Passport renewal in the Philippines is now so much easier and faster than before. All you need to do is submit an online application, make a personal appearance at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) or their satellite office, wait about two weeks while your passport is being processed and you’re good to go. Did we mention you have the option to either have your new passport delivered to your home or pick it up from the foreign affairs office?
Note also that you don’t need to bring passport-sized photos anymore. Your details are already stored in the DFA’s database so the whole encoding process is mostly for changes in status and other updates.
So if you’ve been thinking the process of renewing your passport would be difficult, do read on to find out how fast and easy it is to do so nowadays. Here’s the ultimate guide to renewing your Philippine passport.
Here’s a list of things you need to accomplish when renewing your Philippine passport (please make sure to put all important documents in an envelope so you won’t miss any of them when you arrive at the DFA office):
* Original brown passport (issued prior to May 1, 1995) and photocopy of passport pages 1, 2, 3, 4, and the last page OR
* Original green passport (issued after May 1, 1995) and photocopy of first and last page of passport OR
* Original machine readable passport (issued in the year 2007) and photocopy of first and last page of passport OR
* Original e-passport (issued in the year 2016) and photocopy of first (data page) and last page of passport
Securing a renewed passport is now via the DFA Appointment System, and a strict “by appointment policy” is implemented. Getting through the online appointment system is very easy and convenient, just follow carefully the steps and encode the correct information. Below is the three-step procedure in renewing your passport.
1. Schedule an appointment.
You can go to www.passport.gov.ph/appointment to book your appearance at a DFA Service Center near you. The online system allows you to choose where you want to file your application, your chosen date for a personal appearance as well as preferred time. You will receive a confirmation email once you’ve successfully booked your passport renewal appointment.
2. Print and fill out the Application Form.
Whether you are applying for a new passport or renewal of passport, you will still have to fill out the same Application Form for filing and identification purposes. Download, print and answer the form legibly. Make sure to provide your accurate personal information and contact details.
3. Go to your passport renewal appointment.
Bring your duly accomplished application form and the rest of the requirements mentioned above. It is highly advisable to come at least 30 minutes to an hour earlier since most satellite office won’t entertain late comers.
If it is your first time to renew your passport or you’ll be going to the satellite office alone then below are the step-by-step procedure you need to follow:
Step 1. Arrive on your confirmed date, place and time. Present your application form to the Appointment Counter to give you a queue number.
Step 2. Once your number is called (or displayed on the monitor), proceed to the available Processing Area window.
Step 3. Present all your requirements to the personnel. They will first make sure that you brought all the correct documents before payment.
Step 4. The passport renewal fees differ depending on your desired processing days.
For renewal of passport applicants:
· Regular Processing (15 working days): P950.00
· Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00
Step 5. After payment you can now go to the encoding section for biometrics, signature data and image capturing.
Step 6. Wait for your receipt with the date stamped to when you can go back and claim your passport. If you want your passport to be delivered to your home address, you may do so with additional courier fee minimum of PHP 120.
You can choose from the six (6) satellite offices of DFA to set a personal appointment. This includes DFA Aseana, SM Manila, Robinsons Galleria, SM Megamall, Ali Mall and Alabang Town Center.
All DFA satellite offices are situated in strategic spots for Filipinos to visit conveniently. Most are also inside mall establishments so your appointment shall be within mall hours (10:00am – 5:00pm), Mondays to Saturdays (except holidays).
Those in the provinces can follow the same step-by-step process as above. You can set an appointment at your nearest DFA Regional Consular Office.
Aside from renewing your passport you can also do a new application, replacement of lost expired passport and replacement of lost valid passport.
Here are a few reminders when renewing your passport:
Passport renewal shouldn’t be a daunting task. Just make sure to prepare all the requirements before your appointment at the DFA. It is also best to photocopy all your documents to avoid any inconvenience. If you have further inquiries you may call the DFA Hotline (02) 737-1000 or you can also visit www.dfa.gov.ph for more information.
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