There may be some people who think that having a passport is not important. On the contrary, it is. If you need to fly overseas right away, you certainly cannot do it without a passport. You need to always be prepared in case of emergencies. It’s also one of the most reliable forms of identification in case you don’t have a driver’s license or you lost it. Another reason why you should have a passport is because it’s a clear proof of citizenship just in case somebody questions your nationality. Furthermore, it’s a dependable document where one’s age and identity are stated.
If you want to apply for a Philippine passport, there’re a few things you need to take note of. There’re some passport requirements to complete weeks before the date of the appointment. The passport requirements for new application are: personal appearance; confirmed Philippine Passport appointment; duly accomplished application form – emailed to you when you secured your passport appointment; valid IDs with your picture and the supporting documents proving your identity; Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA.
If you already have a passport but need it to be renewed, there’re also requirements to be submitted. The basic requirements are the following: personal appearance; confirmed Philippine Passport appointment; duly accomplished application form – emailed to you when you secured your passport appointment; your expired or expiring Philippine passport; and valid IDs with your picture and the supporting documents proving your identity.
Scheduling a passport appointment in the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) is not as difficult as before but you have to pay the processing fee first before your appointment will be confirmed. You can book your appointment at the DFA’s website (www.passport.gov.ph). Click on the Schedule an Appointment link in the Menu located at the upper portion of the website. Once you’re in the Appointment page, click the check box stating “I have read and understood…”. Click the Start Individual Appointment button if you’re booking for yourself. If your appointment involves two or more people, click the Start Group of Appointment button.
The page for Site Location selection will pop up and you’ll have to choose the region, country and site where you want to apply for Philippine Passport. Set the appointment date and time (only choose from the available slots shown in the website). Enter your personal information and family information. The page Application Information for DFA Passport Appointment allows applicants to choose between New or Renewal. Next step is to correctly provide your contact information such as complete address, occupation, office address, and their contact number.
Double check your entries then click Save. Press the check box “I’m not a robot” and the check box that says “I am aware that possession…” as well as the Confirm button. You’ll then be directed to the page where you’re asked to choose the Passport Application Processing Type. After that is the Payment page where you’ll see the Pay Now button (it’s required to pay for your Passport Application in advance). Click it then a small pop out window will be shown. Read this then click the “I Agree” check box and click the Proceed To Payment button. The next page is the DFA Epayment Services where payment for the passport application appointment is required to be settled by the applicant. Your Passport Application Reference Number must be shown here. Click the Proceed button and then the Confirm button. Choose from several authorized payment centers and pay the application fees. A confirmation email will be sent to you which confirms your appointment for Philippine Passport Application.