Philippine Passport has a new way on how you can apply for one. This recent change was implemented this August 2018 by Department of Foreign Affairs to address the growing issues of unavailability of appointment slots.
We’ll skip all the B.S. and we’ll go straight now to the tutorial on how to apply for Philippine Passport.
First thing to do is go to the official website of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to schedule an appointment for Philippine Passport. You can visit their website at www.passport.gov.ph.
At the upper portion of the website, click on the Schedule an Appointment link.
In the Appointment page, click the checkbox next to “I have read and understood…” and click whether your passport appointment is just for one or Individual Appointment or Group of Appointment if you are applying with other person(s).
You will be greeted by this small pop up window. Just press ok.
PASSPORT APPOINTMENT – SITE LOCATION
In the Site Location page, you must select the Region, Country and Site where you want to apply for Philippine Passport.
In my case, I have selected Asia Pacific, Philippines and DFA Manila.
To know more where are the other branches of DFA in Metro Manila, you may read our post: Where to Apply DFA Philippine Passport
PASSPORT APPOINTMENT – DATE AND TIME
Right after selecting your DFA Site Location, choose the best date and time that fits your schedule.
Also, you have to consider the availability of the dates in the DFA Website’s calendar. If its colored red, this means that the said date is full. While green means there’s an available time slot.
Select which fits your schedule. Press the NEXT Button to proceed with the next step.
PASSPORT APPOINTMENT – PERSONAL INFORMATION
This part requires you to enter your personal information. It’s obviously self explanatory and we wont dig deeper on this section. All you have to do is enter your personal information and that’s it.
Press the NEXT button down below to move to the next stage of scheduling an appointment for your Philippine Passport Application.
PASSPORT APPOINTMENT – FAMILY INFORMATION
Again, more typing!
Just make sure to type all the necessary details required correctly. Though at the last part of your passport application online, you’ll have a chance to edit what you have written.
Press NEXT button once finished.
PASSPORT APPOINTMENT – APPLICATION INFORMATION
Enter your Passport Application Type. You may choose from the list between NEW or RENEWAL.
If you have selected NEW Application, you need to provide your Basis of Philippine Citizenship and other details shown in the screenshot below.
If you have selected the Passport Renewal, you need to provide your OLD Passport Number, Date of Issue and the Issuing Authority. These information can easily be found in your old Philippine Passport.
Obviously, you have to press NEXT to proceed to the next steps.
PASSPORT APPOINTMENT – CONTACT INFORMATION
The next steps requires you to provide your Contact Information such as your Complete address, Occupation, Office address and their contact number.
Press NEXT to move to the next page.
You’re almost done!
After the Contact Information page, you will arrive to this page. This page allows you to double check, modify or edit what you have written on the previous pages.
Pro Tip: Read carefully each line to catch the mistakes. If you found one, just hit the EDIT button at the upper right side and it will allow you to edit the mistakes you made.
Now press SAVE button after editing to reflect the changes.
If you’re satisfied with what you have written and confirmed that no mistakes are present, you may scroll down to the button and click the CAPTCHA. The thing below that says “I’m not a robot”, just click it!
Don’t forget the box beside the red colored text saying “I am aware that possession…” then press the CONFIRM button.
You will be directed to this page where you are asked to choose the Passport Application Processing Type.
There are two types of processing, Regular and Express Processing. The difference of the two are the waiting time.
Regular processing requires 10 to 15 working days for passport application processed within Metro Manila and 30 days if processed outside Metro Manila.
While Express Processing requires only 5 to 7 working days if processed within Metro Manila and 20 working days for passport application processed outside Metro Manila.
Regular Processing costs P 950 pesos while Express Processing cost you P 1200.
To know more about the fees, you may read our article that discusses the Passport Fees.
At the bottom, you’ll see the PAY NOW button. In case you’re wondering, you are now required to pay for your Passport Application in advance. This is the new process change that the DFA implemented this August 2018.
Click that PAY NOW button!
A small window will appear in your screen. It only requires your confirmation by clicking the I AGREE and the PROCEED TO PAYMENT button.
You will be directed to the DFA Epayment Services page where payment for the passport application appointment is required to be settled.
In this page, it will show you the amount of the Passport Fee (P1200), the Convenience Fee (P50) and the Total Amount Due (P1250).
Also, this page must show you your Passport Application Reference Number. This Reference Number will be used when you pay your Passport Application.
Click the PROCEED Button.
A small window will show up. Just press the CONFIRM button.
IMPORTANT! For some weird reasons, the Reference Number of my Passport Application didn’t show up (as show in the screen shot above)! I don’t know why. This Reference Number is very important. If you don’t have it, then what you did in the previous pages of your application are worthless.
The reference number should be shown in the text that says “This mode of payment is requesting for…”
As an alternative, you can get the Reference number in the email sent to you by the DFA website. You can see in the Reference Number in the screenshot below. This will used when you pay in any of the authorized payment center that you have chosen.
The screen shot right down below is the perfect example. You can see there the Passport Reference Number, Expiration, Amount, Convenience Fee, Total Amount due and the Bar Code.
Now go to any authorized payment center and pay for the appropriate amount. In my case, since I don’t want hassle and prefer convenience, I paid my Passport Application in the nearest Bayad Center.
Bayad Center will issue you a receipt which shows the Reference Number of your DFA Passport Application. Make sure to double check this because if you erroneously paid the wrong reference number, your application will not be process and your scheduled appointment will not be confirmed.
A confirmation email will sent to you (screenshot below). This confirms your appointment for Philippine Passport Application. Congratulations!
Important! In the link provided from the email, you can download your Philippine Passport Application Form. Print all the pages of the PDF document that you will get from that link. This includes the Checklist, Philippine Application Form and the E-Receipt.
You can now sit back and relax at the comforts of your home while you wait for the scheduled date of your application.
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There you have it! See you on our next article on how to apply for Philippine Passport! Thank you!