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How to Apply for Philippine Passport in DFA 2018 (Step by Step Guide)


Starting January 2018, Filipinos who wish to apply for or renew their passports may now secure their appointments online. As per President Rodrigo Duterte’s signed Republic Act 10928, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be issuing Philippine passports with 10 years validity.

Step by Step on How to Apply for Philippine Passport

For first time applicants, visit first DFA’s website (dfa.gov.ph). Check the requirements needed for the application.

Requirements to get a Philippine Passport

  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • Duly accomplished application form – may be downloaded from DFA Website
  • PSA (Philippines Statistics Authority) Birth Certificate or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR)
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity. (List of acceptable IDs see here.

Married Females (who are using their spouse’s last name) must also submit Original copy of PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract on Security Paper or Report of Marriage

-In case of Late Registered Birth Certificate:

  • If Birth Certificate was registered at least ten (10) years ago, application will be treated as a regular application, and no additional supporting documents will be required
  • If Birth Certificate was registered less than ten (10) years ago, applicant must submit IDs that pre-date the late registration
  • If applicant has no ID’s that pre-date the late registered Birth certificate, applicant must produce current IDs and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance

– In case the applicant has NO Birth Certificate or Report of Birth:

  • If the applicant is born AFTER 1950 – applicant must first file for late registration with Local Civil Registrar or Consular Office with jurisdiction over the place where the applicant was born. Applicant will then submit the original copy of the PSA authenticated late registered Birth Certificate with the requisite supporting documents and IDs that pre-date the late registration
  • If the applicant is born ON OR BEFORE 1950 – applicant must submit original copies of PSA Authenticated Certificate of No Birth Record and Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons attesting to the identity of the applicant.

– If an Applicant’s marriage has been dissolved and wants to revert to her maiden surname:

  • Applicant must submit original copy of the annotated PSA Marriage Certificate (MC) or Report of Marriage (ROM) stating that the marriage has been dissolved; OR
  • Alternatively, if annotated MC or ROM from PSA is not yet available, the applicant must submit a Certified True Copy of the Court Order dissolving the marriage and a certificate of Finality from the court.

If applicant has lacking data in Birth Certificate or Report of Birth

    Applicant must submit proof of filing of supplemental report or correction from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR)

– If applicant has discrepancy in data in Birth Certificate / Report of Birth and other documents1

1If the discrepant data is in the BC, the applicant must submit annotated birth certificate authenticated by PSA reflecting the corrected entry. If the discrepant data is in the other documents, the BC will be followed.

  • Discrepancy in first name – Applicant must submit a copy of the petition and supporting documents for correction of the first name filed with LCR or consulate
  • Discrepancy in other data – Applicant must submit annotated birth certificate authenticated by PSA reflecting the corrected entry

If applicant is a Dual Citizen

  • Original PSA authenticated Birth Certificate/Report of Birth and Original Identification Certificate issued by the Philippine Foreign Service Post (FSP) or the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and a photocopy
  • Government-issued IDs (Philippine or from country of second citizenship)
  • If applicant is a Naturalized Filipino Citizen
    • Identification Certificate of Naturalization from BI
  • If applicant obtained Filipino citizenship by Election
    • Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship
    • Identification Certificate of Election from BI
  • If applicant has been granted citizenship by Act of Legislation
    • Certified true copy of the law granting citizenship
    • Foreign Birth Certificate authenticated by Philippine FSP

    How to get Appointment?

    Walk-in Appointment. This is a first come first serve basis. Applicants that will choose this option will have to fall in line. (We recommend you to fall in line early morning to get appointed)

    Travel Agency. This option will provide you convenience when getting your passport appointment. The travel agency will guide and assist you with the preparations for the appointment. Though, they charge the assistance for around 1,500+.

    Appointment in the Province. First, access first DFA’s online appointment setting system here and fill out necessary details needed.

