How to Renew your Philippine Passport over at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila.

What are the steps in renewing your Philippine Passport?

Before you renew your Philippine passport, check your passports due date and know the exact day on when your passport will be considered invalid. Do remember that most countries require that your passport has a six (6) month validity before they process your visa, or before they let you in their country.

If you will be travelling anytime soon, it takes about a couple of weeks to a month for you to get your passport AFTER your appointment at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila.

I would highly recommend that you renew your passport one year before it expires! Better be sure than sorry!

Come Prepared!

Step-By-Step Procedure for Passport Renewal

1. Go to epassport.com and set up an appointment. But if you are renewing as a family, go to Family Passport Renewal, so you are all scheduled at the same time.


2. Check your required documents over http://epassport.com.ph/info/requirements/for/renewal... As a heads up, prepare the following in advance, but double check the requirements in the website:

  • Birth Certificate from NSO
  • Old Passport
  • Another Government Issued ID (Driver's License, SSS, etc.)
  • Marriage Contract from NSO

MAKE PHOTOCOPIES OF EACH OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS. Photocopy both the FIRST and the LAST PAGE of your OLD PASSPORT and NOT just the FIRST PAGE.


3. Print out the Application Form (in a LONG, LEGAL BOND PAPER) that you filled out when you set-up an appointment. And be there at least ONE HOUR before your scheduled appointment.


4. Proceed to Gate One, and present your Application Form and your old passport.


5. Have your Application Form checked through barcoding in the cashier-like kiosks located just in the outdoor vicinity of the DFA Building.


6. You will be ushered inside the building to have your required documents checked before making any payments.


7. If the DFA consultants approves your documents and form, he or she will then ask you if you'd like to have it processed FASTER, at a fee of PhP1,200.00 (takes two weeks) or REGULAR, at a fee of PhP950.00 (takes about a month). After which you will proceed to the cashier on the 2nd floor to make the payment.


8. After making the payment, get a number for the picture taking part of your passport renewal calvary. Remove your earrings, and brush up your hair and make sure your forehead and ears can be seen. After your photo is taken, and everything is in order - they will ask you if you will be picking up your passport or if you will have it delivered.


9. If you want to pick your passport over at DFA, they will stamp your receipt with the date of pick-up of your passport. Or if you'd rather have it delivered, proceed to Air21 booths at the end and pay them an additional PhP120.00, to have it delivered in the address that is indicated in your passport application form.


(IF I WERE YOU, PAY THE EXTRA AND HAVE IT DELIVERED IN YOUR HOME. IT IS USUALLY ANOTHER HOUR OR TWO OF WAITING AT THE DFA WHEN YOU PICK UP THE PASSPORT YOURSELF.)

Recommendations:

  • Try your best to schedule at the earliest possible time slot at 8:00AM. If you are scheduled at 10:00AM - be prepared to wait outside in the heat because of the influx of people waiting.
  • Only senior citizens (60 years old and above) and children one (1) year old and below are accommodated in special lanes.
  • Bring a book, magazine, ipad or whatever have you to keep you entertained while waiting in line.
  • Be prepared for people who are INCONSIDERATE and just outright RUDE. Other applicant's who do not seem to respect your space, will always nudge you - as if the line will go faster if they sit right beside you. Same goes for some DFA personnel who are dead-tired of repeating themselves to applicants who do not know how to follow instruction.

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