How to obtain a Philippine Passport and travel Abroad

For a Filipino to travel abroad the basic prerequisite is to obtain a Philippine Passport. It is one of the identification documents that holds a record for traveling inside and outside the country. Aside from being used in traveling outside the country, this piece of document is also one of valid ID’s in the Philippine Government. There are classifications when applying for passport and here are the requirements.

ADULT NEW APPLICATION

CORE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Confirmed Online Appointment
  2. Personal appearance
  3. Accomplished Application Form
  4. Original copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper
    • 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
    • Local Civil Registrar Copy may be required if PSA Birth Certificate is not clear or cannot be read
  5. Any of the following Valid IDs with one (1) Photocopy

MINOR NEW APPLICATION

CORE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Confirmed Online Appointment (if applicable) – Children 7 years old and below do not need to have an online appointment and avail of the courtesy lane together with their parent/s and minor siblings.
  2. Accomplished Application Form
  3. Personal Appearance of minor applicant and either parent or authorized adult companion
  4. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Birth Certificate
    • Local Civil Registrar Copy may be required if PSA Birth Certificate is not clear or cannot be read.
  5. Marriage Certificate is a must if only one parent is accompanying the child.
    • If parents are unmarried, an Affidavit of Support and/or Consent executed by the Mother will be required if she is not accompanying the child.
    • If Affidavit of Support and/or Consent is executed abroad, it must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate.
  6. Passport or Valid Government issued ID of either parent with one (1) photocopy
  7. School ID (if applicable)

LIST OF VALID IDs

In order to obtain a Philippine Passport, You must have one of these following Valid ID’s:

  1. Social Security System (SSS) / Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
  2. Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License. Student Permit are acceptable if in card format.
  3. Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
  4. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) E-Card
  5. Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Election Officer with Dry Seal
  6. Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
  7. Senior Citizen ID
  8. Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
  9. School ID (if applicable)
  10. Current Valid ePassport (For Renewal of ePassport)
  11. For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government issued IDs showing their Philippine citizenship. (Example: Residence Card)
PHILIPPINE PASSPORT
PHILIPPINE PASSPORT

BEFORE APPLYING FOR A PHILIPPINE PASSPORT:

When going for a Philippine Passport, first you must secure an appointment schedule in the Passport Appointment System or you can also go to the nearest DFA Agency to have a schedule. Here is the list of instruction during the process of applying you can view more of the details at DFA:

  1. All applicants should secure an online 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 a must for all applicants except for those who would qualify for the courtesy lane;
  4. Applicants must be on site not earlier than 30 minutes on their selected date and time of appointment at their chosen consular office;
  5. Personal appearance is a must 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. Jewelries such as earrings and necklaces and colored contact lenses are not allowed during photo capturing;
  9. The DFA adheres to “No Escort” policy; escorts shall be prohibited from entering the DFA consular premises to accompany the applicants.

AFTER APPLYING FOR A PHILIPPINE PASSPORT:

  1. Applicant shall bring the passport receipt for release of their passport. In case of lost passport receipt an Affidavit of Loss is necessary.
  2. Check if all the data on the passport are correct before leaving the Consular Office.
  3. For applicants 13 years old and above, immediately affix the signature on the third page of the passport booklet upon receipt of the passport. For minors 12 years old and below, leave it blank.
  4. If the applicant cannot personally claim his/her passport, an immediate family member or an authorized representative shall present an Authorization Letter or a Special Power of Attorney respectively, to claim the passport in behalf of the applicant. Both documents should contain the name and photocopy of the ID of the authorized individual.
  5. Passports unclaimed after one hundred and eighty (180) days will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.
  6. Do not staple anything on the passport booklet especially the covers as it may damage the electronic chip and render the e-passport unreadable.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

In addition to the core requirements, the following supporting documents will be further required obtain a Philippine Passport in the following cases:

-In case of Late Registered Birth Certificate:

  1. 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;
  2. Birth Certificate was registered less than ten (10) years ago, applicant must submit IDs that pre-date the late registration
  3. Applicant has no IDs 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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 documents

  1. 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
  2. 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

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR APPLICANTS

When you obtain a Philippine Passport, It is at all times the property of the Republic of the Philippines. It must be surrendered upon demand by an authorized representative of the Philippine Government.

Strict prohibition of Altering, adding, or destroying of its contents. Any unauthorized change will render a passport invalid and will have accompanying penalties.

Using the passport as collateral is against the law and will automatically render the passport cancelled.

The information provided in the passport application form must be true and correct. Documents that submits should be complete and authentic. Under the law, making false statements in the passport application form, furnishing falsified or forged documents in support thereof are punishable by law.

Following is not need for appointment:

  1. SENIOR CITIZEN and one (1) travel companion
  2. PERSON WITH DISABILITY (PWDs) and one (1) travel companion
  3. SOLO PARENT and his/her minor children
  4. PREGNANT WOMEN
  5. MINORS SEVEN (7) YEARS OLD AND BELOW and his/her parents and minor siblings
  6. OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (land-based, or seafarers)

You may avail of the OFW LANE or COURTESY LANE at DFA Aseana or at any DFA Consular Office to obtain a Philippine Passport.

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