Some reminders before applying for a Philippine Passport by DFA

  1. All applicants should secure an appointment when applying for a passport;
  2. The public is advised to secure their passports prior to booking their flights. Flight bookings should ONLY be made if passports are still valid for at least six (6) months;
  3. Confirmed appointment is required for all applicants except for those who would qualify for the courtesy lane;
  4. Applicants are reminded to be 30 minutes earlier on their selected date and time of appointment at their chosen consular office;
  5. Personal appearance is required for all applicants;
  6. Please be warned that dealing with fixers is at your own risk and expense;
  7. Prepare all the originals and photocopies of the documentary requirements for passport application.
  8. To ensure entry to countries with strict dress codes, all applicants are required to wear decent clothing for passport photo capture. Plunging necklines, sleeveless clothings, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited.
  9. Jewelleries and contact lenses are not allowed during photo capturing;
  10. The DFA adheres to “No Escort” policy; escorts shall be prohibited from entering the DFA consular premises to accompany the applicants.

Going to Your DFA Appointment

Prepare for your appointment.

  • Make 2 copies of each document and remember to bring the original.
  • Remember to bring your IDs and supporting documents.
  • Dress sensibly. Do not wear tank tops, shorts, sandals, slippers, or flip-flops.
  • If you are a minor, you and your parent or guardian must be present at the appointment.

Present your printed application to the Application Counter then get your queue number at the Information Counter. Next is you have to pay the applicable processing fees at the Passport Enrollment Section.

P950 for regular processing (20 working days) or P1,200 for express processing (10 working days).

After paying your fees, proceed to the Encoding section, you will have your picture taken and personal information will be recorded. Lastly, choose whether you will pick up the passport at the DFA Consular office or you will have it delivered.

Information from this article were taken from the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs.


  1. may mag assist ba sa dfa office pag time mag process nang mga documents for new applicants.im just new to get passport.firts timer pa po ako.

  2. pwede nb ung vrr or certificate of registration from comelec kc po ala o ung voters id ko..ung lng po sana valid id n pwede kbg pkita

  3. Which documents do we need to photocopy? Im assuming these are the identification documents and not the application form and the receipt.

  4. What if there was an error on the information i provided upon scheduling an appointment? I confused my address with my birth place.

  5. Accepted parin po ba yong LCR na nkuha ko by 2016..with certified true copy with seal??? As my supporting documents

  6. Ahhm, gud pm po,, ask q lng po,,
    Hindi na po ba pede ung NBI clearance
    As valid ID? Kase po nag renew po
    Last week ung boyfriend q ng passport,
    Then bago sya I- interview hiningi ung orig
    Copy ng voter’s ID nya for verification
    Pero nwala dw then nung time na un wla na sya
    Ibang dalang gov’t ID bukod sa NBI CLEARANCE nya,,
    At ask sa knya nung nag interview sa knya hindi na daw ino-honor ung NBI as valid gov’t ID

  7. Hi po! Pano po kung wala pang PSA dahil late registration po ang BC pwede ba yung BC galing po sa LCR? Ano po ang supporting ids na needed? At ilan po dapat ang epresent na ids?! Salamat po!

    • Ito po requirements

      Social Security System (SSS) / Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
      Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License. Student Permit may be accepted if in card format.
      Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
      Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) / Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) Card
      Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certification from the Election Officer with Dry Seal
      Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
      Senior Citizen ID
      Airman License (issued August 2016 onwards)
      School ID (if applicable)
      Current Valid ePassport (For Renewal of ePassport)
      For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government issued IDs showing their Philippine citizenship. (Example: Residence Card)

      • Bakit po sabi mo hindi accepted yung Voter’s certification eh nakalagay naman sa requirements ng dfa na pwedeng Voter’s ID or Certificate with dry seal.

    • Any of the following po with photocopy and original.

      Then a PSA BC po

      Original copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper
      Married Females (who are using their spouse’s last name) must also submit Original copy of PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract on Security Paper or Report of Marriage
      Local Civil Registrar Copy may be required if PSA Birth Certificate is not clear or cannot be read
      Any of the following Valid IDs with one (1) Photocopy (click here for the List of Acceptable IDs for Passport Processing)

  8. Hello po.. yung nasabi po bang requirements dapat yun lahat po ngayon 2019? Kc i have NBI, PSA and a valid I. D only .. I just want to make sure that i’m not lacking any requirements po.. Kindly reply po sa
    sa email ko.. gzhelgano@gmail.com. thanks po☺

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