Are you planning to go on a holiday abroad with your child soon? Thankfully, you no longer have to go through the old application procedures, which were horrendously time-consuming and byzantine in complexity. Yes, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) now has a more efficient passport appointment system.
Everything you need to know about applying for a passport—whether you are getting one for your baby for the first time or renewing an existing one for an older child—can be found at the DFA’s passport appointment system website. Of course, nobody wants to go through the whole caboodle, so we are outlining just the things you need to know about acquiring a passport for minors.
There are two ways to initiate the application: you either call the DFA passport appointment hotline at (632) 737-1000 or apply online. For both procedures, you will need to provide personal information and choose an available date and time for your appointment.
1. When you call the DFA hotline, a customer care representative will help you schedule an appointment, and you will be asked to provide personal information, including the complete names of your parents, your address, and your existing passport number. Afterwards, you will be given a print code, which you need to input at the website passport.com.ph/print so that you can print a hard copy of your application. You will also be advised about the documentary requirements you need to bring on your appointment. Don’t worry! We have also outlined these things below.
2. If you choose to apply online instead, you just need to fill out an online application form, and choose an available date and time through the website’s online scheduling application (take note that the schedule slots can get filled up pretty fast). The DFA will email you a copy of your form along with your schedule.
Appointment Now that you have secured a schedule, start preparing the documents required (see below).
On the day of your appointment:
Make sure to arrive at the DFA 30 minutes before your scheduled time. The DFA Consular Office is Located at the ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City.
Present your printed application form at the Appointment Counter.
Make sure to obtain a queue number at the Information Counter.
After you have been attended to:
Proceed to the Passport Enrollment Section to pay for the passport fees.
Go to the encoding Section for data capturing.
Fees Currently, the passport processing fees stand at P950 for regular processing and P1,200 for rush processing. An additional P200 will be charged for the processing of a lost passport if it is still valid at the time you apply for a replacement.
If you wish to have the passport delivered to your home instead of going back to the DFA on its release date, you need to pay an additional P120 delivery fee at the Delivery Counter.