Just Married: How to Change Your Last Name in Your IDs and Documents

After exchanging “I do’s” with your husband, it is time you start changing your last name in most (if not all) of your government IDs and documents, too.  Or do you, really? Your change in marital status must be duly reflected in your accounts with the government such as your SSS (or GSIS if youContinue reading “Just Married: How to Change Your Last Name in Your IDs and Documents”

How to Apply or Renew your Philippine Passport Even During a Pandemic

Is your passport expiring soon? Or are you planning to finally get yourself a passport now that you have more time (since most employers have eased the work schedules of their staff)? I did a quick research on the application process for new passports and passport renewals and am sharing my findings below. Take noteContinue reading “How to Apply or Renew your Philippine Passport Even During a Pandemic”

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?”