How to renew Philippine passport guide | Step by step

Many people love to travel outside the country from time to time. Some to unwind and break their routinary lifestyle, others want to experience something different and crazy, while others just do it for fun. How about you? If ever, what would be your reason? Are you prepared enough for the trip? Is your passport updated enough? Some requirements may make or break those anticipated getaways so make sure to double-check everything especially this - Your passport.

Just like our family, every time we renew ours, we still always check the procedures online as we do this with years gap in between (Now it will be 10 years gap FYI). There might be changes and there might be not. But its always better to still check it every time so time will not be wasted especially if most you are working people just like us.

So I decided to share with you guys how we did ours..

Passport PH
Passport PH


As I was always assigned to do the online stuff for the family, I will suggest you start by visiting dfa.gov.ph for a few reminders and guidelines which I did too. I will only tackle the simple things here as many special conditions might apply for different people. And just to reiterate, as some of our friends and even my own brother and uncle experienced back then.. They were not allowed to board their respective flights because their passports lack months of validity and/or were already expired. What a bummer right!? Guys, make sure of these two things:

DFA site
DFA site


1. You can only renew your passport if you have only 8-9 mos. left before it expires.
2. Some countries won't allow you to travel if your passport has less than 6 mos. left.
[Planning ahead of time is key]

STEP 1 - ONLINE REGISTRATION

So now we start the process by visiting passport.gov.ph. You need to schedule an appointment as there is no other way to do it but through this. 

Passport PH site
Passport PH site


Upon clicking the "Schedule an appointment" button and a few more clicks after that - reading some important terms and guidelines, you should be able to see a similar screen like this below.

Appointment screen - DFA
Appointment screen


You will be filling out multiple electronic forms so make sure to have your current passport with you. In here also, there are two important factors you need to be attentive to. First is your preferred site of the DFA satellite office where you need to show up. And second is the email you will be using while filling out the e-forms. Make sure it is updated and you can open it anytime (You know the password in short lol). You'll know why in the next step..

STEP 2 - PAYMENT

email response
Email response


Open the email account you used on filling out the e-forms and there you should see an email message from them. That email should contain a reference no. you need to use when you pay for everything (yes, everything. Once you're paid in here, you don't need to pay anything on-site anymore).

Convenience store - 711
Paid at the nearest convenience store


You actually have a lot of options to choose from on where to pay for them. You can pay on various on-the-counter payment centers or what we call "bayad centers" here at malls, department stores, pawnshops, and convenience stores. I selected the nearest convenience store as it is the nearest payment gateway I am accessible at.

Passport renewal receipt - convenience store
Passport renewal receipt - convenience store


Passport renewal fee: P950
Convenience or processing fee: P50
TOTAL: P1,000

(I selected a normal process - You can select a faster one so it can be released in less day but of course, on top of that are some additional fees)

STEP 3 - PRINT

Print the attached documents
This is not the actual document - I just printed the email confirmation page too just to be sure


On the same email account from step 2 - You should receive a confirmation email regarding your payment accordingly. That email contains 4 documents attached which you should print and photocopy EACH [even the guidelines/step by step process page with boxes]. I did not produce a copy of that specific page since I thought that it is just solely for reference purposes about the steps on where you are, but I was wrong. You need to submit it as well because they sign over it once you're done on that specific step.

With that. Prepare everything preferably in a single container so its easier to carry. Anyway, aside from the printed documents, the only additional thing you need is your current passport. Nothing else.

Passports of the family
Passports of the family

STEP 4 - SHOW UP

We selected a DFA satellite office located in a mall with the earliest possible time so we experience a queue just right before going in. Though it was handled pretty well and we were guided until we reach this spot right here which is already the front of the DFA satellite office.

In Front of the DFA satellite office
Outside the DFA satellite office at Ali Mall


All went well as we started on time, the phase was fast, and not much confusion happened since the time slot was limited to a number of persons only. There were 3 stations which will verify your documents, input and record them in the database, and then take your new passport photo. All happened in a span of like 10 to 15 minutes only. It left us having more time for ourselves than expected lol. So great job for the DFA office!

The area where your new passport can be claimed after 20 days (for us since it was the normal processing time as stated) was just located beside where all the processing took place. If you are so busy and can't afford the time to go back, you can have it delivered to your specified address (of course, again, with an additional amount of payment).

Feel free to watch this video I made for the video version of this blog post. Happy to help!



If you cannot see the video above, click HERE for it



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89 comments:

  1. Great and informative tutorial. I am sure this can help other families streamline this process.

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  2. Great post! Renewing your passport can be such a headache, your post makes it seem fast and straight forward!

