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How to Get Philippine Passport: New and Renew Requirements, Procedures, and Tips

Do You Need a New Passport?


Perhaps you like to travel or plan to work overseas. Do you have your passport? I got mine a few years ago and the process wasn’t very easy or fast. Knowing the requirements ahead of time will help you avoid a lot of stress and avoid long delays. Whether you are applying for your first passport or renewing one, these steps, procedures, and tips will save you time and help you to get your passport application as quickly as possible.

Do This First!

To ensure a smooth process getting your passport, be sure you have these things in order:

  • Make sure your documents are all consistent and accurate. Your complete name, date of birth, place of birth, parents' names and birth dates, and address are all the same on your documents and IDs. These details must be the consistent because they will be stored in the DFAs database.
  • Also, make sure your signature is the same on your IDs.

Three Steps for New Philippine Passport Applicants

These are the three basic steps for getting a new Philippine passport or renewing one:

  1. Schedule an appointment at your nearest DFA office
  2. Fill out the passport application form (link below) ahead of time to save time
  3. Be on time to your appointment will all of the required documents and money for processing fees
  • Tips: I recommend reserving an appointment for the earliest date possible prior to travel. If you want to make an appointment in Manila, you can do so online through the DFA's online passport application portal. The addresses of DFA offices in other provinces are listed below.
  • I also suggest downloading the DFA's passport application form and filling it out before you go to your appointment.
  • Be sure to photocopy all of your original documents and IDs before going to the DFA office.

What You Will Need to Renew Your Passport

To renew a brown passport (issued prior to May 1, 1995) you will need:

  • Your old passport and a photocopy of passport pages 1-4 (amendment) including the pages that show the latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  • Original valid ID.
  • Birth Certificate from NSO on security paper (SECPA)
  • Negative Birth Record from NSO if born in 1950 or earlier and Joint Birth Affidavit from Two Disinterested Persons
  • Supporting document showing complete Middle Name

To renew a green passport (issued after May 1, 1995) you will need:

  • Present passport and photocopy of pages 1-3 (amendment), last page, and pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate (for minor applicants).
  • F illegitimate minors the mother must appear in person.

To renew a machine-readable passport (maroon) you will need:

  • Present passport and photocopy of pages 1-3 (amendment), last page, and the pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate (for minor applicants).
  • Original Birth Certificate from NSO on security paper (SECPA) if city/municipality and province on birth place is not specific (Example: NCR instead of San Juan, Metro Manila)
  • For illegitimate minors the mother must appear in person.

Bring these other supporting documents:

  • Marriage Contract
  • Land Title
  • Driver's License
  • Government Service Record
  • Digitized SSS-ID
  • School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with Dry Seal
  • Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and/or citizenship
  • Voter's Registration Record from COMELEC Intramuros
  • Baptismal Certificate with Dry Seal
  • Seaman's Book
  • Income Tax Return (Old)

What You Will Need to Get a New Passport

To apply for a new passport you will need:

  • Authenticated NSO birth certificate or Certified True Copy (CTC) of birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by NSO depending on the NSO signatory. If born in 1950 or earlier, bring a Negative Birth Record from NSO & Joint Birth Affidavit from Two Disinterested Persons (if no record from NSO).
  • Two original valid IDs (please make sure your signatures are all the same)
  • Accepted IDs include Senior Citizen's ID, Voter's ID, digitized government-issued IDs like SSS, PRC, BIR, Driver's License, original school ID (for students only) with original supporting documents indicating full name, date and place of birth, and citizenship.
  • Authenticated marriage certificate (if married or if you want to use your spouse’s surname)

Bring these other supporting documents for verification:

  • Marriage Contract
  • Land Title
  • Driver's License
  • Government Service Record
  • School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with dry seal
  • Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and/or citizenship
  • Voter's Registration Record from COMELEC
  • Baptismal Certificate with dry seal
  • Seaman's Book
  • Income Tax Return (Old)
  • NBI Clearance

Passport Fees and Time

For regular processing: Php 950.00 (15 working days)

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For rush processing: Php 1,200.00 (7 working days)

An additional fee of Php 200.00 will be charged to process a lost valid passport.

