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EFFECTIVE TODAY: Philippine Passport is now valid for 10 Years

10 Years Passport validity really make big sense for us.
Philippine Passport is now valid for 10 years

Update as of October 25, 2017: DFA announced 10 Year passport regulation and implementation will start January 1 next year.

Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10928 (2017)

The following rules and regulations are issued to implement Republic Act No. 10928 (2017), “AN ACT EXTENDING THE VALIDITY OF PHILIPPINE PASSPORTS, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 10 OF THE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8239, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE PHILIPPINE PASSPORT ACT OF 1996′, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”.

  1. Regular passports issued to Filipinos eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of application shall be valid for ten (10) years.
  2. Regular passports issued to Filipinos under eighteen (18) years of age at the time of application shall be valid for five (5) years.
  3. New passports with appropriate period of validity shall be issued to those applying for the first time and to those applying for replacement or renewal. The damaged, expired or expiring passports shall be presented to the Department of Foreign Affairs for cancellation.
  4. The Department of Foreign Affairs may limit the period of validity of passports to less then ten (10) years whenever the economic interest or political stability of the country requires such restriction.
  5. The Department of Foreign Affairs shall adopt best practices to ensure that the provisions of R.A. No. 10928 are implemented along with necessary reforms to make the passport processing system seamless, convenient and pro-people, and the production and security of passports at par with technological advances and world standards. For these purposes, The Department of Foreign Affairs may, among others, add pages, change materials and enhance security features of the passports. Additional fees will be imposed for the improved passports.
  6. If any of provisions of this Implementing Rules and Regulations is declared unconstitutional or invalid, the other provisions or parts not affected shall remain in full force effect.
  7. All rules, regulations and issuances which are inconsistent with this Implementing Rules and Regulations are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
  8. This Implementing Rules and Regulations shall take effect on 1 January 2018.

 

August 10, 2017: After President Rodrigo Duterte approves the extension of passport validity, Philippine passport holders can renew their passports with 10 years validity. Those 18 years old and under shall be issued passports with a 5-year validity.

Here’s how to do it:

Renewal

Here’s the accurate list of requirements needed to renew your passport.If you’re renewing your passport and are looking for the requirements needed, there’s no need to look any further. Here’s a complete list of the Filipino passport renewal requirements:

1. Passport

You can only renew if your old passport is going to expire within 6 months. It is recommended to maximize your passport validity and wait for the DFA to release its implementation of passports with 10 years validity. Brown and Green Passports will need additional documents to renew them.

2. ID’s to bring

You only need to bring a photocopy of your passport’s bio page if you’re going to renew an E or Electronic Passport. Otherwise, please check the following additional documents.

Brown Passport or passports issued prior to 01 May 1995

  • Bring original brown passport and photocopy of passport pages 1,2,3,4 and last page
  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA, to determine the complete middle name.
  • If your PSA Birth Certificate is blurred or unreadable; a transcribed certified true copy of the birth certificate from the Local Civil Registry is required.
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA

Green Passport or passports issued after 01 May 1995

  • Bring original green passport and photocopy of the data page and last page of passport
  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA, to determine complete middle name
  • If PSA Birth Certificate is blurred or unreadable; a transcribed certified true copy of the birth certificate from the Local Civil Registry is required.
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA

Machine Readable Passport (MRP without IC Chip logo) issued in the year 2007

  • Bring original passport and photocopy of data page and last page of passport
  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA, to determine complete middle name
  • If PSA Birth Certificate is blurred or unreadable; a transcribed certified true copy of the birth certificate from the Local Civil Registry is required.
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA

3. Get an appointment online

Make sure to fill out the form correctly and print one copy of it. You can book your appointment at the DFA Passport Appointment Website. Take note that the schedules are usually fully booked.

4. Visit your assigned DFA Office

Only visit DFA’s office according to the scheduled you choose. DFA offices won’t let you in if you failed to show up on your booked schedule. The Department of Foreign Affairs also published additional requirements needed in the following cases:

Woman changing her civil status from single to married

  • Submit  Transcribed Marriage Contract from the LCR if entries are blurred or unreadable
  • If married abroad, Report of Marriage duly authenticated by PSA
  • Original and photocopy of Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance (required for women with foreign national husband married in the Philippines).
  • Marriage Contract in Security Paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or Certified True Copy of Marriage Contract issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA.

Married women who want revert to their maiden name

  • Bring original passport and photocopy of data page and last page of passport
  • If PSA Birth Certificate is blurred or unreadable; transcribed certified copy of the birth certificate from the Local Civil Registry is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA
  • If already widowed: Death Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA of the deceased husband
  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA, to determine complete middle name
  • If divorced: Certified True Copy of the Divorce Decree duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the divorce was obtained or by the concerned foreign diplomatic or consular mission in the Philippines. Certified True Copy of Philippine Court recognition of foreign divorce decree must also be present and the PSA Marriage Contract with the annotation of the Divorce Decree.
  • If marriage is annulled: Annotated PSA Marriage Contract and Certified True Copy of Court Oraffectingting the Annulment

If you have Dual Citizenship 

  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Order of Approval
  • If born abroad, Report of Birth duly authenticated by PSA
  • Identification Certificate from the Bureau of Immigration or Philippine Embassy/Consulate

Naturalized Applicants

  • If born in the Philippines, Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA.
  • Identification Certificate from the Bureau of Immigration

Applicants who elected Philippine Citizenship

  • Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA.
  • Certified True Copy of the Sworn Statement duly signed by authorized to administer oaths filed at the nearest Local Civil Registry
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Identification Certificate from the Bureau of Immigration

For Muslim Applicants

For converts who would like to use their Muslim name

  • Annotated Birth Certificate in Security Paper issued by the PSA bearing the Muslim name
  • National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Certificate of Conversion

For divorced women

  • Marriage Contract in Security Paper issued by the PSA or Certified True Copy of Marriage Contract issued by the LCR and duly authenticated by PSA with annotation affecting the Divorce
  • Court Order from the Philippine Sharia Court affecting the Divorce

Application/Renewal Fees

The 10-year passport will cost P950, which is the current price of a five-year passport.

Those 18 years old and under shall be issued passports with a 5-year validity.



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