Simple Steps on How To Apply for a Philippine Passport

If you’re fond of travelling, I bet a cross country adventure had crossed your mind. But before you get to start packing your suitcases and head down to your Safari or Asian adventure, you need to secure first the very basic document you’re required to have before traveling abroad. Yes, we’re talking about your Philippine Passport.

Philippine Passport is a forty four (44) page, valid travel document and considered as a primary national identification document which allows us to travel outside the country. Passports can be easily obtained in the Office of Consular Affairs – Department of Foreign Affairs which is Aseana Business Park along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard corner Bradco Avenue.

Simple steps on how to apply for a Philippine Passport.

The application of Philippine passport is very easy as long as you’re familiar with what’s going to happen and the right things to do. Remember that it’s easier to do things when you know everything and anticipate the things that could happen if you’re applying for a Philippine Passport. To put an end to the endless questions that Philippine Passport applicants ask, I have written down important requirements that can help you acquire your Philippine Passport whether it’s your first time to apply or renewal.

For First Time Applicants:

Since you’re applying for an Official Government Document (Philippine Passport), it’s a common and public knowledge that everyone is required to submit documents. It’s in my routine whenever I apply for something; I secure first all the necessary documents needed before visiting the Office or Agency where I want to apply with. Anyway, Philippine Passport requirements are:

  • 1. Duly accomplished Philippine Passport Application Form – print a copy of the Philippine Passport Application Form here.I recommend that you print and accomplish at least two copies so that you’ll have a reserve copy.
  • 2. Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO.
  • 3. Proof of Identity / Supporting documents indicating full name, date and place of birth and citizenship – meaning other identification document that proves your identity. In my experience, I brought two of documents just to be sure.  Below is the list of the documents that you can bring:
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Land Title
  • Driver’s License
  • Government Service Record
  • School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with dry seal
  • Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and/or citizenship
  • Voter’s Registration Record from COMELEC Intramuros
  • Baptismal Certificate with dry seal
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Income Tax Return (Old)
  • NBI Clearance

If you’re a married woman who wants to use the surname of your spouse:

Just bring your Marriage Certificate (MC) in Security Paper issued by NSO or Certified True Copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO. And fill up your Philippine Passport Application Form using your spouse’s last name.

If you’re a married woman who wants revert back to their maiden name:

  • If you’re a widowed, then the Death Certificate of the deceased husband will suffice.
  • If you’re annulled: A Photocopy and a Certified True Copy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on annulment and NSO-issued MC with the annotation on the annulment decree.
  • And, if you’re Divorced: Certified true copy and photocopy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on divorce secured by foreign spouse authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the divorce is obtained.

If you are a Minor:

Application of Philippine Passport for Minors is quite complicated since they have to bring someone with them since they are in Minor age. First, you need to know if the applicant is Legitimate or Illegitimate. If the Philippine Passport Applicant is a Minor and in LEGITIMATE Status, a personal appearance of EITHER parents. If the Philippine Passport is a Minor and in ILLEGITIMATE Status, a personal appearance of the Mother  is required.

If you are a Minor and both your Parents are in abroad:

If you’re a Philippine passport applicant and you are a Minor, you are required to present the following:

  • 1. Affidavit of support and consent (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Consul).
  • 2. Special Power of Attorney (must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate General if not executed before a Consul designating the representative by name and authorizing him to apply for a passport on behalf of the minor).

If you are a Muslim and your birth certificate is not registered:

If you’re a Philippine passport applicant and you are a Muslim and your Birth Certificate is not registered, you must bring the following as your Philippine Passport requirements:

  • 1. Late registered Birth Certificate in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by NSO.
  • 2. Original and photocopy of Voter’s Affidavit or other supporting documents indicating date and place of birth and citizenship and tribal affiliation.
  • 3. And lastly, a copy of Certificate from the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA).

If you are a Muslim Convert:

You must submit as a Philippine Passport requirement the following:

  • 1. Submit the annotated Birth Certificate in Security Paper.
  • 2. Court Order granting change name.
  • 3. Shari’ah Court Order
  • 4. OMA Certificate of Registration

For Philippine Passport Renewals:

Bear in mind that before you go to DFA, please don’t forget to duplicate or triplicate all necessary requirements to avoid wasting time in applying for Philippine Passport.

