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2021 Passport Renewal In The Philippines: A Step-By-Step Guide

2021 Passport Renewal In The Philippines: A Step-By-Step Guide
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Your passport is not only your permit to visit beautiful destinations around the world, it also serves as a valid ID for most transactions within the country. This is why it is very important to keep our passports updated and renewed months before the expiry date.

With health protocols and lockdowns in place, however, the process may be confusing for some. If you’re wondering how you can renew your passport in the new normal, check out our step-by-step guide!

What you will need

Before going to your preferred Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) office, you have to ensure that all of these documents are printed with at least two extra copies each, just in case!

  • Online appointment confirmation
  • Accomplished application form
  • Current passport with a photocopy of data page
  • Original Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-authenticated birth certificate
  • For married women, a PSA-authenticated marriage certificate is also required. However, if a woman opts to retain her maiden name, a marriage certificate is not required.
  • At least one valid ID with photocopy.

In case you’ve lost your current passport, your request will be treated as a new application and would need additional requirements:

  • Police report for lost passport (both original and photocopy)
  • Affidavit of loss (both original and photocopy)
  • Penalty fee of Php 350

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The process

Now that you have all your requirements ready, it’s time to set your appointment and visit the nearest DFA office!

Step #1: Schedule an appointment

Government institutions are using online portals to set up appointments. Visit the DFA Online Passport Appointment System to choose your preferred site and pick a date and time slot that would be convenient for you. You can choose whether you will be getting an individual appointment, or a group appointment for you and your family.

Note that appointment schedules get filled up easily, so it’s best to reserve your slot early!

Step #2: Accomplish the online application form and proceed to payment

Once you’ve chosen your preferred DFA site and schedule, you will be asked to accomplish the online application form within 20 minutes.

Select the “Passport Renewal” option, fill out the form with your name, address, passport number, family members’ information, and proceed to payment.

Passport application fee is at Php 1,200 for expedited processing and Php 950 each for regular processing. You may pay using your credit card or through authorized payment centers for an additional Php 50.

Step #3: Visit your preferred DFA site

Make sure that you arrive at your preferred DFA office at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment, as no refund will be offered to those who miss their timeslots.

Keep your requirements organized in one folder (don’t forget to keep extra copies for each requirement!) and ask the friendly security guards where your waiting area will be. Note that this is different for each DFA office.

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Step #4: Go to the processing window

At the waiting area, you will be given a number. Once your number is called, you will be asked to present all of your requirements to a DFA personnel, who is tasked to ensure that they are valid and ready for processing.

Step #5: Proceed to the biometrics window

If you did not pay your processing fees online, you will be asked to visit the payment window prior to the encoding section. However, you can skip this step if you used the online payment option when booking your schedule.

At this window, you will encode your biometrics and signature and will also have your picture taken. Heavy makeup and accessories are not allowed when getting your picture taken, so your no-makeup-makeup-look is your go-to for this appointment!

Step #6: Schedule for shipping

After getting your receipt, you can have your new passport delivered to your home address. You just need to pay for the shipping fee at the last window and wait for the tracking number and receipt.

Once done, the remaining step is to sit back, relax, and wait for your new passport to arrive!

Note: Shipping of passports may take a few weeks. To keep yourself updated on the shipping status, check the tracking number included in your receipt.

Reminders

Always remember that wearing of face masks and face shields is being strictly implemented inside DFA satellite offices. Maximum capacity is also limited, so expect that timeslots and schedules will be filled quickly. Check the DFA Online Passport Appointment System website from time to time to check if your preferred schedule is available.

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

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