Good news to Pinoy travelers and OFWs! Philippine passports are now valid for 10 years from date of issuance, following the enactment of RA 10928, an act extending the passport validity and amending Section 10 of RA 8239 or the Passport Act of 1996.
The government acquiesced to the public’s clamor to lengthen passport’s validity in order to save time, effort, and money when applying for or renewing an expired passport. Longer validity would also allow Filipinos to enjoy their visas to the US without the need to visit the DFA every five years. The US Embassy grants 10-year multiple entry visas.
Driver’s license validity is also extended to five years, from the original 3-year validity period. This can still be extended to 10 years upon renewal if the license holder has “not committed any violation of RA 4136 and other traffic laws, rules, and regulations.”
What do you think of these new laws on two of the most important government-issued IDs? Comment your thoughts and questions below!