how to apply for or renew your philippine passport

i’ve tried googling this myself but found only a few information until i just decided to go to DFA (Pasay) where i bumped into a lot of scammers, fixers at iba pang mga magkakasabwat na mang-gagancho doon. what made me say that? the first time i got my passport, nobody warned me about those fixers hanging around pretending they are working with DFA. what happened next was a long story but luckily i ended up processing it myself, in the basketball court inside the DFA building.

yesterday while i was walking towards DFA for processing a renewal, somebody pretended that he’s a DFA security guard who has to check my backpack contents. the fool wasn’t even close to the main entrance, just standing in front of the zerox machine stall and he’s not even wearing a guard uniform. so i ignored him and went straight ahead to the entrance where there’s a line of people and a REAL gate guard checking all baggage before entering. it feels bad that when i looked back at that FAKE guard, i saw people who fell for his trap and opened their bags for him to see.

my tip is, maging alisto, at wag tatanga-tanga. magtanong lamang ng mga direksyon sa mga guard na naka-uniporme at nasa loob ng DFA. everything you’ll need for processing your passport is INSIDE the DFA premises including application forms, zerox machines, thumbmarking, passport photo taking, etc. just bring the requirements, a pen, a small bottle of paste, stapler and money. ignore those people blocking you and telling you what you need to have or what you need to do as you’re making your way towards the DFA entrace, because they are FIXERS and SCAMMERS. sometimes they wear IDs too just to look believable.

anyway, the first thing that you need to do whether it’s for new passport application or renewal is to prepare all the REQUIREMENTS that are listed through THIS LINK.

the process for new application and renewal of passport is different now from 5 years ago because of appointment system. if you have email/internet access at home then it’s better to file your appointment online through THIS LINK so you will only have to go to DFA twice for processing and then claiming your passport. you’re supposed to receive a confirmation email of your online transaction and later on, a reply email containing the next step you need to take as well as your appointment date and time.

if you cannot set an online appointment, then you will have to go back to DFA THREE (3) times. first time for filling up an application form and getting an appointment schedule which usually falls a week after; second time for processing, payment, encoding and fingerprinting; and third time (after two weeks or one week if rushed) for passport release.

the basketball court that i’m talking about is on the right side, past the GATE 2 and GATE 3 doors on the left. once you’re in the court, go to INFORMATION section where you can get the application form and the green leaflet containing the steps you need to take. here’s what the leaflet contains and more:


1. kumpletuhin ang pag-fill up sa application form. ang THUMBMARKING section ay nasa gilid lang ng INFORMATION.

2. idikit ang mga litrato. kung wala pa ay magpakuha na lang sa MOBILE PASSPORT photo sa halagang 150 pesos para sa anim ng kopya. ito yung bus sa may bungad ng basketball court. mabilis lang at maganda ang kuha nila, in fairness. at sigurado ka pang tatanggapin ang picture mo sa application. kung walang paste, bumili or manghingi. 5 pesos ang isa, maliit lang. manghiram ng stapler sa APPOINTMENT table para maidikit ung dalawa pang picture sa ilalim ng application form.

3. ipa-photocopy ang inyong application form. 2 pesos ang isang kopya.

4. pumila sa APPOINTMENT table para makakuha ng schedule. wag mahiyang magtanong kung ikaw ay nalilito pa rin o kung meron kang katungan sa isip mo.

5. umuwi ka na at bumalik na lang sa araw ng appointment na ibinigay sayo.

if you don’t feel like going through all these hassle, then you may just apply online, have someone pick up the requirements at your house, and have the passport delivered to your doorstep after two weeks. BUT, it costs 1200 pesos (versus the 500 pesos original passport fee) and also requires a personal appearance. you may read more information about that kind of process (passport direct) through THIS LINK. i recommend this process to all busy people and those who live very far away from DFA in order to save your time and travel expense that could possibly amount to just the same or maybe more.

good luck!

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32 Responses to “how to apply for or renew your philippine passport”

  1. Omarotti says:

    Thanks for the very useful info. God bless!

  2. cakewarrior says:

    you’re welcome po!

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  4. ritchell says:

    Thank you very much for posting this topic! Great info! :)

  5. mei says:

    Its better to ask for an appointment online @ if you’re planning on renewing you’re passport.

  6. cakewarrior says:

    yup, that’s exactly what i did. i’ve also given that same link above within my post. i’m so glad that the process is a breeze now but i’m still looking forward to the day when passports will be released on the same day of application or renewal ;)

  7. butchie says:

    grabe, medyo na experience ko yang mga scammers na yan, pero sorry sila, i did not fell into their trap. may kunwari pa sasabay sa ‘yo na magrerenew din or kukuha ng passport, pero kasabwat nila. mukha sila mabait pero sabi nga, looks can be deceiving.
    i agree na dapat sa naka-uniform lang magtatanong. mahirap magtiwala sa mga tao ngayon, sa hirap ng buhay lahat gagawin nila, hahah, good luck to them, karma! karma!

    first time ko kasi mag-apply, i’m claiming it this week, madali lang ba makuha yung passport. what other documents should i bring aside from the claim stub/receipt? di ba may time naman na naka-indicate? gate 2 ako proceed di ba? thank you. =)

  8. jhune says:

    panu ba nagrenew ng passport.? pwede bang mag-renew ng hndi kana pupunta sa DFA at POEA..?

