After you have successfully satisfied all the ID and documentary requirements to obtain a new passport or have your old one renewed, you will be issued a receipt by the DFA cashier. If you opted not to have your passport delivered to you, you will have to go back to that DFA branch to claim your passport. The date of release is stamped on the receipt; you may come back on or after the date stated on your receipt – but not later than six months.
What happens if I fail to claim my passport after six months?
Based on DFA regulations, all unclaimed passports at the DFA main office, Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) Passport Extension Office, Regional Consular Offices (RCOs) nationwide will be considered inactive and will be disposed of after six months.
Do I need to apply for a new one again and pay the same fees?
Yes. You need to secure an appointment online in order to be accommodated for your new passport application. Apart from all the required IDs and documents, you also need to secure an Unclaimed List from the DFA Records Division. This must be attached to your application documents and submitted to the DFA.
Pay the corresponding fee at the cashier and wait for your receipt. Make sure that the release date is clearly stamped on the slip.
- PHP 950.00 for regular processing (15 working days).
- PHP 1,200 for rush processing (7 working days).
- Additional PHP 150.00 if you opt to have the passport delivered to you.
What if I lose my receipt?
You need to draft a signed explanation letter to detail the reasons why you lost your receipt. This must be presented at the releasing section on or after the release date.
Can I ask a relative or a friend to claim my passport on my behalf?
No, you have to personally appear at the DFA branch when claiming your passport.