Guide On How To Get A Philippines Passport

Guide On How To Get A Philippines Passport

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I got my Philippine Passport a few years ago without the intention of flying out of the country. So, here’s our guide on how to get a Philippines Passport for First-timers.

guide on how to get a philippine passport

The purpose was to add identification credentials as I never had enough government ids. But the moment I got my own passport, it changed me that I found cheap tickets to fly to some Southeast Asian countries. I said I have to be serious being a digital nomad flying in and out of the country.

I processed my passport at Department of Foreign Affairs – Cebu in Pacific Mall, Mandaue City. I woke up at 3 AM and had to get there before 6 AM because of the priority number. I was able to process my passport at 2 PM. Since I wasn’t in a hurry I chose for the regular processing.

Here’s the guide on how you can process to get your Philippine Passport:

Philippine Passport Fees

PHP 950 – Regular processing for 30 working days (20 working days in Manila and POEA)

P1200 – Express processing for 20 working days (10 working days in Manila and POEA)

As a first time applicant, I brought the requirements with me:

  • NSO Birth Certificate
  • Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate (CTC of BC) issued by the Local Civil Registrar
  • Transcription of Records (TOR)
  • Driver’s License
  • TIN Card/BIR ID
  • Voter’s Certificate

In case your name on the NSO Birth Certificate is not really that clear, you have to get your CTC of BC as most of the time it is clearer than your NSO birth certificate. I requested NSO birth certificate from the municipal hall of my town with a delivery fee of I think less than PhP400.00 and I got my local birth certificate for another fee at City Health in Cebu for less than PhP200. Correct me if I’m wrong as I forgot the exact prices.

Get as much acceptable ID’s and supporting documents as possible so that’s why I had my TOR, driver’s license, TIN Card/BIR ID and Voter’s Certificate. I had all my original documents photocopied before I went to DFA.



  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • Duly accomplished application form – may be downloaded from the DFA website.
  • Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by NSO. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in NSO Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • Report of Birth duly authenticated by NSO if born abroad
  • No need to submit a passport size photo
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity (Please refer to List of Acceptable IDs and List of Supporting Documents)

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs website

List of Acceptable Identification Cards

Government-issued picture IDs such as the following:

  • Digitized SSS ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS E-card
  • PRC ID
  • IBP ID
  • Digitized BIR ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID

Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:

  • Old College ID
  • Alumni ID
  • Old Employment IDs

LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (At least 3 of the following):

  • Voter’s ID
  • NSO Marriage Contract
  • Land Title
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal
  • Government Service Record
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Old documents issued at least one year prior to the date of application that show correct name, date, and place of birth, picture and signature of the applicant such as the following:
  • NSO Birth Certificate of child/children
  • SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form
  • Income Tax Return
  • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (for newly issued VRR, please attach receipt)
  • School Yearbook
  • Community Tax Certificate

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs website

Passport Application Appointment System

I haven’t tried the Passport Application Appointment System but I think this is only applicable in Manila. You can select the site nearest to your place of residence or work to set an appointment.

Source: DFA website

For the people in Manila, here is another source if you are a new applicant.

Source: DFA appointment system website

For passport renewal in the Philippines.

Source: DFA Passport Renewal

If you are a Filipino residing abroad, you can check the website of the Philippine Embassy in your country of residence.

E.g. Philippine Embassy in London — passport information

All sources are from the DFA website and the links may change without prior notice.

For those Philippine passport holders who just got theirs recently, share your experiences below in the comments.

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Comments 42

  1. Hi pwede na po ba
    Philhealth I’d.postal I’d.collage old I.d with TOR .NSO and marriage certificate.
    I also have sss E1 form

  2. bkt po d aq nka kuha ng passport. meron aman aq nbi.marrage cotract. voters certificate.birth certificate

  3. Hi, i only have supporting documents like NBI Clearance, TOR & PSA/NSO birth certificate.
    Ang photo ID ko lang is postal ID. Is it okay? My appointment is on May 7.

  4. hi po! my tanong lang po ako. does dfa still accepts bir id ? then instead na nbi,ipresent ko, police clearance nalang? tomorrow po appointment ko.

  5. Hi, Tanong ko lang ano po requirements pag late registration ?
    At ang last name ko kasi nabago so lahat po ng mga id’s ko nabago kaso iyong sa school records lng po di nabago ang apelyido po don ay don pa po sa dati nagpakasal kasi ang parents ko last 2 yrs ago .

    Thank you

  6. 3 Tanong
    1. Pwede ba School ID lang ang valid ID ko eto kasi ID sa MICHA Graduate ako ng Culinary Arts 2013 pa ?
    2.Pwede ba Student License lang
    3.Pwede ba kahit isang Primary ID lang ang dalhin

    Eto ang mga Requirements ko NSO,NBI,Police Clearance,Barangay Clearance,School ID ng MICHA,yung Student License ko kukuha pa lang.

  7. Hi!!! Our appointment for passport renewal is on December 16, 2017, I was wondering if the passport that we will get will be covered with the 10year validity?
    I hope someone knows the answer. I tried contacting their hotlines but I can’t reached them. Thank you in advance!

  8. is this blog still active? im still a student and first time to get a passport what i have in me ay school id, NBI and Police Clearance plus my NSO is it okay? thank you. my apointment is on dec 28, 2017

  9. Hi. Is this blog still active? I just want to ask if it’s valid if I use my old college ID but it is a little blurry because I have no any other government valid ID’s, I have an appointment tomorrow at SM megamall,I’m worried that they may not accept it. Btw I’m only 18 years old and I am going there alone

        1. All depends on DFA official. They are often reluctant.
          My friend waited for passport in DFA Angeles for 9 months as they forced her to bring original SSS ID (UMID). That time SSS office was lack of plastic cards, so they issued her temporary certificates. Nothing helped, DFA clerks always replied he: you must wait wait wait.
          I haven’t any official ID except LTO Student Driving Permit (without any picture), birth certificate NSO and original and just old school ID. Above all I had mistake in my name spelling in birth certificate. Fortunately DFA clerk was neighbor of my classmate and for a small bribe he gave me advice: to write affidavit in notary … and my passport was issued in 20 days.

          1. hi… ung notary ba applicable den sa voters? mali kase spelling ng name sa voters, but other requirements ok nmn. we have it corrected n sa comelec pero they still wanted ung vrr but after 3 months p daw as per comelec.

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  12. ask ko lang pwede po ba ung student driver’s license pag apply ng passport ngayon 2016? ang balak ko po ipresent, NSO, student driver’s license, NBI, police clearance, Brgy. clearance. pwede na po kaya? Slamat

  13. Great for sharing this Roxanne! 🙂 I had the same requirements when I filed for my passport. I guess I need to travel more often then! 🙂

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