Guide On How To Get A Philippines Passport

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor August 15th, 2015 Posted in Travel Blog, Travel Guides 44 Comments

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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44 thoughts on “Guide On How To Get A Philippines Passport

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for the info.

    I’m an American citizen (holding a US passport), but born in the Philippines.
    I’m currently residing in Thailand.

    I don’t have my birth certificate from PI; so is this going to be a problem to get
    a PI passport?

    I’m going to Manila in April. Do you think I can get both my birth certificate and PI passport by the time I arrive in April?

    I hope you can help.
    Thanks again.

    1. You can get a PSA Birth Certificate online and try sending it to your relative’s address in the Philippines.

  2. Hello po here’s my supporting document po. Sss ID , PSA , Voters Certification and Baptismal maapproved kaya ako?

  3. HI, tomorrow na appointment ko my valid IDs are NBI, Alumni ID, TIN ID, NSO, SSS E-1 Form, and employment ID. Okay na po ba yun?

  4. Good day. Ask ko Lang po I have .voter’s certificate.NBI clearance. Old employment ID.PSA.E1-FORM SSS.OK NA po ba Yun para makakuha ng passport?

  5. Hello
    May i ask if my requirements i have now is accepted to get a passport . I have NBI , TIN ID ,Postal ID, PSA birthcertificate and Old ID college. I have also NSO birthcertificate. Yun lang po ang meron ako. Pwede na po ba yon para makapg apply na po ako for appointment.

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