How to Obtain or Renew a Philippine Passport


All Philippine passport applications must be made in person at your nearest Philippine consulate or embassy, whether you're getting your first passport or renewing your old Philippine passport. Because it takes an average of six weeks for your passport application to be processed -- and because you may need to make arrangements to travel to a consulate, if you don't live nearby -- you'll want to start thinking about your passport situation well before your departure date when planning a trip abroad.

Things You'll Need

  • Completed passport application
  • Application fee
  • Current passport (for passport renewals)
  • Proof of current Philippine citizenship (for passport renewals)
  • Report of birth (for first-time applicants)

Print out the passport application from your nearest Philippine consulate or embassy. Type your information onto the form, or fill it out using blue or black ink.

Gather all of the materials necessary for renewing your old passport or getting your first passport. For those renewing an old passport, you'll need to take your current passport, a copy of the data pages of your current passport and proof of current Philippine citizenship. Proof of current Philippine citizenship can include a green card or a U.S. Visa/I-94. Those applying for their first Philippine passport will need to take a Report of Birth.

Take your documents, passport fee and completed application to your nearest Philippine consulate. You don't need an appointment; applications are processed on a first-come, first-served walk-in basis. You'll be fingerprinted and have your photograph taken at this time.

Tips & Warnings

  • You don't have to worry about going to get a passport photo taken; all people renewing their passport or getting their first passport will have their photo taken at the consulate when they present their application.
  • People with the old-style Philippine passport -- those issued before May 1995 -- will need to present a valid I.D. with their middle name spelled out. This can include a marriage certificate, birth certificate or government-issued I.D.
  • As of August 2012, it costs $60 to get a new passport or to renew an old passport.
  • There are five Philippine consulates in the United States, and each one covers a certain region of the country. Visit the consulate's page to determine which consulate your state falls under.

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