Here are the frequent asked questions our team at INFO PILIPINAS got regarding DFA Passport Applications.
If this is your first time applying for your Philippine Passport – you might want to read this POST instead – New Passport Applicants.
HOW MUCH IS THE PASSPORT PROCESSING FEE?
Passport Normal Processing Cost (20 working days) – Php 950
Passport Express Processing Cost (10 working days) – Php 1200
WHAT IS THE PHILIPPINE PASSPORT REPLACEMENT OR RENEWAL PROCESS?
Here are the GENERAL REQUIREMENTS when applying for a Passport Renewal at the DFA:
- Personal appearance
- Confirmed appointment
- Duly accomplished application form
- Most recent expiring or expired passport
- Acceptable IDs (at least one)
- Other Supporting Document as necessary
How to Replace LOST PASSPORTS?
In addition to the basic requirements listed above, you need to present the following documents during your DFA visit for replacement or renewal of your lost passport.
- Notarized Affidavit of Loss – with detailed explanation on when, where and how passport got lost
- Police Report – if the lost passport is still valid or has not yet expired
**Note that there will be a 15-day clearing period prior to the processing of your application for lost valid passport replacement.
How to Replace DAMAGED PASSPORTS?
In case your Philippine passport got damaged, make sure you bring with you the following requirements for Replacement of Mutilated or Damaged passports:
- Notarized Affidavit of Mutilation – with detailed explanation on when, where and how passport got mutilated or damaged
- Original and photocopy of first and last page of mutilated or damaged passport
Don’t forget to set up the DFA Online Appointment for renewal of your Philippine Passport!
PASSPORT APPLICATION FOR MINOR or CHILD
Aside from the Basic Requirements for passport applications, these are the additional Requirements for Minor Applicants:
- Personal appearance of either parent and valid passport of parents (if minor is a legitimate child) or of mother (if illegitimate)
- Document of identity with photo like School IDs or Form 137 with readable dry seal
- Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA
If both parents are abroad:
- Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion (authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General).
- Special Power of Attorney (SPA) with an attached photocopy of either parent’s valid passport
- Proper ID of the duly authorized representative
If child is an orphan:
- Authenticated Death Certificates of parents from PSA
- Court order awarding guardianship of the orphaned minor applicant or substitute parental authority under Article 214 & 216 of the Family Code
- DSWD Clearance
CLAIMING OF PHILIPPINE PASSPORT
Can I claim my Passport at anytime?
If it is beyond the 20 or 10 working days time frame, you may visit the DFA site you did your application at. Don’t forget to bring your receipt.
**Note: Passports unclaimed after six (6) months will be cancelled.
You may also opt to have your Philippine Passport delivered via LBC. Whenever it is available, your Passport will be delivered right at your doorsteps instead of you having to go back to the DFA.
To take advantage of this, just drop by the LBC booth located at each DFA site after you make your payment and present your receipt to them (LBC).
Can somebody else claim the passport on someone’s behalf?
Only immediate family members are allowed to get the passport on behalf of the applicant as long as they have the proper authorization letter.
For minors, only the parents may claim the passport or a guardian with a Special Power of Attorney.
DFA COURTESY LANE
Who can use the DFA Passport Application Courtesy Lane?
The DFA Courtesy Lane is a priority lane where qualified applicants don’t have to set up the DFA appointment online. Only the following may visit DFA for a passport application using this priority lane:
- Senior Citizen with Senior Citizen ID
- Person with Disability (PWDs) with PWD ID or visible disability
- Solo Parent with Valid Solo Parent ID
- Pregnant women with medical certificate
**Note , those who will use the DFA Courtesy Lane still need to make sure they bring all the required paperwork as outlined in the General Passport Requirements above.
- Regular government employees and Incumbent elected officials also may use the Priority Lane.
It will take 10 working days for the Philippine Passport to be processed and the fee is 1,200 Php.
Senior citizens have an optional processing fee of P950.00 which takes 20 working days to process.
DFA PASSPORT PHOTO RULES
Remember the following Passport Photo Capture Guidelines:
- First, make sure you are dressed decently.
- During the photo capture, show your full face to the camera and avoid tilting your head, ears should be visible.
- Expression should be neutral with eyes open and mouth closed.
- Smiling when having your Passport photo taken is allowed as long as there are no teeth or gums showing.
- Eyeglasses need to be removed. Wearing contact lens are okay as long as they do not change your true eye color.
- Earrings and hair accessories should be removed.
REQUESTING A PSA-ISSUED DOCUMENT
You may get a copy of your Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate or CENOMAR from the Philippine Statistics Authority or PSA online.
Log on to PSAHelpline.ph (formerly NSOHelpline.com) and enter the needed information to order a copy. You also have the option of calling the PSA hotline number (02) 737-1111.
You can pay for your PSA Birth Certificate via credit card, GCash, 7-Eleven stores, Bayad Center outlets nationwide or your Bancnet card and pay thru an ATM.
We will update this post from time to time based on the questions that Info Pilipinas get regarding the DFA Passport Application process.
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