42 responses

  1. maryann infante melendez
    December 9, 2012

    how about for children 18 years and below, how can i get their passport?

    • admin
      December 9, 2012

      Hi Mary Ann,

      There are a lot of parameters for minor children, as i’ve stated what i placed in this blog post is according to my experience, i will however write another blog post for that since i will be processing my daughter’s passport in the coming days :-). Stay tuned

  2. myra
    December 25, 2012

    tis very helpful vince! thanks for the info, btw, do u happen to know if it’s possible for me to process my dad’s passport instead of him?(i mean the waiting part, filling out of forms, the queuing ….or should it be him all the because he’s the applicant? i’m not sure about this since i had mine thru an agency, hope u can shed a light) but anyway, ur post is much help. so appreciated. :-) thanks a lot. Merry Christmas!

    • admin
      December 25, 2012

      Hi Myra,

      Thanks for reading my blog, to answer your question, i believe personal appearance is required so he has to be there, what you can do is to accompany your dad throughout the process to make it convenient for him.

      Hope this helps…

  3. Jamie
    January 2, 2013

    Thanks! Very very useful! Just one question though, just in case you happen to chat with the other applicants. Regarding the NSO Birth Certificate, does it have to be very recent (like few months before)? Or do they accept NSO Birth Certificate issued like 2009? I got one CLEAR copy but I got it in 2009. Thanks ahead!

    • admin
      January 3, 2013


      I am not really sure on the validity of the NSO Birth Certificate all i know is the documents must be around 2 years old to be considered valid.
      If you happen to pass by DFA Baguio at SM you can ask the DFA guards on duty regarding the validity of your documents.

  4. Rileyvince
    January 3, 2013

    Hi any idea about senior citizens? Do they still need to queue up and wake up early in the morning? Thanx.

    • admin
      January 3, 2013


      Appearance is required when applying for a passport, what you can do is to have a young close relative to line up for you or for the senior citizen up until 9am where the guards are going to give out the queue numbers. You must also disclose that you are lining up for your senior citizen relative to the other applicants upon listing down your name on the queue sheet. Hope this helps :-)

  5. Dionie Sabungan
    January 7, 2013

    hi, i just seen your web when I’m looking for an info on how to get a passport for my kids….well, i am currently live here in the u.s and my kids are their in philippines. i want to apply for their passport but not sure yet if they will let them without my appearance as they are under ages of 9 and 10. please let me know if you know any of this situation.thanks

    • admin
      January 7, 2013

      Hello Dionie,
      The following was summarized from the list of requirements listed in the application form for minor applicant.

      Appearance is required even for applicants that are considered as minors or those below 18 years of age on top of that the personal appearance of either parent (father or mother if the children are of legitimate status) or personal appearance by the mother (if children applicants are of illegitimate status).

      Hope this helps


  6. ecaoile
    January 8, 2013

    good thing that when you applied for expedited passport, it only took 8 days for you to have your passport. as for my case, i applied today for expedited processing (january 8) but the passport will be only available by the 29th. parang walang pinagkaiba naman sa regular processing. btw, it’s also in the same site – SM City Baguio – DFA office.

    • admin
      January 9, 2013

      Hi earl,

      Oh no why the inconsistencies? May we know DFA’s reasons? just in case you asked them?

      Keep us updated thanks!

    January 22, 2013

    hi i just wanna confirm if it’s alright not to bring your own photo since you’ve mentioned that they will be taking your photo in there.
    Thank you

    • admin
      January 23, 2013

      Hi Claire,

      For the DFA Passport Processing I did not bring any photo with me.

      Hope this helps

  8. sherwin
    January 27, 2013

    hello, i would like to ask if it is needed to pay the bill upon applying? Can’t I just pay it upon claiming the passport? Immediate response please.

    • admin
      January 29, 2013


      I believe payment should be done prior to your biometrics, so in order to complete the process you really have to pay.

      Hope this helps.

  9. Celine
    February 2, 2013

    Hi! Do you need an appointment in dfa Baguio.

    • admin
      February 3, 2013

      Hi Celine,

      From my experience, i just went there early morning to queue with my documents. I was told that if you schedule an appointment via the dfa website you will have to go to Manila and apply for your passport there.

  10. elaine
    February 7, 2013

    hi! I just want to ask if theres still need to produce a baptismal certificate? since they are still asking for it. Though its not in the requirement list. I already had a baptismal cert. and even local registrar copy just to make sure.
    Will an old college id will be allowed since i dont have government issued id?
    Even for may year book they ask me to bring for it.so frustrated about that…

    • admin
      February 8, 2013

      Hi Elaine,

      In my experience they did not ask for those things, but i remember the person ahead of me was required to present his baptismal certificate, i guess if they really want to verify your identity other proofs maybe required by the DFA office.

