Monday, June 28, 2010

Philippine Passport Renewal: What Da Heck To Really Expect

I finally got my E-Passport last week, after waiting for 2 months and 2 weeks. So how is this (not so) new DFA Passport Appointment System? Hmmm, let's just say it didn't/doesn't/won't make a lot of Pinoys happy.

Machine Readable Passport (MRP), Green Passport, E-Passport.

DFA's website is very straightforward. Most of the information below were actually taken from their site, but I've added a few tips (plus waiting time for each step) which hopefully you guys may find useful.

Setting an appointment thru

1. Fill out the online application form completely. Before clicking "submit", double check the information you've provided.

2. A list of documentary requirements will then be given, according to the type of passport you currently have. Since I had a Green Passport (passport issued after May 1, 1995) I needed to prepare:

a. my old passport, a photocopy of pages 1-3 and the back cover (photocopying service at DFA's P2 or P3 a page?!),
b. photocopy of the pages with the latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps (obviously IF
you've left the country).

And since I wanted to change to my (foreign) hubby's surname, I also needed an NSO copy of our marriage contract and a PDOS Certificate of Attendance (color green) I got from CFO (Commission of Filipino Overseas).

3. Now for the tricky (and overly frustrating) part, choosing your appointment date and time. The soonest you may be able to book is 1-2 months away. My advice, keep clicking and pray for the system to miraculously give you a vacant slot. If you're really desperate, you could also try logging in and out. Some people I know have tried this and it worked.

4. You'll be given the reference number and a link to print your application form via email. Don't forget to bring this printed form with you on your appointment.

Setting an appointment via the DFA Appointment 24-Hour Hotline (02) 737-1000:

1. Prior my DFA appointment, I called the hotline about 4 times regarding various inquiries. In all instances, my call was picked up by a Customer Care Officer in less than 2 minutes (after office hours). All of the officers were very patient answering my questions - never in a rush. I wonder if they need to maintain an AHT (call center lingo, Average Handling Time).

2. The officer will provide the soonest dates, and time slots. You choose which is the most convenient for you (FYI, 7am sched is the least crowded).

3. Once you've agreed on a certain schedule, the officer will ask for your personal information and inform you about your documentary requirements.

4. Lastly, he/she will provide you the reference number. Take note of this and make sure you don't lose it. Otherwise you'd have to set another appointment. You need not print your application form from the website, presenting the reference number at DFA will do.

Appointment Day:

1. You are expected to arrive 30 minutes before your schedule. It says on the website that early/late comers will not be entertained. Uhm, not entirely true (but please, let's follow our designated time).

My recommendation, be there an hour early. Before you reach the Appointment Counter, there's already a long queue upon entering the DFA Consular Office's gate where a guard checks print outs and reference numbers. My schedule was 1:30 PM. I got there just before 1 and was in line for an hour.

Don't ask a buddy to accompany you. He/she will not be allowed to get in.

2. Show your printed application form at the Appointment Counter. If you only got a reference number, present this to the officer and he/she will give you the printed form (furnished by the Customer Care Officer you spoke with thru the hotline).

Should there be incorrect info, you'll be asked to make the necessary corrections then sign beside them.

3. If you peruse the form, you'll notice that there are certain blanks which will require your signature (for example, if you have received back your old passport). Do not sign them yet. You shall do so when asked, in front of a DFA officer.

4. Then you'll be directed to the Information Counter where you could get your queue number (for renewals, it's highly likely that there'd be 150-200 people who'll be served before you) for processing. You could sit (that is, if there's a chair available) while waiting for your number and the corresponding processing window to be flashed on the screen. I waited for an hour, while the verification of my documents took less than 2 minutes.

5. Cashier's next and it's situated on the second floor of the building. This time I spent an hour and a half in line, actual payment only took 15 seconds!

Regular: P950 (20 business days)
Express: P1200 (10 business days)
Delivery fee is not paid at the cashier. There's a separate counter for such.

6. Another queue number will be given at the Encoding Section. Wait for your number to be flashed on the monitor and the corresponding data capturing booth number. At this point, you'll have the chance to retouch your make up. I had a whole hour to do so.

If you set an appointment via the hotline, chances are the officer will remind you to wear a plain, collared top. Though the frame of the photo won't really reach down to your collar, I suggest we still follow this. And oh, you might be instructed not to wear slippers too.

7. The last step, data capturing. You'll give the application form and documents (which were previously checked at the Processing Section) to the officer. He/she takes your photo (don't be shy to ask for another shot if you don't like the first one), signature and fingerprints. Done in 15 minutes.

8. Optional, you can pay for the delivery service at a counter just beside the Encoding Section. Expect your passport to be delivered a day after the release date. The courier company will take your O.R.-slash-claim stub and will replace it with a different receipt. Giving them your DFA O.R. proves that you're authorizing them to claim your passport for you. You'll be given a number for you to contact in case your passport is not delivered on the expected date.

Don't know where the DFA Consular Office is? Here's how to get there.


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nina said...
July 19, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Gad, I've been hearing a lot of complaints about this. I hope they'd have sorted this out when I have to renew... in 2013.

A friend of mine went to Batangas to have her passport renewed. I think her mother sweet-talked some of the people there so she was able to apply at DFA Batangas.

princess_dyanie said...
July 20, 2010 at 2:16 AM

yay! sakto yung post mo! i just printed my app form for the renewal passport. guess what? i just set an appointment 15mins ago and my date is on saturday na! haha! buti nalang off ko yun so grab ko na yung date. :)

so kahit anu suot basta my collar keri na?

princess_dyanie said...
July 20, 2010 at 2:22 AM

ps: keri naman if may dala na ko photocopy ng passport ko diba at di ako dun mismo mapapa xerox? tska lasta na sorry, anu yung back cover? as in yung sa last page ng passport? sensha na 1st time magapa renew eh hehe :P

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
July 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Heya princess_dyanie :) You are very lucky to get such schedule. And yup, kahit ano basta may collar. Yung photo ko nga puro face lang. Extreeeme close up, haha!

Pa-photocopy ka na ng docs before going to DFA, oks na yun. As for the 'back cover', yun yung may barcode at signature ng approving officer. Include mo na yung last page.

Good luck gurl!

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
July 20, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Galing naman the mum of your friend Nina! I think the main problem is the human traffic, not the system.

I'm also guessing that a lot of people think that Green Passports are not valid anymore so nagpaparenew na sila kahit hindi pa kelangan.

Sana nga by 2013, or sooner okay na lahat.

Christine said...
July 25, 2010 at 5:10 PM


Very informative. Thank you for sharing. Next year na lang ako paparenew, cguro mas maayos na proseso by that time.

Chrissy here. :)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
July 26, 2010 at 8:59 AM

So nice to see you blogging again Chrissy! Anyways, yep, you might want to renew that once the passport renewal process is in order. Your Green Passport's still okay pa naman. Added expense pa yun.

rustom said...
July 26, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Hi Ate..can i ask f ano po ba tong 'Landmark' sa application form?thanx!

