Saturday, September 15, 2012

Requesting for a new passport or passport renewal is as easy as (steps) 1, 2, 3. You can now conveniently get an appointed date, time at any of DFA's two hubs- their main office in Macapagal Boulevard & 7th floor of SM Megamall.

DFA Consular Office in Macapagal

My passport & Mama's will expire on February 2013 and because passports unofficially expire 6 months before their actual expiration, we will not be able to join our family for our Hong Kong trip this November if we're still carrying our old passport so we have to renew it before our scheduled vacation. My first experience of applying a passport was of the year 2008 at DFA's old office where it's disorganized & chaotic so basing on my past experience the new process is better. 

In renewing your passport one should first set an appointment thru DFA's Passport Application Appointment System at All information you need is indicated in this website so you have to carefully read everything if you wish to have a smooth sailing  passport processing.

In the website there's a Set An Appointment tab. Here, you will type all personal information they need- you should not leave any blank, then you will be asked to choose the date and time of your preferred appointment. You can also choose the Family Application Form if you want to have the same schedule with any of your family members

Here are the general requirements:

1. Personal appearance- no escorts allowed.

2. Confirmed appointment or the printed copy of the application form in long bond paper- without this you cannot go inside the DFA building.

3. Old passport, photocopy of pages 1, 2, 3 (amendment), last page & the pages showing the latest Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps. 

4. Valid picture IDs and supporting document to prove identity.

5. No need for a passport ID picture.

All these information are indicated in the website so I really suggest to run through it for assurance.

My application form, old passport, photocopy of passport pages & NSO

I scheduled our appointment in the morning because I have work in the afternoon. My mama & I were at the DFA Consular Office 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment because late comers will not be entertained. 

STEP 1: Passport Processing Section

inside the airconditioned processing section

We presented our application form at the Appointment Counter then we are asked to sit at the waiting section of the Processing AreaThere was a long queue of people but the processing is a bit fast kaya hindi naman kami nainip. Here, you can review, correct & complete your application form. So if you made a mistake on your form, don't fret as you can correct it while waiting for your turn.

DFA officer checking documents
When it's my turn, I was asked to go to my designated processing window. Here, officers check all the documents they need, if you lack any document they will ask you to come back once you secure it. If all your documents are complete, they will ask you to proceed to STEP 2-payment of processing fee. 

STEP 2: Payment Section

We proceeded to the Passport Enrollment Section located at the 2nd Floor and paid the due amount.

For regular processing (15 working days): P 950
For express processing (7 working days): P 1,200

Passport fee slip

In our case, we chose the regular processing, after which we were given a queue number for the last step.

STEP 3: Encoding Section

After they gave the queue number, we waited for our numbers to appear on their monitor. This step was the longest waiting time from all the 3 steps which took almost 1 hour for our numbers to be called (I really do hope they do something about this, sayang ang oras ng mga tao)

Data Capturing Process- I was asked to sign, get my thumb prints & encode all general information about me- you should double check the monitor for correction of spelling and information. Also, this was the photo capturing section- no contact lens, no earrings, no showing of teeth & no bangs allowed- kasi daw dapat kita ang eyebrows. My photo was hideous! My first photo was okay na sana but I was asked to take another picture because my teeth were slightly seen on the photo - pangit tuloy passport picture ko *boohooo*

After the Encoding Section, we were asked if we want to avail the delivery option without having to return to DFA on the release date. Thinking that it's hassle free, we availed it and went to the Delivery Counter to pay P120 for the delivery fee- our passport will be delivered after 16 working days.

The total passport processing time took more or less 3 hours- we were there before 9am then were finished 5 minutes before 12nn.

DFA Consular Office
ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City

DFA Megamall Consular Office
7th Floor Megamall Building C, EDSA corner J. Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City.

The DFA Appointment System is also available via the hotline (02) 737-1000 
from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday to Saturday.

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  1. thank you for posting this! this is very useful for me since im due to renew my passport as well, haha :) which office did you go to?

  2. Yay! You're welcome! :) We went to Macapagal branch, I had a hard time setting an appointment in Megamall, tell me if you applied na :)

  3. Wow! Thanks so much for the post. I just got mine from Megamall and it will arriving on October 25. I was reading your blog and it sort of eased my anxiety. :)

    1. You're very much welcome! :) hope u your picture is nice :) hehehe

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