      Hope you get your passport soon :-)

  11. kat
    February 8, 2013

    omg!!! thank you so much for posting this blog… i also thought a lot about getting a passport and thought that it’s as easy as 1,2 and three!!! man i was so wrong!!!!! i thought i’ll just visit the office, submit, interview then done.. harhar who would have thought that it’s more stressful than a day in the office.. anyway i’m really lucky to read this!!! i guess i’m prepared now!!!!
    keep it up!!!

    • admin
      February 11, 2013

      Hi Kat,

      I’m glad to be of help, hope you can share your experiences too :-)

  12. joel
    March 7, 2013

    sa mga nakakataas pakiayoz nman po service ng dfa bagiuo,,andami hinahanap pinababallik balik nla buti sana kung kapitbahay lng at napupulot lng po pamasahe..salamat po

  13. Melania Jose
    March 18, 2013

    gud day….ask ko lang po kung sa pagrenew ba ng passport issued on the year 2008 ay kinakailangan pa ba ang mga requirements sama sa mga first timer?ang hawak ko po na passport ay e-passport…salamat po..

    • admin
      March 26, 2013

      Hi Melania,

      Unfortunately i haven’t personally experienced renewing my passport so i couldn’t say. The following however was taken from the requirements listed at the back of the application form

      Green Passport or Issued After May 1995:
      Present Passport and photocopy of inside and back cover
      Original and Photocopy of ID (see list of acceptable IDs)

      Brown Passport or Issued Prior to 01 May 1995
      Old Passport and Photocopy of passport pages 1,2,3 (amendment)
      Original and Photocopy of ID (please refer to list of acceptable IDs)

      Hope this helps

  14. Allene
    December 25, 2013

    hello, what are the requirements on lost passport? and what are the process? is the process the same as what you did?


    PS. I need immediate reply

    • Vince
      January 6, 2014

      Hi Allene,
      So sorry, i think the process is different since you need some proof that you lost your passport, but just to be sure visit DFA office and ask them for the actual process. Thank you and have a great day ahead!

  15. Gabie
    March 3, 2014

    your highlighted part is what totally happened to me and my Dad. Galing pa kami ng Pangasinan and good thing may I have auntie who lives in Baguio. Pumila ako ng 6am eto lang March 1 with my friend para lang makakuha ng no. for my Dad na nasa byahe pa paakyat ng Baguio. Naaawa ako sa Dad ko kasi 2nd time nya na toh to apply for passport. First ay noong Feb 24 pero may malabo daw sa NSO nya so sinulat nung officer sa processing Certified true copy from rergistrar OR Form 1A kaya umuwi ult dad ko nun sa pangsinan to get those requirements. sa 2nd time ng Dad ko at sa 1st time ko to apply for passport si Dad ko hindi ult pinayagan nung officer same officer with his 1st attempt to get passport. WHY?. kasi hindi daw form 1A need nya yung certified true copy ng birthcert ng Dad ko. Hindiba alam nung girl yung sinulat nyang word na “OR”?

    super naaawa na ako to my Dad. nakakapagod din kaya bumyahe ako din hindi pinayagan nung officer kasi may unreadable part to my NSO. pero dala ko Certified true copy ng Birthcert ko. so pinakita ko yun pero sabi nanaman nung officer bakit po yung word na Pangasinan dito handwritten dito hindi, kaya we end up ng Dad ko na hindi nakapagprocess ng passport. very disappointed kami, kasi hindi nila nililinaw mga kailangan at angdami nila hinahanap. this March 4 ittry namin ult ng Dad ko sana mabigyan na kami may NBI clearance naman kami at hindi kami mga kriminal.

    SHARE KO LANG Experience namin ng Dad ko sa DFA Baguio

    • Vince
      March 3, 2014

      We’re sorry to hear that, we hope you would be able to acquire your passport soon. And thank you for sharing, through our experiences others may prepare ahead of time prior to processing their passport.

  16. cath carnate
    March 17, 2014

    un po kasing birth certificate ko galing nso my error po kasi ung middle intial ko possible po ba na pag married kna di na magkakaproblema pag nag apply ng passport kahit my error ung middle initial pero on going nadin po ung process para maayos.

    • Vince
      March 17, 2014

      As per experience i also had errors in my NSO Birth Certificate, when i asked i was told that it would be best that the Birth certificate issue should be sorted out first, just to be sure and avoid future problems.

  17. ann
    April 3, 2014

    Hi, just wanna ask did you set an appointment at dfa Baguio before going there or just walk in (of course with complete papers)?

    And also are they giving some considerations to minor applicants?

    Thank you and hoping you can help based on your experienced.

