A passport is important to have around. If ever there’s an emergency like for instance a loved one who is overseas needs our help we can always fly to them at any time. Another example would be if there’s political instability in your country and things turn for the worse you can always flee and go somewhere safe. A passport is also handy for identification purposes. It also makes you want to be more adventurous and travel to where your heart desires, and as a result you get to enjoy life more.
There’re several things to remember when getting a Philippine passport. There’re a few passport requirements to accomplish weeks before the date of the appointment. The passport requirements for new application are: personal appearance; confirmed Philippine Passport appointment; duly accomplished application form – emailed to you when you secured your passport appointment; valid IDs with your picture and the supporting documents proving your identity; Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA.
If you already have a passport but need it to be renewed, there’re also requirements to be submitted. The basic requirements are the following: personal appearance; confirmed Philippine Passport appointment; duly accomplished application form – emailed to you when you secured your passport appointment; your expired or expiring Philippine passport; and valid IDs with your picture and the supporting documents proving your identity.
If you want to schedule a passport appointment in the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) you’d have to pay the processing fee first before your appointment will be confirmed. Visit the DFA’s official website to book an appointment (www.passport.gov.ph). Click on the Schedule an Appointment link in the Menu located at the upper portion of the website. When you’re already in the Appointment page, click the check box stating “I have read and understood…”. Click the Start Individual Appointment button if you’re booking for yourself and the Start Group of Appointment button for appointment involving two or more people.
The page for Site Location selection will pop up and you’ll have to choose which region, country and site where you want to apply for Philippine Passport. Set the appointment date and time. Only choose from the available slots shown in the website. Then, enter your personal information and family information. The page Application Information for DFA Passport Appointment allows applicants to choose between New or Renewal. After that, correctly provide your contact information such as complete address, occupation, office address, and their contact number.
Click Save once you’ve double checked your entries. Press the check box “I’m not a robot” and the check box that says “I am aware that possession…” as well as the Confirm button. You’ll then be directed to the page where you’re asked to choose the Passport Application Processing Type. Then to the Payment page where you’ll see the Pay Now button (it’s required to pay for your Passport Application in advance). Click it then a small pop out window will be displayed. Once you read this, click the “I Agree” check box and click the Proceed To Payment button. The next page is the DFA Epayment Services where payment for the passport application appointment is required to be settled by the applicant. This page must show you your Passport Application Reference Number. Click the Proceed button and then the Confirm button. You have the option to choose from several authorized payment centers and pay the application fees. A confirmation email will be sent to you which confirms your appointment for Philippine Passport Application. After all those steps, all you need to do is wait for your appointment date.