By Mary Charie / 02/09/2018

2018: How To Renew Your Philippines Passport - Easiest Way

My new and old passport - ready for more adventure!

I returned to the Philippines for only one reason - to renew my Philippines passport. This passport got its front text almost removed and that for me is a win, which symbolised that I've used it more than I expected. This passport has been to over 15 countries, from the hot islands of Southeast Asia to the cold mountains of North Europe. I really have maximised the five-year validity of my passport and now its time to renew it.

I personally waited until January to get my new Philippines passport, mostly because starting January 2018, the validity of my passport will be for ten years, means, more time to travel and less hassle for renewing it. For this reason, I also managed to celebrate Christmas and New Year with my family after being away for four years!

Let's cut the chitchat and let me show you the step by step guide in renewing your Philippines passport in the Philippines.

Who Can Renew Their Philippines Passport

Anyone can renew their Philippines passport 8-9 months before its expiration, taking into account that you need to have 6 months remaining on the validity of your passport before you can travel. And of course, those who have an expired passport.

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What are the DFA Passport Requirements for Renewing Philippines Passport

  • Personal appearance - you cannot send a representative to renew your passport because your photo and fingerprints will be required
  • Your Passport - most recent expiring or expired passport - get a photocopy too
  • Confirmed Appointment
  • Printed Application Form
  • Valid ID - at least one (I have an ePassport, which means my expiring passport has an electronic gold chip in the front, therefore I was not asked for additional ID, to make sure, I still suggest you bring one extra ID and a photocopy of it as well)
  • Fee - P1,200 for 7-10 working days for the processing time, P950 for 13-15 working days. P150 for the delivery fee which is optional, pick up is for free. They only accept cash.

CHANGES: It seems like DFA changed their mode of payment. Applicants must pay online/other over the counter options BEFORE their appointment date.

NOTE: For additional requirements, please direct here. Whilst you can check the acceptable IDs here.

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Additional documetns if your name has changed

If your name has changed, either through marriage or other circumstances, you must provide the following additional documents to support the change on the name. Remember that these documents must be PSA-authenticated.

  • Your marriage contract
  • Your Birth Certificate
  • Annotated marriage contract to show annulment/divorce/court ordered instruction
  • Death certificate of spouse

Additional document for lost or damaged passports

While in case that you lost or damaged your passport, you will have to apply for a new one and will be seen as new application. Check the new application requirement here.

You must also submit the following if

A lost e-passport that is still valid:

  • Police report (in English)
  • Affidavit of loss (in English)
  • Penalty fee of Php 350.00
  • Additional 15 days of processing time

A lost e-passport that is expired:

  • Affidavit of loss (English)
  • Penalty fee of Php 350.00

A damaged e-passport:

  • Your damanged passport must be submitted and surrendered
  • Affidavit of explanation
  • Penanlty fee of Php 350.00

Required documents for minor

If you are a minor, apart from you have to bring your parent or legal guardian with you, you must have the following documents plus the documents  that are listed above.

  • Birth certificate - PSA-authenticaled, origianl copy
  • Valid ID of your parent or legal guardian
  • For legal guardians, you must have present the Special Power of Attorney to prove that you are the legal guardian
  • Personal appearance of the minor applicant and their parent or legal guardian

Steps in Renewing Your Philippines Passport

1. Get a schedule online

Everyone who wants to apply for a new passport or needs to renew their passport must get an appointment online. The schedule gets booked up quite easily, like what I did, I checked every single day if they have opened new slots for the coming months. I booked in the first week of December and managed to have a schedule in 4th of January.

There are plenty of DFA offices you can choose from which are located all over the country. You can get an appointment here.

NOTE: If you have a child/children (7 years old below) with you or if you are a person with a disability, senior citizen or a pregnant woman, you can walk in directly to any DFA branches without booking for an appointment. Make sure you have all your requirements ready. All walk-ins will automatically be processed as a rush application.

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2. Print your application form

You can download it from your account after you get yourself a confirmed appointment. Remember to photocopy your expiring or expired passport and ID/s. You can download the form from here too.

3.  Show up to your appointment in time

My schedule was in SM Megamall Ortigas at four in the afternoon. Like what I did, if you arrive early, try to ask the information desk what time you can go inside. Since it was not busy on the day I went there, they let me in right away - two hours before my schedule.

4. Inside the DFA branch

Once you are inside the office, hand your application form at the information desk, this is the Step A. They will stamp your application form.

NOTE: Pregnant women, senior citizens, an adult with children (7 years old below), and persons with disability has an express lane.

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5. Head to Step B

Where you have to go in line until it's your turn to submit all your requirements, if everything is complete, you may proceed to the next step. The person in charge in Step B will ask you if they should cancel your current passport. If you do not agree, then you have to come back and pick up your new passport so they can cancel your old one. They will also ask you here if you want a rush processing or regular.

NOTE: Pregnant women, senior citizens, an adult with children (7 years old below), and persons with disability has an express lane.

6. Step C is the payment

Fee - P1,200 for 7-10 working days for the processing time, P950 for 13-15 working days. P150 for the delivery fee which is optional, pick up is for free. They only accept cash.

CHANGES: It seems like DFA changed their mode of payment. Applicants must pay online/other over the counter options BEFORE their appointment date.

7. Last Step - Encoding

The last step is the encoding, get in line and wait for your turn. In this part, your photo, fingerprints, and signature will be taken. Remember not to wear a turtleneck top, earrings, and necklace for this step. Light make-up is acceptable.

NOTE: Pregnant women, senior citizens, an adult with children, and persons with disability have an express lane.

8. Delivery or Pick-Up

The last part is optional, this is for applicants who want to have their passport delivered. An additional P150 pesos is required. If you cannot be home during the day of the delivery, make sure to leave an authorisation letter to someone who will be at home at that time.

So, that's it! I personally think it was an easy and smooth process, although I panicked about the requirements for additional ID as I only have my passport. It turned out it was not required anyway.

Pick-Up: If you decided to pick up your passport, you will be picking up at the same office where you did your application on the date that was given to you.

If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comment section below.

Frequently Asked Questions REgarding Philippines Passport Renewal

How do I know if my current Philippines passport is an ePassport

Can I renew my passport outside the Philippines

Can I renew if my valid passport run out of pages?

What if I lost my expired passport, can I renew it?

Can I still use the valid visa in my passport after I renew it?

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Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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