Online Philippine passport renewal had been a complete trainwreck in the past few years.
However, thanks to recent reforms in DFA, almost 20,000 passports are now processed every day.
The improvement is made possible by the newly launched ePayment system and shorter waiting time in securing online appointment slots (from 2 to 3 months last year to as early as 2 weeks to 1 month nowadays).
With all the bad news we encounter on a daily basis, this is a welcome development, something we can only wish to continue for years to come.
In this regularly updated guide, we will teach you how to renew Philippine passport from start to finish whether you’re here in the Philippines or anywhere in the world.
Who should renew their Philippine passports?
DFA recommends to have your Philippine passport renewed if you’re one of the following:
- You have an expired passport. Note: Philippine passports now have a 10-year validity so expect the number of expired passports to dwindle over the next few years.
- You’re a frequent traveler and you’ve already used up half of the passport pages.
- Your Philippine passport has one year (or less than one year) of validity.
- You’re married and you want to change the maiden name in your passport to your married name, regardless if your passport is expired/expiring or not.
The first two reasons are a no-brainer. You can’t travel if you have a passport that is invalid either because it’s expired or there are no pages left for the immigration officials to stamp on.
However, if your passport is on the following list, it will be treated as NEW APPLICATION instead of RENEWAL:
- Brown passports issued before 01 May 1995
- Green passports issued after 01 May 1995
- Machine Readable (Maroon) passports issued in 2007
- Any older passports
- Lost valid or expired ePassport
- Frequently lost passport
- Mutilated or damaged passport
In addition to the passports mentioned above, applicants who used travel documents to travel back to the Philippines, as well as those who lost such travel documents, will be treated as NEW APPLICATION.