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  • Getting Your Child a Passport: A Pinoy Parent's Quick Guide

    There is one instance where you don't need an appointment.
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
Getting Your Child a Passport: A Pinoy Parent's Quick Guide
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  • So, you're finally set on going on a grand family vacation abroad with the kids? Here's what you need to do to get your kiddos their passports. 

    If you’re applying just for your child who is 7 years old or below, you can proceed to Step 1 (B) because you don’t need an appointment. 

    Step 1 (A): Make an appointment
    Applying for a passport requires an appearance in person, so you will need to schedule an appointment for when you and other family members are free to head to your preferred Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) office site. Just one appointment will do for the whole family. 

    • Head to passport.gov.ph.
    Then, click on “Schedule an Appointment” found at the top of the page. You'll be given the option to create an “individual appointment” (if you're applying just one person) or a “group appointment” (if you're applying 2 to 5 people for passports). 

     Fill out all the fields. 
    Choose your preferred Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) site location for your appointment. You should see office addresses and contact numbers.

    After choosing a site, pick a date for your appointment, which will most likely be several months from now. As of this writing, the closest available date for appointment is in October. This is the reason why it’s advisable to apply for a passport six months in advance from the date of your planned travel period. 

    Note: Double check everything. Incorrect information can delay your application or can even be used as grounds for refusal or cancellation of your application. 

    • Wait for an email confirmation.
    Print out your application and remember to bring it to your appointment together with other requirements.  

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    Step 1 (B): Prepare for your walk-in application via the Courtesy Lane
    As a rule, all passport applicants need to make an appointment before heading to a DFA office. However, the following are exempted and can just head on over to any DFA site without an appointment:

    1. children 7 years old and below
    2. pregnant women
    3. persons with disability
    4. senior citizens

     Fill out an application
    This can also be provided for you on site. But, if you prefer to have it prepared beforehand, you can find the application form for minors here and the one for adults here. Print it, fill out the fields (but don’t sign it yet), and bring with you when you head to the office. 

    Step 2: Prepare the requirements

    These are the general requrements you need for your child's application: 

    • Your child's birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or original and photocopy of the Certified True Copy (CTC) issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by NSO
    • Marriage certificate of parents issued by NSO or original and photocopy of the Certified True Copy (CTC) issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by NSO
    • Passports of parents
    • For children 8 to 17 years old, a document of identity with an attached photo (e.g. school ID)
    • Original and a photocopy of the valid passport of the person traveling with the minor

    There are additional requirements for special situations such as if the minor: is not traveling with either parent, has both parents who are abroad, is legally adopted, is illegitimate, has parents who are annulled, etc. Find details for these here

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    Step 3: Head to your preferred DFA office
    When applying for a passport, a minor must be accompanied by one or both parents. 

    If you have an appointment, follow the date and place on your print out. Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time.

    If you're applying a child 7 years old and below, you can find DFA sites you can head to here. Take note that office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. only.

    You will be guided through the process once you get to the site including getting your child's picture taken and paying for the passport fees. Listed below are details for both:

    For photos

    • No hair should be covering your child's eyes and both your child's ears should be visible.
    • Earrings and hair accessories are not allowed and eyeglasses will be taken off.
    • If your baby can't support himself yet, a parent must hold the infant for the photo. 
    • Smiling is okay, but teeth shouldn't be showing. 

    Passport fees:

    • P950 - your passport will be released in 20 working days
    • P1,200 - your passport will be released in 10 working days
    • Optional delivery fee - If you want your child's passport delivered to your home instead of having to go back to the DFA office for claiming

    *rates are as of writing
    **number of processing days may vary depending on the location of the Regional Consular Office where the application was filed

    Step 4: Claim your child's passport

    Hooray! You can finally get your child's passport (and see how his passport photo turned out). Go back to the DFA office where you filed the application between 3 to 5 p.m., except on a weekend. Remember to double check all the details and information on the passport. 


    Enjoy your trip!

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