sure your signatures are all the same)
Accepted IDs are Senior Citizen's ID, Voter's ID, digitized government-issued IDs like SSS, PRC, BIR, Driver's License, original school ID (for students only) AND original supporting documents indicating full name, date and place of birth and citizenship.
Authenticated marriage certificate (if married or if you want to use your spouse’s surname)
Other supporting documents (for verification)
  • Marriage Contract
  • Land Title
  • Driver's License
  • Government Service Record
  • School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with dry seal
  • Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and/or citizenship
  • Voter's Registration Record from COMELEC
  • Baptismal Certificate with dry seal
  • Seaman's Book
  • Income Tax Return (Old)
  • NBI Clearance
What happens in the DFA office for your passport application? It's faster than the processing ages ago. Visit this DFA link to see the complete procedures of passport processing.

Online Passport Appointments by Province

In Pampanga, you can now schedule for an appointment prior to getting your passport. "DFA Pampanga is presently implementing the appointment system in the receiving of electronic passport applications. To secure an appointment online, kindly send the following information to rcopampappointments@yahoo.com:
  • COMPLETE NAME (with MIDDLE NAME)
  • DATE OF BIRTH
  • PLACE OF BIRTH
  • CONTACT NUMBER
Note: Applicants must use an email account that are registered under their names"
That's what I've known from our regional office when I got my parents passport.

UPDATE Jan. 25, 2012:
 Good news to everyone! The Department of Foreign Affairs announced recently that we can process our passport renewal in some malls nationwide soon. I’ve seen a big billboard from a huge mall (Robinsons Starmills) in my province already and this is very good news because we don’t need to go to any DFA office that is far from our home town. At least it’s gonna be more convenient and accessible. Plus it will lessen headaches coz the malls are cololer than some DFA office service areas. While only renewing of passports are gonna be entertained, apparently soon new passport application service will follow.

The other Provincial DFA Offices are located in:
Baguio - Don Monsylito Building 16 Legarda Roa
Bacolod - 2nd Flr. East Block Square, Circumferential Road, Barangay Villa Monte
La Union - Pasado Bldg., Pagdalagan Norte, San Fernando, La Union
Cebu City - Causing Lozada Bldg.,OsmeƱa Blvd., Cor. Lapu-lapu St.
Tuguegarao - Regional Government Center Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley
Tacloban - Leyte SMED Center, Capitol Site, Sn. Enage
Zamboanga - Go-Velayo Bldg. Veterans Ave. Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur
Lucena - 3rd Flr. Pacific Mall Lucena M.L. Tagarao St., Barangay III
Cagayan de Oro - Limketkai Drive, Cagayan De Oro City
Puerto Princesa - 2nd Flr. Puerto Princesa City Coliseum National Highway,Brgy. San Pedro
Davao - Ebro-Pelayo Bldg., E. Jacinto St.,
Batangas - Batangas Plaza and Convention Center National Road, Kumintang Ilaya
Butuan - CESIA Building, Montilla Boulevard
Legazpi - 4th Flr, LCC Expressmart Building Rizal St., Legazpi City, Albay  
General Santos - Gaisano Complex, J. Catolico St. LAGAO
Iloilo - Yulo Street, Iloilo City


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