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Changing Your Philippine Passport To Your Married Name

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.

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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

  1. Confirmed appointment
  2. Accomplished Application Form
  3. Passport
  4. Original copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper
  5. Valid ID with one (1) Photocopy  (click here for the list of acceptable IDs for passport processing)
  6. 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. Just the no-teeth kind of smile. Lol!

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. For Filipinos under 18 years old, their passport validity will still be 5 years.

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.

 

Also, if you have other questions, you may ask me through the comments below or send a message through my Facebook Page or Instagram Account. You may also check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page of DFA here.

 

I hope this post helps! 

40 Comments

  1. Marichu

    Mommy Krystal, pano ka kmuha ng marriage contract galing sa NSO? May online ba? Thnx

  2. geraldine dapiton

    Can i go to DFA personal? Or still need to appointment ?

    1. mommykrystal

      If you’re going to apply with your baby, you don’t need to set an appointment as you will be entertained through the courtesy lane. However, if you will be applying alone, you need to set an appointment online first.

  3. Elle sealo

    Hi po ask ko lang po what if hindi pa po expired un passport ko ok lang po ba mag pa change name kahit di pa sya pa expired?

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Elle. Yes, you may renew your passport kahit hindi pa malapit mag-expire. As long as complete ang requirements mo. 😀

  4. madel

    what if my passport will expired on 2021 but my surname is on my single name but I neednto change it to my married name. is it okay if I will renew my passport?

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Madel. Yes, you may renew your passport even if it is still valid for 3 years. As long as you have all the requirements. 😀

  5. Ima

    Hi Sis,

    I have a question po. Nag set na po ako ng appointment and yung last name ko po sa appointment na naka set is my Married name. However, wala pa po akong ID na gamit yung Married name ko. Pwede po bang Marriage Cert lang yung i-present ko? Or need po talaga ng valid ID (with my married name) na ippresent?

    Hope I’ll get an answer po.

    Maraming salamat!! 🙂

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Ima. First time mo ba to apply for a passport? Kasi if renewal, understood na yun because maiden name ang nakalagay sa old passport. And yes, you need to bring your marriage cert.

  6. katrice

    Hi Ma’am!
    I only have my old passport as my valid ID, kelangan talagang may isa pang valid ID na ipresent for the renewal of passport to change it to my married name? I’ve read that school ID is acceptable, can I use it kahit na yung maiden name ko pa yung nakalagay? I am a grad student btw. Thanks a lot!

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Katrice! Yes, you need to present another valid ID when applying for new passport. Pwede na rin and ID with maiden name as long as you present your marriage certificate. 😀

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  7. sophie santos martinez

    Hello po. Mag papa change name din ako kasi ung dati ko passport ung surname ko ng dalaga pa ako at isa pa ung passport ko ma eexpired nadin next year august. Ang tanong ko po ano ano po need na dalin na requirements. isang valid id lang po ang need then marriage certificate at birthcertificate na galing PSA at ung old passport? iniisp ko kasi baka dalawang id ung hingin isang valid id lang kasi ang meron ako ung UMID.

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Sophie, 1 valid ID is enough. Pwede na yang UMID because that’s what I brought when I renewed my passport. 😀

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  8. sophie santos martinez

    Hello po ask ko lang mgpapa change name din ako sa passport kasi married na ako ngaun ung dati ko kasi passport dalaga pa ako. at maeexpired narin next year ung passport ko. ano ba dapat dalin na requirements meron kasi ako isang valid id lng UMID then kukuha plang ako today ng PSA Birth certificate at PSA Marriage certificate. ok na kya un isang valid id lang at ung e-passport ko na old na un lng dadalin ko worry kasi ako baka hanapan pa ako ng isa pang id. at ano po ba ung iphophoto copy sa old passport meron kasi ako nababasa need iphoto copy ung 1st at last page tama po ba ako thank you..

  9. Norie

    My passport is valid until January of 2020 but I am planning to change my name in my passport. If I change my name on my passport this 2018, is the validity of my passport still until Jan 2020 or will it change?

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Norie! When you renew your passport, the validity period is also renewed. It will be valid until 2028 because of the new passport validity period of 10 years. 😀

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  10. Filipina lady

    hi ask ko lang po, pwd po ba e renew yong passport even valid pa sya for nearly 3 years? Di po ako mag change status, need ko lang po for my residence visa to sweden.

