How to Get a Passport for a Minor in the Philippines

Applying for a passport for children below 7 years old is now plain sailing. Thanks to the Courtesy Lane Facility, it makes the trip to Department of Foreign Affairs a piece of cake.

I went to the Department of Foreign Affairs Consular Office located at ASEANA Business Park, Bradco Avenue corner Macapagal Boulevard, Paranaque City with my husband and children. My kids are 5yrs old, 3 yrs old, and 1 year old. Prior to going there, we filled out the application form found at the online DFA passport appointment system and printed it. Our schedule is suppose to be on June 22 but we were able to get inside because we were with our kids.

Courtesy Lane Facility
Who can  avail the DFA Courtesy Lane Service?
  • Government Employees (permanent status)
  • Dependent of government employee (legal spouse, parents, and unmarried children)
  • Retired government employees (1 year availment)
  • Incumbent elected officials
  • Endorsement from House of Representative
  • Media Personnel
  • Referrals made from DFA employees
  • Minors less than 7 years old
  • Senior citizens
  • Person with disability
  • Pregnant

I was amazed by how fast the process is. Too bad we were not able to accomplish getting passport because the DFA officer saw the birth certificate of my husband and saw a mistake. His surname is misspelled and he needs to have it corrected first. So we have to fix it then go back to DFA. Good thing we need not to endure the long lines.

I suggest before you go to the DFA, make sure you have complete requirements with no loopholes like wrong spelling or less distinct writing. Here’s the list of requirements needed:

  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment (not needed in courtesy lane)
  • For NCR-based applicants, present your printed application form downloaded from DFA Appointment System
  • Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority(PSA) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by PSA. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in PSA Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. (REPORT OF BIRTH DULY AUTHENTICATED BY PSA IF BORN ABROAD)
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity.

Here’s the list of accepted IDs:

  • Government-issued picture IDs such as the following:
  • Digitized SSS ID
  • Driver’s License
  • GSIS E-card
  • PRC ID
  • IBP ID
  • OWWA ID
  • Digitized BIR ID
  • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • Unified Multi-Purpose ID

Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:

  • Old College ID
  • Alumni ID
  • Old Employment IDs

After this we head to PSA Serbilis Outlet in Hobbies of Asea along Macapagal Boulevard too. You can read about the story here.

*credits to Gov.PH for the image of DFA

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