How To Process Your Passport at DFA Baguio


Vince is a happy resident of Baguio City. Having been born and raised in the City of Pines, he find value in helping others. In his own way he is helping others by informing them about what's new in the City of Baguio. He firmly believes that there are more reasons to highlight the positive than the negative.

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  1. maryann infante melendez says:

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

    • admin says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:


      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 says:

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

    • admin says:


      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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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.

  7. CLAIRE says:

    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

  8. sherwin says:

    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.

  9. Celine says:

    Hi! Do you need an appointment in dfa Baguio.

    • admin says:

      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 says:

    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 frustrated about that…

    • admin says:

      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 says:

    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!!!

  12. joel says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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??

  19. Kena says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

    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 [email protected]

  23. Geraldine says:

    Hello. is DFA Baguio open during weekends? probably Saturday? Thank you

  24. Mylene says:

    hello ask ko lang sana kasi pinayagan ako maprocess ang application ko kahit medyo blurred yung entries sa NSO birth certificate ko. Pero dapat ko daw isubmit yung local birth cert upon release ng passport. Sa Cotobato City pa ako pinanganak, pwede bang magsubmit na lang ng jusification letter coming from my lawyer or kahit anong affidavit. Mahigpit ba sila sa releasing? Ano po kaya maaring gawin?

    • Unfortunately, based on our experience we have to really submit the documents required by DFA, we are not aware of any other recourse. It would be best to follow what the DFA required.

  25. alma valencia says:

    I have 5 months old baby boy. And i want to get him a passport too. Do i have to bring him or just his birth certificate and baptismal certificate and an id picture?

  26. Shane says:

    Hi! I’d like to know what are the requirements to get the LCR Form 1A and is it okay that I will let someone else get it? Please, I really need your help. Thank you.

  27. Jennifer says:

    Hi! Good afternoon.. 🙂 i have this problem with my NSO Birth Certificate. My last name was not printed clearly as we all are expecting. So upon reading your entry, i dig in some info online about getting 1A form as uv mentioned. now there’s this site for Baguio City where they charge you P1,000. Did you pay something when you acquired the form from the local registry office? thank you so much for your time.. 🙂

  28. Jennifer says:

    just want to share. my NSO birth cert is not clear.. so i just went to civil registry office to get form 1A. they required a valid ID (i showed them my TIN ID) then paid P60 and i got my copy after 5 mins. went to NSO and BOOM! they don’t authenticate form 1A or certified true copies of birth cert anymore (the associate fr NSO told me it started 2013) NSO told me that i need to request a new NSO birth certificate printed out by getting an endorsement fr Civil Registrar Office, once i have the document i need to submit it to NSO for them to create another copy (clearer copy) that takes 2-3weeks. now, problem is i need a passport ASAP. So, there’s this KUYA from civil office registry whom i shared my problem and told me the same process.. BUT he told me that most of the time, DFA would just request a copy of SECPA (if i heard it right, im sorry) it’s a document that resembles NSO Birth Certificate. He told me that if i could get a slip from DFA requiring Civil Office Registry to produce a SECPA Copy, then i would be fine. i could get that SECPA copy after few minutes AS LONG AS I HAVE THAT SLIP COMING FR DFA. so, im headed to DFA tmrw and lets see where this leads me.. wish me luck!

  29. kristine joy says:

    hi,i just want to ask after we process our requirements and just wait to release our passport in 30 working days can we request to deliver the passport through lbc or anything door to door?

  30. Kate says:

    Hello po. Meron po bang express processing ng passport sa DFA Baguio?
    First Come First Serve basis po ba sila or by appointment? I badly need a passport w/in 3 weeks. Salamat po sa sasagot.

    • Jennifer says:

      DFA Baguio no longer does rush processing for passport. I badly needed the passport ASAP as well, unfortunately, only DFA in MANILA are able to do rush processing. DFA Baguio can only do regular processing that takes 30working days. They don’t do online appointments, it’s only FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.. i just processed my passport a week ago..

  31. Charlie says:

    Hi! I would just like to ask if there is an urgent need for the supporting documents. I’m a student and all I have is my transcript of records. my friend told me just to bring my School I.D. and NSO Cert. Would it be possible for me to apply just by having my I.D. and NSO cert? Thank you!

    • Vince says:

      It is always recommended to bring your supporting documents, although the basic documents are there, it would be wise to have other documents handy so as not to waste time queuing only to be sent away empty handed just because you failed to bring supporting documents.