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi, Filipina Lady. You may renew your passport kahit malayo pa ang expiration date nya as long as you have all the requirements. 😀

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  11. Sherry May Callahan

    Hello po, what are the requirements po from maiden name to married name.. renewal po ako pero sa 2020 p pi expired ng passport ko.. la pa din po ako valid ids under my married name.. pwede po malamn kung anu pwede ko ipresent or need ng valid uds under my married name po..

    Salamat po. Godbless

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Sherry! If wala talagang available ID in your married name, you may just bring your valid ID (maiden name) and your marriage certificate as supporting document. You are also required to present your birth certificate and your old passport.

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  12. Shara

    Hi mommy. How much po ang fee for change of surname? 1200 din po ba? Then 1200 din for baby para sa expressed? Thank you po.

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Shara. Yes, same lang ang fee for both. 😀

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  13. Christia Mae

    Hi po! I have a question:) ang confirmed marriage date nmen is April 2019 pa pero we also plan to travel abroad around May 2019 din. Expired na un passport ko this June lng, pwde nb mgpabook ng appointment online kht dpa married? if yes, un married name nb ilalagay sa online form or un maiden name pa din just in case mkabook ako ng appointment prior wedding date? Also pwde nb un certified true copy ng marriage contract na authenticated ng PSA ang I-present sa DFA since mtagal pa mkuha un ORIGINAL? Hoping for your reply thanks:)

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Christia, I suggest you renew your passport na lang with your maiden name if you will apply before your wedding date. Kasi they will require you to present a marriage certificate kung married name na ang gagamitin mo sa passport. You can travel naman with a passport bearing your maiden name basta always bring your marriage certificate.

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  14. Gred

    Hi po, i have a 1 year old son na kukuhanan ko po ng new passport pwede na po ba di na magpa appointment kahit magpapa-change name din ako due to marraige? I am planning po this december magpaprocess.

    Thanks

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Gred. Yes, pwede ka nang sumabay sa application ni baby via the courtesy lane. No need to set an appointment. 😀

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  15. odessa

    hello po ask ko lang po , ok lang po ba na local register birthcertificate ang i present ko kapag kumuha ko ng passport para sa mag 5months ko na baby ? or must be psa po talaga ?

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Odessa, you need a certified true copy ng birth certificate from you Local Civil Registrar. And then dadalhin mo yun sa PSA Main Office to have it authenticated. That’s what we did when we applied for passport for our then 1-month old son. Although, 5 months na si baby nyo, right? Maybe his/her birth certificate is already available sa PSA.

      Link: Applying for Philippine Passport for 1 Month Old Baby

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  16. Mi

    Hi! Required pa rin ba NBI Clearance pag nag change ka ng passport to your married name? Thanks.

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Mi! When I renewed my passport they did not require me to present an NBI clearance. I just brought my old passport,birth certificate, marriage certificate, and valid ID. 😀

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  17. Mi

    Hi. I asked DFA’s facebook account and they said need din ng NBI Clearance. I dont know if its true. Tapos na po kayo mag renew? Thanks

  18. Zen

    Hi, Mommy Krystal. Planning to change my passport to my married name. However, all the valid IDs I have are still in my maiden name. Will they accept it or it needs to be changed first before I apply name amendment on my passport? Thanks in advance! 🙂

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Zen. If you have no valid ID with your married name yet, you may present your current ID (with maiden name). Also, bring your marriage certificate, old passport, and birth certificate as supporting documents. 😀

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  19. Lucy

    Hi,
    will they accept my ID even if my surname use is during when im still single?

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Lucy. If you have no valid ID with your married name yet, you may present your current ID (with maiden name). Just bring your marriage certificate, old passport, and birth certificate. 😀

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  20. rose sharon r fabros

    Hi po, what is the best time pumunta sa dfa megamall? Dapat po ba super aga? May limit lng po ba ang ni entertain nila s courtesy lane? Thanks

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Rose, I suggest you go early. Kasi nung pumunta kami around 2pm, mejo madami na yung pila sa courtesy lane. Wala naman silang nabanggit about limit sa number of applications per day. Pero kasi kawawa si baby kung maghihintay kayo ng matagal sa pila. 😀

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  21. Joanna Lee

    Hi! I scheduled an appointment using my maiden name kasi yung ang sabi ng friend namin is that okay? Sabi kasi nila dapat daw yung married na 🙁

    1. mommykrystal

      Hi Joanna, when I applied for mine, I used my married name na sa application. Although, I guess it doesn’t matter na because I still filled out an application form which was given to me at the DFA office. The staff will encode the info written on the form. Pero I will still confirm this with DFA. I’ll get back to you. 😀

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    2. Joanna Lee

      Thank you Mommy Krystal!

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