Philippine Passport is now Valid for 10 years!

Have you been waiting for the final approval of the extension of the validity of your Philippine Passport?

Well, here’s a good news!

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has finally issued Department Order No. 010-2017 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10928 (2017), otherwise known as “An Act Extending the Validity of Philippine Passports,” which was enacted on 02 August 2017.

This means that our Philippine Passports will now be valid for 10 years.

  • Regular Passports issued to Filipinos who are 18 years old and above at the time of application shall be valid for 10 years.
  • Regular Passports issued to Filipinos who are below 18 years old at the time of application shall be valid for 5 years.

There’s no change in the price of the Passport even if it’s already valid for 10 years. The price remains at PHP 950.00, which is the same as the current price of a five-year passport.

However, additional fees may be imposed in the future for passports that will have enhanced features. This is in accordance with the DFA’s mandate to improve the passport processing system to make it seamless, convenient and pro-people, and to ensure that the production and security of passports are at par with technological advances and world standards.

Other important rules and regulations under RA 10928:

  • New Passports with appropriate period of validity shall be issued to those applying for the first time and to those applying for replacement or renewal. The damaged, expired or expiring passports shall be presented to the DFA or Department of Foreign Affairs for cancellation.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs may limit the period of validity of passports to less than 10 years whenever the economic interest or political stability of the country requires such restriction.
  • The Implementing Rules and Regulations shall take effect on January 1, 2018.

This act was signed by Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano.

How to Apply for Philippine Passport 

Applying for Philippine Passport is now much easier and faster because of its online appointment system. With this system, more passport applications are being accommodated.

For the month of October 2017, 49,089 additional online appointment slots were made available on a first come, first served basis.

If you are planning to get a new passport or renew your existing passport, check out the steps below.

Step 1 – Set an appointment online

Setting an appointment online is on a first come, first served basis. Meaning, the earlier you book or set an appointment, the higher your chance that you’ll get an early or your desired schedule.

You can set an appointment in two ways:

You can choose any of the branches in Metro Manila below where you want to apply for the new passport on your desired schedule.

  1. DFA Manila – ASEANA
    • Address: ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Parañaque City
  2. DFA NCR East – SM Megamall
    • Address: 7th Floor, Building C, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. J. Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City
  3. DFA NCR North – Robinsons Novaliches
    • Address: Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City, 1118 Metro Manila; across SM City Fairview
  4. DFA NCR North East – Ali Mall
    • Address: Ali Mall Government Center, Level 2 Ali Mall, Cubao, Quezon City
  5. DFA NCR South – Alabang
    • Address: 4th Floor, Metro Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City
  6. DFA NCR West – SM Manila
    • Address: 5th Floor, SM City Manila, Conception St., Manila

Or, if you’re from the province, you can visit the nearest DFA regional consular office in your area.

According to DFA Website, NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED for the following:

  1. Senior Citizen with Senior Citizen ID
  2. Person with Disability (PWDs) with PWD ID or visible disability
  3. Solo Parent with Valid Solo Parent ID
  4. Pregnant women with medical certificate
  5. Minors seven (7) years old and below

You may avail of the PRIORITY LANE at DFA Aseana or at any DFA Satellite Office or Regional Consular Office to apply for your passport.

Step 2 – Prepare the Requirements

The required documents include the following or click here to see the complete list of requirements:

  • a printed copy of your Application Form – the link to this will be emailed to you after you set your appointment and application online. (Note: Only Gmail or Yahoo accounts are able to receive the email confirmation at the moment.)
  • at least 1 government-issued ID – examples are UMID, New Postal ID, Driver’s license, PRC ID, OWWA ID, etc.
  • old passport – for renewal application
  • Other documents that may be required for the following cases:
    • newly-married woman applying for the first time under the new surname
    • spouse of a foreign national
    • minors (below 18 years old)
    • Muslim applicants

Step 3 – Show up on your appointment date with your requirements

  • On your approved appointment date, make a personal appearance at your chosen DFA branch at least 30 minutes before the appointment time.
  • Present your printed application form to the Appointment Counter, get a queue number and wait for your number to be called or flashed on the monitor/screen.
  • Once your number is called, proceed to the “Processing” counter for the validation of your application.

Step 4 – Pay the Passport Processing Fee

Once your application is confirmed, proceed to the “Payment” counter to pay the passport processing fee.

  • Php 950 for regular processing (15 working days)
  • Php 1,200 express processing (7 working days)

Step 5: Proceed to “Encoding” section for photo and data capture

This step may take longer because this is where your photo will be taken, your fingerprints are captured, and your basic personal information are saved in the system.

Keep in mind the following:

  • Don’t smile or show your teeth, keep you mouth closed
  • Remove your Eyeglasses and/or contact lens
  • Look directly at the camera

After that, they will inform you of the estimated date when your passport will be available for pick up at the “Passport Releasing” counter of the DFA office where you submitted your application. Just present your Official Receipt.

Do you want your passport delivered to your address?

If you cannot pick up your passport personally, you may opt to have it delivered straight to your doorsteps.

Just pay the delivery fee in the “Courier” or “Delivery” counter before you leave the DFA premises. They will inform you about the exact date when the passport will be delivered. The delivery may take 1-2 weeks after your application.

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Important Reminder from DFA

DFA advises passport applicants NOT to purchase outbound travel tickets until you actually have your passports already.

While they do their best to avoid delays in the processing of passports, there may be some instances where releasing of passports may get delayed. That’s why you should not purchase your ticket first especially if it’s an urgent flight schedule.

 

For more info about Passport Application, please visit the DFA website or call DFA Hotline (02) 556-0000, or visit the DFA at 2330 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Philippines.

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