How to Apply for Philippines Passport in DFA? Your 2017 Step-by-Step Guide!

How to Apply for Philippines Passport in DFA? Your 2018 Step-by-Step Guide!

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For first-time applicants, visit the DFA website:, ready your Philippine passport requirements, set a DFA appointment online with the nearest Regional Office to your current address. After that, fill out the online application form and then save it. Print your DFA appointment and bring the aforementioned data to the DFA Regional Office within your region.

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We encourage applicants to arrive 30 minutes earlier prior to your scheduled DFA appointment

What are the Philippine Passport Requirements?

New Applicants of DFA passports MUST take note of these requirements.

  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • Duly accomplished application form – may be downloaded from DFA Website
  • PSA (Philippines Statistics Authority) Birth Certificate or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR)
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity.

For additional info to answer your queries, click .

How to Get a DFA Appointment?

There are actually different ways which I’ve learned where you can get a DFA appointment. Below is a list of them. PASSPORT APPOINTMENTS ARE FREE!

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Online Appointment – this is what we recommend for 2018! Access the new for a DFA passport renewal or new applications. PLEASE DO IT YOURSELF and DON’T PAY A TRAVEL AGENCY TO DO IT FOR YOU! IT’S FREE!

Appointment in the Province. I suggest you prepare the necessary before doing this. After that, you may access the and start filling out the necessary details which will be shown in the step-by-step guide in the following subject within this article.

Walk-in appointment.  The norm in setting a DFA appointment would mean having to wait long lines since it’s on a first come, first serve basis.  You must also pay a fee for the professional skill in setting up a schedule for your DFA passport appointment contributed by the person assigned to do that job in DFA offices.

NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED for the list mentioned below can go to the Passport Courtesy Lane without any prior appointment:

  • Senior citizens (60 years and over) one (1) travel companion
  • Minors seven (7) years old and below (with their parents and minor siblings)
  • People with disabilities (PWDs) with PWD ID or visible disability one (1) travel companion
  • Single parents (with Solo Parent ID) and their minor children
  • Visibly pregnant women or with medical certificate
  • OFW with sufficient proof of status such as iDOLE Card, valid employment contract, work visa

No Appointment Needed for the Philippines PassportImportant Reminders:

  • All Courtesy Lane applications and facilities including through accommodation or referrals will be treated as expedited applications and should pay the expedited fee of Php 1,200.00.
  • Please be reminded that all applications filed on a Saturday should be charged with expedited fees.
  • Senior citizens have the option to choose regular process priced at PHP 950.00.
  • Courtesy Lane facilities are available in all Consular Offices nationwide.

MY PASSPORT IS EXPIRED – What should I do?

Back then, I was worried because I thought that if my DFA passport expired, this would mean I would have to get a new one and go back to the basics to accomplish all of the requirements and get it issued again. However, as I read the official website of the , I didn’t need to get a new one at all, I only needed to renew it.

Since I want to speed things up because I want to travel in three (3) months time, I opted for the DFA Online System, since it was faster, more convenient, and you could just do it at home without having to wait in long lines just to get it done.

If you want to know how this new DFA online appointment system is done, then follow these step-by-step guide to start.

Step 1. Click the link and read the Terms and Conditions. Mark the checkbox once you’ve read everything and choose whether to apply for an individual appointment or group appointment with either your friends or family.

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Step 2. Find the nearest DFA Regional office nearest to your current address – from Region, Country, and Site. Once you choose the site, it will locate the nearest DFA office where you can schedule your appointment.

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Step 3. Choose your most convenient schedule to set a DFA appointment for the renewal of your Philippine passport. Set the month, day, and then check for the available time left. Compare your personal daily schedule. After that, mark the time that would suit to your availability and press next.

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Step 4. Be careful when inputting your personal info to avoid delays in your appointment and even your processing!

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Step 5. Fill in your family information – your father’s name and your mother’s maiden name. Note, the suffixes for your father and mother’s name are to be placed along their first names.

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Step 6. Choose your application type if it’s either new or renewal. Fill in your emergency person and their number. (Your mother, father, sibling, your spouse, or your legal guardian!)

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Step 7. Fill in your complete address and even your office address. Note that sections with asterisks are considered very important, so fill them out. Click next after.

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Step 8. Mark the check boxes after verifying everything. Confirm to get your appointment code and print your DFA appointment schedule. (Note: the data you input to the page won’t be disclosed to a third party)

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Step 9. Check your email for any messages and click it to view your DFA appointment code.

