Renewing your Philippine passport

I first got my passport at DFA Pampanga with my family in 2011. Due to the fact that it’s nearing expiry (2016), I decided to apply for renewal. Here’s how to do it and how I did it:

  • Get online at http://passport.com.ph/
  • Choose a branch on where you want to do your renewal.
  • Set an appointment.
    • I chose the earliest appointment date that will work for me. November 7, 2015.
    • Keep refreshing if you don’t find any early appointments. Sometimes, people cancel their appointments and you’d be lucky to get an earlier one.
    • Once you select a new appointment, it will automatically cancel the appointment you have set before.
  • Take note of the documentary requirements and fees.
    • For renewal,
      • Personal appearance
      • Confirmed appointment
      • For NCR-based applicants, present your printed application form downloaded from DFA Appointment System
      • Most recent expiring or expired passport
      • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity.
  • Head to your chosen branch on your appointment date. Bring your application form, requirements, and payment.
    • I went to DFA Galleria and showed the security my application form indicating my appointment date and time. My appointment was on the 7th of November 2015 at 4:30 pm and I was 30 minutes early. He let me in. Take note: The security on duty won’t let you in if you do not have your application form with you and if you do not have an appointment on that date.
    • Proceed to the desk (Processing Area) where the staff will check your requirements. I brought:
      • application form
      • old passport
      • photocopy of the front page and back page of my old passport
      • PRC ID
      • photocopy of my PRC ID
      • NBI Clearance
      • Birth Certificate

However, he did not need my birth certificate and NBI clearance. For what reasons, I do not know.

Don’t fret if you forgot to photocopy any of the required docs. There’s a photocopy machine at the office and they charge 6.00 per page. Good thing I already had photocopies of mine since I think 6.00 for a photocopy is overpriced.

    • Next is payment. You will wait for your number to be flashed on the screen and your assigned window. I waited about 5 minutes before my number was shown and another 5 minutes to process my payment. I chose the “Express Processing” which is 1200 pesos and to pick up my passport once ready. It’s important to tell them if you wish to pick it up or have it delivered because they will cancel (punch holes) your old passport if you want it delivered and will render it invalid.
    • Proceed to the Encoding section where your data and biometric will be taken and photo captured. This took about 7 minutes.
    • After, you will have the option to have your passport delivered or picked up. Delivery will cost P200 more but they deliver it right at your doorstep. I chose not to since I have travel arrangements in 2 weeks.

I called a day ahead to make sure that my passport is at the Galleria office. The next day, I went to DFA Galleria to pick up my new passport. I brought my old passport and they canceled it right there. Three  days later, I used my new passport to travel. 😉