  9. dhony says:

    pwede po ba ako mag fill up ng from here to get a passport and how?

  10. fely halili says:

    My passport will expire in 2012 pa. Do I have to renew it for the readable passport? I’m leaving in august 2010

  11. Pano po mag pa renew ng passport

  12. jason says:

    mayroon npo bang online application on internet for scheduling ng renewal ng passport? Kung meron po anung website po? Thanx…

  13. teng ganzon says:

    I googled this and found your link. Is this updated information, I noticed most of the responses were dated last year? The latest online appointment that I got was September 2010 and today is July 21, 2010…tsk tsk

  14. michael says:

    wala na po bang mas mabilis na paraan para sa mga renewal passport lalo na po sa mga naka abroad na o mga ocw lalo na pag maiksi lang ang bakasyon at babalik agad sa ibang bansa para magtrabaho,paano po pag kailangan na agad tnk you po at more power

  15. joseph says:

    gusto ko ho sanang makahingi na assistance sa mga kinauukulan na dfa. naimbitahan po ako sa isang event sa germany sa darating na sept 26. ang passpost ko po ay nakaprocess sa renewal, kaya lang po ako ay naka schedule ng appointment sa sept 7 pa. kinakabahan po ako na baka hindi po umabot ang passport ko. sana po ay mapaaga po ang appointment ko. salamat po

  16. joseph says:

    gusto ko ho sanang makahingi na assistance sa mga kinauukulan na dfa. naimbitahan po ako sa isang event sa germany sa darating na sept 26. ang passpost ko po ay nakaprocess sa renewal, kaya lang po ako ay naka schedule ng appointment sa sept 7 pa. kinakabahan po ako na baka hindi po umabot ang passport ko. sana po ay mapaaga po ang appointment ko. salamat po at sana ay matulunagn nyo po ako.

  17. Mari Grace N. Riego de Dios says:

    for renew passport for appointment

  18. Mari Grace N. Riego de Dios says:

    for renew my passport for appointment

  19. noemi says:

    gusto ko po sanang mag renew ng passport sa dfa pampanga paano po ba ako mag papa appointment saan website po ako pupunta,thanks

  20. alvin santocad says:

    naka filled up na ko ng application nung makalawa pa pero until now wala pa din reply sa akin kung kailan ung appointmnet ko sa renewal ng passport ko

  21. mark says:

    i just want to ask for applying my philippine passport while im here in germany

  22. Gusto ko poh mag pa appointment for renewal ng passport,Paano po ang dapat gawin,online lng po sana kasi my work ako,please bigyan nyo po ako ng schedule asap..wat po contact number nyo,p0ls reply asap po,

  23. mark joseph lagasca says:

    papa schedule po ng appointment para punta nlang aq dyan para mag renew,pki bigyan niyo aq ng appoinment date para mag renew ng old passport ko,anong web site po ba un

  24. emmalin says:

    ask ko lang po kasi magrerenew ako ng passport ko,anytime po ba pwede ako pumila as dfa mla.?pls.reply

  25. ask ko lang po pano ano magpaparenew ng passport?ano po mga requirements magpapa renew po kami mga kapatid ko at anak ko.salamat po

  26. jomaresalvador says:

    sir fallow up ko lang sa passport ng anak ko na renew from japan last april na submit doon, name iris tsukamoto i was of your office last june 15 2011, sabi nila na forward na sa japan last june 16, on your log book piro up to now di pa na recieve , she is sheduled to go home this julu 24, in short my ticket na sya… VERY URGENT LANG ANG PAG UWI NYA.. somebody is muc
    dying in our family… pls fallo up lang sa office ng FSFCC OFFICE thank you very n

  27. charito says:

    napaso na po passport ko ano po ang gagawin ko magparenew po ba o kuha ng bago

  28. Ruben Dela Vega says:

    Sir/Madam, senior citizen po ako at under process na po ang passport ko nuong June 27, 2011 kaya lang po ang release ay sa September 05,2011 although rush or express processing (php 1,200 ) . meron po bang paraan na mas mapaaga ang release ng passport sa dahilang ako po ay nakatakdang pumunta sa Korea sa ika 14 ng Hulyo 2011. ako po ay ipapadala ng aming kumpanya para witnesan ang Dry Dock operation .

  29. rhea says:

    ask q lng po panu renew ng passport?

  30. gina says:

    ask ko lang ka c di ko nakuha passport ko noon for released na sana renewal kasi yon, can I apply again for another? what are the requirements

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