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Step 10.  This is what the message looks like. Click the highlighted word “here” to confirm and open another page where you can find the next picture,

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Step 11. Write down the DFA appointment code and your email address for further verification.

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Step 12.  After that, download your application form and settle your payment.

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

How to Apply for Philippines’ DFA Passport

Once these are all done, download the file and print your DFA passport appointment. After, print your DFA appointment schedule, your application form, and bring your requirements to your local DFA regional office on the scheduled date of your appointment.

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  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • Duly accomplished application form – may be downloaded from DFA Website
  • Most recent expiring or expired passport
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove your identity.


  • Social Security System (SSS)/ Government Service System(GSIS) Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID)Card
  • Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License
  • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) / Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card
  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Registration Record from COMELEC Head or Regional Office
  • Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • Persons with Disabilities (PWD) ID
  • School ID (for students)
  • Current Valid ePassport (For Renewal of ePassport)
  • For applicants based overseas, they may use their host government issued ID’s showing their Philippine citizenship. (Example: Residence Card)

For additional info to answer your queries, click


The issuing of the DFA passports whether renewal or a new application may vary according to where you live. These are the duration of processing of DFA passports in Manila:Philippines Passport FeesRegular Processing (P950) – 15 days

Express Processing (P1200) – 7 days

Applications made in regional offices:

Regular processing (P950)= 20 working days

Express processing (P1200) = 10 working days


* In case of lost or stolen VALID (not expired) passport (the applicant may proceed directly to the Consular /Division at DFA Aseana without an appointment ()

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Comments 53

    1. Hello, you can regularly check the site pre. Nag kaka vacant kasi pag minsan may nag cancel ng appointments. check mo lang from time to time. tsamba2 lang kasi

  1. Hello! I was wondering if they will get your old passport or not? I am scheduled to renew my passport thos Friday (feb 2) but I will be travelling abroad on Feb 10, so I need my old passport back since I will be travelling. Is that possible?

    1. pwede po ba magtanung nakakuha na po ako ng passport kaso nawala po ano po ang gagawin ko.gusto ko po sanang magkuha ng bago.

  2. Hello, I’d like to ask about the “walk-in appointment”. If I go to the DFA without setting an online appointment, would I still be accommodated that day? I have not read any forbidding so I’m wondering. Thanks!

    1. Questions po:
      My sister is TNT in Italy for 31 years she lost her passport long time ago, paano po ang gagawin nya, gusto nyang umuwi ng Pilipinas pero walang passport, alam po nya na ma dedeport sya once na kumuha ng police clearance sa Italian police, saan po ba ang Embassy ng Pilipinas sa Rome. Wala po sya kahit anung identification card sa Italy dahil nga TNT, makakatulong po ba ang birth certificate kung padadalhan ko from on line application ng birth certificate. Paki payuhan nyo naman po ako kung anu ang dapat kong gagawin. Inaasahan ko po ang inyong tulong dahil mayroon po syang karamdaman doon. Salamat po at God Bless po sa inyo. Inaasahan ko po ang inyong reply.

      1. Kung gusto nyang umuwi na talaga, same lang din ng deportation un.. So pumunta pa rin sya sa Italian police para madirect sya sa Philippines Embassy/ Consulate in Rome and sila magaassist sa kanya kung panu makauwi.

  3. Good am po, ask ko lng po paano kong mgkaiba po pangalan ng mother ko at spelling ng name ng father ko sa birth certificate ko at sa merried certificate ko namin pero wala naman pong broblema sa name ko …ok lng pba yo? Thank you po.

  4. Hello,

    What does “supporting documents to prove your identity” mean for renewal of passports? Do we still need the PSA-issued Birth Certificate and other documents like nbi clearance, police clearance, barangay clearance, marriage contract etc?

    Please clarify, I’ve been researching about this and everybody’s got different opinions. Thank you

  5. Any Ideas po pag may maling info dun sa Application form? Mali po kasi yung middle name na nalagay ko.
    Thank you in advance po sa makaktulong. 🙂

  6. Sabi ng DFA hindi nirerrcommend travel agency to process the passport kaya daw nila ginawang online appointment. very costly kasi sa travel agency.

  7. Ask ko lang po kc ung pong passport ko na wash na sira matagal ko na din po Di na rerenew ano po ba gagawin ko need to na din po e renew ung sa anak ko pwde pa rin po ba kahit matagal na kami Di naka pag renew ng bagong passport thank you po God bless po..

