One of the most important requirements you need to accomplish when you want to work abroad is the passport. This serves as your travel document and that you are a citizen of a particular country.
Thankfully, passport validity is extended to 10 years, which means you will only renew your passport every decade.
Speaking of renewal, what are the requirements and process you need to do to be able to renew your passport? Is there a special lane for OFWs like you? How much money should you bring?
Keep reading to find out.
Passport Renewal Requirement
Here are the documents you need to bring when you renew your passport:
- Renewal application form. You can get the form at the DFA or you can download the form here.
- Current passport
- Two government-issued IDs
- OFW documents like Employment Contract, plane ticket, Exit Clearance, and passport with your employment visa stamp
In certain cases such as change of name for married applicants or misspelled name in your OFW documents, make sure you bring the following, whichever is applicable to you:
- Marriage certificate
- Birth certificate
- Death certificate of the deceased spouse
Take note that the DFA will only get photocopies of these documents. Still, they require that you present the original copy for checking.
What if you have an existing passport but you lost it? What documents do you need to bring to be able to get a new one?
Aside from the ones mentioned above, you also need to submit:
- Personal appearance
- Confirmed appointment with the DFA
- Notarized Affidavit of Lost with detailed explanation as to how and where you lost your passport
- Police Report, in case your passport was still valid when you lost it.
Take note that for lost passport, a 15-day clearing period is part of the renewal application process.
Where To Renew
The good news is you don’t have to set up an appointment to renew your passport. Every DFA Consular Office has Courtesy Lanes, which accommodate applicants like OFWs, minors, and senior citizens.
Thankfully, the DFA announced that the Robinson’s Galleria branch will be exclusive for OFWs. This also means that you don’t have to set up an appointment to renew your passport. You can go in anytime, as long as your requirements are complete.
Costs For Passport Renewal
Just like anything else, renewing your passport means you have to pay for certain fees.
For regular processing, which requires 15 working days before you get your passport, the fee of P950 must be paid. If you’re in a rush, then be ready to pay for P1,200 so you could get your passport within seven working days.
An additional fee of P200 or P350 must also be paid for lost and valid MRRP / MRP and e-passport, respectively.
You might also want to allocate funds for photocopy, which is P3 per page. You can save more from this by making sure that you photocopied ALL documents before going to the DFA Consular Office.
Step-By-Step Procedure And Things To Remember On How To Renew Passport
1. Prepare all documents needed for passport renewal.
Make sure that all of the documents are ready, both original and photocopies. Create a checklist so you won’t miss out on any requirements.
2. Proceed to the DFA Consular Office early.
This way, you don’t have to worry much about long lines and you can finish early as well.
Also, dress appropriately. Sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirt, and slippers are NOT allowed. You are entering a government agency, so make sure you dress properly.
3. Get a number and wait for your turn.
The guard on duty will give you a number. Hold on to that number and wait for it to be called.
Once called, submit all the documents at the service counter.
4. Pay the passport fees.
You can go for regular processing or have it expedited.
5. Get your picture and biometrics taken.
A DFA official will assist you on this.
6. Delivery or Pickup
You have the option to either have your passport delivered to your home OR pick up in the DFA Consular Office where you applied. For delivery service, LBC will handle it for an additional fee of P150.