Philippine Passport Application Guide
Check DFA’s Official website for verification.
If you’re from CAR, the nearest DFA offices are DFA Baguio, DFA La Union, and DFA Tuguegarao. This Philippine Passport Application guide is for DFA Baguio. But the process is similar for all offices.
Booking your appointment online
The following don’t need an appointment. You can go straight to DFA using the Priority lane:
a. Senior Citizen with Senior Citizen ID
b. A person with Disability with PWD ID or visible disability
c. Solo Parent with Valid Solo Parent ID
d. Pregnant women with medical certificate
e. Minors seven years old and below
f. OFWs with valid existing contract and certificate of employment.
UPDATE January 14, 2018: The earliest slot available is in May. There are changes in the availability of slots every hour so make sure to recheck the website often. Don’t forget to confirm your online appointment through your email.
- If you don’t belong to those mentioned above, set your appointment on DFA’s website here: passport.gov.ph.
- Check the agreement box after you read the terms and conditions. After checking, select whether you want to set an individual or group appointment.
- You will be instructed to input the branch as shown in the screenshot below. For this guide, I have chosen Baguio. DFA Baguio is located at the Upper Basement of SM Baguio.
- Next, pick a date. As you pick a date, the time slots available will be shown on the right side on your screen.
- Click on the earliest available time slot or a later date you prefer. I took the screenshot above on the first day I drafted this article while I took the screenshot below the next day. As you can see, there are still available time slots for October 2 in the first. After 24 hours, all the slots were already filled up. Make sure to complete and confirm your appointment immediately because time slots are reserved for 15 minutes only.
- You will be asked to fill out your personal, family, and contact information. Make sure to check all your details and enter a valid and working email address because you need to confirm your booking from your email.
- After re-checking your details, answer the captcha, check the agreement box and click confirm. Then, confirm your appointment through a link they will send to your email.
- Open the message in your email, click on the link and then print your appointment on an A4-sized bond paper.
Completing the Requirements
After confirming your online appointment, complete your requirements so that you’ll be ready for your appointment.
Here are the general requirements according to DFA’s Web site. For the complete list for special cases, please check here.
- Personal appearance
- Confirmed appointment
- Duly accomplished application form
- Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority. If there are unclear entries in your birth certificate, you need to get transcribed birth certificate from the Local Civil Registry.
- Valid picture IDs (at least one) and supporting documents (at least two) to prove identity.
Note: Bring the original and photocopy of your documents so you won’t need to have them photocopied there; less hassle and less expensive. Have two photocopies of each document.
Valid IDs: Digitized SSS ID. Driver’s License, GSIS E-card, PRC ID, IBP ID, OWWA ID, Digitized BIR ID, Senior Citizen’s ID, Unified Multi-Purpose ID, Voter’s ID, Old College ID, Alumni ID, Old Employment IDs
Supporting documents: PSA Marriage Contract, Land Title, Seaman’s Book, Elementary or High School Form 137 or OTR with readable dry seal, Government Service Record, NBI Clearance, Police Clearance, Barangay Clearance, Digitized Postal ID, Readable SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form, Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (with receipt), School Yearbook
Processing your Passport
When your appointment day comes, check if all your requirements are complete. Separate the original copies from the photocopies to make your transaction smoother. Prepare P950 for the passport application fee and don’t forget to bring your pen.
Go to the office 30 minutes early. You will be instructed by the guard on what to do. Just tell him you have an appointment. After your passport is processed you need to wait for 20 working days to claim your passport. They will inform on the availability date of your passport.
Most countries don’t allow entry or exit if a passport expires in less than 6 months. So if your passport is expiring 6 months from now, you better set your appointment. For renewal, you need your old passport and valid IDs.
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