How to Renew Philippine Passport 2021

The renewal of your Philippine Passport is much faster and easier than the first time you applied to get yours in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Office. This is because your personal information are already encoded and stored in the DFA database, it possibly just needs few necessary updates.

It is recommended to renew your Philippine passport eight (8) to nine (9) months before the expiration date. Keep also in mind that if your passport is about to expire in less than six (6) months, you are not allowed to leave the Philippines.

How to Renew Philippine Passport

If you are already familiar with the Passport Appointment System of the Department of Foreign Affairs, then renewing your passport is pretty much the same. You just have to schedule an appointment online, show up in your appointment schedule, follow the procedure and wait for your new passport.

So if you want to renew your expired or expiring passport, this guide contains the general requirements and procedure on how to do it.

Philippine Passport Renewal Requirements

  • Personal Appearance in the DFA Office – You have to show up personally in the DFA Office since your biometric finger print, signature and photo shall be captured.
  • Confirmed Appointment – This is can be the printed Confirmation Email sent to you by DFA after you have finished setting up schedule online through the Passport Appointment System.
  • Printed Application Form – This is the final output of the Passport Appointment System, your Application Form. It should be printed in an A-4 size paper.
  • Old Passport – Bring your old passport and required photocopies of certain pages. More information regarding this are provided below.
  • Valid IDs and Supporting Documents

You don’t need to bring a passport-size photos since your image shall be captured upon processing your application.

Additional Requirements According to Passport Types

1. Brown Passport (passports issued prior to 01 May 1995)

Brown Passport

  • Bring your original brown passport and photocopy of pages 1, 2, 3, 4 and the last page.
  • Bring also your PSA Birth Certificate. Alternatively, bring a Certified True Copy of your Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar which is authenticated by the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA).

2. Green Passport (passports issued after 01 May 1995)

Green Passport

  • Bring your original green passport and photocopy of the data page and the last page.

3. Maroon Machine-Readable Passport (issued in the year 2007)

Maroon Machine-Readable Passport

  • Bring your original maroon machine-readable passport. Get a photocopy of the data page and the last page of it.
  • PSA Birth Certificate

4. Electronic Passport (E-Passport)

Electronic Passport

  • Bring your original e-passport and provide a photocopy of page 2.

In case that some essential entries in your PSA Birth Certificate are unreadable or blurred, you need to provide a Transcribed Birth Certificate from the Local Civil Registrar. On the other hand, if you are born abroad, you need to provide a Report of Birth authenticated by PSA.

QUICK UPDATE: Passport Renewal for Brown Passport, Green Passport, Machine Readable Passport or any older Passport shall be treated as NEW APPLICATION and not RENEWAL. To learn about new passport application, read this guide How to Get Philippine Passport 2021

There are also additional documents for these applicants who wish to renew their passports:

  • A woman applicant who would change her civil status from single to married:
    • PSA Marriage Contract
  • A married woman who would like to revert her maiden name:
    • PSA Birth Certificate
    • If widowed: PSA Death Certificate
    • If annulled: Annotated PSA Marriage Contract and Certified True Copy (CTC) of Court Order affecting the annulment
    • If divorced: CTC of Divorce Decree, CTC of Philippine Court recognition of foreign divorce decree, and PSA Marriage Contract with annotation of Divorce Decree
  • A minor applicant who availed Dual Citizenship under the RA 9225:
    • PSA Birth Certificate
    • Identification Certificate of Retention or Re-acquisition
    • Oath of Allegiance
    • Order of Approval
  • Converts who would like to use their Muslim names:
    • Annotated PSA Birth Certificate bearing the Muslim name National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Certificate of Conversion.

These additional documents are enlisted in the Passport Renewal Requirements .

How to Renew Philippine Passport 2021

Step 1. Set an Online Appointment

Before you can apply for a passport at DFA Aseana, DFA Sattelite Office or Regional Consular Office, you need to schedule an appointment online. You need to visit the official website of DFA Passport Appointment System

However, there are certain people who don’t need to schedule an appointment. These people are allowed as walk-in applicants:

  • OFW with sufficient proof of status such as iDOLE Card, valid employment contract (authenticated by POEA), and work visa
  • Senior Citizen with Senior Citizen ID 
  • Person with Disability (PWD) with PWD ID or visible disability
  • Solo Parent with valid Solo Parent ID 
  • Pregnant Woman with medical certificate
  • Minor seven (7) years old and below

There is an OFW Lane or special Priority Lane for you in the DFA Office.

So let’s assume that you don’t belong to any person listed above. This means that you have to set an appointment at DFA Office near you. I know you have already experienced the entire procedure in the appointment system.

Just a quick overview, you have to visit the passport online appointment website of DFA (link above). Then, schedule your appointment on the desired DFA Office and choose the date and time. After that, fill-up the electronic application form and make sure you choose the “RENEW” option in the Application Type section.

It is very user-friendly and every step is so understandable so you won’t have any problem with this. After you have successfully scheduled your appointment, you’ll receive a confirmation email containing the confirmation link. Click that link and your are good to go. Make sure to print your Application Form and the Confirmation Email.

Well, if you are really not familiar about the procedure since this is your first time with this online appointment system, you may want to check out a separate guide about this. It contains the general information and screenshots of every step  Passport Appointment System with Screenshots.

Step 2. Go to the DFA Office

After you have successfully scheduled your appointment, which means you have already printed the Application Form and Confirmation Email, what you need to do next is to show up in your appointment schedule with your complete documentary requirements.

Make sure to follow the dress code, or else the guard/s will not allow you to enter the building/office. Make sure also to be there at least 1 hour prior to the appointment time.

Note that the application for passport is on first-come, first-serve basis so make sure to arrive early.

Step 3. Get a Queue Number

Approach the guard that you are going to renew your passport. Show your Application Form and Confirmed Appointment if the need arise. Then, get your queue number.

Step 4. Documents Checking

When it is your turn, go to the Information Counter or Processing Area and submit your documents. It shall be evaluated by the person-in-charge.

Step 5. Pay for the Processing Fee

If your documents are complete and fine, you shall be asked to proceed to the Passport Enrollment Section. This is the step when you have to pay for the processing fee.

These are the FEES for Passport Application:

Location Regular Processing Expedite Processing
Within Metro Manila (Aseana and Consular Offices)
  • ₱950
  • 15 business days
  • ₱1,200
  • 7 business days
Outside Metro Manila (Regional Consular Offices)
  • ₱950
  • 20 business days
  • ₱1,200
  • 10 business days
Foreign Service Posts (Philippine Embassy or Consulate)
  • $60
  • 28 – 60 days

Note that application on Saturdays are treated as an Expedite Processing.

Step 6. Data Capture

Get your receipt and proceed to the Encoding Section. This is where your biometric finger print shall be taken, your signature as well as your photo.

In taking your photo, you’ll be asked to remove your eye glasses, contact lenses, earrings, necklace and facial piercings. And, don’t show your teeth.

Step 7. Wait of the Delivery of Your Passport

Your passport shall be made ready for release on the date indicated in your receipt. You’ll also have an option to go back to that date to claim your renewed passport or have it delivered in your doorstep.

If you want to have it delivered, just go to the delivery counter or ask assistance where to process the delivery of your passport.

Your new passport is called the Electronic Passport (ePassport). It has an embedded electronic microchip that contains your biometric information to authenticate your identity. You may notice the biometric symbol of the front cover of you passport. The good news is, it is now valid for 10 years!

That was the general requirements and procedure on how to renew your Philippine Passport. Should you have any questions, you may visit the DFA Website, Passport Website or contact them directly. Do let us know your thoughts about this in the comment section.

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