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PHILIPPINE PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS

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PHILIPPINE PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS 2022

PHILIPPINE PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS 2022

PHILIPPINE PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS

1. Online Appointment Confirmation

The first thing to do is to secure a slot by setting an appointment online. NO WALK-INS are allowed.

2. Duly Accomplished Application Form

Fill out the application form online. You will receive an e-mail confirming your appointment schedule when you are done paying the application processing fee. The e-mail also contains the link to your application form. Click the link to download, and then print out your accomplished form.

3. Birth Certificate

The copy of your birth certificate must be an NSO livebirth

4. Valid ID

You only need to bring one original and a photocopy. Any of the following is accepted:

  • Social Security System (SSS) Card
  • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Card
  • Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID)
  • LTO Driver’s License
  • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
  • Philippine Identification (PhilID)
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) E-Card
  • Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Officer of Election with Dry Seal. If presenting the Voter’s Certificate, you also need to provide NBI or police clearance.
  • PNP Firearms License
  • Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
  • Philippine Postal ID (issued November 2016 onwards)
  • Senior Citizen ID (if senior)
  • School ID or Certificate of Enrolment with student’s photo and the school’s dry seal (if student)
  • Seafarer’s Record Book (SRB) issued from February 2020 onwards by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)

REMINDER: Make sure that the ID (original and photocopy) is readable, untampered, and must contain the same information as other documents presented.

5. Personal Appearance

Applicants must be physically present at the DFA Office on your appointment schedule. The passport application process entails collecting your biometrics data and taking a photo of you.


POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Depending on your status or condition, here are other possible additional requirements for a new passport application:

If the applicant is a married female using her spouse’s last name

  • Marriage Contract (Original and a Photocopy). Must be PSA-authenticated and printed on PSA security paper.

NOTE: You do not need to present your Marriage Contract if you recently married but you chose to keep your maiden name.

If the applicant is a minor

For minor applicants or those applying for a minor, these are the additional requirements:

  • Valid Government-issued ID of either parent with one photocopy.
    – Passport
    – Social Security System (SSS) Card
    – Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Card
    – Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID)
    – LTO Driver’s License
    – Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
    – Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) E-Card
    – Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Officer of Election with Dry Seal. If presenting the Voter’s Certificate, you also need to provide NBI or police clearance.
    – PNP Firearms License
    – Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
    – Philippine Postal ID (issued November 2016 onwards)
    – Senior Citizen ID (if senior)
    – Philippine Identification (PhilID)
    – Seafarer’s Record Book (SRB) issued from February 2020 onwards by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA)
  • Marriage Certificate. This must be provided if only one parent is accompanying the minor. If the parents are unmarried, the Mother must execute a Special Power of Attorney if she is not accompanying her child. Special Power of Attorney executed outside the Philippines must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in that foreign country.
  • Certified True Copy of Local Civil Registrar (LCR) Birth Certificate. This must be provided if the applicant is a newborn (less than 1 year old), who has no PSA Birth Certificate/Report of Birth yet. This needs to be PSA-authenticated. If born abroad, the original copy of the Report of Birth or first endorsement from the Consular Records Division must be submitted.

IMPORTANT! Personal Appearance of both the minor applicant AND either parent (or authorized adult companion) is required.

  • If for some reason, either parent can’t accompany the child for the application:– A Special Power of Attorney must be executed by the parent to designate and authorize someone else to accompany and help the child through the application process. Special Power of Attorney executed outside the Philippines must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in that foreign country.– A copy of parent/s valid ID and/or passport attached to the Special Power of Attorney or Affidavit of Support and Consent.– Passport or Valid Government-issued ID of authorized adult companion. See the list of acceptable IDs above.
  • If either parent is not traveling with the minor:– DSWD Clearance must be submitted.– Affidavit of Support and Consent must be provided. Affidavit executed outside the Philippines must be consularized by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in that foreign country.– Passport or Valid Government issued ID of authorized adult companion. See list of acceptable IDs above.

NOTE: For other cases such as late registered, no birth certificate, illegitimate child, dual citizens, or naturalized Filipinos, additional supporting documents are required. Visit the DFA Consular website for a more accurate list of requirements and if you have other specific concerns and inquiries.


STEP-BY-STEP PASSPORT APPLICATION PROCESS

1. Set an appointment online.

Visit the DFA Online Passport Appointment System website. Choose a DFA office/branch. Select the one nearest you or the one most convenient for you. Later on, you can change it and check other branches if you are having a hard time securing a slot with your first choice. Hit the Next button. Select a date and time from the provided calendar. The earliest open date is noted above the calendar. The dates in GREEN are AVAILABLE, while those in RED are FULL.

