New Philippine passport requirements

Update —— September 14, 2011 ——

The DFA has implemented a new passport processing system. Philippine passport applications and appointments must now be done online via the official DFA passport application website at

You will no longer need to bring passport-sized pictures since your picture shall be taken at the DFA premises. Here are the guidelines that you need to follow when having your picture taken at the DFA Enrollment Section:


We were finally able to apply for CJ’s passport yesterday, Friday, for our upcoming trip this December which was, as expected, accompanied by the usual hassles prevalent when applying for, or securing, any government license, certification or identification document.

We just found out that the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recently issued new passport application guidelines, specifically on the new colored photo requirement where the photo of the applicant should be taken against a royal blue background.

We already had a passport-sized picture of CJ taken a month ago with a white background, the old requirement. And it’s a good thing that Conne checked out the DFA website to verify the requirements, otherwise she would have wasted a trip to the DFA office if she brought along CJ’s old pictures. And so we had a new set of CJ’s pictures taken last Thursday, his 2nd birthday.


Update: Here’s a link to the new PASSPORT PHOTO GUIDELINES dated August 14, 2008: and you can download the PDF file here:

105 thoughts on “New Philippine passport requirements”

  1. i would like ask some question.this is e problem i have.i already make a new passport.but why the DFA still haven release my passport after 15day.i used to change my passport becease i alway lost it.N i alway been to boyfriend where not happy about e way e officer doing.never mand the word of 15days release had been for about 1 n half a month that my passport have not release.i heard that if e officers don release my passport meant’s that they are asking for coffee money.WHERE IS THE LAW THAN?what’s e point asking us change passport when they wont release e passpore.where is e LAWS.

  2. Hi I will be processing my passport soon and it will be my first time. Im researching the requirements and saw there application form in getting passport. Im puzzled on what should i fill in with the blanks asking my work when I dont work anymore? should i say SELF EMPLOYED? NONE? or RESIGNED? what should i fill to the office address? should i write it in there NONE ? Also the purpose of my visit… For now Im not certain where should I go and dont have purpose what should I do there… should i write VISITING B.F.? When my purpose is that I just want to prepare and get a passport for future use….. IM hoping for your reply please I need your answer. Thank you.

  3. Hi! From a friend – since a passport is a legal document, it’s best if you tell the truth so that you won’t be charged with perjury or falsification of a public document. For your occupation, you can state that you’re “Self employed” or just state “None”. You can just put in “N/A” (for “Not Applicable”) for your office address. It’s not like you’re applying for a Visa or anything where sometimes your current employment status has some bearing.

    You can also put in “Tourist” under purpose of travel. You can put in Hong Kong as your destination (and might want to try going there too). 🙂

    What’s important is that you have the necessary legal supporting documents.

  4. Hi, PJ! I stumbled upon your blog while searching for passport images, and it was such a “Hey, I know this guy!” moment for me because you were my classmate in high school! 😀 I’m not quite sure if you’d remember me though, although, correct me if I’m wrong, I do remember you as that soft-spoken guy with spiky hair whom I always mistook for Jay C., LOL. It has surely been a long time since Pisay, and I always marvel at how former batchmates have been doing, building families of their own. There are even some who are ready to send their kids to high school! (Yes, we’re that, er, old…) Best wishes to you and your family from me and the other ’92 batchmate I eventually married. 🙂

  5. Hi Trina! I do remember you! Thanks for dropping by! It’s always nice to hear from former classmates and old friends. Like you, I still wonder whatever became of my Pisay batchmates and I’m still glad that I’ve kept in touch with some of them. And yes, I do recall wearing the spike look way back then, and sometimes I wonder why I ever did it (perhaps I thought it would make me look taller since I didn’t have that growth spurt back then!). I hear Jay C’s doing good.

    And we’re not that old, we’re just, uhm, seasoned.

    Btw, congratulations to you and Rene (Aha, I did some research, see?) 🙂

    Best wishes to you and your family too! Let’s keep in touch. Cheers! 🙂

  6. Hi, I chanced upon your site when I googled “sample picture philippine passport”. I am interested to view sample photos because I’m having my baby’s photo taken for his passport.

