Last year, we applied for Baby Rigel’s passport and since one adult gets to apply together with the infant via the Courtesy Lane (no online appointment needed), I decided to finally update my Philippine passport to my married name, too.
If you’re planning to change your passport from your maiden name to your married name, here’s a simple guide for you.
Step 1: Set an online appointment
You have to schedule an appointment online through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) website except if you qualify for the Courtesy Lane. Click here for a complete list of applicants with Emergency or Courtesy Cases which are accommodated on walk-in basis (no appointment required).
Step 2: Prepare your requirements
- Confirmed appointment
- Accomplished Application Form
- Original copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper
- Valid ID with one (1) Photocopy (click here for the list of acceptable IDs for passport processing)
- Original copy of PSA Authenticated Marriage Contract on Security Paper or Report of Marriage (if married abroad)
Additional supporting documents may be further required in certain cases, check them out here.
You should also bring cash for passport fees, as follows:
- Aseana and Consular Offices within Metro Manila – P950 Regular processing (15 business days) | P1,200 Express processing (7 working days)
- Consular Offices outside Metro Manila – P950 Regular processing (20 business days) | P1,200 Express processing (10 working days)
- Delivery Fee – amount will depend on the area where you’d want your passport to be delivered to. Pickup is also an option, FYI.
Step 3: Put on lipstick and head to the DFA Office for your appointment
We were immediately accommodated at the front desk when we arrived. The agent checked our requirements and labeled our application as “Courtesy Lane” because the main applicant was our 5 month old baby and I was just tagging along. The line was not long as there were just 4 or 5 applicants ahead of us.
After providing the required documents and paying for the passport fee, we were told to stay at the waiting area until our number is called. When Rigel was done with her application, I was called to have my picture taken – time to slay! They then asked me to double check our information encoded in the system (but they didn’t ask me if I’m happy with my picture. I wasn’t!)
If you opt for delivery, you’ll have to proceed to another window to provide your delivery information and delivery payment. We opted for pickup instead as we frequent the area anyway.
That was it! Our passport application process at DFA Megamall was very pleasant. We were in and out in under an hour – amazing diba?
Here are a few questions which I clarified with the DFA Officers:
1. I have valid foreign visas on my old passport. Should I have it transferred to my new one?
No. Expired and renewed passports do not affect the validity of the Visas. You just have to bring your old passport (with the valid Visa) and an original marriage certificate authenticated by PSA every time you’ll travel to that country.
2. Am I required to bring a passport photo?
No. They will take your picture at the DFA Consular office.
3. Is there a dress code?
Any decent clothes of any color will do. However, plunging necklines, sleeveless clothing, spaghetti strapped tops, see-through tops, sando, tube tops, halters and the like are prohibited. You may use earring, hair clips, colored contact lenses, and eyeglasses but they will require you to take them off when it’s time to take your picture.
4. With my previous passport, I looked like I was ready to tackle someone. Can I smile for my picture?
Yes. You may smile when your picture is being taken, but they will not allow you to show your teeth.
5. What is the validity of a Philippine passport?
In accordance with Department Order No. 010-2017 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10928 (2017), the Philippine passport has a ten-year validity period, for those issued to Filipinos 18 years or older. A five-year validity passpost will still be issued to Filipinos under 18 years old.
6. My passport’s validity is less than 6 months, can I still use it to travel outside the country?
No. Your passport must be at least six-months valid for you to be able to travel abroad.
I hope this post helps!