July 26, 2010 at 2:55 PM

i think the call center number is no longer 24h, i tried calling last night and i got a recording! hehe

thanks for info.


☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
July 26, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Hey Rustom, you need not write anything under landmark. Di naman siya required field. At kahit ipapadeliver mo ang passport, pwedeng dun na sa DFA mo bigay ang info.

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
July 26, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Thanks also for the info, Ron. Hmm, cost cutting perhaps? Sayang naman, bilib pa naman ako sa serbis ng hotline nila.

Anonymous said...
August 3, 2010 at 11:03 AM


☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
August 3, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Where did you get your sched, on the website or thru the hotline? The last appointment I believe is at 3:30pm. I suggest you call the hotline and clarify this. Keep your reference number handy when you do, they might ask for it.

Stray Pusiket said...
August 3, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I had my green passport renewed last July 27.
schedule namin ng mom ko is at 8am.
We arrived at 8:15. Pagpasok namin sa gate, they have a table with a computer to check kung may apppointment ka talaga. When they scanned our forms, ibang name yung lumalabas. nyak. pinagkamalan pakong nandadaya. Buti na lang they have a printed list and andun ang name namin ng mom ko. Then pinapasok na kami dun sa loob. No numbers. Pila lang na nakaupo sa renewal about 30mins. then akyat sa taas, paid at the counter then may roving cashiers na rin for those who want to have their passports delivered. sila na lumalapit. after paying, hingi ng number for the encoding. sabi sa mom ko tatawagin na lang siya (senior hehe). after 2 mins, tinawag na nga siya. ako i had to wait for about 10-15 minutes kasi pang 120 pa ata ako. nyaha. mejo nagloko lang yung server ng passport delivery kaya slightly nahinto din ang pila dun. by 1030, tapos na kami.

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
August 4, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Hi Stray Pusiket! Thanks for the info. I guess they are coming up with other ways now to quicken the process. Your sched's actually the best one. Afternoon appointment's hell... like mine :(

maouie said...
August 19, 2010 at 10:37 PM

I had an appointment a few minuttes ago.. sa oct. 6 pa... grrrr....4:30pm... natyempuhan ko Sept. 16, bigla nawala, naging Oct. 6..


anyway... yung copy ng passport, any bond paper size ba?

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
August 20, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Naku ganyan talaga. Paiba-iba. Meron pa rin yata talagang glitch. Anyways, short bond paper will do.

Anonymous said...
August 25, 2010 at 12:24 PM

bat naman ganun na ngaun kumuha ng passport, super tagal pa ibigay sked? buti pa province bigay agad requirements then w8 nalang release.

Ukayukay said...
September 1, 2010 at 12:57 PM

nagpasched din ako kanina at nabigla sa slots na bakante for appearance ay October na!!! kahit pa rush ko 10 days di na aabot kc date ng travel ko sa Oct.5...meron kya paraan para makakuha mas maagang apointment? thanks.

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
September 1, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Yup, it is almost always a two-month wait. They limit the number of applicants per day. Are you a new applicant or is your passport for renewal?

Anonymous said...
September 8, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Hello there, I called earlier sa Philippine E-Passport Renewal... I want to renew my passport sana, 'coz I have a flight on November 5. Nagulat ako kasi ang available appointment nalang nila is from 3rd week of November.. Any tips para umabot ako sa flight ko? This is really frustrating :(

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
September 9, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Hi. Unfortunately, we can only choose among the dates provided thru the hotline and on the website. I have not heard of a rush processing option yet.

Thing is, the government expects us to renew our passports as early as 6 months before its expiry (requirement for traveling overseas). So I guess we don't have an excuse.

I do advice you to keep checking the sched every so often because sometimes the dates change. Earlier dates may open up.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...
September 14, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Hi there! i have the same sentiments as most of the above na nag-post..i need an earlier schedule for the appointment. Would it help speed up the process kung sa provincial consular office ako pumunta (say Batangas City, i'm from Laguna) and dun magrenew ng passport ko?

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
September 14, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Hello! Honestly, I do not have any idea as to how to schedule an appointment in provincial offices. I tried to looking into options for you but couldn't find one :( Sowi! You could ask the guys at Pinoy Exchange, or read the posts there:

Good luck!

Anonymous said...
September 16, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Hi. Im really confused..I've searched the we b for answers and all are conflicting. My husband is scheduled to leave tomorrow for US and just today a friend told me that my husband's green passport is not valid anymore (expiry Aug 2011)..Just want to know if this is true. Thanks

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
September 16, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Yep, it can really be frustrating finding facts on the web. I am not entirely sure of this too, but some Pinoys mentioned on online forums that the US is not accepting the Green Passport anymore - even if it's still valid.

Best thing to do is ask the embassy itself. Either that or let's see what happens tomorrow. I really hope your husband wouldn't have any problems. Good luck!

Anonymous said...
September 18, 2010 at 3:48 PM

Just came back from the States. I still have the green passport. We had no problems at U.S. immigration in Newark, NJ.

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
September 22, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Thanks for the info! There you go, Green Passport is still okay :)

sushipotters said...
September 27, 2010 at 11:19 AM

hi! =) need your good advice. i have my passport renewed thru a travel agency last sept.12. but uptil now, they haven't sent me an email on my scheduled appointment date at DFA. i read in some forums/blogs that getting the scheduled date is fast (longest na ang 7days ata). have i been fooled? they let me pay Php2000 pa! though they are legitimate (located in SM), bat ganun kaya?..i should have made an appointment thru the DFA website =( kaso the agency still holds my old passport. need your help. thanks! =)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
September 28, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Hi there! What did the agency say when you did a follow up? And about the scheduled date, as far as I know it still takes a max 2-month wait for an appointment. It really depends.

Perhaps your agency has already set an appointment but is still waiting for an earlier date... Hula ko lang. Hehe. I'm not familiar with how agencies go about renewing Epassports now.

If it takes 2 more weeks and you don't hear from them, sobra nang wait yun. Mabilis lang dapat malaman kelan ang appointment.

Hope everything goes well :)

Anonymous said...
September 29, 2010 at 4:06 AM

For those who need to get an appointment ASAP. Go to the RCO in Batangas. You’d be able to get an appointment and processed the same day.

I went there this morning and was able to complete the whole process today as well. Hope this helps.

By the way, if you’d like to inquire, the number there is +63 43 7220578. They are at Batangan Plaza (yes you read it right Batangan and not Batangas plaza)… I really can’t say how to get there as i’m really geographically incapable of remembering places. My hubby drove me there… we took the Star Expressway and was just following the signs going to Batangas City and low behold… I saw Batangan Plaza.

