How to get or renew a Philippine Passport

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Traveling abroad requires every citizen to have a valid travel document which is most commonly known as – the Passport. In some or most cases, citizens are required to have a visa to their country of destination. Having a valid passport and visa (if required) to your travel destination is very important to avoid delays or being rejected to board the aircraft.



Having a passport is the first step to your international travel. You can make all the reservations and bookings you want but it would be impossible to leave the country without a valid passport. Getting a passport is usually easy, especially if you have all the documents with you. If you wish to be thrifty, there is no need to get assistance from anyone as long as you have a computer and printer of your own. If you don’t have any of these two electronic devices, proceed to the nearest computer rental shop or travel agency. Follow these steps on How to get a Philippine Passport and you should be getting your appointment in no time.

Note:if you are a senior citizen, pregnant or is applying with a minor, proceed immediately to the nearest DFA regional office as you have a priority lane dedicated for you. No need to set an appointment.

1. Visit if you want to apply at DFA Manila Main Office
To apply for a passport via Robinsons Galleria, visit:
To apply for a passport via SM Megamall, visit:

2. Click on Set an Appointment at the left column

3. Scroll down and type in the letters in the “Captcha” (case sensitive) and then click on “Start Individual Appointment Process”

4. Fill in all the information required as accurately and as honestly as possible

5. Click on “Submit” at the bottom (if you missed out or incorrectly entered a data, it will show a red note what fields you need to correct)

Related article: Visa Assistance and Application for People Who Book Online

6. Click on “Continue” as you proceed with the run down of the requirements. In case you miss it or lost the list, you can check the requirements here:
New Passport
Passport Renewal
basically they are:
a. NSO Birth Certificate
b. Application Form (signed)
c. Valid IDs (Government issued only)
d. Additional documents like marriage contract for married women, etc
e. Old passports (for renewal only)

7. Click on “I understand the requirements and I’m ready to proceed” button

8. Click on the date that is available (and convenient for you) and then the time

9. It will show your filled up application form with the map of the DFA main office, print it and send it to your e-mail so you could conveniently print it again in the future.

10. Visit the DFA office on your scheduled appointment date and be there at least 1 hour before your appointment time. Bring along with you the printed application form and requirements.

11. A security guard will guide you through where to go and present your documents to the staff right at the entrance. In turn, you will be given a number to hold as confirmation of your appointment.

12. Once your number is called, proceed to the counter and present your documents.
13. Pay the necessary fees:

For First time passport applicants:
Regular Processing (20 working days): P950.00
Express Processing (10 working days): P1,200.00

For Renewal of passport applicants:
Regular Processing (20 working days): P950.00
Express Processing (10 working days): P1,200.00

14. Present your receipt to the next step and have your picture taken.

15. Finally, return to the DFA office on the date of release or pay an extra P120.00 for delivery fee

Based on these steps, with or without an assistance of a travel agency, your personal appearance is required at the DFA office you wish to apply. However, as long as you followed all the steps and provided the necessary documents, there should be no problem getting your passport.



Last updated: February 6, 2014