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?”

How to Apply for an Adopted Child’s Passport

The DFA has special requirements for an adopted minor child’s passport application.  Apart from the core requirements, as featured in a previous blog, the following supporting documents must also be presented.  We are also including the additional requirements for illegitimate children whose mother is deceased and the father is unknown. If the applicant is anContinue reading “How to Apply for an Adopted Child’s Passport”

New DFA Passport Releasing Period Starts Today!

The long wait is indeed, over!  Today, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announces the shortened releasing period for regular and express passport processing.  This is good news to Pinoy travelers who rely on the speed and efficiency of DFA to produce and deliver their passports on time. Beginning today, October 1, 2018, passport applicantsContinue reading “New DFA Passport Releasing Period Starts Today!”

Who May Use the DFA’s Passport Courtesy Lanes?

Securing an appointment with the DFA to apply for a passport or have your old one renewed has proven to be quite a challenge for most.  Good thing the DFA has made courtesy lanes available for certain types of applicants. Here is the list of requirements in order to be eligible for the DFA’s courtesyContinue reading “Who May Use the DFA’s Passport Courtesy Lanes?”

My Experience Using the New DFA E-payment Portal

My passport is due to expire this month so I really made it a point to have it renewed before the end of May.  It was pretty difficult to get an appointment slot through the http://www.passport.gov.ph website but I finally was able to secure one last June 2, 2018. This was not the first timeContinue reading “My Experience Using the New DFA E-payment Portal”

Important Guidelines when Applying or Renewing your Passport

Whether you are applying for a passport for the first time or are about to have your old one renewed, you need to be guided by the following reminders from the DFA.  A lot of applicants fail to check these fine prints in the DFA website and end up losing their slot simply because theyContinue reading “Important Guidelines when Applying or Renewing your Passport”

Passport Application for Minors: What You Need to Bring and Why

Margaret is 13 years old and is about to secure her very first passport.  It would have been a breeze to accomplish this errand if not for Margaret’s living arrangement that is quite complicated. Margaret’s parents separated before she turned 7 years old.  Her mother went back home to her province in Dumaguete; Margaret wasContinue reading “Passport Application for Minors: What You Need to Bring and Why”

The Senior Citizen and His Passport: How to Get a Passport if You Don’t Have a PSA Birth Certificate

A primary requirement when applying for a passport (or renewing an old one) is the applicant’s birth certificate in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly NSO) or a Certified True Copy issued by the Local Civil Registrar.  This has become an issue among senior citizens, especially those born on 1945 andContinue reading “The Senior Citizen and His Passport: How to Get a Passport if You Don’t Have a PSA Birth Certificate”