If you are applying for Philippine Passport Renewal with Brown Passport (issued before May, 1 1995)

  • 1.Old passport and photocopy of passport pages 1,2,3, 4 (amendment). The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  • 2.Original valid ID.
  • 3.Birth Certificate from NSO in Security Paper (SECPA)
  • 4.Negative Birth Record from NSO if born 1950 & below and Joint Birth Affidavit from Two Disinterested Persons; and supporting document showing complete Middle Name

If you are applying for Philippine Passport Renewal with Green Passport (issued after May, 1 1995)

  • 1.Present passport and photocopy of pages 1,2,3 (amendment) and last page.
  • 2.The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  • 3.Photocopy of Birth Certificate for minor applicants.
  • 4.For illegitimate minor, personal appearance of mother is required.

If you are applying for Philippine Passport Renewal with Maroon Passport (Machine Readable)

  • 1.Present passport and photocopy of pages 1,2,3 (amendment) and last page.
  • 2.The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  • 3.Photocopy of Birth Certificate for minor applicants.
  • 4.Original Birth Certificate from NSO in Security Paper (SECPA) if city/municipality & province on birth place is not specific (Example: NCR instead of San Juan, Metro Manila)
  • 5.For illegitimate minor, personal appearance of mother is required.

Also, Please don’t forget to bring other supporting documents as additional Philippine Passport Requirements (if available) such as: Marriage Certificate, Land Title, Driver’s License, Government Service Record, School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with dry seal, Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and/or citizenship, Voter’s Registration Record from COMELEC Intramuros, Baptismal Certificate with dry seal, Seaman’s Book, Income Tax Return (Old), NBI Clearance.

Schedule an Appointment.

Since you’re already done with completing all the Philippine passport requirements, you can now set an appointment for your Philippine Passport Application. To do this, you can simply go directly to their website. Set a Philippine Passport Application Appointment here.

You can also try calling the DFA Philippine Passport Appointment Hotline (02) 737-1000. You don’t have to worry in calling the DFA Philippine Passport Appointment System, a Customer Care Officer will assist you in scheduling an appointment. He/She will ask you about your personal information. To avoid giving out wrong information, make sure that you have the filled out Philippine Passport Application Form in front of you so you can easily read it.  The Customer Care Officer will give your Philippine Passport Appointment Reference Number, take note of it. He/She will also give a Print Code, take note also of that. You’ll need that to print new application form.

I really suggest that you utilize and take advantage of the Online Appointment System of Philippine Passport Application to avoid any hassles. It’s much more efficient to the applicants of Philippine Passport because of its real time service and process effectively. Take note that you will choose the date to schedule your Philippine Passport Application. Be careful of choosing the date, make sure that you don’t have any other activities that day to avoid conflicts with your schedule and not showing up. If you missed the appointment date, you can set another appointment but expect to wait again for your scheduled appointment date to arrive.

Some notes to ponder: It is proven and tested that Department of Foreign Affairs located at some selected provinces who handles Philippine Passport Application provides faster processing time compared in Manila. So before heading down to Manila, try first the DFA Provincial Offices.

Appointment Date Arrives.

When your Philippine Passport Application Appointment Date arrives, please make sure that you show up on time. Expect long lines, so be patient. In my experience, I scheduled my Philippine Passport Application in the morning then arrive at around 6AM. There are few applicants already but I got in the first twenty applicants for that day. But for others who don’t what to arrive very early at the DFA, you can go there 30 minutes to 1 hour before scheduled time. Just make sure not to be late. Late comers are not entertained.

If you’re not familiar with the location of the Office of Consular Affairs – Department of Foreign Affairs, you can refer to the location map provided below:

DFA Philippine Passport Location Map

Important tip, you need to go to DFA and the nearest landmark is the Baclaran Church and the SM Mall of Asia. From MOA, you can just ride a bus going to DFA. If you’re in Baclaran, you can cross the pedestrian lane and turn to Bradco Street Avenue which is the S&R Department Store is located.

With regards to the Dress Code, I advise you NOT to wear any white top (white polo, white long sleeves or white blouse). All other colors are allowed. I am asking you to do this because the Philippine Passport Imaging/Photo Facility has a white background. You don’t want your photo to end up with floating head floating on a white sheet.

In my opinion, you should make sure that you look good on that day. Remember that they will be taking a photo of you. And that photo will appear at your Philippine Passport until it expires. At least comb your hair, take a bath (lol) and shave your beards (applicable to both men and women applicants).

When you arrive at the place, present your printed Philippine Passport Application form to the Appointment Counter. Get your Queue number at the Information Counter and wait for your number to appear at the monitor including Processing Window you should go to process your application.

