DFA Passport Renewal 2021: Requirements & Steps for Easy Application
September 1, 2021
DFA Passport Updates During COVID-19:
As of writing, Philippine passport applications are strictly by online appointment basis only. Applicants are advised to check the health and safety protocols of the local government unit (LGU) prior to booking a DFA appointment online.
To those with emergency or urgent travel needs, you may send an email to DFA-OCA (email@example.com) or to the nearest Consular Office and present your proof of urgent travel so they can attend to your request accordingly. Be sure to check out the DFA travel advisories page for the latest travel updates and information.
Some DFA branches nationwide have been affected by the changing quarantine restrictions. Be sure to check the latest DFA advisories before proceeding with your DFA passport appointment.
On 7 July 2021, DFA launched Temporary Off-Site Passport Services (DFA-TOPS) in six locations in the NCR Plus area, making it possible to open 177,500 additional passport appointment slots. These sites include SM Mall of Asia, SM City North Edsa, Robinsons Place Magnolia, SM Aura, Robinsons Place Las Piñas, and Ayala Malls Glorietta.
Even though my Philippine passport will only expire in March 2021, I decided to renew it as early as January 2020 to avoid complications in my future travels. The passport validity is now 10 years anyway, so I no longer have to max out my passport down to the last 6 months. By the way, I could not stress this enough — your Philippine passport must have at least 6 months validity prior to travelling, even to visa-free countries. You will be questioned or held at the immigration if it is less than 6 months. You don’t want that to happen, so if I were you, I’d process my DFA passport renewal at least a year prior to its expiry. Yes, better safe than sorry!
Philippine passport renewal is easy. In fact, you can schedule a DFA appointment online any time. To make things simpler, I’ve broken down the requirements and steps for you.
Read and review the Terms and Conditions and scroll to the bottom.
Tick the checkbox if you have read and understood the information.
Click the Start Individual Appointment OR Start Group Appointment if you want to apply for more than one person.
Step 2: Input your personal information
Whether you’re applying individually or with a group, make sure that all information you key in are correct. Double-check everything because any error or discrepancy may result in delay or rejection of your Philippine passport application.
If you selected Group Appointment, you will be asked for the number of applicants. You can schedule up to a maximum of 5 applicants only. Click next after your selection.
2.1 Select the DFA site location for your appointment
As for me, I opted for DFA NCR Northeast (Ali Mall) as it is the nearest site from where I was based at the time of my Philippine passport renewal application. Do note that open slots will differ for each location, so you might want to check the other locations if you want to schedule your DFA appointment on a specific date.
DFA Metro Manila branches:
SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Robinsons Novaliches, Quezon City
Ali Mall, Cubao, Quezon City
METRO ATC, Muntinlupa City
SM CITY, Manila
For Cebu, you may schedule your DFA Cebu appointment here:
Pacific Mall Metro Mandaue, Cebu
Cebu Pow at SM Seaside City Cebu
After selecting your preferred DFA site, click next.
2.2 Select your DFA online appointment schedule
You will have to select the Date and Time of your DFA passport renewal appointment. The green ones are the available dates for passport appointment.
2.3 Input your personal information and other information in the next pages
Next steps are already simple and straightforward. Complete each page and click next:
Group Contact Information
Tip: Ready current passport because you will need some of the information from there.
Step 3: Wait for the email confirmation and pay the Philippine passport application fee
After completing your DFA online application, firstname.lastname@example.org will send you an email with your reference number and payment instructions.
Philippine passport fees are as follows:
₱950 for 12 business days
₱1,200 for 6 business days
Please take note of the following:
You only have 24 hrs to pay for your Philippine passport application.
There is an additional ₱50 convenience fee.
Take note of your reference number and proceed to any of the following outlets to pay:
Robinsons malls and supermarket
Bayad Center or Bayad Center app
Note: For group applications, fees must be paid individually.
Step 4: Print your DFA passport requirements and documents
After paying the application fee within 24 hours, you will get an email confirming your successful DFA appointment. A PDF file is attached containing some important reminders, steps at data capturing site, completed Philippine passport application form, and electronic receipt. Print all the attached DFA passport requirements in an A4 paper and bring them on your scheduled Philippine passport renewal appointment.
Step 5: Proceed to DFA for your personal appearance
On your DFA passport renewal appointment day, arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time. Dress appropriately — wear clothes that cover your shoulders and closed shoes. No shorts, short skirts or any revealing outfit. Heavy make-up is also discouraged as you might be asked to remove it during photo-taking.
Steps at the DFA for your passport renewal
Step 1: Approach the guard and wait for your turn to enter the site. Present your printed A4 documents and identification card (ID) at the verification counter. You will be given a priority number.
Step 2: Wait for your number, and present your verified application form and requirements to the processor. You will be given another priority number for the encoding section.
Step 3: When your number is called, proceed to the encoding counter. Your photo will then be taken and you will be asked to double-check your encoded data. You will receive a claim stub with the tentative date of passport release.
Step 4 (optional): You may opt to have your passport delivered to you through the assigned couriers inside the site. I had my passport delivered via LBC for ₱150.
Step 6: Wait for your Philippine passport release
The processing time for Philippine passport renewal may vary. It could take up to 15 working days, depending on your location. Thankfully, I got my passport after 7 working days only.
The DFA passport renewal process is no longer as tedious as it was in the past. While it still took more than two hours for me to process at Ali Mall branch, the final waiting time was definitely faster compared to when I processed my first Philippine passport a few years back.