DFA Announces Birth Certificate Is No Longer Required To Renew Passport

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Birth Certificates Are No Longer Required For Passport Renewal

Manila, Philippines — If you are among those who are planning to renew their Philippine passport, here is good news for you: the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has recently announced that birth certificate is no longer a requirement when renewing a Philippine passport.

The DFA has removed the submission of birth certificates as a requirement for passport renewals
The DFA has removed the submission of birth certificates as a requirement for passport renewals

It is according to the Department Order No. 03-2019 of the DFA, signed in January 2019.

List of Philippine Passport Renewal Requirements
List of Philippine Passport Renewal Requirements

But, of course, there are instances when you need to present the birth certificate. Here are those:

  • If it is your first time to apply for a passport
  • If you are renewing a lost or mutilated passport
  • If your name is in the DFA watchlist
  • If you are renewing an old brown or green passport that has no complete middle name
  • If the renewal requires an alteration in personal information
Philippines Passport Renewal
Philippines Passport Renewal

What this means is that you only need to require the following documents when renewing your passport:

  • Accomplished application form
  • Confirmed online appointment
  • Personal appearance
  • Present ePassport with a photocopy of the data page
How to renew your Philippine Passport
How to renew your Philippine Passport

For minors, or those not older than 18 years old, here are the required documents they need to prepare:

  • Confirmed online appointment
  • Accomplished application form
  • Personal appearance plus either parent or authorized adult companion
  • Present ePassport
  • Photocopy of the data page
  • If only one parent is accompanying the child, it is a necessity to present a marriage certificate
  • Original plus photocopy of proof of filiation or guardianship
  • School ID (when applicable)
  • Valid government-issued ID or passport of one parent plus a photocopy
The DFA accepts at least one of the following valid IDs with one photocopy
The DFA accepts at least one of the following valid IDs with one photocopy

In the meantime, the agency has also updated its list of valid identification cards last August 2019. These include the following:

  • Postal ID
  • GSIS ID
  • SSS ID
  • UMID
  • Driver’s License
  • Postal ID
  • PRC ID
  • Student Permit (Card Format)
  • OWWA or iDOLE card
  • PRC ID
  • Voter’s certificate
  • Voter’s ID
  • Valid ePassport
  • PNP Firearms License
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • Residence card for applicants overseas
  • School ID

Should you have further queries with regard to passport renewal, DFA says you may check their FAQ page for possible answers at http://bit.ly/FAQsPassportApostille.

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