  8. Are walk-ins still accepted at the DFA in Cebu? If so, I assume it just requires standing in line. I am just unable to find a straight answer. Thanks!

    1. Ano po bng gagawin ko pra mgkapassport po ulit ako yr.2000 po ng mgkapassport ako nwlaka po passport ko ano po bng gagawin? Mgaaply po ba ko o irerenew nlng po?

  9. Ask ko lng po wala po kasing nakalagay na payment?paano po un tatlo lng po yung option na nakalagay, CANCEL APPOINTMENT,DOWNLOAD FORM, AT RESCHEDULE lng po…sana po ay may makapansin..TIAD

  10. May open slots na for January 2018 🙂
    TIP: They always release new slots starting Thursday or Friday of the second week of the month

    1. Every 2nd week of the month, mag lalabas na po sila ng available slots? Kasi Jan to March lang nag a appear na month yet theres no more available schedule.
      When is the best time to check the available slot for April?

      Please help me with my concerns, thanks.

  11. Hi pde po ba mlaman..pending requirements po kse aq..dhil sa delay register ang birth q..nid ko po mgdala ng sequential photos eh panu po yan binaha kme nung 2009 ng bagyong ondoy kaya lhat po mga pic at old school id ko po lhat nbaha ang naligtas ko lng po eh ung mga diploma ko..kung work id nman po d pa ko nakakapagtrabaho..tpos po hnahanapan din po ko utility bills tska khit bank statement..wla nman po kong mga ganian..wla na po bang paraan pra mkakuha ng passport..1988 po kse aq pinangank 2004 lng po ko nagkaron ng birth..

  12. Ask ko lang po if ok na yung dadalhin kong documents

    Application form
    NSO Birth certificate
    NBI clearance
    Police clearance
    Highschool form 137
    Current college id

    Sa dec. 21 na po ang appointment ko– I need answerrs ok na po ba yung mga yon?? Or may kulang pa??

  13. Ma’am sir.
    Ask ko lng PO Kung pd ko p Kya mgamit ung application ko n dati ay kulng Kya babalik ako kso PO d ko nkblik.nbi nlng po kulng PO.ncheck n PO un..Kung pd b un gmitin ko

  14. Good day! Last October pa po kami nag aabang ng available slots kaso kada open po namin puno na. Kailan po ba kaya mag open ng available slot for january para alam namin at makapag appoint na kami? From Mabalacat Pampanga po kami at gusto na po naming makapag appoint ng schedule para makakuha na po kami ng passport. Can anyone tell us when will be the exact date for the available slots? Please.

    Thank you!

  15. Hi there! As a 21st century educator facing ASEAN Integration may I ask special favor in your humble office for a Saturday schedule to have a passport one of the major prerequisites in nternational trainings and seminars to contribute in making our country’s government HEI’s more competent in upholding our vision to be an ASEAN University in 2020. In this regards, please help me obtain my passport for the said major purpose. I intend to apply for an online schedule to apply but it was fully-booked til the end of December 2017. May I hear from you. Thank you so much for your kind consideration and approval.

    Note: All requirements had been acquired, ready for filing of application.

  16. Hi! Im from Angeles city but i want to get my passport in Manila coz i heard that it is faster getting there. My sister-in-law told me that she took almost 2 months waiting for their passport even she paid the express process. My ids are philhealth, NGO Membership id and postal id…all of these are okay to present to get a passport? Plus NBI too. Thanks and have a great day!

  17. no available slots for appointment?
    kalian magkakaroon ng available slots?
    Accepted parin ba ang Walk-in application-appointment in different consular offices in manila?
    for good saan po pwede mag paappointment through walk in here in Consular offices in Manila?oct-dec 2017

  18. Bakit po dun sa appointment, ang requirement is PSA issued birth certificate. Hindi na po NSO? Tatangapin pa ba ang NSO birth certificate?

  19. Igot an appointment already for my sister but I’m in doubt for the other things to do, pa ano ba yong application form, fill in ba sya by ballpen or online. What did u mean with settle the payment in the step no. 12? I can’t remember I had to pay for getting an appointment. Kailangan på ba ipasa to online or yong in person na?

  20. BZFLAG, wanna ask if magapply din ako with my daughter na yrs old need pa ba appointment? Or i can directly go to their office? Thanks 🙂

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