    Thank you for making it a useful entry for all the Filipinos out there. Just wanted to make sure you are recognized for this. Regards to you and your family 🙂

  7. Thanks annamej! It’s nice to feel appreciated! I hope your baby’s photo shoot goes well, we had trouble getting our toddler to pose for the camera.. 🙂

    Regards to you and your family too! 🙂

  8. hi,im new here.i have question.i applied us passport for my newborn baby,since my husband is us citizen but i am filipino citizen,my question is can i applied philippine passport for my baby also?she was born here in cayman planning to take vacation in philippine nxt month,i hope i could receive some response.thanx

  9. I’m a temporary worker here in Canada, the new Royal Blue Background photo requirement is giving me a problem. All photo studio here cannot make that for me. What i’m going to do? I need to renew my passport as soon as possible.

  10. Irene Que Sep 27th, 2008 at 12:03 pm I’m a temporary worker here in Canada, the new Royal Blue Background photo requirement is giving me a problem. All photo studio here cannot make that for me. What i’m going to do? I need to renew my passport as soon as possible.

    I have the same problem with Irene. In USA, the standard passport photo has WHITE background & they used good quality glossy paper. I called all the Passport Photo Shops & they told me they only use white background. This is the first time they heard of a royal blue background for a passport photo from a foreign country.
    So what I did is I bought a royal blue color large POSTER BOARD from a School Supply Store .
    I brought it with me to a Passport Photo Studio. They used it to take my passport photo . So it solved my problem.

    There is so little information from the Philippine govt. website, Pililipinos living abroad like me are unaware of this new changes.

    The requirements by the Phil. govt. is so unique and different from other countries. First they want a blue background, then your EARS must be shown, then your face must cover up 80 percent of the photograph, collared shirts only, 3 copies required , they want the photo in Matte paper if possible.

    In USA, the standard requirement is so simple.
    1. 2 copies only, front view, glossy or matte paper both OKAY.
    2. Standard white background
    3. Ears whether showing or NOT is acceptable
    4. Any attire is acceptable as long as it is decent, collared shirt is NOT required.

    I dont know why our govt. posted all this unique requirements, they are making it hard for us to apply for a passport. Even the american photographer who took my photo was puzzled why we have a blue background photo…….and I dont know the answer to that.

    I thought I will share this information to all of you specially to those living here in USA who are planning to apply for a new passport soon…………GOOD LUCK.

  11. PS
    Due to lack of information from the PI Consulates here in USA, my first photo with blue background has my ears covered. It was rejected by the Consulate, they send me samples of photos how the picture should be taken.

    I went back to the studio with my blue poster board. This time, my 2nd photo was taken with my ears showing. So I have to pay again. The American photographer felt sorry for me & gave me a discount. This time, it looks right. So I mail it back to the PI Consulate here in USA . I am hoping all is well this time. I heard that they will send my application to Manila for processing for a maximum of 6 weeks.

    I have so much headache doing all this just to renew my passport. Before they have this new electronic passport, the PI Consulate in USA makes the passports right here and they mail it back to you in one week only. I dont know why they are sending it to Manila for 6 weeks processing…….that is too long and so far away.

  12. You are welcome PJ…….I accidentally stumbled to your website because I was searching for information regarding the new Phil.E-passport through Google. Just like I said, Pilipinos living in USA & around the world has so little information about the new laws in the Philippines. You are right. Walang pag-babago sa Pinas, same old thing. Sad to say….too much politics & red tape.

    Anyway…..I am planning to apply for US Citizenship this year so I wont be needing a Phil.Passport anymore .

    This is a nice site……I enjoyed reading some of your blogs.

  13. Thanks, I appreciate it. My mom just got her US citizenship last month. She’s currently based in Jacksonville, Florida.

    I hope all goes well with your citizenship application. Cheers!

  14. I tried to find a passport place to take a Royal Blue background picture. Couldnt find it anywhere. I went to walmart and found some Royal Blue material (Cloth) and came home and took my own pictures, keeping in mind the requirements. I will keep you posted as to the results. But it looks GREAT. cost = $ 1.97

  15. Hi Leon,

    You are just like me, innovative & quick thinker….hehehe….I bought a royal blue poster board and you bought a blue cloth to use…..matalino talaga ang mga pinoy…….just kidding.

    Guess what, it will take 6 weeks or more to get your new passport all the way from the Philippines, bummer. Right now, I still have not receive my new passport, I am still waiting……Baka na-fake na ang record ko sa Philippines, huwag naman sana. Marami kasing racketer sa atin, even the workers in the govt. are doing bad business practices.

