Wednesday, September 14, 2011


My passportvis about to expire by March next year. But since travelling abroad requires atkeast 6-7months passport validity, I needed to apply for my renewal so we can book a flight this January for niece's birthday.

Good thing that during the time I checked the online schedule, the closest was a week and a half. The scheduling system has improved since the time mh brother renewed his passport early this year.

My current passport was the older version which was not yet electronic thus when I go to other countries, data entry was longer. I still remember the old process when passport renewal was still being done in their Libertad branch. There was no appointments neede, it was a first come first serve basis. You had to come early to get a numbef and if you are not familiar with the process, there's a possibility of getting fooled by fixers telling you all sorts of things like pointing you to another place and asking you to pay more.

Although the new process had negative reviews in the beginning, it is slowly improving.

Once you have set up an appointment, you can be at the DFA office in Macapagal Blvd at hour earlier. It is recommended to always get the 8 am schedule. People start coming in at 6. Gate 1 is for agency renewal and Gate 2 is for the scheduled applicants. You would need to first get your form that you will receive after setting up an appointment verified. Proceed to step 1 were they will process you papers and issue you a receipt for payment. Charges are P 950 for standard processing of 20 business days, or P 1200 for rush processing for 10 business days. There is a total of 23 counters for step one but not all are usually occupied.

The next step is to pay the procesing fee. Once paid, you will need to get a number and wait for you turn for your applcation be processed and get your picture and biometrics taken. After that, you will just need to wclaik your passport based oj the processing time you have chosen, or you can go to the delivery service and have your passport delivered to your home instead for P120.

For requirements and to schedule an appointment, please visit

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