DFA Offices in the Provinces

Provincial DFA Offices are located in:

  • Bacolod: Second Floor, East Block Square, Circumferential Road, Barangay Villa Monte, Bacalod City
  • Baguio: Don Monsylito Building 16 Legarda Road, Baguio City
  • Batangas: Batangas Plaza and Convention Center National Road, Kumintang Ilaya, Batangas City
  • Butuan: CESIA Building, Montilla Boulevard, Butuan City
  • Cagayan de Oro: Limketkai Drive, Cagayan De Oro City
  • Cebu City: Fourth Level, Pacific Mall-Metro Mandaue U.N. Avenue, corner M.C. Briones Street, Brgy. Estancia, Mandaue City, Cebu
  • Clark, Pampanga: Office Center Number 06 and B, Berthaphil III, Clark Center, Jose Abad Santos Avenue, Clark Free Port Zone
  • Cotabato: People's Palace City Hall, Cotabato City
  • Davao: Ebro-Pelayo Bldg., E. Jacinto St., Davao City
  • General Santos: Gaisano Complex, J. Catolico St., LAGAO, General Santos City
  • Iloilo: Yulo Street, Iloilo City
  • La Union: Pasado Bldg., Pagdalagan Norte, San Fernando, La Union
  • Legazpi: Lacandula Drive, Barangay Cruzada, Legazpi City
  • Lucena: Third Floor Pacific Mall Lucena M.L. Tagarao St., Barangay III, Lucena City
  • Pampagna: City Central Transport Terminal (CCTT) Lazatin Blvd. corner Olongapo-Gapan Road, San Juan, San Fernando, Pampagna
  • Puerto Princesa: Second Floor Puerto Princesa City Coliseum, National Highway, Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City
  • Tacloban: Leyte SMED Center, Capitol Site, Sn. Enage, Tacloban City
  • Tuguegarao: Regional Government Center Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley
  • Zamboanga: Go-Velayo Bldg. Veterans Ave., Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur

More Places to File Passport Applications

The Department of Foreign Affairs also processes new passport and passport renewal applications in some malls. Check with your local mall to see if there is a passport application office located near you.

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jericho calimlim on May 13, 2019:

hello ..

how to apply for a new passport..

JOEL A. ANGOLUAN on May 05, 2019:

Good day po! I just want to ask if i could renew my passport 6 months before its expiry date?

Marilyne Villafuerte Tabernero on March 01, 2019:

Hi! Good afternoon. I would like to inquire about applying new passport for my childrens which is one is legitimate and the other one is illegitimate.Even they not both leaving in one house as a mother can i have to get them both a new passport into my place in La union.

Jeffrey Quilates Llovit on January 11, 2019:

I would like to apply for a passport.. good afternoon

Patrick vergonia on October 27, 2018:

Hi if i apply a passport.can i get the scadule

jessie gumarao on August 11, 2018:

hello ,

How to apply a new passport?


Jimgirl on June 24, 2018:

Hello po!.

I'm already holding employment passport, can I use it for travel also?

maricel postrado on June 13, 2018:

how to get an appointment for renewing my passport at daet camarines norte

Marilyn Ancheta on June 05, 2018:

i want to ask on how to get an appointment for applying passport at Pulilan Bulacan

Leah Dimasuhid on April 02, 2018:

Hi ma'am, can I ask if postal I'd and tin I'd card is it valid I'd to get my passport ?

Danica R. Simplicio on March 30, 2018:

On behalf of my niece....she live in Bohol /shes getting a passport. Where about in Bohol pls.

Thank U

lionel r saddoy on March 02, 2018:

Hello ma'am good afternoon.

i want to ask on how to get an appointment for applying passport at general Santos city? tnx..

Joan bandoy on March 01, 2018:

can I use my gov't issued id's like sss and voters I'd when I was still single to present in DFA

mark voltaire l. abdukahal on February 18, 2018:

how to renew my passport

in easy way

Cheberlee D. Calinawan on February 02, 2018:

Hi! Good afternoon,,

How to apply online passporting?

Plz, i need your responsed, asap....

Edna E.Bustamante on January 29, 2018:

What is the first step i make for getting lost passport?thanks for replying God bless all.

helen rose brieta on December 10, 2017:

how to book appointment online? i need to renew my passport

SAMANTHA AMBAS PUROK on November 07, 2017:

Hello ma'am good afternoon.

i want to ask on how to get an appointment for applying passport at general Santos city? tnx..