    My 3 sisters who are all US Citizens renewed recently their US Passport, about one month ago.. It was done within 2 weeks only…….And the photograph has the standard WHITE BACKGROUND…..and the new electronic US passports are highly coded with new security features. European passports & other countries still use the White Background for photo.

    I HAVE NO IDEA WHY PHILIPPINES OF ALL COUNTRIES CHOSE TO HAVE A ROYAL BLUE BACKGROUND. Now…..Pilipinos living in USA can not find a photo shop that uses blue background…….You have to bring your own blue material to use or take your own picture at home.

    Pilipinos who might be surfing this site, living in USA , I hope this information will help you when you are ready to apply for your new passport…..Buy your own royal blue background material before going to a photo shop…….Good luck to all.

  16. PJ Oct 6th, 2008 at 6:50 pm Thanks, I appreciate it. My mom just got her US citizenship last month. She’s currently based in Jacksonville, Florida.
    I hope all goes well with your citizenship application. Cheers!
    Nice to know that your mom lives in Florida… PJ, have you been in USA ? Your mother can petition for you to come over.

    By the way, I live in Northern California, San Francisco Peninsula Area…..there are thousands of Pinoys in California, same in Florida……..and everywhere in big cities in USA. There are millions of Pilpinos all over USA mind you. You will never get homesick because you see them everywhere.

    Florida is a nice State BUT it has the worst weather in the country. They are visited every single year with typhoons, floods and huricanes.

    California is a big state and has the best weather, always warm, sunny similar to Philippines. The only drawback is, it is an earthquake country…..but we are used to it.

    There is no perfect place to live…..People just get used to living where they are.

    It takes years for citizenship to be approved. There is a long list of applicants, you just have to wait in line to be called. Usually a year or two is the time limit to be approved… I gonna start early next year…

    Nice to be back here.

  17. hi could anyone help me???? i am planning to travel to australia with my 4 month old baby. i am curious if my baby need passport to travel with me? does infant need passport, if it so, what are the requirements???thank

  18. Hello Des,

    To apply – you need
    1. Babys birth certificate
    2. Your marriage cert/ birth cert/ passport — proof that you are the mother
    3. Baby’s photo

    If you are in the Philippines, check out the website of the Dept.of Foreign Affairs for more information. If you are outside the Phil., check out the website of the Phil.Consulates where you are located. I hope this will help. Good luck.

  19. Hi Me,

    If your Old passport is still Valid ( not yet expired ), you can still use it until 2010. After 2010, you can no longer use it.

    By international law, all countries must use the new ELECTRONIC PASSPORT by 2010.

    I advise you to renew it in Manila to get the latest new electronic passport…… It only cost $10.00 to renew the passport in Manila…and I think it only takes a day or 2 to get a new one. If you are in a foreign country, you have to appear in person at the Consulate Office to apply for a new passport.

    I paid $50.00 to renew my passport here in USA. I received my new electronic passport this week from the San Francisco Consulate, it took 6 weeks to received it because they mailed it to Manila to be process.

  20. I’m glad I found this site. My fiance is filipino and he is trying to get his passport updated. The problem is that he hasn’t had one since he was 10 years old. So his mom needs to go with him to prove his identity. The problem here is that she doesn’t believe us about the blue background because all her friends have white ones. She’s also an American citizen so she isn’t aware of this change. We showed her the site, but it’s a no go.

    Do you think that filipino travel agencies will have the blue background? I know I took my pictures in a travel agency.

  21. Hello Magda,

    After seeing PJ’s sons photo above and all the information we posted here, I can not believe that your boy friends mother still does not be believe us ??????? What a dumb person she is, sorry to be blunt but I think she is just typical pilipino who believes in hearsays or gossips and is ignorant of the new law due to lack of information on her part.

    It will serve her right if they go to the agency or embassy with the wrong color of photo background…… will be just a waste of their time to go back & forth & get the right color of picture required by the Phil.govt.

    Old passports with white photo background that has not expired yet are still good to use until 2010 ONLY. By 2010, new Phil.electronic passports with blue background MUST BE USED WHEN TRAVELING ANYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD.

    My advise is to call the travel agency or the Phil.embassy for INFORMATION so you wont be wasting your time in traveling back and forth . Misinformations can lead to problems. Go the websites I posted for more information…….Good luck on dealing with your future mother-in-law…….hahahaha…..just kidding !!

