2018: How To Renew Your Philippines Passport – Easiest Way

By Mary Charie / 06/01/2018

2018: How To Renew Your Philippines Passport – Easiest Way

Philippines passport

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.

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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.

WHAT ARE THE DFA PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR RENEWING YOUR 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
  • Acceptableble 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.

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

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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.

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.

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 has an express lane.

8. Delivery

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.

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


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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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