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How to Get Philippine Passport: An Ultimate Guide

Philippine passport is your ticket to the world.

It’s inarguable the most important government-issued document you need whenever you want to study, work, take the civil service examination, or travel overseas.

But getting it can be tricky.

Rules change every now and then. Appointment slots get filled faster than you’ve ever imagined.

And although DFA has a website to assist passport applicants, the information is rarely updated leaving people with more questions than answers.

Renewing your passport? Read the complete guide here: How to Renew Philippine Passport (An Ultimate Guide)

If it’s any consolation, the government has recently extended the validity of the Philippine passport to 10 years. Note that this only applies to those 18 years old and above; minors less than 18 will still be issued 5-year valid passports.

To save you from all the headaches, I’ve laid down the bare bones of getting a Philippine passport in 2018 (and beyond).

  1. Prepare all the Philippine passport requirements.

For new applicants, here are the general requirements you need to get a Philippine passport:

Confirmed online appointment (see step 2).
All DFA transactions, whether it’s new application or renewal, require an online appointment. Walk-in applicants will not be entertained.

Printout of the passport appointment packet (see step 2).
A link to these documents will be sent to your email after successful payment of the passport processing fee in select ePayment channels (see step 2). Print them out and bring them along with other documentary requirements on the day of your appointment.

Personal appearance.
Applicants are required to show up on the day and time of their appointments. Failure to do so will prevent you from booking another online appointment for 30 days. This penalty has been imposed so applicants will not take their appointment slots for granted.

Valid ID (original + photocopy).
You may bring one valid picture ID issued by the government plus supporting documents (at least two) in case the DFA personnel requests for them to prove your identity and citizenship.

In most DFA offices like in DFA Aseana, one valid government-issued picture ID is enough.

Acceptable ID for passport application (at least one): Social Security System (SSS) ID
Government Service Insurance System(GSIS) Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certificate or Voter’s Registration Record from COMELEC Head or Regional Office
Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License
Senior Citizen ID
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) ID
School ID (for students)
Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) / Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card
Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
For OFWs or Filipinos based in other countries, you can also bring your Residence Card or any other ID showing your Philippine citizenship.

Important: DFA doesn’t accept Postal ID, Philhealth ID, or TIN ID as primary valid IDs for Philippine passport application/renewal.

Acceptable supporting documents (at least two), issued at least one year before the date of application and must show your complete name, photo, date and place of birth, and signature:

Barangay Clearance
Postal ID
Police Clearance
Land Title
PSA Marriage Contract
Seaman’s Book
Government Service Record
Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with a readable dry seal
School Yearbook
SSS E-1 Form
Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (with attached receipt).

PSA/NSO Birth Certificate (original + photocopy).

It must be an original copy authenticated by Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and printed on SECPA (Security Paper).

If you already have NSO birth certificate, you can bring that instead.

Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA (NSO) is needed if you’re born abroad.

Alternatively, you can also present a Certified True Copy (CTC) of your birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by PSA (NSO).

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