  22. ^ Heheh, thanks Liz! 🙂

    Hi Magda,

    I provided a link in my post referencing the current Philippine passport guidelines as posted on the official Department of Foreign Affairs website. Has your finance’s mom actually seen the official guideline? Here’s the link again: just in case she might have missed it.

    And here’s an excerpt indicating the photo background requirement:

    Three (3) colored photos of the applicant taken against a royal blue background. Applicant should be in decent attire with collar. Photo must be of good quality, and must have been taken within the last six (6) months. Photo size: 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm. Facial image size: Not less than 3 cm. DFA has the right to reject photos that do not comply with specifications and international standards.

    I hope this helps clear up the confusion. 🙂

  23. Good morning guys.. Hope I can get help with this:
    My husband’s passport is expiring Aug.’09 & will travel to Japan by Feb..We are planning to apply for a U.S Visa aftr Japan trip..When do you think guys should he renew his passport? Since the old one has all the travel histories we think it would be more “meaty” to the IO’s if he will present that one first…Please help me guys……..Thanks!

  24. Hi, with regards to your Japan trip, you might want to check with your travel agent or the DFA, but I understand that when traveling to a different country your passport needs to be valid for at least six (6) months beyond your intended period of stay. So if you intend to leave for Japan by Feb 15, 2009, for example, and your passport is set to expire on August 10, 2009, then you may not be allowed to travel unless you renew your passport (expiration is less than 6 months from intended travel date). I know some people who weren’t able to leave the country, or had to renew their passports, because of this rule.

    As for your US Visa application, you’ll still have your old passport if you apply for a new one. I have some friends who attached their old passport, along with their new passport, when submitting the required documents to the US embassy.

  25. To PJ,

    Yes his mom has seen the site, which I have saved on my desktop, and she just says “You can’t believe everything on the internet.” Right now his sister is going through getting her passport, so she said she will mention the guidelines to her as well hoping that maybe hearing it from her will help our cause.

  26. Hi Magda,

    Oh well, from the looks of it, all I can say is good luck with the cause. 🙂

    All the same, please tell her that no one can use a “” domain without the approval of the Philippine government, the same way that no one can use a “.gov” domain (ex. without the approval of the US government. This is an assurance that all sites bearing the “” domain name are official websites of the corresponding government office or agency.

  27. Liz, thank God there’s not a lot of pinoys/pinays here in Phx. At least kulang ang tsismis and backstabbing. just speaking from experience. if i miss native, i’ll rather just go back to Pinas for awhile.

    btw, PJ, i’m taking my nephews and neices in Pinas sa Hong Kong Disney and it says that one of the requirement for letting them travel overseas is a consent from a parent or/and a travel clearance frow dsw.. my plan is not till 2010.. how soon do i need to get this additional docs for a hassle free travel? also it says that they need a photo copy and original copy of my passport.. i live in the US and i have a US passport, just seems weird that they would require a photo copy and original copy. Not sure if the people making all these guidelines ever stop and think before penning something down.

  28. Question? Where can I get the photo taken? Will they crop the pic to the required size? Should I take it my self? My wife and I are about ready to stop planing our trip to visit her family in Iloilo. There’s so much BS. Is there a place near the San Francisco Consulate if we can’t find a place here. We live 200 miles from San Francisco and hate the thought of getting turned away because of the photos..

  29. P Hilton Jan 8th, 2009 at 10:13 am Question? Where can I get the photo taken? Will they crop the pic to the required size? Should I take it my self? My wife and I are about ready to stop planing our trip to visit her family in Iloilo. There’s so much BS. Is there a place near the San Francisco Consulate if we can’t find a place here. We live 200 miles from San Francisco and hate the thought of getting turned away because of the photos..

    FYI —- I have my passport photo taken at SEARS Store. Go to any Sears Dept Store Photo studio. There are sears stores in San Mateo Hillsdale Mall, San Jose Eastridge mall, Tanforan Mall in South San FRancisco & other branches of Sears all over the Peninsula Area. OR go to any passport studios.
    Call them first, ask them if they have the royal blue background, if they dont have it, do what I did. Go to any school supplies & buy a royal blue poster board, take it with you to the Studio so they can used it for your photo background. Good luck & happy trip soon.

    PS – You have to apply in PERSON IN THE S.F.CONSULATE for your new electronic passport…..They will send your application to MANILA FOR PROCESSING….You will receive your new passport after one month. What a long wait……that is Phil. govt. for you.

