Applying for passport or have your old passport renewed? Better do it early. Since it will take you a month or so for your schedule. I have learned that your passport should be change 6 months prior to its expiration date. All you have to do is log-on to http://www.passport.com.ph/ and fill-up the application form to get your appointment date. You have an option to have an individual appointment process or the family application form to ensure that dates for yourself and your family are all the same. Fill-up all the necessary correct information, give a valid e-mail address, since you will receive a link via e-mail to access your application. Print in long bond paper. Should you found out of any typo error in your application, you do not need to fill-up another form, otherwise, your schedule will be change. Just take note of the correction and inform the DFA agent on it. Have all the original documents for your requirements. Bring copies as well to avoid delays, nonetheless, photocopy machines are already available inside for your convenience.
Make sure you arrive at the DFA at your given time
- You will be expected to arrive for your appointment at exactly 30 minutes before your schedule.
- Even if you arrive early, you will not be entertained until 30 minutes before your appointment.
- If you arrive late, you will need to secure another appointment for another day.
We took the bus from Guadalupe to the new DFA Consular Office, located at ASEANA Business Park, Breadco Avenue cor. Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City. It was an easy ride, as there are already buses taking those route that will drop you off directly at the office. It is convenient for commuters like us unlike the previous location of DFA.
The building is also new and airconditioned. However, they are very strict with the "No Appointment" policy. They will not allow you to come inside without your schedule. We were scheduled at 2:30 PM, but arrived earlier. Nevertheless, we were still allowed to enter and do the process of the application.
Yours truly will have her passport renewed and have her change of name. For those of you who will be using your husband's surname, your application form should already indicate your new name as this is already their basis for information. Better be equipped with the NSO original marriage contract for this change of details. My mom's passport is also due for the same process whilst Bella for her first and new passport. Wear clothes will collar and any color except for blue since your background will be of the same color. They will not allow you to wear any jewelry, earrings, they even asked me to remove my clear contact lens (so bring your case and solution) and your hair should be fixed showing your forehead and ears. Smile but don't show your teeth. :)
The processing of the application was easy and fast. We were led to the second floor to get the number queue and led to another glass door for the verification of our requirements. Once all the information and documents are checked, they will asked you to pay the corresponding fees.
Php 1200.00 for express (10 working days processing)
Php 950.00 for regular (20 working days processing)
Another door to your left will led you to the photo capturing. My senior and toddler companion were lucky enough to be treated as priority. We had a hard time making Bella look at the camera that took us a few minutes. Nevertheless, the details and photos were taken in less than 30 minutes which is not the case for yours truly as I was given a number queue to wait for my turn. It had taken us an hour or so to finish.
The whole process was nevertheless convenience.
Let me know your experience.