How to Apply for Philippine Passport in DFA 2019: The Definitive Guide


Do you have plans to travel out of the country or even want to work abroad? Well then, you’ll need to get a passport. It’s unarguably the most important government-issued document you need whenever you want to study, work or travel overseas.

Starting January 2018, Filipinos who wish to apply for or renew their passports may now secure their appointments online. As per President Rodrigo Duterte’s signed Republic Act 10928, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be issuing Philippine passports with 10 years validity.

There are two important steps that you have to take. First, you need to know the nearest DFA branch or Consular office. Then second, schedule an appointment. Take note however that Philippine passport appointments are free of charge.

Walk-in applicants won’t be entertained. You can also try to schedule a passport appointment over the phone through the DFA customer service hotline at (02) 737 1000. But most people prefer the online way cause it more convenient and easy to follow.

Securing an online appointment is required for both new applicants and renewal. All passport appointments scheduled on a Saturday will automatically avail of express processing, meaning you’ll receive the passport quicker by paying an additional fee.

The DFA discourages you from getting appointment through fixers. Dealing with a fixer is at your own expense and risk. Besides, when you secure an online appointment make sure to have the following specification such as a working computer, valid email address and PDF reader to view and print the system-generated application form in A4-size paper.

How to Apply for Philippine Passport: Complete Step by Step Guide

For first time applicants, you may visit first DFA’s website (dfa.gov.ph). Check the requirements needed for the application.

Requirements to get a Philippine Passport
  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • Duly Accomplished Application Form
  • PSA (Philippines Statistics Authority) Birth Certificate or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR)
  • Valid IDs and supporting documents to prove identity.

Married Females (who are using their spouse’s last name) must also submit Original copy of PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract on Security Paper or Report of Marriage

*In case of Late Registered Birth Certificate:
  • If Birth Certificate was registered at least ten (10) years ago, application will be treated as a regular application, and no additional supporting documents will be required
  • If Birth Certificate was registered less than ten (10) years ago, applicant must submit IDs that pre-date the late registration
  • If applicant has no ID’s that pre-date the late registered Birth certificate, applicant must produce current IDs and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance

*In case the applicant has NO Birth Certificate or Report of Birth:
  • If the applicant is born AFTER 1950 – applicant must first file for late registration with Local Civil Registrar or Consular Office with jurisdiction over the place where the applicant was born. Applicant will then submit the original copy of the PSA authenticated late registered Birth Certificate with the requisite supporting documents and IDs that pre-date the late registration
  • If the applicant is born ON OR BEFORE 1950 – applicant must submit original copies of PSA Authenticated Certificate of No Birth Record and Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons attesting to the identity of the applicant.

*If an Applicant’s marriage has been dissolved and wants to revert to her maiden surname:
  • Applicant must submit original copy of the annotated PSA Marriage Certificate (MC) or Report of Marriage (ROM) stating that the marriage has been dissolved; OR
  • Alternatively, if annotated MC or ROM from PSA is not yet available, the applicant must submit a Certified True Copy of the Court Order dissolving the marriage and a certificate of Finality from the court.

*If applicant has lacking data in Birth Certificate or Report of Birth
  • Applicant must submit proof of filing of supplemental report or correction from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR)

*If applicant has discrepancy in data in Birth Certificate / Report of Birth and other documents
  • If the discrepant data is in the BC, the applicant must submit annotated birth certificate authenticated by PSA reflecting the corrected entry. If the discrepant data is in the other documents, the BC will be followed.
  • Discrepancy in first name – Applicant must submit a copy of the petition and supporting documents for correction of the first name filed with LCR or consulate
  • Discrepancy in other data – Applicant must submit annotated birth certificate authenticated by PSA reflecting the corrected entry

*If applicant is a Dual Citizen
  • Original PSA authenticated Birth Certificate/Report of Birth and Original Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine Foreign Service Post (FSP) or the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and a photocopy
  • Government-issued IDs (Philippine or from country of second citizenship)
  • If applicant is a Naturalized Filipino Citizen
  • -Identification Certificate of Naturalization from BI
  • If applicant obtained Filipino citizenship by Election
  • -Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship
    -Identification Certificate of Election from BI

  • If applicant has been granted citizenship by Act of Legislation
  • -Certified true copy of the law granting citizenship
    -Foreign Birth Certificate authenticated by Philippine FSP


How to get Appointment?

Walk-in Appointment. This is a first come first serve basis. Applicants that will choose this option will have to fall in line. (We recommend you to fall in line early morning to get appointed)

Travel Agency. This option will provide you convenience when getting your passport appointment. The travel agency will guide and assist you with the preparations for the appointment. Though, they charge the assistance for around 1,500+.

Appointment in the Province. First, access first DFA’s online appointment setting system here and fill out necessary details needed.

Some reminders before applying for a Philippine Passport by DFA
  1. All applicants should secure an appointment when applying for a passport;
  2. The public is advised to secure their passports prior to booking their flights. Flight bookings should ONLY be made if passports are still valid for at least six (6) months;
  3. Confirmed appointment is required for all applicants except for those who would qualify for the courtesy lane;
  4. Applicants are reminded to be 30 minutes earlier on their selected date and time of appointment at their chosen consular office;
  5. Personal appearance is required for all applicants;
  6. Please be warned that dealing with fixers is at your own risk and expense;
  7. Prepare all the originals and photocopies of the documentary requirements for passport application.
  8. To ensure entry to countries with strict dress codes, all applicants are required to wear decent clothing for passport photo capture. Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothings, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited.
  9. Jewelleries and contact lenses are not allowed during photo capturing;
  10. The DFA adheres to “No Escort” policy; escorts shall be prohibited from entering the DFA consular premises to accompany the applicants.

Going to Your DFA Appointment
Prepare for your appointment.
  • Make 2 copies of each document and remember to bring the original.
  • Remember to bring your IDs and supporting documents.
  • Dress sensibly. Do not wear tank tops, shorts, sandals, slippers, or flip-flops.
  • If you are a minor, you and your parent or guardian must be present at the appointment.

Present your printed application to the Application Counter then get your queue number at the Information Counter. Next is you have to pay the applicable processing fees at the Passport Enrollment Section.

P950 for regular processing (20 working days) or P1,200 for express processing (10 working days).

After paying your fees, proceed to the Encoding section, you will have your picture taken and personal information will be recorded. Lastly, choose whether you will pick up the passport at the DFA Consular office or you will have it delivered.

There you go. If you have further inquiries you may call the DFA Hotline (02) 737-1000 or you can also visit the offical website for more information.

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