Proceed to Passport Enrollment Section located at the Second Floor of the building and pay the appropriate Philippine Passport Fees. The Philippine Passport costs:

  • Regular Processing: Php 950.00 (15 working days)
  • Rush Processing: Php 1,200.00 (7 working days)
  • An additional fee of Php 200.00 will be charged for processing of Lost Passports if it is still valid.

You Philippine Passport is valid for five (5) years from the date of issue. Once lapsed, you need to run through the process of renewal.

There you go. We’ve just tackle the important aspects of applying a Philippine Passports. Do you have any question? Just leave it down belowin the comments section. Thanks!

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68 Responses to Simple Steps on How To Apply for a Philippine Passport

  1. ruby says:

    Tanong ko lang po?may interview pa po ba sa pagkuha ng passport?salamat po.

  2. Arlene says:

    Tanong ko lang po pwede po bang NSO marriage contract ang gamitin ko kc wla po akong NSO Birth certificate sa pagkuha ng passport???meron nmn akong luma n birth certificate galing sa local registrar….

  3. rebecca jamil mula says:

    d po kami bigyan ng dswd clearance po kc ala ung parent consent

  4. rebecca jamil mula says:

    good eve po minor d edad po ang pamangkin ko apply sya ng passport kc may educ.tour cla sa skol…ang problema ala dto ung nanay nya nasa abroad po tapos kailangan ng parent consent d daw pwede ung lolo at lola ng bata kc hindi kc cla binigyan ng legal guardianship ng nanay nila ,tapos ang papa ng bata po d namin macontact paano po yan.hingi po kami ng advise po asap

  5. norman says:

    hi,,,accept po ba ang voter’s registration record from comelec, NBI clearance, and NSO authenticate? yan lang po ang meron aq,,,reply po kau plz

  6. Zivanna keira says:

    Narelease n po passport ko ng september 10.tunay po ba na pag di sya nakuha within 1 month hindi ko na po sya makukuha

  7. marilyn Abanango schuppisser says:

    Hi! good day

    mag ask lang po sana ako my passport napo ako pero expired napo sya nu-ong may 2011.. at hendi pa ako naka renew dahil kinasal ako ng isang switzerland guy dito sa alaminos laguna at gusto kuna sana na kumuha ng passport with a family name of my spouse what i have to do is this a renewal and changes status or i have to apply a new passport witch is useng the family name of my husband.. please give me any advices and what kind of documents i have to bring in dfa

    wish you give me any advices thank you


  8. Michelle Dilan says:

    hi, ask ko lang … since i’m a first timer for getting a passport
    kapag nilagay ko ba na ang purpose ko ng pagkuha ng passport is Work may requirements pa ba like kailangan may ipakita ka sa kanila na working visa or job order ? kasi wala ako ng mga yun dahil ung mga agency na napupuntahan ko for abroad kailangan may passport ka na bago ka nila ientertain or idispatch to a country that u are going to work .. need ko ba munang makakuha ng job order or working certificate for abroad bago ako makakuha ng passport ? thanks :]

  9. joyce says:

    pede na po ba kong mag renew ng passport kahit kakakuha ko lang last year? naikasal na po kasi ako this year at gusto kong ipabago ang surname ko.. foreigner po ang asawa ko, anu-ano po ba ang requirements pag nag renew? kailangan pa po ba ng NBI clearance?

    sana po ay matulungan nyo ako..

  10. Thank you for writing an article that makes passport application look less like a daunting task!

  11. rodela caoile says:

    pno po mag apply ng passport .. magpa2 schedule po kasi ako ..

  12. meg says:

    can it be possible to set an appointment in nearest office?

  13. rye says:

    is it okay if my hair is dyed with blue? is it a requirement for the hair to be black in color? thanks.

  14. arianne says:

    HI I’d like to know if LTO student’s license will be accepted as valid iD for passport application, I don’t have any valid ID I only have Philhealth card and Postal ID so I badly need an ID to get this passport can you suggest ID’s I can easily get?

    • ms.mylene says:

      ok lang po bang valid id, yung student driver license, postal id, old school id? merong na po akong Authenticated BC, BAPTISMAL, NBI.. pwede na ba yun para makakuha ng passport?

  15. Vanjo Pangilinan says:

    Itatanong ko lang po kung ano yung pwedeng immediate action kung na punit yung passort. Natanggal yung tahi sa gitna. Pero okay naman lahat ng pages, natanggal lang talaga yung pinaka tahi sa gitna. TY

  16. mignonne says:

    the epassport application form pdf file is empty. do you have know somewhere where i can download the file?

