Philippine Passport Renewal Has Never Been This Easy
Last Friday was my appointment for my Philippine Passport Renewal in SM Megamall DFA , I was amazed on how smooth the processing is, very organized and even there's alot of us making an appointment, I didn't get bored since the line was moving fast and it has about 10 windows of DFA personnel who's attending to us. The whole thing includes:
Processing- this is where they review all your papers , the necessary requirements should be seen. Such as the expired or expiring Passport, NSO birth Certificate, and any one of these acceptable I.D's like Driver’s License, Senior Citizen’s ID, Digitized SSS ID, PRC ID, GSIS E-card, OWWA ID, IBP ID, Digitized BIR ID, Old Employment IDs, Old College ID and Alumni ID. Or any 3 of the supporting documents NBI Clearance,Police Clearance, Barangay Clearance, 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, Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant such as the following: Income Tax Return, NSO Birth Certificate of child / children, SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form, Community Tax Certificate, Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (for newly issued VRR, please attach receipt), School Yearbook. Source: Philippine Passport Renewal Requirements. As For me I brought with me my Nbi clearance, old highschool I.D's, Police Clearance, Marriage Certificate and Voter's I.D .
Cashier- when you get approved in the processing, pay the Passport Renewal fee in the Cashier, you can choose from 950 pesos it will take about 15 working days to process, and 1,200 pesos for 7 working days processing. I choose the latter. I had my appointment last August 8 so Im expecting it to be shipped to me on the 18th.
Encoding - After paying, you can now fall in line in the Encoding phase. This is where they will encode the details on your application form, and asked you to review what they put in their system. They will take a photo of you, earrings, hair accessories and necklace should be removed. Smiling is not allowed. A left and right thumb print is also needed.
Courier service- this is just an option if you want your passport to be shipped straight to your home. It cost 120 pesos. Since I live far from SM Megamall, I paid for the courier service.
Selfie while waiting for my turn.
The entire process took me about less than 2 hours not bad compared to previous passport renewal system.
P:S: you should have an appointment, walk in applicants will not been entertained. Walk-in only applies to infants and minor below 1 year old, senior citizens and ofw's with proof such as OEC.
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Disclaimer: This post was based on my personal experience, i am no way connected to DFA.