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    1. Because that is what I want when I am searching for in the net too - straight to the juice.

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  3. I always carefully check all documents to travel and carry extra documentation with me

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    1. Extra docs may seem burdening but its always better to be prepared right?!

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  4. We renewed ours last year, so we are good for awhile. We're Looking forward to our next trip.

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  5. Cool, Hope it was easy as we do it here in the US. just go to post office and fill out application..and it is done

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  6. Great information! It's pretty easy here in the US - much easier than going to the DMV! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Renewing the passport is really a painful process. Thanks for the step by step breakdown.

    Good one.

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  8. Are you from Philippines? Great informative post. People surely will benefit. Here in India I find people sometimes get confused at the passport office. Blogs like this will really helpful if done in all countries.

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  9. Our oldest earned a trip to Greece so he just did the first time passport process. It was complicated! Takes a while too so planning months out is necessary

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  10. Seems like quite the process to get it done there! Excelled tutorial and pics!

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  11. Nice one, have only experienced getting passports from the main DFA office in Mall of Asia and in Megamall.

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  12. I have never gotten a passport before, but it always looks so complicated. This is such a great guide for people who need to do this as well.

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  13. Kristine Nicole AlessandraAugust 20, 2019 at 6:31 AM

    I had my passport renewed in the same place. I hate transacting with any government office but the DFA changed my opinion. I hope all government offices would be this efficient.

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  14. What a great tutorial so neat!! thank you for sharing

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  15. Nice I have an idea na! Dati kasi pahirapan kumuha ng appointment via online but now mas pinadali na!

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  16. My passport will expire next year, and I am glad I have this another option location to renew it. Thanks!

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  17. This is some really great information! You explained it very nicely! :)

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  18. The process there has a lot of similarities to that in America. Everyone should get a chance to travel -- maybe this tutorial will help others get passports and see the world!

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  19. I love how much detail you put on this, making it easy for just about anyone.

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  21. Thank you for sharing the procedure. I always dread the renewal procedure as sometimes it's so time consuming. You have explained well..

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  22. I'm so glad I read your post, I had no idea some countries don't let you travel if you have 6 months or under left on your passport. I'm going to go and check mine now! Thank you for sharing :)

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  23. I am sure this will help many people for sure. The passport renewal process can be stressful xx

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  24. Sometimes we forget how important it is to renew our passport. You never know when you need to visit family out of the country.

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  25. I recently renewed my passport and it was super easy. I just gave in my application and I had it with few weeks.

    Laura
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  26. I need to do this and have never had a passport. I need to get one and love how easy it seems to be. Thank you!

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  27. What a great post, its so helpful and really detailed so I am sure will be a great resource for anyone who needs to renew their passport! I am about to apply for my families first passports and it all looks so confusing!

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  28. Very interesting how the renewal system works in the Philippines. I had to renew my passport last year and I was surprised on how fast everything went with an online appointment.

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    1. Hopefully this fast phase will crawl to other government depts. lol

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  29. This is so helpful, thank you so much!

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  30. This makes me think of my experience getting my passport. LONGEST wait of my life. It was very interesting to meet the people waiting alongside me though and hear about where they plan to travel and what for. Great post, thanks for sharing!

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  31. I have an almost similar renewal system in my country of origin. Thanks for sharing this, it's so cool to learn about how other countries work.

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  32. Thanks for sharing your experience in renewing your passport, it seems so stressful to do that, but you make it seem easy in your blog. 😊

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    1. Only hard when you are the one doing for your fam lol

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  33. Great tutorial. This will help others who want to renew their passports. Nice to see the effort

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  34. thanks for sharing the complet procees of getting passport really help

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  35. Such a great and very detailed post. This could be a very useful guide to every Filipino ho wants to process their passport.

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  36. such great step by step guide in getting a passport. This could be a big help for those wanted to process their own.

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  37. It's good to keep track on when you need to renew your passport. Great article, I love how simple and easy it is to understand and follow.

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  38. This is one of the most helpful blog posts I have ever read. Thanks for putting this together and so in depth!

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  39. This is great info! The step by step is really helpful! Thanks so much for making this info so easy to follow!

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  40. Highly detailed guide for passport renewal. Very useful!

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  41. I've never seen the DFA in Cubao. It's good that you have this page for reference. Even QC residents like me sometimes find Megamall to be too far.

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  42. Such a useful article for anyone that needs to renew their passport!

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  43. Thank you for this post. It reminds me that I need to actually get a passport.

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  44. Great tips for passport renewal. I am so happy mine is not due for another 5 years of renewal.

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  45. Getting a new passport is definitely a process. It is good to know the details and be prepared so that everything goes smoothly.

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