    • uncle Tom says:

      No it’s not. Just downloaded the E Passport Form and it works like charm. try again please by refreshing the page. have a nice day!

  17. Joylyn says:

    Ask ko lang po sana kugn may pinaka malapit na dfa regional office dito sa naga city para po makapag apply ng philippine passport? tahnk you po.

  18. Sherlyn says:

    Hi po, meron po akong NSO authenticated Birth certificate, Voters ID, NBI clearance, Postal ID at school ID. Pwede na po ba ito para sa requirements para sa application for philippine passport?

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  26. Gertrude Reyes says:

    Ask ko lng po kung ung working days ba ng dfa ay monday to sunday? Kasi po, nagpa-appoint ako ng tuesday (november 15). Rush processing, makukuha ko po ba siya before mag november 26?

  27. Daria Castro says:

    Gusto ko po kumuha ng pasport kasama ang 3 kng anak.ano po ba requirements ng mga anak ako po dati po my pasport na po ako issued 1998 pwede po pa ba i renew yun?at ilang buwan po ba bago marelease ang passport?salamat po

  28. Lorelei Salazar says:

    until what time b sa gabi pwede kumuha ng passport

  29. Maribel Mercado says:

    Good evening po, ask ko lang po kung pwede ipakuha ang passport sa release date. We have planned a trip out of town kasi. salamat po.

  30. Blue says:

    pwede parin ba mag renew ng passport sa POEA?thanx

  31. Jayden Rivera says:

    May i know what other forms of documents can be used as substitute to IDs mentioned. It is unfortunate that SSS and voters ID take a century to be issued. Can I use the pink SSS form or a voter’s certificate instead?

  32. Geneva Villanueva says:

    hello i am from zamboanga del norte. for first timer can I apply for a passport at cagayan de oro? I just cant travel to zamboanga city due to bad circumstances.

  33. Nate Navarro says:

    hello! i just have only one valid id which is the prc. and i have these supporting docs. baptismal,barangay clearance,E1, diploma, form 137, transcript and old school id’s is that enough requirements to have a new passport?

  34. Tara Castillo says:

    Hi! Ask ko lang poh kung ok n ung sss, student driver’s license, philhealth, tin i.d., form 137, baptismal at nso birth cert para makakuha ng passport? Thank u!

  35. Richmond de la Vega says:

    i still dont have nbi clearance is that really necessary if i wil get a new passport? may old nbi will expire on october 15 and may appointment to dfa is nov.17, its really hard for me to get one coz im 7months pregnant

  36. Rocco Cruz says:

    hi!!tanong ko lng kung pede na yung authenticated birth certificate,bastismal cert. and postal i.d as a requirement…yun lng kc meron ako eh!!!!thanz and god bless

  37. July172011 says:

    Hi, can you tell me the requirements for applying for a passport for my daughter who is in the Philippines and only 6 mos. old? My husband and I are both here in abroad. We’re planning to get our daughter in April once we go home for vacation. Thanks

  38. Quenby Mendoza says:

    elo…ask ko lng kung pede na ba ung CTC na birth certificate with stamp at the back? please reply..thanks!

  39. Harold da POGI says:

    hello po, i need to have my passport before oct 23. and i can’t set an appointment thru online… may prob po yta ung site nila.. wala po ksi aqng nkikita n TEXT BOX regarding “WHAT’s THIS?” portion… ilang photocopies po b ang kailangan? and open po ba ang DFA on Saturdays & Sundays?

  40. Ted Teddy Aquino says:

    ask ko lang if sa DFA Cagayan De Oro city kukuha pa rin ba ng appointment..?

  41. Franchesca García says:

    Pano po pag gusto ko na po ipa-rush pero ang linagay ko po sa online registration ay regular lang, next week pa naman po appointment ko, pwede pa po ba mabago yon para ipa-rush? Thanks po.

  42. Lacy de los Santos says:

    Ask ko lang po pano po mapapablis pagkuha ko ng passport? Yung sa dagdag bayad po, magkano po ba ang hinihingi nila para mga 10 days lang kuha ko na po yung passport? And legal po ba yung dagdag bayad?

  43. Irish L. says:

    ask cu po if open p ang dfa clark? at kng open po b ang dfa pag sabado at linggo at any branches? thanks po!!!