Anonymous said...
October 1, 2010 at 3:14 PM

pleese baka namn may alam kau na agency na mabilis magprocess ng passport...kailangan lng talaga nmin un hindi fake hah...thanks

mslea said...
October 2, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Hello all,

I tried to apply passport renewal online..pero November 10 pa sched ko... But I need to travel within this month of October. Kelangan ba talaga to get online appointment? Bakit ganun, ang layo pa ng renewal appointment date...Ganun din ba katagal ang appointment date sa provincial DFA's whether you apply personally or online??? Pls reply. Need info's about this...

mslea said...
October 2, 2010 at 10:11 PM

What is that "trying to log in and out" thing to get the desired schedule? Does that mean I need to refill-up application all over again if I don't like or can't choose the desired sched at the end of the application?

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
October 3, 2010 at 6:35 AM

Hi MsLea, online appointment is the only way to go. But I am not familiar with DFA satellite offices, so hopefully someone else can help you with that. Malayo na ang renewal appointment date dahil marami ang nagpaparenew and iilan lang ang kayang i-accommodate ng DFA office sa MOA. Goodluck!

Anonymous said...
October 4, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Hello. Kukunin ba nila yung old passport ko after ng renewal process? Aalis po kasi ako ng Nov 5 pero naka appointment po ako sa Oct 28. Thanks.

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
October 4, 2010 at 8:56 AM

You need to present the old passport and they will return it to you rin. Bubutasan lang nila using a puncher. Hehe. So you won't be able to use it anymore, even while waiting for the new passport.

Anonymous said...
October 5, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Ay ganun po ba. I-resched ko na lang yung pagpaparenew tutal valid pa naman to til Dec 2010. Hehe. Thanks for the info! =)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
October 5, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Yup, just reschedule it. Para madelay din ang pagbayad for the Epassport. Haha! Have a safe trip :)

Anonymous said...
October 5, 2010 at 8:16 PM


Can fill out our application form before having our appointment? Sabi kase sa email, "Please do not sign the application form. You need to sign it with the presence of a DFA officer in the processing window."
So sign as in pirma lang? Pwedeng mag supply na ng info pero wag lang pirmahan? or sign as in filling it out?


☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
October 6, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Yup, you can fill out the application form already. Just do not sign yet. You're correct, pipirmahan na lang in front of an officer sa DFA :)

Greg Ian said...
October 17, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Hi Pinay Travel Junkie,i find your blog very informative, thank you for providing all these hints.

What I did, I was able to choose Nov 20 appointment, but I tried to get an earlier date, so ginawa ko I clicked back ang went back to the previous page with continue and submit button, until I got dates earlier down to Nov 15th. Patience is a virtue during the online appointment application. I will go home to Phil to grab this appointment. I have one question, when they say 10 days for RUSH application, nasusunod ba talaga yun? I need the passport rushed before my vacation expires on Dec 7th. That gives me 23 days to wait. Is it really 10 days?

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
October 17, 2010 at 11:59 AM

I am really glad this worked for you. Ilan lang sinuswerte :) And do not worry, you will be able to get your passport in 10 days. There might be a one day delay if you'd have it delivered.

chiqui de leon said...
October 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Hi! Share ko lang. My family and I have a scheduled travel abroad this coming Nov 20. After gathering and completing all the requirements needed for our passport application, I went to to make a family appointment only to find out that the earliest available date they could accommodate us is Nov 25 na. =’0( Then, out of desperation para lang matuloy at makasama kami sa tour ng buong angkan namin we thought maybe we could try the Regional Offices like in Batangas or Pampanga. Since we’re from the south (Paranaque) we tried calling DFA-Batangas 1st then sabi nila pwede naman kami mag-apply ng passport dun same process and results lang din like the one here in manila. Yun nga lang kelangan nga lang daw talaga namin mag-tyaga pumila. Ok naman samin yun basta makakuha lang kami ng passport before the 20th of Nov. Only worry ko lang kasi kasama namin baby ko sa pag-a-apply sana hindi magulo, matagal at mainit kasi kung hinde kawawa naman baby namin. So for those na naghahabol magka-passport you might wanna try their regional offices. If you’re from the north DFA-Pampanga pinakamalapit and then sa saouth naman DFA-Batangas. Sacrifice ka nga lang talaga sa byahe pero kung kailangan na kailangan mo naman talaga why not try di ba?

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
October 22, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Wow! Thanks for the info Chiqui. So many readers are actually asking about regional offices. Here you go guys!

Rhema said...
October 24, 2010 at 2:07 PM

May I ask, is it okay if I come in my school uniform? Yung blouse ko naman po kasi for school ay white and it also has a collar. Thanks! :)

Btw, your blog is really informative. It helped a lot. :)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
October 25, 2010 at 11:36 PM

Hey Rhema! Good question. I have seen a couple of students before renewing their passports, so I assume pwede. But just to be sure, call their hotline :)

Anonymous said...
October 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

yup, it's very annoying... what if u really need your passport and it's a matter of life and death?!... sana naman mgawan nila ng paraan kasi may ok p yung dati! i desperately need my passport pero 2 months bago marenew!... hirap na nga mga pilipino lalo pa nila pinahihirapan!...

Anonymous said...
October 31, 2010 at 1:48 PM

hi!my passport will be expire next year march 2011....Plan ko sana umuwi this december 15 2010 dyan sa pilipinas...2 weeks lng ako mag stay dyan, and im wondering kung makakuha kagad ako ng appointment sa dfaFOR PASSPORT RENEWAL by that time and kung makukuha ko kagad yung new passport before my flight sked (dec.29,2010)TSAKA YUNG VISA KO ANDON SA OLD PASSPORT SO PANO PO YUN? or kung di namn ok lng ba na dito ko na lng sa japan i renew pagbalik ko? diba ako magkaka problema sa immigration sa pilipinas? NEED UR HELP..THANKS

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
November 1, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Hi there! I suggest you make an appointment now for Dec. 15 - or make that, Dec. 16 the day after your arrival. Then ask for the rush processing, which takes only 10 days para umabot. Don't worry about the visa, present mo lang old passport mo (together with the new one) sa immigration.

Anonymous said...
November 3, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Hi OFW ang husband ko nsa middle aest sya dadalaw me doon, sa next year of march 2011 mag eexpire ang passport ko need kn ba mag renew? Thanks po

Anonymous said...
November 3, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Hi! Balak nmin bumisita ng mga anak ko by dec. sa mister ko sa dubai.our passport will expire next year march 2011 need na ba kmi mag renew ng passport? thanks pls reply.

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
November 4, 2010 at 4:55 AM

Hi there! Yes, you need to renew your passport. Every time you go abroad, your passport should be valid for 6 months. Other wise, you will not be allowed to check in/get past Philippine immigration.

Anonymous said...
November 6, 2010 at 8:44 AM

thanks for the info we will renew our passport now. thanks its a big help to answer our question here. God bless

Anonymous said...
November 17, 2010 at 10:07 PM

hello! i already set an appointment day and opted for rush process. can i reschedule for an earlier date since i realized that the 10 days delivery would be on the day that my flight is scheduled.

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
November 17, 2010 at 10:56 PM

You definitely could, as long as the sched is still available. And your previous appointment will automatically be cancelled.

Anonymous said...
November 24, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Hi, mine and my daughter passport will expire on april 11, 2011.We have no plans yet to travel, but on December 2011 pa. Can we renew our passport on april,2011 mismo?.
...... dangsky

Erika said...
November 24, 2010 at 2:17 PM

anu yung landmark dito? anu ilalagay ko? huhuhu

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
November 24, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Dangsky, no prob in renewing your passport by then kung wala namang lakad. Just rememer to set an appointment 2 months in advance online so you can freely choose a sched.

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
November 24, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Erika, just write down a public landmark na malapit sa residential address ninyo. Don't mind it much, di naman sya important :)

Anonymous said...
November 25, 2010 at 1:25 PM

This post is helpful! ;) I just set my appointment with DFA on December 21, however, I was scheduled at 4:30PM! Is that okay? Haha! Anyway, after reading your post, now I know what to do! Thanks for this! ;) Nice blog you have here! :D

(Khristine Galvez referred me to your blog :)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
November 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

That is okay :) Probably (hopefully) wala nang masyadong peeps by then. Thanks for visiting!

camille said...
December 1, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Hi! Thanks for this post. I just wanted to ask something. I'm a minor and I usually travel alone. Do I still need to bring the DSWD clearance, guardian information, and other stuff concerning my guardian? Since DFA has requirements for minors who are travelling with either their guardian or parent. But what if I travel alone?
Also, I'm not really going to travel right now. It is going to be just plain renewal. Thanks in advance! :)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
December 1, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Hi Camille. Yup, they will ask for those documents :)

glenn said...
December 4, 2010 at 11:28 PM

hello am a first timer here lalo na sa renew hindi ko kasi narenew ang passport kasi nasa bacolod ako ng umuwi ako last week saka ko lang nakitang dec.5 pala expiration ng passport ko can i renew my passport even expired nato this sunday?

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
December 5, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Hi Glenn. Yup, you can definitely renew it pa rin. Once na nagkapassport ka na, you will never have to apply for a new one ulet. Laging renew lang.

Anonymous said...
December 11, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Hi, I know you already answered this but I talked to someone last night who was claiming otherwise, supposedly from recent personal experience. It got me worried because I have scheduled a trip this January and my timelines are kind of tight. Will the rush processing for passport renewal really take more than 10 days? Your advice on this would be very much appreciated...

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
December 11, 2010 at 11:13 PM

How long did the rush processing take then? I have read feedback from some people that it took a day or two longer just because of delivery issues. But I haven't heard of any delays caused by DFA itself. Maybe it's just an isolated case?

Anonymous said...
December 16, 2010 at 4:11 AM

hi pinay tanong ko lng kung pude ba ma renew ang passport na sa 2013 pa ma expire kc dati kc akon nkapag afghanistan,tapos kinukuha ako ng boss ko ngayon sa middle east,tpos advice nya na ipa renew ko passport dhil ayaw ng employer nmin sa bagong project ng boss ko na may visa stamp ang mga passport nmin sa may mga employment ban na bansa..hope to hear from u soon thanks

willy said...
December 16, 2010 at 4:34 AM

pude ba marenew ang passport na sa 2013 pa ma expire,meron kc tatak ng visa ng afghanistan,ayaw ng employer nmin pag may tatak sa mga bansa na may ban. thanks

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
December 16, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I believe you could Willy. But call the hotline na rin to verify that.

Anonymous said...
December 29, 2010 at 6:24 PM

hi nag family appointment ako..then dun nako sa pagpili ng date..pinili ko feb .4 then sa pagpili sa time, lahat sorry lumalabas, then try ko sa ibang months lahat full nadaw..ano to sa webstite lang nila o ano..or i should make calls nlng.. thanks

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
December 29, 2010 at 7:04 PM

That does mean the schedule is full. Try to choose a different date.

Anonymous said...
February 2, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Tanong ko lang, hindi ba dapat makukuha mo kagad yung passport mo after 20 working days (for regular processing) and 10 working days (for rush processing)? Why did it take you 2 months and 2 weeks before you finally got yours? Worried lang ako kasi nagset rin ako ng appointment for passport renewal, last week na ng march yung nakuha kong earliest date na may vacant slot. Rush na lang yung pinili ko instead of regular processing kasi I'm going out of the country on the first week of May. Maghihintay rin kaya ako ng ganun katagal tulad ng sayo bago ko makuha ang passport ko?

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 2, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Sinama ko po ang days na paghintay ng appointment. Like you said, late March is your appointment and that's about 2 months from now. You'll get your passport before your trip for sure.

Anonymous said...
February 8, 2011 at 4:33 PM

We have a scheduled flight po kase this friday to Philippines at hindi pa po kase nakukuha ng fiancee ko ang new passport nya. It was scheduled to be released after 6 weeks which is this week na po un. I've been trying to call the consulte for the update pero pudpod na ang daliri ko kase ala po sumasagot. Pinuntahan nung PRO nila nung sunday pero ala pa. I'm just worried kase pano na ung flight nmin?..How about sa passport extension aware po ba kau kung may ganun? Feb 16 2011 nag expire ung passport nya...Salamat po ng madami....

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 8, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Hi! How come 6 weeks ang processing time? Where did you apply for the passport? There's no passport extension unfortunately.

I suggest puntahan nyo na lang ulit before Friday.

Anonymous said...
February 9, 2011 at 3:48 AM

hi,,i hope u could give me advise,,i am abroad so i can not accompany my 17 yrs. old daugther to dfa in renewing her passport,,,,if her father will accompany her to dfa,,is it really necessary that our marriage contact to be presented?
your reply is much appreciated.thanks..........

Anonymous said...
February 9, 2011 at 5:42 AM


Thanks sa post mo...talagang useful ito.

Na-miss ko tuloy ang long queues sa dating DFA, at least within 2 weeks, kuha na ang pasaporte.


Nag-Set an Appointment sa online via sa link na ito pero ang slots for appointment ay March 25, 2011 pa.

Kaya lang flight ko ay in 3 weeks (feb.27,2011)
A bit desperate. (rush po)
Is there another way than online and 737-1000 appointment system?

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 9, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Hi, you can try the regional offices. Baka ma-accommodate ka agad. But the shortest processing time there is 10 days rin. Good luck!

YoUrGuyph said...
February 19, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Well, my experience at the new DFA COnsular Office in Paranaque was almost hell. I went there to have my green passport validity extended. I arrived at 7AM and there were already hundreds of people lining up. Then I had to write my name and concern then wait along with other people for our names to be called. My name was called at 1PM then wait for another hour to be served inside the passport division.I finished at about 2:30PM.

It was almost hell. The security guard was also acting as the information officer. He was not only distributing the coupons where names are to be written, he was also the person who calls the names of those applicants and most of the time get harassed by applicants who asked him so many questions all over again. I don't even know if he's giving correct information. People got so impatient that some had to make "ways ways" just to get in front of the line.

Grabe...DFA needs to fix this!!

Lhen said...
February 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Hi po,

Just wanna ask kung mgrerenew ba ng passport, mcchange din ba ung pasport number??

Thanks much!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 24, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Hi Lhen! Yes, they provide you with a new passport number.

Anonymous said...
April 7, 2011 at 7:38 PM

I just noticed that a lot of people are asking on how to have an earlier appointment. Based on my experience, you can go to the Director's office but you will need to have supporting documents showing that there is really an urgent need for you to get or renew your passport. But then again, it depends sa nakausap mong person from the Director's office. Malas lang pag natapat sa masungit.

Amazin' Grace said...
May 6, 2011 at 3:38 AM

Hi! I just wanna ask if my green passport which will expire on March 2012 can still be used on my tour in HK-Macau this July 2011? Thank you in advance.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Hi there! Yup you can still use your green passport :)

Anonymous said...
May 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM

hi, gusto ko sanang ipa extend ang expiration and green passport ko, kailingan pa rin bang mag setg ng appointment, thanks.

Anonymous said...
May 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM

goodday, nag apply po ako to work for saudi arabia, kaya lang my passport will expire on 08/2011 so nakapag set na ako ng appointment for renewal of my passport on 06/13/2011, per ang sabi kasi ng agency ko na ipa extend ko na lang muna ang expiration date ng passport ko, kailangan pa rin ba magset again ng appointment sa dfa para sa extention of my passport, thanks

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
May 18, 2011 at 6:47 PM

The expiration of the passport cannot be extended. Your only choice, unfortunately, is to renew your passport.

Anonymous said...
May 31, 2011 at 10:22 PM

I have been reading many comments on many different blogs and I have come to one conclusion : alot of talking and alot of confusion!! My gf got her appointment online 11 days from now in MANILA. The process was quick and easy! Up until today there are no delays at the DFA Manila in terms of passport renewal (normal or rush) which is NOT the case in the regional offices where for example in Zamboanga there is a waiting period of 2 to 3 months..the same seems to be occuring at the Philippines Embassy in KL (Malaysia)?!?

After much debate and a few arguments I intervened and completed the whole procedure for my gf and convinced her to go to Manila!! This was because she was spending alot of time calling relatives who suggested this and suggested go here and go there because they had a contact who could help her out with renewing her passport!?!? In the end to avoid anymore 'speculation' and alot of phonecalls to relatives who knew NOTHING, NADA, ZERO!! Only good for talking! I intervened and with a few simple clicks the appointment was set and all went smoothly! My advice is that if you dont want to wait for ages then set an appointment in DFA Manila. Then some extra advice : avoid discussing too much with relatives and other people who know NOTHING of renewing a passport because they have probabaly never seen a passport in their life. Goodluck!!

Anonymous said...
June 17, 2011 at 12:06 AM

pwede po bang plitan wrong info na nligay

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
June 17, 2011 at 7:03 AM

Pwede, palitan mo sa DFA mismo bago submit ang form.

Anonymous said...
June 23, 2011 at 2:24 PM

ate ask lang nag submit na ako ng form for renewal bakit wala pa ring reply? pwede ba ulitin or mag direct nalang sa DFA same process rin ba kung mag renew lang?

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
June 23, 2011 at 2:35 PM

You filled out the form online? Because after you do, you'd have to download and print the form after scheduling the appointment. Hindi pwede pumunta ng DFA ng walang appointment.

Anonymous said...
June 23, 2011 at 3:18 PM

opo nag fill-up ako kaso walang reply sa email rush pa naman. ah ganun ba di pwede pumunta dun buti nalang balak ko pa naman dumeretso na dun.matagal ba ang reply nila sa email?

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
June 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Try logging on and scheduling again if you didn't receive a reply. You need an appointment number.

Anonymous said...
July 5, 2011 at 1:29 PM

hi ! i just wanna ask if on time talaga dumarating yung delivery ng passport? my husband got an appointment last july 2, 2011 and the release date is on july 18, 2011. nagla-lapse po ba yung passport delivery (LBC) kasi sa august 8, 2011 na alis ng husband ko. kinakabahan asawa ko para hindi dumating passport nya on time baka hindi maprocess working visa nya sa malaysia. thanks !

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 5, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Usually it's on time, kung madelay man mga 3 days lang siguro. If it takes longer, call LBC.

AE said...
July 15, 2011 at 9:32 PM

is it possible to do a different signature sa renewed passport? the one i have now i've had it since 15 y/o so shempre hindi pa professional yung signature ko doon. im 23 now.

Malditang "Kura"cha said...
July 16, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Great help. First time ko din magpaparenew e. (kahit wala man lang katatak taktak yung old. hahah!) Anyway, iba rin yung case ko. Nalunod kasi ng ondoy yung passport. Kaya ang CHAKA ng ichura. Ayun.. my mom threw it. huhuhu! Considered as lost. I'll take note on your tips. Thanks!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 16, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Hahaha! Wala ba picture nung bio page ng passport? Gusto ko makita kung ano kinalabasan ng photo mo na nabasa.

Anonymous said...
July 16, 2011 at 8:44 PM

helo, ask lang, my scheduled appearance will be on July 18th, unfortunately, yesterday ko lang nlaman na nawawala pala ung original NSO birth certificate ko, ok lang ba kung clear copy lang ang ipakita ko?, but i can show them all my original supporting documents..thanks!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 17, 2011 at 6:16 AM

NSO is the most important document and it should be the original one. I suggest you go to an NSO office today. Good luck!

Anonymous said...
July 19, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I renewed my passport, changing to my (foreign) hubby last name, I didnot passed and havenot attended CFO but they accepted my forms,took picture,finger print,etc... From the counter my releasing date is July 22 , I applied May 13. And yes i saw from their website that should atend CFO if marid to a non filipino.But when i called DFA Iloilo they said they do not require it. I was confused so idecided to go DFA the next day...done for application. 3 days left releasing date na..hopefully I am not waiting for nothing..

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 19, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Hopefully they don't suddenly ask for it. Be reminded also that in case you get your residence visa to your hubby's country, immigration officials will ask for the CFO sticker on your passport. So might as well attend the counseling anyways to avoid departure hassle

Anonymous said...
July 23, 2011 at 10:27 AM


Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 23, 2011 at 4:13 PM

I think you can change your name if divorced, but it should have already been settled. Not on process. But check with DFA coz I'm not entirely sure.

Anonymous said...
July 28, 2011 at 3:45 AM

Hello, I know its a stupid question pero nakalagay ba sa passport if its your first or of ots renewed? Thanks :-)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 28, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Hi. Nope it's not indicated.

Anonymous said...
July 29, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Hello! Thankyou for a very informative blog! Grabe ang dami ko natutunan! ;) Btw, I do have a question, I dont know if any of you can help me. I'll be a first time applicant and I have a few concerns about the requirements. Im about to get married kase and I need my passport by september (for the honeymoon), kaso based sa requirements, kelangan ng govt issued ids. I resigned from work (because of the wedding preparations) and I dont have sss/phil health/license and hindi naman ako nakaka boto kaya i cant get the voters/comelec certification. I read from somewhere na i can bring daw old ids (school id, company id...) is this true?

Thank you so much!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
July 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Try to bring your old IDs, NBI or postal ID. Birth cert NSO certified is important.

Anonymous said...
August 2, 2011 at 4:43 PM

I have an appointment for my passport renewal on Aug.16,but need to travel urgently on August 21-26 and will travel again on August 28 and be back on Dec22.My green passport is actually expiring on Sept 2012 but the pages are almost already full.

Can I still use my old passport(Which means DFA will not cancel my old passport yet) while waiting for my new passport to be processed?


Pinay Travel Junkie said...
August 2, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Once you apply for the new passport, they will ask you to surrender your old passport to cancel it (then they give it back to you). So during that period of waiting for the new one, you won't be able to travel overseas.

Anonymous said...
August 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Thank you for this very informative post. I have a question. I have a passport appt next week and I just noticed when I printed my app form that my address had the word NONE at the end. I remember during the online application I was asked if I had a province...and I think I put NONE in the box for province. Will that make my app form invalid? Do I have to make a new form? I also would like to ask how to make a new app form once you have a scheduled appointment already. Thank you very much! -mia

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
August 6, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Hi Mia! No need to worry about that, you could just make the necessary corrections on the day of of your appointment at DFA. Filling out a new application form means scheduling a new appointment.

Anonymous said...
August 9, 2011 at 10:34 PM

hi po, first time ko po mag aaplly ng passport kaso wala po akong valid id postal id lang po student driving permit and all supporting documents na nakalagay sa website nila meron ako, pde na po kya yon? super nag alala po ako kc may ticket na po kaming lahat ng pamilya ko sa aug.26 po ang appointment namin... pde na po kya yon? kahit wala ako valid id since housewife lang po ako .... paki sagot nman po ako salamat po...

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
August 10, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Hi there! Apply ka na rin ng NBI clearance. Para additional document. Good luck!

Anonymous said...
August 10, 2011 at 9:51 AM

hi po ms. mia meron na din po ako nbi na for travel, kaya lang valid id lang po tlga wala ako pati po yong galing sa comelec meron din ako.... pati po transcript meron din all documents from nso ang hirap nman po.... bka mamaya dahil d ako mabigyan ng passport d kami matuloy kawawa nmnan po mga anak ko excited na silang lahat...maraming maraminng salamt po...

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
August 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Hi! My name is not Mia by the way. I think to be sure, call their hotline. They should be able to give you the most accurate answer. Good luck!

Anonymous said...
August 19, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Hi! I learned a lot from this blog so i want to share my experience for the benefit of those who will be applying for their passports pa lang.

I was originally scheduled last Aug 4 at 3:30pm. My husband accompanied me and went there around 1pm (bad move for both of us kase super init at hindi pa nila ina accomodate ang early birds like me) So we just waited in SnR. We came back around 2.30 and thankfully, pinapasok na ako.

The waiting area outside was super full pero I have to commend DFA for being able to manage it well. It took me approx 1 hour before ako makarating sa isa sa mga counters. I presented mg NSO birth cert, NSO marriage contract, Phil Health and old school ID. MY PHIL HEALTH ID WAS NOT ACCEPTED (but my old school id was so I was cleared sa ID requirement)

My 'problem' however was with my Birth Cert as it was not readable daw. I tried to argue (in a nice way :P) but the person on the counter said na hindi daw talaga pwede. I should get daw a certified true copy of my Birth Cert from our civil registrar (CTC). I was a bit frustrated kase I was born in the province so it means I have to comeback pa for another day.

Buti nalang the guy on the counter signed my paper para hindi ko na kailangang magpa sched uli. I just have to go directly to him pag ok na ang CTC ko.

I was able to comeback this morning. My orig plan was to get there by 7am pero I overslept so I got there at around 9:30am.

Lo and behold! By 10:30am I was done was picked up by my husband from the DFA office =D

I must say, to those who are planning to get a sched, (esp sa mga may kasamang bata) the best talaga ang early morning. Walang pila, hindi maiinit ang ulo ng mga staff :P

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leigh said...
September 20, 2011 at 3:42 AM

i just wanna ask..ung pages 2 and 3 ba kelangan pa tlga ng photocopy kahit wla nmn laman or blanko?confuse lng po ako..bukas n po kse sched ko for bout the pages n my visa stamp..kelangan p ba ng copy non?pls help..thank u so much

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
September 20, 2011 at 5:23 AM

Yes Leigh. Photocopy it even if it's blank :)

leigh said...
September 21, 2011 at 12:48 AM

thanks ulit..^^

Angel said...
September 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Oh wow. Thanks for the info here. One question, is it possible to renew your passport 6 months in advance? I was offered a teaching post in China but now I'm having a problem because di daw sila nag-iissue ng Visa to people whose passports are about to expire. OMG, sayang opportunity. Naglapse na rin contract ko in my previous job and didn't renew kasi I thought good to go na ako :(

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 1, 2011 at 5:52 AM

Hi Angel, you definitely can renew your passport 6 months in advance :)

Anonymous said...
October 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Thanks for the info. Went to DFA agad and was able to have it extended for 2 years. In fairness walang hassle dito sa Baguio. Funny thing, I was informed by their staff na baka daw magkaproblema ako kasi green ang aking passport. According to her "if i recall correctly di 'daw' ata nag-iissue ang china to those with a green passport". Josme, what's the big deal ba. lol. I'm crossing my fingers. Still waiting for a message from the administrator.


Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 7, 2011 at 11:54 AM

No prob! When I went to China 2 years ago, they still accepted the green passport. But then again, bago palang e-passport that time. So probably they were still lenient. Good luck!

Anonymous said...
October 7, 2011 at 10:11 PM

hi i just wanna ask if ilang days po ang hihintayin nmin sa processing ng meron po bang pwedeng gawin to speed up the processing..tnx po..

kitty said...
October 21, 2011 at 7:14 AM

in the US, you are not required to use your husband's last name (esp if you are a writer, doctor etc with existing creds) after marriage.
and since we were not married in the Philippines, I opted to renew my passport without the name change and the extra paperwork.
Easypeasy. You fill out the form online, print, bring extra photocopies of IDs etc and pay. It takes 8-10weeks for our passports to be processed (they supposedly ship it to DFA in Manila and back to the US). Mej matagal lang.

Anonymous said...
October 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Hello! I just want to ask po, ano po yung ilalagay sa Landmark? Required field daw po kse e. Thank you!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
October 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

A distinguishable landmark near your house. Example, a school or store.

Anonymous said...
October 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Ah okay. One more question po. Pumpili pa kong dates pero Sorry lang yung lumalabas pag clinick yung time. Does that mean na I have to choose another time and date? Thank you! Hehe.

Anonymous said...
October 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM

For agency applications, please visit Thank you.

Yan po yung nag-aappear pag nagcclick ng certain time. Hehe. Thank you. :)

Anonymous said...
October 28, 2011 at 11:23 PM

great post! very useful. me question lng ako, did you have to leave your old passport with them or puede iuwi? ksi im not comfortable with the idea of leaving my old passport(which still has 5 months before expiration) ksi dun nakalagay ung immigrant visa ko at pati ung cfo sticker na requirement nila before leaving pinas. Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...
October 28, 2011 at 11:39 PM

i read thru the comments. very useful also! i got my answer na on your response on October 201: "You need to present the old passport and they will return it to you rin. Bubutasan lang nila using a puncher. Hehe. So you won't be able to use it anymore, even while waiting for the new passport." Thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...
November 7, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Hi po. I just wanna ask kung is it possible na mag renew ng passport even di pa ito expired. Meron kasi tatak un passport ko sa likod saying WPST. kaya pra di magkaron ng conflict sa paglabas ko ng bansa magpapalit na lng sana ako ng passport. Thank u

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 7, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Gaano pa katagal bago magexpire?

Anonymous said...
November 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

hi during the renewal process nasakin parin ba yung old passport ko?kasi aalis ako within the 20days of renewal process. Valid pa naman yung passport ko ng 5 months eh. please advise

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 27, 2011 at 2:45 AM

Once you apply for renewal, your passport will be invalid. If you'll fly out of the country, you won't be able to use your old passport anyway cause it should be valid for 6 months.

Anonymous said...
November 30, 2011 at 6:27 PM

hi,..i just want to clarify if passport validity extension is still allowed? because last year around October my friend got two years extension on his passport. also, is NSO Birth Certificate is needed in renewal of green passport? thank you very much,..

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 30, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Hi, sorry but I am not familiar with passport extension. Also for the updated list of requirements, you may refer to the DFA site.

Anonymous said...
December 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Hi! I just want to say thank you for posting this. You're very helpful. To be able to take time to simply put this up with additional tips is something I appreciated so much.

Cheers to your still many journeys ahead. God bless you and your family always.

Take care,

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 11, 2011 at 2:26 AM

I'm happy to be of help to, Leah. Thanks for dropping by my blog!

Anonymous said...
January 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Planning to apply for us visa this April 2012 but my Phil passport will expire sept 2012... Do I have to renew it now? It still the green one...not machine readable. Thanks - Raquel

Anonymous said...
January 23, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Hi... ask ko lang paano kumuha ng Certificate of Attendance sa CFO? thanks

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
January 23, 2012 at 9:55 PM

You need to attend a PDOS/Counseling first at any of the affiliated centers of CFO. Check CFO's website for the list.

humvee said...
January 26, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Hi ask ko lang po, ano yung ilalagay sa 'Landmarks' on the online application? thanks

Alodia Bethel said...
February 4, 2012 at 4:31 AM

Hi, Pinay Travel Junkie.
I took notice of the fact that you had to get the Cert. of Attendance from CFO because of your marriage to a foreigner. Were you married here in Philippines or outside the country?

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 4, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Hi, regardless of the place of marriage, CFO is a requirement :)

Anonymous said...
February 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

nagpa renew po ako ng passport khapon kaso nakalimutan ko lang pong magtanung kung ilang days po ang processing ng biyaran ko na 1,200 express at nag bayad din po ako ng for delevery. ask ko lang po kung ilang days po ang delever ng passport?tnx

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 8, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Nakasulat po sa article ang waiting time. 10 business days.

Anonymous said...
February 24, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Tanong ko lang po, panu ung sa contact information sa pagfill up ng passport online, wala kasi akong province e required sya lagyan, panu po iyon? nung nilagyan ko nman sya parang anggulo, ung address ko naging "000 st., San jose Navotas city, Navotas city" un kasi ang nilagay ko na province

Anonymous said...
February 24, 2012 at 11:31 PM

hello po i would like to ask kung bakit hindi na need isurrender yung passport?march 1 yung schedule na nakalagay sa receipt. hmm this worries me alot.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 24, 2012 at 11:31 PM

^^ Try to put National Capital Region.

Anonymous said...
February 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

my friend's passport was supposed to arrive last February 29, together with her kids passport, her kids passport was delivered but her's is not..Her flight will be on March 4, Help, where should we check< thanks

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
February 29, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Perhaps you could call their hotline?

Anonymous said...
February 29, 2012 at 10:53 PM

saan po ang dfa office sa pampanga?and pwede po ba dun na hindi online appointment?

Anonymous said...
March 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM


Do not avail yourself of COURIER SERVICES like LBC inside the DFA. The delay they cause is horrible. LBC is controlled by the DFA cooperative.

It is advisable to personally pick up your passport on the date of release, because the DFA cooperative is not prompt in forwarding the passports to LBC for delivery.

It will cause you grief on the undue delay.

Jan van Dongen said...
March 6, 2012 at 9:15 PM

If entering the appointment form, and you dont have a landline phone, don't leave that blank, fill it with 7 zeros: 0000000. Same for the Office number: write 0000000. If you leave those blank, the form will not be sennd, and ye get the message "incomplete"

Anonymous said...
April 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

nawala ang passport nong 2004 pa, tapos expired sya 2007. tapos diko alam ang number ng passport, pwede b mag apply ng new na lang? at huwag na declare ung dati?

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
April 14, 2012 at 9:17 PM

DFA has a record of your passport. Kelangan ireport mo na nawala. I think you need to submit an affidavit for the loss, tapos apply ulit ng bago.

Anonymous said...
April 16, 2012 at 4:44 PM

anu b yung landmarks sa application

mau said...
May 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM


Natuwa naman ako sa site na to.. i was able to apply online, my appointment is on May 28 at 1pm..parang nagkamali ata ako sa oras na to.. mainit, malamang at for sure mahaba ang pila. tama po ba aabot din nga mga 3 hrs ang process?

Anonymous said...
May 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Hello friends,

You can set your DFA Appointment date at Print the form that you'll bring on your appointment date.

Glad to Help.


Anonymous said...
June 20, 2012 at 12:44 AM

ask ko lng may mga instances ba tlaga na naiiwan yung passport sa Bangko Sentral?..nid help please...

Anonymous said...
July 2, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Hi yun po application ko for renewal of application ko may correction yun po sa present occupation ko kc po nakalagay Lto medical cashier gusto ko sana medical cashier kc magkakaproblema ako pag nagtravel hihingan ako ng permit to travel hindi nman ako under ng government requirements lang for renewal ng driver's license pwede ko po ba palitan yung sa present occupation ko.thanks

Pinaybyaheras said...
July 13, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Hi Pinay Travel Junki ... Thanks fo the full details .. Na surprice ako sa bagong sistema ng DFA .. pareho lang tayu na Green Passport. Planning to travel sa pinas and dun na rin mag pa renew .. nakakaloka sila at iba - iba ang cashiers for payment .. nag tataka lang ako pwede naman sanang pag isahin tutal naman nakalagay naman sa reciept kung ano ang mga binayaran .. it's a waste of time. Well, that's pinas .. wala naman magagawa kundi sundin ang sistemang gusto nila.

Thank you so much for blogging this malaking tulong to sa nakakarami. :)

Anonymous said...
July 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Hello po, ask ko lang, nag pa process po ako ng epassport renewal. Na release na yung new epassport ko from DFA pero wala pa sa akin. In a week or so, uuwi na ako balik sa Pinas, di pa expired yung old epassport ko, can I still use it without having a problem/conflict?

Anonymous said...
July 19, 2012 at 2:26 AM

hi po pauwi po ako ng pinas sa 26 mag expire napo passport ko sa january 2013 panaman po residence visa po ako dito sa uae. kaylangan ko napo bang exten o renew ang passport ko. paki advice nyo lang po ako kung pwede sa pinas ko napo i renew ang passport ko kasi makakatipid ako dyan kesa dito and ilang araw naman po pag nagparenew ako ng passport salamat po?

Anonymous said...
July 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Hi just want to ask question po.. bout passport renewal..kelangan pa po ba un NSO Birth Certificate for renewal? place of birth q naman po sa latest passport q is Los Banos Laguna.. hahanapan po kaya aq?

Noel said...
September 8, 2012 at 6:02 AM

I have some questions about Philippine Passport. I am a dual citizen of the U.S. and the Philippines but I don't have a Philippine Passport. Gusto kong kumuha ng job experience in the Philippines. My questions are:

1. Kung uuwi ako jan sa pinas ano ang kelangan ko ipkta sa immigration, ung U.S. Passport ko ba o ung Identification Certificate ng pgging dual citizen ko???

2. At pwd nlng b aq jan kumuha ng Philippine Passport jan sa pinas????

Lj mahayag said...
September 16, 2012 at 10:12 AM

hello po,,good morning:)
nag apply po ako ng passport at wala nmang hustle sa process. sched ng release sakin ng passport is sep.17 pa. nang nitong sep.13 nag text sakin ng confirmation ang DFA na i dedeleaver na nila ang passport ko by friday natuwa naman ako at maaga ang release ng passport ko ang kaso nman ng makita ko na ang passport ko ang gender na naklagay doon ay MALE instead na FEMALE. tiningnan ko naman po ang printed PDF application ko at tama naman FEMALE ANG INILAGAY KONG KASARIAN.naitapon ko narin ang resibo ng LBC AT NABURA KO NARIN ANG TXT NG CONFIRMATION NG DELIVERY.
kailangan ko ang passport bago pa matapos ang buwan na to.
maraming salamat.

Lj mahayag said...
September 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

magandang araw,.
ang aking ktanungan ay kung nagkamali ang DFA sa pag encode ng impormasyon sa aking passport at may kopya din ako na tama ang mga ipinasa kong impormasyon.
kailangan na i proseso muli ang passport ko kailngan pa ba na mag bayad ako at magkano nman kaya ang ibabayad ko,.?

Anonymous said...
September 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM

pag renew ng passport, kinukuha ba nila yung old e-passport? Kung hindi, binubutasan ba nila yun to be invalid? Wag sana butasan kase may valid visa pa ako dun.

jay said...
September 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM

helo po ako po ay ngapaly for renewal ng epassport kasi na mis handled supposed makuha ko ng septemeber 20 pero sabi ng dfa baka by next weeek po how long kaya waiting ko

jay said...
September 22, 2012 at 10:10 PM

nakascheduled po ako ng renwal of epassport sa dfa lucena ng september 20 2012 pero wala pa passport ko howlong kaya ako wait kasi sabi nila by next week wait ako help me po

Bryan Abing said...
February 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

hi , can i ask ,i want to renew my passport for traveling/tour but my passport validity is on April 20 2013 , will it be possible to renew even it is not on the said date of validity of passport? thanks much! hope you reply to this message.

Gay Emami said...
February 7, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Hi Bryan, yes it's possible.

rose said...
March 19, 2013 at 6:23 AM

hi, uwi po kmi next month sa pinas for 3 weeks po tapos ang passport ko ay 4 months bago mag expired pauwi dito sa england,kailangan ko pa po ba mag renew sa pinas or dito na lng po sa UK? hope you reply this message tanx x

markyramonego said...
April 18, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Ang daming mga tanong sagutin mo isa-isa haha

Saima Liawao said...
April 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Hi.. ano po ba ang ila2gay dun s city, province at landmark??? pareha b ng permanent address?? i need a response asap. am currently setting an appointment today.

Yeng sai said...
July 3, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Hi..I wanted to ask your point regarding my dilemma. I was able to click the confirmation code given by mail sent by dfa. (By the way, I opted to booked online for my dfa passport renewal sched) however, I was not able to download it. Is there any other way that I can proceed with my renewal. Should I call their hotline number and ask for another code so that I can print the code or is it ok for me to bring the reference number. Pls help..I need answers for this since my schedule will be tomorrow. Thank you said...
July 4, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Bring the reference number, and try to proceed with your renewal anyway and tell them what happened. I'd say it would we wise to call them first and ask though.

Cristine Liu said...
July 22, 2013 at 8:18 AM

hi poh i have a question, im married with a chinese guy few months ago, and do i really need CFO for my passport? maka2 kuha poh ba q passport kahit wla non? please reply.. thank u so much.. ^_^

jackie said...
July 25, 2013 at 4:48 PM

hi.. my passport was extended for a year and it is valid until may 3, 2014 including the extension. I will be going back to the Philippines for a 35 -day vacation on January. My concern is , is it proper to renew my passport during those 35 day period? Would there be no conflict regarding my exit -re entry visa which is actually stamped on the old passport? will it be handed over to my new passport? Is it going to be a problem during my entry and exit to the country? Glad to hear any feedback. Thank you. said...
July 25, 2013 at 7:34 PM

You just present your old passport to the immigration officer :) Shouldn't be a problem.

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marilyn said...
October 2, 2013 at 12:58 PM

ask ko lng po for renewal po ako kc meron n po akong marriage cert. gling nso pero dati ko p po yon kinuha pwede n po b yon. thank you po...

manny said...
October 3, 2013 at 7:01 AM

hi good day everyone, ask ko lang kung pwede pa kaya ako magtravel, as tourist lang nmn, sa singapore for one week, but my philippine passport will expire next month?... need ko lang po ng ans before ako magpa-book. thanks po sa makakasagot.

Mia said...
December 25, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Ask ko lang po, nasa province ako. Do I still need to set an appointment with the DFA sa CDO? Wala kasi sa options sa pag set ng appointment. Thanks!

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Alma Libao Wen said...
March 12, 2014 at 9:35 AM

hello po ask ko po about my sister renewal passport ipa correct sna yong 2nd passport ksi maliktad ang surname nya at middle name d nya n check then nkaalis pa sya ng singapore .ano po ang requirment nya pra maipacorect nya passport nya.asap thanks...

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