    To avoid long delays & confusions ….Call the Consulate for more information before planning to go to their office.

  30. hello mr.pj,i noticed ur answering d problems mostly,wanna ask wat wl b d requiremtn of my 8 year old son who is bringing my last name as im a single parent,n my 1 year old son who have his father last name?n will i bring them to the dfa for appearance?

  31. Hi Jen,

    The requirements are basically the same: duly accomplished application form, NSO birth certificate (in security paper or SECPA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO, 3 valid passport pictures (you may refer to the blog entry or the comments above), proof of identity and other supporting documents.

    And minors below 18 years old don’t have to appear personally, but take note of the ff.: the personal appearance of either parent will suffice if the child is legitimate, but if the child is illegitimate, then the mother must be the one present, and not the father.

    For reference, please check the ff. page on the DFA official website:

    I hope this helps! Cheers!

  32. Hi PJ 🙂 Let me add my “thanks” for the extensive information you have shared about this topic….since I am trying to get a passport for my eight month old son, Ranyag. Indeed, the “royal blue” background is quite tricky to find. Buti na lang my partner is a graphics artist and did a bit of Photoshop. But there were four different kinds of royal blue! So, I’m so thankful that when I “googled” sample Philippine passport photos, it brought me to your website. Since, we did the photo in our own studio, it was more challenging pala to have a baby pose for the camera. hehehe!

  33. Hi…can anyone pls tell me if I can use the 2×2 photo size for a philippine passport application. I understand that the required size for passport photo is 1.77″x1.37″ but i couldn’t find a passport studio here in seattle that has that kind of size. I went to walgreens yesterday for my passport photo and unfortunately the smallest size of photo they have is the standart US passport photo size which is 2×2. I was planning to do the pictures on my own, but too scared that the PI consulate would reject my pictures so plssss…HELP ME!! Let me know what are other options I can do to solve this problem…

  34. me_an Feb 5th, 2009 at 9:28 am

    To Me_An
    Your problem is a no brainer……ask the studio to cut the edges of the 2×2 to 1.77x 1.37…make sure you leave enough space on top of your head or you can cut it yourself.


    Send the standard usa sz of 2×2 with your application. The Consulate will cut it to the right sz for you. THAT IS WHAT THEY DID TO MY PHOTO.

    Talaga naman po ang PI govt……iba na ang size ng photo, iba pa rin ang background. Pilipino lang ang may ganitong requirements. Ibang country, they use the standard 2×2 photo and white background. Pinahihirapan ang mga pinoy.

    By the way….sakop yata ng San Francisco Consulate ang Seattle Washington…..kaya bad omen….you have to apply in PERSON.. MERON BANG EMBASSY SA SEATTLE ? If none, KAILANGAN MO MAG-APPEAR SA SAN FRANCISCO. wAH…ANG LAYO NG SEATTLE SA FRISCO….YOU HAVE TO FLY TO GET TO S.F. or Drive at least 8 hours or more one way……..Play safe….call the Embassy & gather all the required documents so you wont be wasting time. GOOD LUCK to you .

  35. To Me_An

    I just check the SF consulate website, I am right……you have to apply at the San Francisco Consulate because you are under their jurisdiction . Go their website to get more information such as their tel # and Address

    Alaska (AK) Utah (UT) Wyoming (WY) Colorado ( CO) Oregon(OR) Northern Nevada Idaho (ID) Washington (WA) ,Northern California ,Montana (MO)

    EXCEPTIONS — if you are 65 yrs old ( Senior) or you are child, you can MAIL YOUR NOTARIZED APPLICATION WITH YOUR PAYMENT & DOCUMENTS. ALL others who are not a child or under 65 must appear in Person.

  36. Hi there. I come across your website and I want to ask any of you for the help.

    I just got my new passport from DFA manila but they have my middle name wrong . I’m just wondering what to do in my case? Can I just pass it on to travel agency to do the correction for me? I’m so busy to go there. Also will it take really long time?

    Does anyone ever have this problem like me before?

    Please help me… Thanks a lot






  39. Thank you Liz and PJ for all the info on the new phil passport requirements! Am here in San Diego and I need to renew mine, and I haven’t found a photo studio with the blue background. Thank you for teaching me and others out there what to do! Best wishes!:)

  40. You are welcome Me-An and Lyn. Guess what, I am just a guess in this site but I am acting like I am PJ’s secretary, hahaha I am just kidding. I hope PJ won’t mind me answering your questions. He seems to be nowhere in sight.

