How to Renew Philippine Passport 2016?

My passport will expire next year and my agency advised me to have it renewed before I leave for Ireland since they require that the passport should be valid for at least a year before departure. I immediately searched the internet on how to renew passport and I was surprised that several DFA branches are no longer accepting walk-in applicants. As announced, effective June 17, 2016, online passport application system will be implemented. I am not sure though if this is applicable to all branches of DFA. But majority now requires an online application.
The earliest date available that time was October 21, 2016, for DFA Tuguegarao. That is one month away from that day I scheduled an appointment. Other offices here in Manila had full slots already including other provincial branches.
So, here is how to renew your Philippine passport.
Online Appointment
Step 1: Visit DFA Passport Appointment System and schedule an appointment.
Step 2: Read the Terms and Conditions. Choose whether you will schedule an individual or group appointment. Do not forget to tick the box which indicates that you have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.
Note: Any incorrect information will result to delay in your application.
Step 3: Select the specific site where you want to schedule an appointment.
Step 4: Select the date and time for your appointment.
Note: The chosen time slot is reserved for 15 minutes only. If you were not yet done filling-up information after 15 minutes, the slot reserved will be available again to other applicants.
Step 5: Fill-up the necessary information required.
Personal Information
Family Information
Application Information
Contact Information
Step 6: Review the details and submit your application.
Step 7: Check your email and confirm your chosen appointment.
Download the PDF and print the accomplished application form on an A4 size paper.
Note: If the appointment is not confirmed within 120 hours, the provisional appointment will be canceled automatically and the slot will be given to other applicants. Furthermore, if you cannot make it to your scheduled date of appointment, you may cancel the appointment at least 3 working days before, to avoid problems in your future passport transactions.

On the day of the scheduled appointment:
  • Prepare the necessary documents. Check to know the required documents for passport renewal.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled time.
I chose DFA Tuguegarao as the site of my passport renewal, however, due to Super typhoon Lawin, the city was devastated tremendously. I went there on October 21 which was my scheduled date of appointment but the office was closed. I returned again on October 24 however, the representative said that they will only accommodate those whose passport are for releasing. Application and renewal of passport cannot be processed at that time because of the power outage. Nevertheless, the representative assured us that we can process in other DFA offices.
The nearest DFA branch to our place in Manila is DFA Sm Manila. I went there before 1000H and there was a long line already for passport applicants at the 5th floor.
Step 1: Verification
Present the necessary documents to the DFA representatives who will check if you really are scheduled that day and time.
  • accomplished application form
  • photocopy of any valid ID
Step 2: Processing
Prepare the following:
  • accomplished application form
  • most recent expiring passport or expired passport
  • photocopy of your passport’s pages 2 and 3 (pages with your photo and passport number) and the last page (page with the barcode)
  • valid ID
  • photocopy of the valid ID
Choose the type of processing, either rush or regular. Sign in the logbook.
Expired or near expiring passport will be punched here so make sure that you do not have any plans of traveling abroad before your new passport will be released.
Step 3: Payment
Go to the cashier and pay for the passport renewal processing fee.
  • Express Processing-1200 (7 working days)
  • Regular Processing-950 (15 working days)
Step 4: Encoding
Check the details of the information being encoded by the representative
Have your picture taken. (Smile with no teeth! No earrings or necklace)
Step 5: Courier/Delivery
This is optional. If in case you live far from the DFA branch you had scheduled an appointment, you have the option to have your passport deliver at your doorstep through courier services.
Step 6: Claim your passport
Visit the DFA Releasing area on the release date stamped on your receipt. Bring any valid ID and your receipt.
For DFA Sm Manila passport queries or concerns:
Contact #: 09209677982
Reminder: DFA Sm Manila prohibits the use of cellular phones inside the office.
Note: There were claims that some DFA branches are not releasing passports on time despite paying for rush processing. However, with DFA SM Manila, I was able to get mine on the release date stated!

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    • Issa
    • December 6, 2016

    Hi! Just wanna ask if you called the cellphone number they gave for following-up of release dates? I’ve been trying to call them the whole day but nobody is answering. Thanks!

      • December 6, 2016

      Are you referring to Sm Manila? I did not call them. I just went there on my schedule date of release. =)

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