This is a reposted blog post. I completely deleted ALL the contents from my previous website. *sobs*
Thinking of traveling to exotic destinations and starting your own journey on exploring the big wild world? Or visit various countries abroad while working? and maybe you just want to chill on a luxurious faraway island? (the Maldives, for example..) One thing comes first, and that is to… GET A PASSPORT!

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

This is the only challenging part of getting your passport especially if you do not have any government issued ID on hand.  Here in the Philippines, releasing of our official ID’s may take a looot~ of time. So, take into account to apply for your ID’s months before you start setting up a schedule of visit with the DFA. This list is of requirements will be your guide for your successful passport application.
1. NSO or Original Birth Certificate
Here are easier options on how to get your NSO faster.

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

They only accept digitized ID’s like SSS, Driver’s license and the like. TIN and Philhealth ID cards are not acceptable, mine was rejected. Check the complete list below that are taken from the DFA website.
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
3. FOR LOST PASSPORTS: Get a Notarized Affidavit of Loss
You do not need this if you are applying for your first passport.

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

Remember to photocopy all the documents you will be submitting! You can photocopy them on the DFA branch but they charge triple the amount. I advise you to have them photocopied outside where it is cheaper.

2SCHEDULE AN ONLINE APPOINTMENT WITH DFA

Once you’ve got all your requirements, go to the DFA website to set up your appointment. After filling out your details, check your email for their confirmation and have your application form printed on a legal size paper. The DFA has recently become more strict if you fail to show up on the date you are scheduled to visit. You will now face a 30-day ban if you do not show up!
By the way, I picked SM Megamall as my preferred branch of applying since it was close to my office before, better pick a schedule on a weekday to avoid long queues (there was no line on the day I successfully completed mine).

3 PROCEED TO YOUR SELECTED DFA BRANCH

Now that you have successfully set up an appointment with the DFA, make sure that you can show up on that date. You should also arrive 30 minutes ahead your confirmed scheduled time, this is a MUST. Latecomers are not entertained. Make sure you have all your documents with you including all the photocopies and your cash!

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 😀

PASSPORT FEES

  • P950 – Normal Processing (20 working days)
  • P1,200 – Express Processing (10 working days)

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • 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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I did have some troubles on my first 2 visits applying for my Philippine passport. Both due to lack of requirements and it was a bit of a hassle not only physically but also on my time.

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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.

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