    I have a suggestions to all the Pilipinos living in USA visiting this site. Why don’t we all unite and complain & write e-mails to the Philippine Consulates in USA. They knew pretty well that the distance from different States are really far. To appear in person just to renew a passport is really a hardship. Example like Me-An who lives in Seattle, she has to fly to get to SF or drive almost 10 hours by car one way.
    They should reconsider the distance where you live. They should change the rules. They should let everyone just mail their NOTARIZED forms to the embassy if it is only a Renewal. They already have your information in their data base the first time you applied so I think personal appearance is not necessary..

    Why can’t they copy the way USA process American passports. It is so easy and simple.
    For example….my sisters who are US citizens renewed their expired passport through the local US post office passport section. All they did is pay the fee . All US passports can be process in any US local post office where you live. They are authorized by the US act as Passport Agents. So it is very easy and convenient for anyone. You just pay them a $20.00 fee and they will mail it for you direct to Washington DC Passport Center.
    If you are applying for the first for your US passport, you can also go directly to the post office . You just show them all your documents and sign all the forms in person. That is it…..very easy and simple..It only takes 2 weeks to receive your new & old passports from the mail.

  41. LIZ!! may tanong ako ulit sayo! sana mapa-daan ka ulit sa site na to! hehe!

    tanong ko lang kung nareceive mo ba ung bago mong passport exactly 6 weeks? kasi yung akin kaka-tanggap palang ng consulate ung passport application. I’m just worried na baka 2 months or more than 6 weeks pala aantayin ko (sana naman hindi ganun katagal) based on your experience, gano katagal bago mo natanggap ung passport mo?

    lam mo ba grabeH!! 3 times ako bumalik sa photo studio para lang ma-correct ung passport photo ko. kailangan tlga perfect! lam mo gus2 ko na nga umiyak kasi napapago nako kakalakad ng passport ko! add 2 that i have with me my 16 months old boy na napaka-kulit! haay! wala lang kwento ko lang sayo! hehe! anywayzz GOOD LUCK 2 ME!! sana maging ok na lahat!!

    TNK U!!!

  42. Hello again me-an

    I applied on 9-18-08 & I recvd my passport from the mail on 10-24-08….exactly 5 weeks.

    Noon araw, dito lang sa San Francisco Consulate ginagawa. If you go in person, isang araw lang tapos na. Kung by mail one week lang. Kaya matagal ngayon kasi pindadala nila sa Manila dahil wala silang pambili ng equipment. Mahirap kasi ang Pinas….ha,ha,ha. Happy trip pala kung uuwi ka sa atin.

    1. dont get me wrong.. did you just laugh at us (Philippines) when you said these words?

      Kaya matagal ngayon kasi pindadala nila sa Manila dahil wala silang pambili ng equipment. Mahirap kasi ang Pinas….ha,ha,ha.

      suddenly i remember Bob Ong’s wordings:

      Walang masama kung gusto mong lisanin ang barkong sa tingin mo’y palubog na. Basta’t wag mo lang hahagisan ng anumang pabigat ang barko habang pinagsusumikapan itong isalba ng ibang tao.”

      1. Grabe ka naman, Daw saan ka galing… NANGLALAIT NG SARILING BAHAY… Ang yabang mo…
        Mamatay ka rin.. iuuwi ka pa rin sa hukay … at baka di mo alam.. sa Pinas ka rin lalamayan

    2. excuse, can’t help but take notice na masyado mababa tingin mo sa Pinas…Obviously, Pinoy ka rin dahil tagalog ka magsalita..di komo anjan ka na sa bayan ng Banyaga me karapatan ka ng LAITIN ANG BAYAN MONG PINAGMULAN..Mahiya ka sa BALAT MO, kahit sinasabi mong mahirap ang PINAS at pinagtatawanan mo ..marami pa ring PINOY na DI GAYA mo na kahit anjan pa sa ibang bansa halos LUMAKI AT NAGKA-ISIP , PINOY pa rin sa PUSO’T ISIP.

  43. hi pj i need some help here. my husband is in the us and it’s filing of taxes again there. he needs our son’s passport who is just 2 months old so he can apply for my son’s TIN. what are the requirements that i need in order to get a passport for him? your response is appreciated. email me thanks!

  44. Hi Dharleen,

    When we applied for our son, CJ’s, passport when he was about 2 years old, my wife just went to the DFA in person and submitted a Certificate of Legitimacy.

    You can check this page out for the passport requirements for minors:

    I hope this helps.


  45. PJ,

    Thank you for this informative blog. I would like to ask about the return envelope. Since our whole family (me, my wife and daughter) will be applying do I need to prepare 3 return envelope (with USPS Express mail postage) or just 1 return envelope will do.

    Thank you.

  46. hello pj,
    good day! i have this senario that i’am going through. i was working here in florida as seasonal worker and my visa is about to expired in three more months and same as my passport too, so i decided and came up on looking in the net to find new job and it just so happend that the job i landed is in canada. my problem is this, i have to renew my passport as fast and as soon as possible. i tried to call the nearest consular office here in florida and thier office was located in fort lauderdale and they told me that the processing will took about four months. so i need to find other ways to renew it.can you please help me on how to find ways to renew my phil passport while i’am here in america?, please help me!

    thank you, enjoy the rest of the day!


  47. hi evryone,,i hope somebody can help me here..i have misspell name but thats already correct now so thats already good..but now some of my id are not same place wr i is that realy a big problem again or they dnt care bout the place only some other stuff?plzz rply mhe and anyway where is a good place photoshop that they can make a good picture and the dfa.will accept the pics.

  48. I’m really glad I came across this page!.. I was looking for ideas on where to get that blue background photo.. this helped a lot. thanks!

    btw, Liz.. not sure if you still check back from time to time or not, but how long did it take for you to receive your passport? I know you stated 6 weeks in your earlier post.. was it late by just a few days after that 6 weeks? or was it nearing the 7th week… and do you know if there’s been cases where people have gotten their passports earlier than that? one more thing.. is there a way to speed up the process by paying extra fees?

    .. thanks.

  49. hi,,im here again try to get some Information.i dont have an old id or expired id,,i have all new id is that posible that i still can get a passport please answer me,,tnx

  50. mmm,,,im peace off now,,nobody answer me here,,how can i get info here.i need to have passport so i can get tourist visa next month.

  51. Hi kababayan’s, I’m living in Fort Pierce, Florida… any suggestion kung saan ako magpapakuha ng passport picture with royal blue background? Today, I tried, Sears, Walgreens, Abby’s and Ritz photo studio sa Mall but they can’t help me on this. :C

    Thanks to PJ for a great informative blog.

  52. tnx mike,i did go that site but thats all about the requiremnts .wat i like to know is, if its possible to get passport without old id.

  53. Hi. my cousin was about to have his flight last april 24. upon chcking, he discovered that his passport was lost.

    Is there a lane or special case officer taking care of this kind of incident wherein an OFW needs to renew a passport immediately at DFA?

    Affidavit of loss can be obtained backside of DFA right? how about police report? if theres someone experienced this kind of problem, please share. it would be of great help. Thanks! – thea

  54. a convert islam since i married a syrian now processing my papers to change my name,using muslim name already.i’m juz wondering if you know about islam convert(filipino)if i will get passport,will they use my muslim name as my name in the passport or still they will put my name before and juz write a.k.a.for my islam name?i hope you can help me know about this..thank you so much

  55. Hi,

    I applied for passport renewal in Vancouver 2 mos ago and I havent received it yet. I called the Philippine Consulate there to follow it up and the one who answered the phone was a typical govt employee na masungit and unfriendly..Tsk, tsk, hay nako….(sigh). Cant really understand why they have to be bitchy…

    Just sharing..

  56. hi, gud day !we are leaving this sept.09 going back to UAE with my kids, i dont know if there will be a problem in imigration if i use my child’s passport bearing his baby picture, he is now 4 yrs old.he entered philippines the first time last 2006 and the passport is valid til 20011.

    do i still need to renew his passport?
    and another thing, i talked to online passport service and they said they need the NSO birth cert. eventhough i already have his birth cert. from where he was born (UAE).
    thanks much

    1. Yes, it’s perfectly okay to smile, as long as your features aren’t too distorted – like the Grinch’s grin >8-P (per the DFA passport picture guidelines). But I believe what they recommend is the “Mona Lisa” smile.

  57. kailangan pa ba ng mga old ID’s sa
    pagkuha ng pasport? at ano ung mga
    lahat ng kailangan sa pagkuha ng
    pasport? tnx

  58. hi ask kolang po pwede po ba akung makauwi ng pinas kaht expired na ang phi passport ko.dun konalang sana pinas renew?pls help me

  59. hello po,
    ask ko lang po kung ano po ang mga requirtments pag kumuha ng passport, bago lang po kasi ako, pwede po ba un valid ID ko ay Postal ID at wala po akong old ID, peo my certificate ako ng voters ID..
    pwede na po ba un.

  60. Hi. ano po ba ang requirement pag mag renew ng passport then nagchange ng name kasi dati po me catholic then nagpa convert po me ng muslim. thanks & best rgds.

  61. hi.ask ko lang pano mg apply ng passport kung ung anak ko ay walang middle name and her surname is d same with mine.although nakalgay sa b.cert nya ung acknowledgement of paternity.mkkakuha kaya sya passport?

  62. hello po…..asking for your kind help….
    nag aaply po kc ng passport yung anak ko. Both of his parents are abroad….nabasa ko po sa net yung mga requirements pero di ko po masyado maintindihan kung paano po iyon gagawin…..please naman po,,,pag may samples po sana kayo nung mga requirements….
    1.affidavit of support and consent
    2. special power of attorney
    tapos,,,through mail ko ho ba ipapadala ang mga iyon?
    thank you very much……please help….

  63. hillo po asking lang ako paano po ba f magkuha ako ng passtport kise hinde ko alam kong paano ako mag kuha kung saan ako mag simula pls guide me how to get a new passtport

  64. Hi…good afternoon to all a employer of DFA ESPECIALLY who’s doing a passport work..

    I just want to ask,what is a very important requirement to the married woman??

    please reply..thank u?

  65. hi, can you pls. send me complete requirements in applying for a passport?first time ko pa kasi tsaka gusto ko rin kumuha para sa aking lolo at lola na 65 old na.. tnx po sana magreply po kau soon..-)

  66. Hi sir/mam. Can you send me a Complete Requirements about Muslim applicant and can you please inform me an exact schedule with Passporting office or set me an schedule please Send it to my Hotmail Account

    Thank You Very Much
    Ammar Murphy

  67. @LIZ dont get me wrong.. did you just laugh at us (Philippines) when you said these words?

    Kaya matagal ngayon kasi pindadala nila sa Manila dahil wala silang pambili ng equipment. Mahirap kasi ang Pinas….ha,ha,ha.

    suddenly i remember Bob Ong’s wordings:

    Walang masama kung gusto mong lisanin ang barkong sa tingin mo’y palubog na. Basta’t wag mo lang hahagisan ng anumang pabigat ang barko habang pinagsusumikapan itong isalba ng ibang tao.”

  68. hi po.. gusto ko lang sana itanong kung pwede po itong documents ko..
    ang id ko lang po ay. postal id, barangay id, pwede rin po ba ang voter’s certification po??

    yun lang po kasi ang documents ko eh.. pls po paki answer. asap

    thank u po

  69. hello! pwede ba akong kumuha ng passport ng new born baby ko kahit hindi kami married ng tatay nya. Kasal ako sa una at gamit ko parin ang apelyedo ng una kong asawa sa lahat ng ID ko even my passport. Nagwowork kami sa abroad ng bago kong partner at gusto namin dalhin ang bata sa abroad. Ang inaalala lang namin ko makakakuha ba kami ng passport ng new born baby? Gusto rin namin gamitin ng bata ang apelyido ng tunay na ama, okey lang ba yon? sana matulungan mo kami.

  70. Good Morning Po,,.. Ask ko lang po sana kung paano ka ma change yung gender ko po sa passport.. kasi instead po M ang nakalagay ang na input po nila sa passport ko ay F.. ito po yung problema ko.. Pano ko po sya mabago.. at nag pass po ako ng lahat ng requirements nila at lahat ng requirements na dala ko during apperance po sa passport ay walang issue po regarding po sa gender ko po… dahil po sa pangalan ko lang po alam na na lalaki po ako.. so i need your advice kung ano procedure gagawin ko.. kasi po sa bacolod city ko pa po un kunuha eh… Nung March 28, 2014 ko na claim yung passport ko po.. Through LBC po… i need ur help po.. Salamat ng marami.. May God Bless you all..

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