ROCELYN YBAÑEZ on October 18, 2017:

I want to get passport online

Jen quinto sol on September 20, 2017:

Help me...can i present my voters identification when i was in a supporting documents for passport...althoungh i am married now...

annhere on September 19, 2017:

hi reply please. for new passport i have only Postal ID and phil health ID is that acceptable? on September 13, 2017:

i just want to ask if dfa will accept my documents

I am married just last August 22,2017 then I have only true copy of marriage certificate, concealing marriage certificate, police clearance, nbi,postal id, yearbook,receipt of my drivers license, cedula? Thanks in advance

Richell on August 06, 2017:

What is the requirements for passport?

2 yrs old and 5 yrs old. Their mother is ofw and their father is in the philippines how they can get a passport?

Princess Marie on November 09, 2016:

Hi! I just want to ask something. I am 17 years old. Who can come with me to process a passport if my mother can't come because of her situation, she's paralyze and my father past away already?

robert on August 09, 2016:

Hi. just wanna ask if i still need to secure an appointment if i lost a valid passport?thank you. on July 19, 2016:

hi, i submitted online application appointment for my family passport, However , I cannot access on how to get a copy or print out of my online application.(where I can get application code) Please advised and THANK YOU

neyfcs14 on April 23, 2016:

hi just want to ask if dfa will accept my documents if i only have nso bc police clearance,nbi clearance,digital postal id,e1 microfilm and barangay clearance ?i dont have any primary id i think all of these are supporting documents can they still process it with this documents?thanks in advance

maine on December 02, 2015:

hello .. i have no valid id .. but i have my supporting docs. like nbi, brgy clearance , police clearance , form 138 , voters certificate ,cedula , baptismal . postal id. also nso, birth cert, and i downloaded already the application is that ok ? can i go now to dfa ?

aqz on November 04, 2015:

hi po, can we get the passport if i will bring postal id??? is it acceptable? please reply thanx a lot

rohan on October 09, 2015:


Im from libya 3mos ago since i came back here in philippines, now i pass my interview ,agency told me that i should renew my passport cause of im from libya,cause im applying saudi,is there complication between saudi and libya?

roland on September 08, 2015:

Im working here in riyadh and my passport will expire on May 2016. Can i renew my passport during vacation on Dec 2015? Do i need to apply for a passport renewal appointment? Or, can i expedite my passport renewal using my exit reentry visa?

eric garcia on August 17, 2015:

what the requirments for delay getting passport.?.i renew the passport last april 2014,until now we dont get the passport"cos we dont know how or what the requirments..

ZB on August 10, 2015:

Hi! My mom paid 950 for passport renewal will DFA mails out the new passport to her address or she has to go back to pick it up after 15days?

aka mirin on July 22, 2015:

hi po maam 25, ttnong ko po kung paano ang gagawen ko sa expired at nalost passport ko...kailangan ko po ulit magkapassport...pls reply po....salamat sana po matulungan nko agd mgkapassport uli.

bien on July 10, 2015:

Gud pm.

Just want to ask if it is possible to have a passport even without appointment? Thanks

Prince on June 15, 2015:

How can I st an appointment about my passport renewal? I need it as soon as possible. Rush please

jilian on June 13, 2015:

is DFA Tuguegarao open during Saturdays?

Dianne on May 08, 2015:

Hi I''m a student and we have a requirement to tour abroad. But my appointment is on may 26 pa po. Kailangan kailangan ko lang po sana makakuha na. Wala na po ba talagang pwedeng pag walk in? Salamat.

rowena a on April 29, 2015:

open po ba dfa baguio on saturday?

shen on April 14, 2015:

Hello, good evening may i ask if is okay that i don't have baptismal cerficate to go to get a passport.

