A passport is a token that leads us to the other side of the world. If not used to travel, it can be used as a valid government ID. It’s easy to get one as long as you have the requirements and an appointment booked online through the DFA passport appointment site. However, as advised by DFA, NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED for the following categories:
- SENIOR CITIZEN and one (1) travel companion
- PERSON WITH DISABILITY (PWDs) and one (1) travel companion
- SOLO PARENT and his/her minor children
- PREGNANT WOMEN
- MINORS SEVEN (7) YEARS OLD AND BELOW and his/her parents and minor siblings
- OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (land-based, or seafarers)
You may avail of the OFW LANE or COURTESY LANE at DFA Aseana or at any DFA Consular Office to apply for your passport.
This was my personal experience when I applied for my first-ever passport in DFA Alabang.
- Got checked by the guard and showed my appointment/application form
- Showed my original NSO copy of birth certificate (It should now be PSA). Because my birth certificate was handwritten and unclear, I was asked to present other valid IDs in Step 1.
- Step 1. Validation. This is where I presented my birth certificate and UMID. Since my birth certificate seemed unclear, I was asked for any of the other supporting documents. Luckily, I realized I brought my folder that contains my University diploma, TOR, and an NBI clearance which I got 3 years ago! Fortunately, the guy accepted them valid and let me proceed to the next step. Bless him!
- Cashier. P1,200 for Express processing fee (9 working days) or P950 (14 working days). In this case, I applied for Express because the Hong Kong trip was already booked.
- Biometrics and photo taking. No accessories, don’t show your teeth, and that’s done.
You can avail for a courier service or pick up the passport on the availability date.
Below is a list of other acceptable IDs for passport application:
- Social Security System (SSS) ID
- Government Service Insurance System(GSIS) Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
- Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Certificate or Voter’s Registration Record from COMELEC Head or Regional Office
- Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License
- Senior Citizen ID
- Persons with Disabilities (PWD) ID
- School ID (for students)
- Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) / Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card
- Philippine National Police (PNP) Firearms License
- For OFWs or Filipinos based in other countries, you can also bring your Residence Card or any other ID showing your Philippine citizenship.