PHILIPPINE PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS 2022

When you get a slot, the system can hold the slot for you for the next 20 minutes only so you should be able to finish everything fast. Otherwise, you’ll lose that slot.

PHILIPPINE PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS 2022

2. Fill out the application form.

After you get a slot, you will be directed to the next step, which is filling out the four-page online application form.


3. Pay the passport processing fee.

The next step after you submit the form is the payment for the passport processing fee. Choose one of the two processing options, depending on what applies to you:

  • Regular Processing: This costs P950 and takes 10-15 days in Manila.
  • Express Processing: This costs P1200 and takes 5-7 days in Manila.

This is how the payment process goes:

  1. Select between regular or express processing.
  2. Then hit PAY NOW.
  3. A message will pop up. Click the “I agree” box, then hit PROCEED TO PAYMENT.
  4. You will land on the PAYMENT page where you will see the payment options, the total amount that you need to pay, and some reminders. A convenience fee of P50 per person is normally added on top of the total processing fee amount. Hit PROCEED.
  5. You will receive an email providing your Payment Reference Number and instructions on how to settle your payment. Hold on to your reference number.
  6. You need to pay the processing fee within 24 hours. Go to your chosen authorized payment center. You have to secure a copy of your reference number. Make sure you declare and pay the exact total amount.
  7. After settling your payment, an appointment confirmation will be sent to your email. You will find three files attached to the email: your application form, the receipt, and the checklist. You need to secure a hard copy of each file. Print them all out. Use A4 paper. You need to bring them on the day of your appointment.

REMINDERS:

  • These are the payment centers authorized by the DFA for the transaction of the passport processing fee:– Bayad Center
    – EcPay
    – Pera Hub
    – Robinsons Business Center and Department Stores
    – Waltermart Department Store
    – 7-Eleven
    – USCC (Western Union)
    – Villarica PawnshopThe credit card/debit card payment facility and the over-the-counter cash transaction in selected banks are not yet available.
  • As of writing, only CASH payment is accepted.
  • You need to pay the EXACT amount. No more, no less. The payment will not be processed or will be forfeited if it’s not the exact amount.
  • You can only use your Reference Number once, meaning one transaction per reference number.
  • If you encounter any problems regarding payment, contact the DFA helpdesk immediately at (02) 234 3488.

4. Show up at your chosen DFA Office on your appointment date.

You need to appear personally at your chosen DFA office on your scheduled date. Don’t forget to bring all the requirements with you, plus the Application Form printout in an A4, the checklist with your confirmed schedule, and your eReceipt (two copies).

REMINDERS:

  • Don’t be late. Be there at least 30 minutes before you confirmed schedule. Those who arrive late for their appointment will not be accommodated.
  • Make sure to bring all the requirements — both the original and the photocopies.
  • The DFA implements a “No Escort” policy. Companions, who are not applicants, are not permitted within the DFA premises UNLESS they are the guardian of a minor or they are assisting a person with special needs.
  • Wear proper attire. The DFA enforces a strict dress code, which prohibits wearing spaghetti straps, sando, plunging neckline, sleeveless top, tube top, halter top, and see-through top. Colored contact lenses, eyeglasses, and accessories like earrings, necklaces, or other facial piercings must be removed during photo capturing.
  • Make yourself presentable, looking your best. Remember that your photo will be taken for your passport with 10-year validity, so that image of you will stick with you for a long time. But please avoid applying too much makeup.

5. Pick up your passport.

If you did not avail of the passport delivery service during your application at the DFA office of your choice, you have to go back on the indicated release date of your passport. If there’s a change in the schedule, the DFA will email you in advance. Make sure you bring your application receipt and other proof like the claim stub, if applicable. Check all the details on your passport before leaving the counter. Make sure your name is not misspelled and there are no typos.

Can’t claim the passport yourself?

An immediate family member can claim your passport on your behalf, provided that she has an authorization letter prepared and signed by you and other requirements. An immediate family member can be your mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife, or child of legal age. They must bring the following:

  • Authorization Letter
  • Original Receipt
  • Applicant’s Valid ID (original and photocopy)
  • Representative’s Valid ID (original and photocopy)

No immediate family member available to claim your passport on your behalf?

If no immediate family can claim it for you, the person must bring the following:

  • A Special Power of Attorney
  • Original Receipt
  • Applicant’s Valid ID (original and photocopy)
  • Representative’s Valid ID (original and photocopy)

ALSO READ: How To Get NSO Birth Certificate Online

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