I only have nbi, police clearance, bgry.clearance, high school diploma, voters registration, nso, birthcertificate camed from local civil registrar, marriage contract of my parents and my college id. Isn't okay my supporting ducoments.?

twentyfive (author) on April 14, 2015:

There is no appointment needed in DFA Robinsons Pampanga because they follow first-come-first-serve right now

mike pacleb on March 07, 2015:

hello, im getting my new passport im 18 and its my first time to go abroad for vacation with my uncle who invite me from their embassy to go, can you tell me where to go to run for my passport near tarlac, thanks

mike pacleb on March 07, 2015:

hello, im getting my new passport im 18 and its my first time to go abroad for vacation with my uncle who invite me from their embassy to go, can you tell me where to go to run for my passport near tarlac, thanks

Nadine on February 28, 2015:

Hi twenty five,good day,I only have the following requirements:nso bc,nso bc of my son,nso marriage contract, philhealth id,old company id,brgy clearance, police clearance,and tor..will that works?your reply would pleased me,thanks.

Tere on February 23, 2015:

hi 25! i lost my green passport using my ex-husband surname and expired n xa last march 2013, malalaman ba nila ung old passport no. ko s DFA? wat if i'll check a new one(1st time) ilagay instead renew kasi gagamitin ko maiden name ko since annuled nako ok lang ba yon. di b makikita ng DFA old records ko kz s may mga deportation ako s old passport ko kaya i'm worries if ma retrieved pa nla old passport..thanks

Uegene on January 21, 2015:

Hi twentyfive can i ask question if lost valid passport is need an appoinment after 15 days clearjng period ...tnx a lot asap...

therese on January 21, 2015:

ang also i also married to a i have to get cfo b4 i get a passport? is that also a requirements b4 i go to the dfa cebu?

therese on January 20, 2015:

hi 25..gud day..just want to ask if ok requirements ko..i have birth nso copy, marriage crtificate (original municipal copy), philhealth id, old employee id. Nbi clearance, Barangay clearance,cedula. i just get a new sss id card but not yet delivered kasi 2 mos.padaw nila madedeliver, so i have only the stub for the card,is any possible to show it for supporting documents?

jemeds on January 02, 2015:

Thank you so much twentyfive! You really helped a lot! :)

Ann on December 20, 2014:

kaka renew q lang po ng epassport ko at change status (i'm divorced) from married to single, naka sched po releasing jan.19,2015 nxtyr. kso po plan n po namin magpa civil wed ng husband to be ko this coming jan. 2015 pwd ko pa po b pa change stat lit from single to married pag naikasal na kmi at pagka get ko po dun s MC from NSO.. possible po ba n ma pa change status ko na gamit n surname ng magiging husband ko kahit kaka renew ko lang po at change stat..

Cath on December 15, 2014:


kasi kailangan kong irenew ung passport ko

valid pa naman sya 'till 2016 kailangang irenew sya sa kadahilanang may tatak sya ng Libya embassy e HINDI daw tinatanggap sa Saudi ang passport na may tatak from Libya kaya kailangan syang irenew. Please could you answer this? I'm going to renew it tomorrow. Thanks a lot.

Bcastelo on December 12, 2014:

Hi twentyfive..

I went to dfa aseana last dec.05 2014.. "na-reject" kc hindi daw valid ang postal id. then ndi man lng nya tinignan ung mga supporting papers ko.. pagkakita nya ss postal sbi nya balik blng ako pag my valid id nko.. eh panu po ndi naman ako ngwowork and ndi nmn ako nkapag-college so wala rin akong allumni id.. ung voters id naman po,walang pang release after 2-5 yrs pa daw mkukuha sbi sa comelec.. meron din nman ako sss # E-form.. kso di din ako makakakuha pa ng digititized id kc wala png hulog.. pano po kaya gagawin ko? Pde kaya student license? Or voters certificate? Any suggestion po??MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA MAGIGING SAGOT.. maghihintay po ako.. Godbless..

Jane on December 07, 2014:

hello again 25! hope to here from u.. regarding s marital stat for epassport, new-released passport ko kaso i nid to use the surname of my husband.. possible na un to renew again for marital stat? thanks so much..

twentyfive (author) on December 06, 2014:

Yes, 10am - 6pm on Saturdays

jane on December 05, 2014:

*not spouse visa.. i mean 457 visa dependents

jane on December 05, 2014:

hi 25! i just got my renewed epassport from married to single(i'm divored) and its valid pa until 2019.. and now i'm a newly-wed.. is it possible to change my marital status again from single to married? i really need to use the surname of my husband foe spouse visa.. pls.. i need ur advice.. thanks and more power! Godbless

grace on December 04, 2014:

Open po ba DFA Robinson kahit Saturday?

wendy valdez on December 01, 2014: