How to Apply for Philippines Passport in DFA? Requirements & DFA Appointment Step by Step Guide

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor September 3rd, 2017 Posted in Travel Blog, VISA Application Guides 164 Comments

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 here.

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 DFA APPOINTMENTS ARE FREE!

guide on how to get a philippine passport

Online Appointment – this is what we recommend for 2018! Access the new DFA online appointment setting system 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 requirements before doing this. After that, you may access the DFA online appointment system 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) plus 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 plus 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 DFA, 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 Appointment 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 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 contact person and their contact 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 checkboxes 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 Insurance 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 here.


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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164 thoughts on “How to Apply for Philippines Passport in DFA? Requirements & DFA Appointment Step by Step Guide

  1. It will be my first time to apply for passport, Can i use my maiden name? My other valid id’s , i used my husband’s surname, but i want to use my maiden name in my passport, could it be possible?

    1. as long as you have valid IDs with your maiden name, you can apply for a passport with your maiden name

  2. Tanung ko lang… anung requirements po ng pagkuha nģ passport.. makakakuha ba ako kahit under graduate ako ng high school.. apply sana ako ng work sa kuwait as finishing calpentry.thanks

    1. Tanung ko lang… anung requirements po ng pagkuha nģ passport.. makakakuha ba ako kahit under graduate ako ng high school.. apply sana ako ng work sa kuwait as finishing calpentry.thanks

  3. Can we apply still even we’re in a middle of lockdown? R they’re still working once we go to dfa to apply passport?

  4. Hi…how to apply passport I’m ofw from Kuwait I come back in Philippines due to amnesty I don’t have passport my company not give my passport back and it’s already expired on nov.5 2019 what do I need to do to apply a new one.thank you

    1. You’ll need to have an affidavit in case you don’t have your old passport. It’ll be like applying for a new one po.

    1. Pwede po ba yung Tin Id and Philhealth Id para po sa pagkuha ng passport? Kaya po yung certification po soya galing sa SSS na katunayan nag apply po ako for UMID iD.

      Thank you.

  5. Do you accept ALUMNI ID/Philhealth ID? Because that is only i have. Thank you im waiting for reply.

    1. My case is dalaga nung old passport and married na nung nag expire na. New application ba to or renewal/change name?

      Ano requirement for this?


  6. Hi! Ma’am/Sir I’m from Negros Oriental. I just wanna ask where I get my passport after doing all these steps that is stated above. Are they going to deliver it directly to my Place? Or I should go to their office when they will release it? Thanks

  7. Good day
    I have a 14 years old son that i want to apply for a passport for the first time, what do i need to do as per requirements

    1. A TIN ID is not a valid ID due to it being easily manipulated (you can paste a picture and print a name). It’s better to have a UMID ID or Driver’s license.

  8. I am 73 years old already and need to renew my philippine passport expiring on the 20th of March 2020. Where can I easily apply for renewal nearest my present address at SMResidences, SMSOUTHMALL COMPLEX, Almanza Uno, Las Pinas City. Pls ;help me because I can no longer travel far. Thanks.

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