Applying for Baby Rigel’s Philippine passport was not such a hassle after all. In fact, the process was super easy and a lot faster than what I was anticipating.
Actually, you can apply for your baby’s passport at any of the satellite offices of DFA – saves you a long trip of going all the way to DFA ASEANA especially if you’re from up north. You can find the list of NCR satellite and regional consular offices here.
I’ve decided to apply for Rigel’s passport at DFA Megamall because, well, it’s Megamall! It means delicious food and new makeup, right? No? Just me? Going back to the topic…
PHILIPPINE PASSPORT APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INFANTS (NEWBORNS UP TO 12 MONTHS OLD)
- Personal Appearance (no confirmed appointment needed)
- Duly Accomplished Application Form (download here; print and fill it out but don’t sign it yet!)
- Original Birth Certificate of minor in Security Paper issued by PSA or Certified True Copy of Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar 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 is required if minor was born abroad.
- Personal appearance of either parent and valid passports of BOTH parents if the child is legitimate
- Personal appearance of mother and proper ID or valid passport of mother if minor is an illegitimate child
- Marriage Certificate of minor’s parents duly authenticated by PSA for legitimate child
- Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person traveling with the minor
Also, there are additional and/or other requirements for special cases, you may check them out here.
As stated above, minor applicants (1 year old and below) don’t need a confirmed online appointment as a special lane is dedicated for infants, senior citizens, pregnant women, and PWDs. Rigel was 5 months old when we applied for her passport so, yey! (Click here for a complete list of persons who may avail of the courtesy lane).
Also, one adult is allowed to apply together with the infant without scheduling an appointment. So, I finally updated my passport to my married name (after 1 year and 8 months).
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
My initial plan was to go to Megamall early as the DFA office opens at 10am, but Rigel decided to sleep in ‘til 10:30am. So, after feeding, bathing, getting ready, and a little bit of “kulitan”, we finally left the house at around noon. Yes, almost 2 hours! If you’re a mom, you know how it works and I know you won’t judge me. Lol!
We got in at 1:30 PM, there wasn’t a long line. At the entrance, there’s a counter where the application form is stamped with “INFANT” and the queue number is given. We were told to proceed to Window #2 for processing – this is the window for the courtesy lane. There were plenty of seats and space for bulky diaper bags and strollers, kaya di kayo masstress mommy and daddy!
We submitted all of our requirements and proceeded to the Cashier Window for payment.
Below are the details of the Philippine passport fees:
- Regular Processing (20 working days) – P950.00
- Expedited Processing (10 working days) – P1,200.00
- Delivery fee (if you opt to have your passport delivered) – P150.00
The passport pictures are taken at Window #18 – this is honestly the part I’m dreading the most! I was worried that Rigel could get cranky and it may take a while before they get a decent photo of her. But our daughter surprised us that day; it took less than a minute to take several decent shots of her. We’re so proud! (#nakakaiyak!) They put a shoe-box on top of a chair for her to sit on to elevate her to the camera’s level. The staff pointed a red laser light at the camera to get her attention.
Great job, guys! I applaud the staffs who take the photos of babies; I can imagine the amount of patience needed for each day!
The staff encoded Rigel’s passport information and asked me to double check the details. I signed on her behalf stating that all the information encoded were accurate. And then it was my turn to have my picture taken, OMG! All I can say is, good thing I did my eyebrows that day. *awkward laugh*
We were not in a hurry to get the passports so we chose the regular processing and opted to pickup our passport at Megamall DFA Office.
Opposite to my experience years before, our Philippine passport application was complete within 45 minutes! It was super fast.
We applied for our passport on March 18, 2017 and we got it on April 19, 2017. You’ll need the official receipt and one government-issued ID to claim your passport. If you opted for delivery, you’ll need to personally receive the passports. Otherwise, you need provide the recipient an authorization letter and a copy of your valid ID.
I guess that’s it! I hope this helps the mommies out there who are planning to secure their little one’s passport.
Also, if you need to secure an NBI clearance, you may check my blog post here as your guide and reference.