Yep, the oh so important Philippine Passport if you want to go anywhere in the world. Whether you’re a first-time applicant or had lost your passport like me, here’s an idea and steps on how to get a Philippine Passport.
STEPS IN GETTING YOUR PHILIPPINE PASSPORT
1 COMPLETE YOUR REQUIREMENTS IN ADVANCE
OPTION 1: Order your NSO online for P350.00, it will be delivered via a courier within 2-3 working days.
OPTION 2: SM Malls Bills Payment section offers this service and costs only P140.00 + P20.00 service fee. You can pick it up after a week, or have it delivered to your preferred address (with an additional fee of course).
2. Valid Government Issued ID’s and Supporting Documents
LIST OF VALID IDs
- Social Security System (SSS)/ Government Service Insurance System(GSIS) Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID)Card
- Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License
- Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) / Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card
- Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certificate or Voter’s Registration Record from COMELEC Head or Regional Office
- Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
- Senior Citizen ID
- Persons with Disabilities (PWD) ID
- School ID (for students)
- For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government issued ID’s showing their Philippine citizenship. (Example: Residence Card)
LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (at least 2)
- 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 applicant has NO Birth Certificate or Report of Birth:
- If applicant is born AFTER 1950 – applicant must first file for late registration with Local Civil Registrar (LCR) or Consular Office with jurisdiction over the place where 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 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, 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 documents11If 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 first name filed with Local Civil Registrar (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
But for those who lost their passports generations ago like mine or just recently, get an affidavit. This will be an affidavit with detailed explanation on when, where and how your passport got lost. List down these details because they need this information from you when you request for your affidavit of loss.
You can get one at a Notary Public and it can worth more or less Php300. Ouch. This will have a lawyer’s signature and a dry seal. * make sure to double check that there are no mistakes written in your document.
• If you lost your passport BUT is still valid, submit a police report
• Photocopy of the first page of your lost passport (if available)
4. Photocopy of all your ID’s and original documents
2SCHEDULE AN ONLINE APPOINTMENT WITH DFA
3 PROCEED TO YOUR SELECTED DFA BRANCH
INSIDE THE DFA-MEGAMALL BRANCH:
- AT THE ENTRANCE: A guard at the entrance door will check your application form to see if you are entering on your scheduled time and date of visit. They’ll direct you to the next counter afterward.
- APPOINTMENT COUNTER: In here they will scan the barcode on your application form and check if you are requesting for a new passport or if you lost it.
- PROCESSING AREA: They will check here if you have all the correct and complete requirements. If you’re good to go, they’ll ask you if you prefer the regular (10 working days) or express processing (20 working days). After this proceed to the…
- PASSPORT ENROLLMENT SECTION: You’ll just pay here the kind of passport processing you chose. Regular (P950) or Express (P1,200). Next step would be the…
- ENCODING SECTION: Organize yourself. Brush your hair, look at the mirror, you’ll have your photo taken right here and light make-ups only for women! They’ll have you remove any excess make-up like the woman who was with us on DFA. Here you’ll give all the required documents. Double check that the pieces of information they encoded on the screen are all correct. Note that they will not return all the documents you gave them…I was kinda surprised they did not give it back.
- IF YOU PREFER TO HAVE IT DELIVERED (optional): Proceed to the Delivery Counter and pay the required fees.
- AAAND YOU’RE DONE! But not for those who preferred to pick-up their passports 😀
- P950 – Normal Processing (20 working days)
- P1,200 – Express Processing (10 working days)
- Your personal appearance is required since you’ll have your picture taken in the Encoding Section.
- Arrive at the date you have set up with the DFA. Not showing up will be a waste especially when some people might need to apply more than you. Please mind that the DFA only allows a number of people to apply on a selected date. They also started a 30-day ban (as of 2016) for the people who failed to show up.
- Schedule your visit on a weekday to avoid long queues. The queue goes really long on some days.
- They have a no appointment, no entry policy. Kids are an exception, you can take them with you.
- Photocopy all your ID’s and original documents.
- Dress appropriately. They won’t let you inside if you wore clothes with spaghetti straps, flip flops, shorts, well, you know the others.
- Do not wear heavy makeup on your face, you’ll just waste your effort because they’ll have you remove it. Earrings will also be removed before they take your picture.
Aaaaaannnd DONE! Getting your passport is easy as long as you have the correct and complete requirements beforehand. If you have any suggestions or any additional information just leave a message below. Good luck to all of you getting your Philippine Passport. To our future endeavors! Ciao~
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The name’s Fiorucci (pronounced as Fee-yoh-ru-chi), I’m not Italian but I can eat pasta for a whole week…or a month…or more. Hop on my story as I travel the world ‘one destination at a time’ while juggling with my full-time work, freelancing and building my own business to gain freedom from this monotonous corporate society.