Are you a Philippine passport holder or you still have plans in getting your Philippine passport? Well, you are lucky because I will share in this post on what to prepare and what to do in your Philippine Passport application.
I had my last passport in 2009, and since it expired, I wasn’t able to renew it. When I got it back then, it was through the help of a travel agency. I got my authenticated copy of birth certificate in NSO and a copy of our marriage contract with the help of my travel agent. After a few days, I was called for appearance in DFA. During that time, I had to go to Manila for the long queue. I had to do it on my own and patiently stand anon my own though my agent was present.
Now that I have my plans of going outside the country, we need to renew our passports. I was glad to hear that there is no need for us to go to Manila for appearance anymore. Now, they can accommodate Antipolo residents in Cherry Antipolo. The first step for me was to get an appointment by visiting the DFA website. After I got my preferred schedule for me, hubby and Shane, I settled the payment via GCash. After I got my payment confirmation, I have received my appointment confirmation via email.
The Online Application
Preparing the Other Documents
I prepared the the original and photocopies of our birth certificates, scanned copies of our passport bio, and two valid IDs. Unfortunately, they did not accept the scanned copies. I suggest to have your documents photocopied inside the DFA office.
What to Expect?
Our appointment was 10 am, and we were there around 9:14 am. All the seats were already occupied in the waiting area at that time. After few a minutes, the guard approached us, and he gave us our number card. He ushered us to the 3rd floor where DFA is located. They gave priority to senior citizens and pregnant women. They sent people by fives, and everything was in order.
When we got inside, we only waited for a few minutes. When I finally heard my number, the lady verified our documents. The only hassle we had was to photocopy out IDs and passport, but the rest was okay. Since our transaction was renewal of passport, we were not asked of the birth certificate and marriage contract anymore. We just presented our original passport. In the picture taking area, I fixed my hair because the ears should be visible. The eyebrows shouldn’t be covered, so the lady lent me a hairpin so I could clip my bangs.
Application for Minors
After that, the lady called me to verify the information and sign for Shane. It was her first time applying for a Philippine passport, so she presented her documents. Those are the original birth certificate and identification card. A parent/guardian should be present with a minor. Since Shane is still a minor, I submitted a photocopy of my ID too and attached it to her documents. We were able to finish the transaction before 11 am, and we will pick up our passports on the 20th.
It was convenient now because we don’t have to tap the travel agency. We requested our BCs on the PSA website. We got ours in less than one week; they delivered our documents to our home. Application for a passport is also as easy as 1-2-3. Now, my problem is where to go this year? I’m worried about that coronavirus; that’s why I’m researching a safe visa-free country to visit this 2020. I will update you guys when I have made up my mind already. Bye for now! What are you waiting for? Schedule your Philippine Passport application if you don’t have yet.
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