    • Vince
      April 3, 2014

      Hi Maryann,

      No i did not set any appointment, i think if you want to process your passport via their manila office that is the time for you to set your appointment online. As for minors i am not sure on what kind of considerations are you referring to? But if you are asking if they should be present during the application process from what i have observed yes, but you can have them line up only when they are already handing out the numbers, which means they are not required to be there while the office or mall is still closed.

      Please take note also that my experience was in 2012 so there might already been some changes in the process, i will be updating this post once i get any new information.

      Hope this helps.

  18. leviG
    July 24, 2014

    Do they really release the passports at the assigned dates? I heard from others that they did not received their passport at their expected dates but took them several weeks/months??

    • Vince
      July 30, 2014

      The DFA Baguio usually informs you about any delays in the release of passports.

  19. Kena
    July 25, 2014

    Thank you so much to this wonderful and very informative experience regarding processing passport. First of all, I went to Baguio Sm DFA in July 2014. I stayed in line about 6 hours. when my number was called, I presented the requirements. I was required to present my baptismal certificate. I went to Manila where i was born and baptized. i got my baptismal certificate. i went back to Baguio waited for 7 hours, when my number was called, i was told that my last name written in cursive (dugtong dugtong) which is supposed to have letter “a” was written “o”. The information was written by probably the midwife who assisted my mom during the delivery and submitted to NSO. My father’s signature was very legible to have an “a” letter and NOT “O”. Very dissapointing! I was asked to go back home ( Manaoag, Pangasinan) and let it fix in Manila. What do I do? Do i need an affidavit to appear that BINIBINING MAGANDA AND BINIBINING MAGANDO IS ONE ANG ONLY ONE PERSON? You mentioned about the form 1A. what is that for? and who is supposed to do it. where shall i go? I need my passport by the end of August, i hope I could get it processed soon. Thank you and God bless everyone! Happy Trip!

    • Vince
      July 30, 2014

      Hi Kena,

      With regards to the difference between the letters i am not really sure on what you need to correct that but if they required an affidavit then it should be followed as they are really strict. The Form 1A from the local civil registry is a supporting document as stated in my article because according to the DFA officer my NSO birth certificate is not clear,i am not really sure as to what their basis of “not clear”, my advise is just to be sure and if you doubt the clarity of your NSO birth certificate, secure a Form 1A from your local civil registrar before going to DFA.

      Hope you get your passport soon!

  20. tala
    July 26, 2014

    additional info lang po..
    I just came from DFA SM BAGUIO
    i presented my bcert pero malabo daw.. I went to get birth cert sa LCR sa amin sa pangasinan and ipapa authenticate ko sana sa NSO baguio, pero last year pa raw sila hnd na o-authenticate ng birth cert from LCR.
    so this morning, Saturday, JULY 26, 2014, i went to DFA baguio..
    they didn’t honor my SECPA NSO birth certificate kasi daw malabo..
    they don’t honor my birth cert from LCR..
    and they gave me a referral slip (DFA to LCR) to get
    1. Certfied true copy of original cert of live birth (COLB) from LCR and
    2. Electronic Endorsement of Clearer copy of birth record to Phil Statistics Authority/NSO..

    as of now, wait ko n nmn na makauwi ako ng pangasinan to get those papers… hays..

    *NOTE : Birth Certificate from Local Civil Registrar (form 1a) isn’t not acceptable.. need daw Certified true copy of original cert of live birth (COLB) from LCR..

    just sharing my experience today

    • Vince
      July 30, 2014

      Hi Tala,

      Thank you for sharing your experience and we’re sorry you had a bad one, on the last note yes you are correct you should have your NSO Certified true copy of COLB, in my case my NSO Birth Certificate was not clear so i also had to go to the Civil Registrar to secure a Form 1A as supporting document. It looks like we have different situations. Anyway i hope you’ll finish processing soon!

  21. Coren
    July 30, 2014

    Hi, Vince! Kung may NSO marriage certificate na ko, hahanapin p b ung NSO brth cert? Malabo kc yung details sa NSO birth cert ko. kailangan ko png pumunta sa Locl Civil Regist e malayo sa amin. thanks

    • Vince
      July 30, 2014

      Hello Coren,

      As for experience i used my NSO Birth Certificate along with the Civil Registry form. Just to make sure please refer to the requirements listed at the application form and strictly follow those.

      hope this helps.

  22. kat
    August 15, 2014

    Good Afternoon….Ask ko lang po kung paano po pag yung VALID passport ko po nabasa nakalagay sa bag naulanan….pinatuyo ko pero halata pa rin ung marka ng pagkabasa nya po….ano po gagawin ko? pag MUTILATION po ba inaallowed po jan sa DFA baguio kasi taga Pangasinan po ako…ano po gagawin…Salamat po….
    kindly email me po katrinacruz364@yahoo.com

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