Philippine E-Passport Renewal 2012

Finally, here it is! This is the most current post I have on PHILIPPINE PASSPORT RENEWAL procedures to date. Please take note that this post is  only about passport renewal and NOT for those applying for the first time. If you are a first-time applicant and you need a bit more detailed info about the requirements, check out my posts here and here.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the system has improved quite a lot since the last time I renewed my passport. The DFA  made the process simple and easy to follow, so a hat-tip is in order here. Let me show you how I did it:

How to Renew Your Passport in 10 Easy Steps: (Individual Passport)

STEP 1 – Make an appointment online HERE.  This is how the form looks like.

 

 

 

 

STEP 2 – Click the “Start Individual Appointment Process” button and fill up the online Individual Application Form. You will be required to supply the following information.

STEP 3 – Select and confirm the date of your appointment after which you will receive a confirmation email with your filled up application form and reference number. Print these. You also need to bring the following documents. Although they didn’t ask me to submit everything, it’s better to have everything ready all the time.

 

  • Present Machine Readable Passport (Maroon) and photocopy of pages 1,2,3 (amendment) and last page. (They only asked me for a photocopy of the first and the last pages.)
  • The pages showing latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps. (didn’t give these anymore)
  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate for minor applicants.
  • Original Birth Certificate from NSO in Security Paper (SECPA) if city/municipality & province on birth place is not specific (Example: NCR instead of San Juan, Metro Manila) (I had certified true copies of my birth certificate and marriage contract, not necessarily the new NSO ones and they accepted it just fine.)
  • For illegitimate minor, personal appearance of mother is required.

Other Supporting Documents

Please bring the following if they are available. (I didn’t show them any of these.)

  • Marriage Contract
  • PRC / IBP ID
  • 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 w/ Dry Seal
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Income Tax Return (Old)

 

STEP 4 – Be at the DFA 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

My appointment was at 9:30am. I arrived at around 8:30 and there were a lot of people inside already. 

STEP 5
 - Enter through Gate 3. Escorts are not allowed

Gate 3 is on the bottom left side of this photo where the covered walkway is.

STEP 6Present the online application you printed to the guard. He will check your reference number and direct you to the DFA staff  who will verify your appointment.

After your appointment is confirmed by the DFA staff, find a seat in the designated waiting areas. These areas
are grouped
 according to the time of your appointment. (eg. 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, etc.)

 Make sure you are waiting in the right designated area. Check your documents while you are waiting.
Lines are amazingly orderly and organized.  People who looked lost were assisted promptly.
Huge thanks to the DFA staff and guards.

NOTE: While you are waiting the guard will remind you to have your documents photocopied. For renewal, the first and the last pages of your passport need to be photocopied. You can have your docs photocopied near Gate 1.

STEP 7 – Proceed to Door 3.

Applicants enter Door 3 according to their appointment. If you are early, you might just get in before
your scheduled appointment especially if the earlier applicants are all done.

This is where your documents are evaluated and checked for completeness. Your old passport will
be canceled  and you will be asked what type of processing you prefer. Regular processing is
P950.00 while Express processing is P1200.00.

STEP 8 – Proceed to the 2nd floor for payment.

All you need is the OR and cash. No documents will be checked here.

STEP 9 – Get a number and wait for your documents to be encoded and your picture taken.

You need to present your application form before you can be given a number.

Your number will be flashed on the monitor once a staff is available to process your documents. 

Make sure all your documents are ready.

STEP 10 –  Encoding and Picture Taking.

When your number is called, proceed to your designated booth. Your information will be encoded
while you watch. Make sure everything is correct. 

Your left and right thumbprint will be taken. After that, they’ll take your picture. No earrings allowed, ladies. 

… AND YOU ARE FINISHED!
I arrived at 8:30am (an hour early for my appointment) and I was done by 9:30am (the time of my appointment)!

If  you don’t want to pick up your passport yourself, you can just have it delivered to your house for P120.00 by 2GO. Just present your OR to the courier service located at the second floor, pay for the delivery fee, get your receipt and you are DONE. I had mine delivered because time is like us mint to me so a hundred twenty bucks is sooo worth it.


Here’s a little video from the DFA that you might want to see.

 

 

Bonus post: 

While inside the Enrolment Section… 

Here are some Guidelines to be followed :

YOUR POSE

Your frontal pose looking directly at the camera lens and showing your full face must be used. Rotation or tilting of the head either in an up/down or left/right direction must be avoided. The mid points of the mouth and the bridge of the nose should lie on an imaginary vertical line in the center of the image.
 
EXPRESSION
Your expression should be neutral with both eyes open and mouth closed. There should be no hair covering the eyes. Contrived expressions such as raised eyebrows, squirting or frowning are not acceptable.
 
SMILING
When having their photos captured, applicant may smile, but without showing their teeth and gums. The ‘Mona Lisa’ smile is recommended.
 
EYEGLASSES/CONTACT LENSES
Eyeglasses should always be removed before capturing the applicant’s photo.
The use of contact lenses for medical reasons is accepted, provided that the contact lenses do not change the applicant’s true eye color. Therefore, applicants are advised to take off their contact lenses before having their photos captured.
 
EARS SHOULD BE VISIBLE
As much as possible, both ears of the applicant should be visible.

EARRINGS/HAIR ACCESSORIES
These accessories should be removed prior to photo capturing. Frizzy/afro hairstyles should be neatly arranged showing full frontal facial image.
For men, wearing earrings is not allowed.

INFANTS
Infants or very small children who are unable to support themselves should be assisted by either parent or their guardians.Hands, arms, etc., used to support the child should not be visible. High-chair for minor applicants may be used, if needed.

 

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