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Passport Requirements For Minors: What Parents Need To Know

When Filipinos travel, they love bringing the rest of the family along – especially since flight and hotels rates are becoming more affordable thanks to booking apps like Traveloka. But before you fly off, you have to check if everyone has their passports, especially the kids. If the latter don’t have theirs yet, then here’s a list of passport requirements for minors and tips on how to apply:
 

1. Birth Certificate

There are several types of birth certificate you can submit: one is issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Security Paper. The other is a certified true copy issued by the local civil registrar (LCR). You need a transcribed birth certificate from your LCR if entries in your child’s birth certificate are blurred and unreadable. You need a Report of Birth authenticated by the PSA if your child was born abroad.

2. Valid Picture ID

A school ID or a Form 137 with readable dry seal is accepted for minors aged eight to 17. If the child has never been to school, you will need to provide a notarized affidavit of explanation.

3. Parents’ Marriage Certificate

The marriage certificate must be authenticated by the PSA.

4. Original and Photocopy of Adult Companion’s Passport

The passport of the minor’s adult companion is one of the requirements.

5. Confirmed Appointment

Appointments can be made on the DFA website. Passport appointment schedules are usually fully booked and the slot you get may be three months into the future. Schedule your travel period accordingly.

6. Personal Appearance

Once you’ve got an appointment, be sure to be on time. You need to accompany your child and to bring your own passport. If your child is illegitimate, the mother needs to make a personal appearance and to bring her passport, as well. You’re barred from making another appointment for the next 30 days if you don’t show up.

There may be additional requirements depending on the legal status of your child. You may need to bring the following, as well: 

If minor is not traveling with either parent or alone

An affidavit of consent is needed for a child traveling alone.

• Personal appearance of either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / of mother (if minor is an illegitimate child)
• Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion and relationship to the minor. If minor will be traveling alone, ASC must be executed by either parent, stating that his/her child will be traveling alone. If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
• Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance. However, there’s no need to get this if you work for Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants. However, this depends on whether the child has a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card proving he / she is living with parents abroad.

If both parents are abroad

• Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General). If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.
• Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with an attached photocopy of either parent’s valid passport (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General) authorizing a representative in assisting the child to apply for a passport. If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the SPA.
• Original and photocopy of DSWD Clearance. However, there’s no need to get this if your working in the Foreign Service or living abroad or are immigrants. However, this depends on whether the child has a dependent’s visa / pass / identification card or permanent resident visa / pass / identification card proving he / she is living with parents abroad.
• Proper ID of the duly authorized representative

If minor is legitimated by subsequent marriage of parents

An authenticated birth certificate is required for children legitimized by the marriage of their parents.

• Authenticated Birth Certificate from PSA must include annotation regarding new status as legitimated and the full name of the child

If minor is illegitimate but acknowledged by father

• Birth Certificate from PSA reflecting surname of father with Affidavit of Acknowledgement and Consent to use the surname of father

Foundling

• Certificate of foundling authenticated by PSA
• DSWD Clearance
• Passport of the person who found the applicant
• Letter of authority or endorsement from DSWD for the issuance of passport

Orphaned minor applicant

• Authenticated Death Certificates of parents from PSA
• Court order awarding guardianship of the orphaned minor applicant or substitute parental authority under Article 214 & 216 of the Family Code
• DSWD Clearance

Abandoned minor applicant

• Court order awarding guardianship of the abandoned minor applicant or substitute parental authority
• DSWD Travel Clearance

Legally adopted

• Original and Certified True Copy (CTC) of PSA Birth Certificate before adoption
• Original and Certified True Copy (CTC) of the PSA amended Birth Certificate after adoption
• Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Court Decision or Order on Adoption and Certificate of Finality
• DSWD clearance for minor applicant, if traveling with the person other than the adopting parents

In case the applicant is for adoption by foreign parents

Children about to be adopted by foreign parents need paperwork from the DSWD.

• Certified True Copy of the Court Decree of Abandonment of Child
• PSA Death Certificate of the child’s parents or the Deed of Voluntary Commitment executed after the birth of the child
• Endorsement of child to the Inter-country Adoption Board by the DSWD
• Authenticated Birth or Foundling Certificate

Minor applicant whose parents are annulled / divorced

• Court order awarding guardianship of the minor applicant or substitute parental authority
• DSWD Travel Clearance
• PSA Marriage Certificate with annotation on nullity or annulment decree

Minor applicant whose mother is likewise a minor

• Personal appearance of mother and maternal grandparent/s
• PSA Birth Certificate of minor applicant and mother
• Affidavit of Support and Consent executed by the maternal grandparent/s indicating the name of the traveling companion
• DSWD Clearance if minor will be traveling with the person other than the maternal grandparent/s
• Proof of identity of mother and maternal grandparent/s (Please refer to List of Acceptable IDs)

For Muslim Applicants

For late registered Muslim applicants

• Certificate of Tribal Affiliation from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos

For converts who would like to use their Muslim name

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

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