  44. Raphael Ramos says:

    hi,ask ko lang kasi dito me malaysia then gusto ko sana magtravel ang mga anak ko dito kasama ang father nila pero sa pagaply ng pasport need pa ba ang personal appearance ko thanks, pls. reply…

  45. Dwight says:

    Wala pa po kong ID, isa lang po ID ko nung college pa po, valid parin po ba yon kahit 2010 pa po ko graduate

  46. Rosalie P says:

    good day!ma eexpired na po ang passport ko this dec. 2011,pwede ko pa po bang gamitin ito kung aalis ako ng october 2011?o kailangan ko na po bang i-renew ito?

  47. Mercy de la Rosa says:

    Nag fill up po ko ng individual application sa nung early of july pa, until now wala pa po ko narereceive sa email from them. Kailngan ko na ba mag fill-up ng panibagong application? Kaya lang di kaya mas lalong mapatagal ang paghihintay ko? New applicant po ko.

  48. Gabby says:

    pwede po mag pasked ng pagkuha ng passport. im karen grace marcelo.ok lang po ba yun.o mas maganda kung punta n lang ako ulit sa dfa san fernando? malayo kc po sa min and office nio. tnx for reply

  49. Felipe19 says:

    how to do the schedule renew passport caues as of now i’m here at India i;m leaving here by Sept18,2011 can set me appoinmet and apperance on Sept.21, 2011 cause i need to in India this coming Oct.3,2011…please help me…

  50. Jaime de Asis says:

    “nandito kasi ako ngaun sa Australia and ako na lang sana ang magfi fill up ng form para sa brother ko, pwede po ba un? ( using his email address)

    and after po mag send ng form anong gagawin? or do they tell you what to do next?”

  51. Danilo says:

    Hi how about if I lost my passport? What requirements shall I bring? I had a passport before when I was a kid but my mom misplaced it I am now 23 years old. I am actually planning to travel this year but Im not sure what documents shall I provide.

  52. Heherson says:

    I’m here in dubai po I just want to know if possible ako ung mag apply ng passport for my sister she is back home in the philippines? thanks in advance.

  53. Marikit Ocampo says:

    is it possible if I apply my passport in cebu even I’m from mindanao?

  54. Jezebel says:

    how to get passport by online po?

  55. Apolinario A says:

    I missed my birth certificate.can I get an alternate way to apply passport

  56. Alejandro de la Reyes says:

    May online passport registration ba?

  57. Benjamin says:

    How long normally the new passport be released? Kasi ang releasing sana yung passport nya 2 weeks ago. She filed her passport last march 28 and she paid the rush payment. But till now, my brother needs to go the DFA 2 times a week to follow up if my mother’s passport is ready for releasing. Why does it takes too long the new passport to be release. The old passport is only 3 days now it takes like eternity waiting for it.

  58. Moises Torres says:

    Hi! I recommend you renew your passport and bring your original NSO marriage certificate together with the maroon passport you hold plus the requirements in renewing. That way, you’ll have the latest passport with the biometrics features plus your latest marital status. If you’re married to a foreigner, it’s required to bring Certificate of Attendance (color green) from CFO (Commission of Filipino Overseas) as well.

  59. Larissa Tomas says:

    hello guys..Im from Iloilo City rush processing will take 2 months to process and my agency called me up and told me the company that will hire me will drop my slot if I wouldn’t be able to present my passport before August 01. This is really frustrating, I’m thinking of all the possible ways to hasten my passport. I’ve already applied and the release date is sept 1. im really in trouble right now…GOD HELP ME!! I NEED THIS JOB!!

  60. Rupert Veinter Saiz says:

    Hi,Dito po sa zamboanga it takes two months (rush passport)para ma process ang passport. Pero is there any possibilities na makuha ko siya before 2 months. I’m a student from other country and I really need to be there before august. Thanks.

  61. Mariah de Rosales says:

    Hello. I have a newly-issued machine-readable passport (the maroon one but not the biometric passport) and I would like to change my marital status from single to married. Is this possible, and how can this be done?

  62. Frederick Bautista says:

    bakit po inaabot ng two months ang releasing ng passport bukod pa sa schedule ng apppearance ang nakalagay pa naman sa ads ng dfa ay world class service na daw sila..

  63. Jacob Flores says:

    i only have company ID, NSO birthcertificate, BRGY.clearance, postal ID, TOR, NBI clearance, police clearance, stub from SSS (id still on pending) — is these enough to get passport?

  64. Nestor1787 says:

    the nso issued birth cert. of my husband has no maiden name,,,…. both of his parents,,….does dfa accept that,,..

  65. Noemi Andrada says:

    Thanks for the info.. it is really helpful and informative.. but can I ask something? how much you pay for applying a passport for each member of the family all adults.. thanks, looking forward to your reply