How to Get a Passport for Your Minor Children During the Pandemic

Before COVID-19, minors (below 18 years old) were not required to get a confirmed online appointment when applying for a passport or renewing their old one. They will be accommodated at the Courtesy Lanes of DFA’s satellite offices provided they have the complete set of requirements and are accompanied by a parent or a legalContinue reading “How to Get a Passport for Your Minor Children During the Pandemic”

How to Change Wrong Information in the Online Passport Appointment Form

When you fill out the online application form for your passport appointment, it is as good as filling out an actual document – all the information you place there will be considered true and correct by the DFA.  But what if you realize you placed the wrong information in the form after you have submittedContinue reading “How to Change Wrong Information in the Online Passport Appointment Form”

How to Get a Replacement of Your Damaged Passport

My friend’s dog tore his brand new passport apart, three months before he was scheduled to leave for Singapore.  He cried like a little boy while collecting the scraps of paper that was once his primary travel document. How do you get a replacement for your damaged passport?  Read this. First off, we need toContinue reading “How to Get a Replacement of Your Damaged Passport”

How to Confirm Your Passport Appointment at the DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs applied some changes in the passport appointment system last year in order to make more room for more passport applicants.  Getting an appointment with the DFA has become so difficult for most Filipinos because the appointment slots get blocked off really fast.  It was found out that a significant numberContinue reading “How to Confirm Your Passport Appointment at the DFA”

Should I Still Bring my PSA Birth Certificate for Passport Application or Renewal?

The answers are both yes and no. The DFA recently announced that the PSA birth certificate is no longer a requirement when getting your passport renewed.  While this is true for passport renewal transactions, it does not apply to other cases of passport transactions with the DFA. The PSA birth certificate remains to be aContinue reading “Should I Still Bring my PSA Birth Certificate for Passport Application or Renewal?”

I Missed my DFA Appointment Due to an Emergency, Can I Still Reschedule?

Another common question we receive in our email, one that we asked ourselves many months back.  And the answer is, no. Based on my observation, one of the main reasons why it has become so difficult to get an available passport appointment slot is because people do not take their reservations seriously.  They will reserveContinue reading “I Missed my DFA Appointment Due to an Emergency, Can I Still Reschedule?”

What Last Name Should A Married Woman Use In Her Passport?

We covered this topic last year but thought it would be good to write about it again since we receive a lot of questions about changing one’s name in his or her passport. Married Filipinas are not mandated by law to use their husband’s last name – whether in their IDs, transactions and yes, evenContinue reading “What Last Name Should A Married Woman Use In Her Passport?”

Can I Reschedule my Confirmed Passport Appointment at the DFA?

A confirmed appointment at the DFA means that particular date and time is reserved for you for your passport application or renewal.  Last year, there was a clamor for the DFA to systematize their online appointment process because applicants could not seem to get any available date (at any of the most accessible DFA offices)Continue reading “Can I Reschedule my Confirmed Passport Appointment at the DFA?”