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Philippine Passport Renewal Requirements: What You Need

Traveling is a great way to expand your horizons. It’s intoxicating experiencing different countries and cultures and definitely changes the way you look at the world. Of course, for you to keep traveling, your passport has to be valid.

A lot of countries require that your passport be valid for six months beyond your departure date, and forgetting that fact can spoil your travel plans. It’s best to renew your passport ahead of time to avoid any hassle.

passport renewal requirements

If you’re renewing your passport and are looking for the requirements needed, there’s no need to look any further. Here’s a complete list of the Filipino passport renewal requirements:
 

1. Passport

Obviously, you need to bring your most recent expiring or expired passport. This could either be a Brown passport, a Green passport, a Machine Readable Passport (MRP), or an Electronic Passport. It’s important you know what kind of passport you have as they have specific additional requirements.

2. Acceptable IDs

Your passport determines the kind of ID accepted. Here’s the complete list of acceptable IDs for all the kinds of Philippine passports:

Brown Passport or passports issued prior to 01 May 1995

  • Bring original brown passport and photocopy of passport pages 1,2,3,4 and last page
  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA, to determine complete middle name.
  • If your PSA Birth Certificate is blurred or unreadable; a transcribed certified true copy of the birth certificate from the Local Civil Registry is required.
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA

Green Passport or passports issued after 01 May 1995

  • Bring original green passport and photocopy of the data page and last page of passport
  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA, to determine complete middle name
  • If PSA Birth Certificate is blurred or unreadable; a transcribed certified true copy of the birth certificate from the Local Civil Registry is required.
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA

Machine Readable Passport (MRP without IC Chip logo) issued in the year 2007

  • Bring original passport and photocopy of data page and last page of passport
  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA, to determine complete middle name
  • If PSA Birth Certificate is blurred or unreadable; a transcribed certified true copy of the birth certificate from the Local Civil Registry is required.
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA

Electronic Passport (E-passport)

  • Bring original e-passport and photocopy of page 2 (data page).

3. Application Form

You can download the application form from the Department of Foreign Affairs website. Make sure that you read the instructions properly and accomplish it correctly.

Make sure that your passport is renewed six months before departure date to avoid trouble.

4. Confirmed Appointment

Appointments can be made on the DFA website. Passport appointment schedules are usually fully booked. The slot you get may be three months into the future. The perfect time to renew is when your passport’s still valid for a year. Renewing it when it’s only valid for the next nine months might be pushing it.

5. Personal Appearance

Once you’ve got the date for your appointment, be sure to make it on time for your appointment. You can’t make another appointment for the next 30 days if you don’t show up.

Aside from these general requirements, there are also specific requirements for different kinds of applicants renewing their passports. You can check them out below:

For women who will change their civil status from single to married

  • Marriage Contract in Security Paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy of Marriage Contract issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA.
  • Submit  Transcribed Marriage Contract from the LCR if entries are blurred or unreadable
  • If married abroad, Report of Marriage duly authenticated by PSA
  • Original and photocopy of Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance (required for women with foreign national husband married in the Philippines).

For married women who would like to revert to their maiden name

  • Bring original passport and photocopy of data page and last page of passport
  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA, to determine complete middle name
  • If PSA Birth Certificate is blurred or unreadable; transcribed certified true copy of the birth certificate from the Local Civil Registry is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA
  • If already widowed: Death Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA of the deceased husband
  • If marriage is annulled: Annotated PSA Marriage Contract and Certified True Copy of Court Order effecting the Annulment
  • If divorced: Certified True Copy of the Divorce Decree duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the divorce was obtained or by the concerned foreign diplomatic or consular mission in the Philippines. Certified True Copy of Philippine Court recognition of foreign divorce decree must also be present and the PSA Marriage Contract with the annotation of the Divorce Decree.

Applicants who’ve availed of Dual Citizenship under RA 9225

  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA
  • Identification Certificate from the Bureau of Immigration or Philippine Embassy/Consulate
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Order of Approval

Applicants who were naturalized

  • If born in the Philippines, Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA.
  • Identification Certificate from the Bureau of Immigration

Applicants who elected Philippine Citizenship

  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA.
  • Certified True Copy of the Sworn Statement duly signed by authorized to administer oaths filed at the nearest Local Civil Registry
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Identification Certificate from the Bureau of Immigration

For Muslim Applicants

For converts who would like to use their Muslim name

  • Annotated Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA bearing the Muslim name
  • National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Certificate of Conversion

For divorced women

  • Marriage Contract in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Marriage Contract issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA with annotation effecting the Divorce
  • Court Order from the Philippine Sharia Court effecting the Divorce

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