    • Jennifer says:

      My boyfriend and i just applied for a passport a week ago. He’s a student as well. He provided 2 valid IDs, his school ID and TIN id (you can easily apply for TIN ID in BIR and you’ll get the id right away). as for supporting documents, he submitted a Police Clearance, NBI Clearance and TOR.. 🙂

  32. jacquelyn says:

    Open po b ng saturday dfa baguio,

  33. ryan dutdut says:

    mam i would ask if there still a 10 day working days for a passport process?

    • Jennifer says:

      as for now, only DFA in NCR does rush processing. outside NCR does regular processing. here in DFA Baguio, they do regular processing for 30 WORKING DAYS (or more, which is worse). as you might have heard on the news, there’s a large volume of passport applicants due to system updates (i believe they are issuing a new design for passports, that why). my boyfriend was set to pick up his passport last June 3, but it was delayed. it took him a week before getting his.

  34. kulibangbang says:

    It is very helpfull sir. I am planning to get my passport this coming saturday. I do not have NBI but I have my TOR in college, I have also my Certificate of Tax payment, are this supporting documents are enough?

    • Jennifer says:

      as for supporting documents, your are required to bring 3, but i suggest your bring 4 or more so you’ll have a back up in case one of your documents come out at invalid. so you can bring your TOR, tax certificate and you can bring police and nbi clearance and a baptismal certificate too. just make sure that all information matches or is consistent with the rest of your documents like address, date and place of birth, etc.. good luck! 🙂

  35. pano kung old employment id police clearance at nso lng dla ko

    • Vince says:

      It may always be prudent to bring extra supporting documents, kung minsan kasi may iba pang hinahanap yung mga nasa DFA kung minsan naman okay na yung dalawang documents

  36. PV Maynigo says:

    Good morning! ? Ask ko lang kung nagpa-process na sila ng rush? Nakailang tawag na ako, walang sumasagot e. Open ba sila ng Saturday? Salamat.

  37. Lewis says:

    Thank you for this blog post, nakaprocess ako ng passport sa DFA Baguio ng walang problema maliban sa mahabang pila at paghihintay pero okay pa din! Salamat!

  38. Serena says:

    Thank you for sharing this! Your blog is really helpful, I was able to get my passport without any complications! It really pays to be informed! Thank you so much!

  39. rosellieta talara says:

    hi good evening .can i ask a question regarding sa pagkuha ng passport.taga manila po ako,pwede po ba mag walk in sa DFA BAGUIO? .Thank you so much

    • Hello mam rosellieta sa DFA Baguio po usually walk-in po basta po makaabot sa daily quota nila. Ang hindi lang po namin alam kung may issue po yung place of residence.

  40. cj del rosario says:

    Hello po,

    Ask ko lang po if nag wawalk in p din po sa pagkuha ng passport dfa baguio. ung the same day din po ang pag process.

    Thank you so much.

  41. cj del rosario says:

    Can i set an appointment via online po or do i need to go to dfa baguio personally to set an appointment?

  42. jan says:

    Hello,kung sakaling magpaparush po ng passport(renew) sa dfa baguio,pwedeng walk in po ba?

    • Hello, according po sa nakalagay sa application form ng DFA ang exempted lang po sa appointment ay:
      senior citizens,
      infants and minors below 1 year old
      OFWs For OFWs, sufficient proof must be submitted such as a valid employment contract or OEC.

  43. jan says:

    Hello,kung sakaling magpaparush po ng passport sa dfa baguio,pwedeng walk in po ba?kahit renewal po sya?

    • Hello,

      Based on our experience ang pwede lang mag walk-in ay yung mga nakastate sa exemptions…”Confirmed appointment is required for all applicants except senior citizens, infants and minors below 1 year old and OFWs. For OFWs, sufficient proof must be submitted such as a valid employment contract or OEC.”

      • jhoyce says:

        hi. gud pm po. ASK ko lang po kahit wala po ba appointment pwde kumuha ng passport???? sa DFA baguio?

        • Hello,

          As far as we know appointment is required prior to processing of passport EXCEPT for those with children 1-7 years old, pregnant, senior citizens and PWD’s.

          Hope this helps

  44. Levon Contapay says:

    Good day.. Ask ko po if pwdeng mag walk in sa dfa baguio ang government employee kahit walang appointment para sa renewal.. Thanks

  45. Carely-ann says:

    How if i only have supporting documents and i don’t have voters certification because i didn’t register yet.

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