Here you can find the requirements, our experience, important reminders and Frequently Asked Questions regarding your child (7y/o & below) or your baby’s Philippine passport application.
One of the things we want to value in our family is to make memories through travelling. I know my baby will definitely go to places so the first document that I ever thought of her having is a passport. I immediately searched everything that are needed for the application and prepared it right away. I also tried to book a schedule but it’s so sweet to know that we can just walk in!
Yes, BABIES DON’T NEED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE.
This courtesy lane is available to: (information from dfa.gov.ph)
- Senior citizens (60 years and over) with proof of age
- People with disabilities (PWDs) with proof of disability
- Solo parent with valid solo parent card, and his/her minor children
- Minors seven (7) years old and below and his/her parents and minor siblings
- Pregnant women
- Overseas Filipino Workers (Land and Sea based) with valid proof of status.
Just a reminder for everyone, you cannot just walk-in anytime because DFA sites has already imposed a cut off. For some sites, their cut off is until 2pm and for others, they have this certain number of people who can only walk in for the day.
Requirements for passport application of children 7y/o and below:
- Accomplished Application Form (click here for Blank Application Form)
- Personal Appearance of minor applicant and either parent or authorized adult companion
- Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Birth Certificate
- Passport or Valid Government issued ID of either parent .
- School ID (if applicable)
- Marriage Certificate is required if only one parent is accompanying the child
- If parents are unmarried, an Affidavit of Support and/or Consent executed by the Mother will be required if she is not accompanying the child.
- If Affidavit of Support and/or Consent is executed abroad, it must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate
Sharing to you as well our own experience and the steps that we took when we were already inside DFA.
So we went to Robinsons Novaliches DFA site at 10:00am because the mall opens at 10. There is no line and they just asked us to log in a log book of the people who belongs to the courtesy lane.
Step 1: we passed our application form to the first window
Step 2: we waited for our baby’s name to be called and we passed the additional requirements and documents mentioned above
Detour: we were asked to go back because the certificate of live birth that we brought was not valid. Our baby is just 3mos old that time and her PSA birth certificate is not yet ready. So we went to city hall for an authenticated copy of her birth. Little did we know, we also need to go to PSA itself to authenticate what the city hall already gave us. To cut the long story short, we just waited for my baby’s birth certificate to be released on her fourth month before we went back to DFA.
Step 3: Payment. We were asked to pay for 1,200 pesos so I thought maybe courtesy lane people were all for the expedite processing of their passports.
Step 4: Picture Taking. This is the only thing that I wish DFA could improve. My baby was just 4mos old when we went there yet the staff told us to let her seat on the small bench. It was a bit inconvenient for us since our baby can’t sit yet during that time. I’ve heard that other sites has a table where they lie down the baby who still can’t sit down so I hope this applies to all of their sites.
Step 5: Pick up or delivery. We chose pick up and were glad that it is already available on the date that they wrote on the claiming receipt.
- CAPITAL PHOTOCOPY. It is not on their site but the moment we enter DFA, they are already announcing that you should bring atleast one photocopy of the documents that you brought with you. Including the parents’ passports.
- Come early. Please go there before lunchtime because as I have said earlier, DFA sites has a cut off. Some told me that they didn’t get into the number of people accommodated for the day and one of my friends told me that she was asked to come back because their cut off is 2:00PM.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Will they let me remove my baby’s earrings?
Well as for our experience, I was trying to delay our application a little bit because I was thinking that they may ask me to remove my baby’s earrings. That was just a few weeks after she got her ear pierced. But when they are already taking her photo, we were not asked anymore to remove her earrings. She was 4mos old that time so I just don’t know for ages 4mos+. Maybe you can call the nearest DFA to make sure.
2. How many people can apply a passport with the child?
I am supposed to renew my passport since I still have my maiden name on it so I asked the staff if I could apply with my baby. They confirmed that 1child: 1 companion in applying for a passport. They also told us that parents are the only one, no other relatives or friends, can apply with the child given the perks of being in the courtesy lane.
3. What will my child wear?
No dress codes. Just let your child wear decent clothes with sleeves.
4. How many years is the validity of the passport?
With the new passport system I thought my baby will be given 10 years of passport validity. But when we got it, it is only valid for the next five years. Maybe they have this notion that facial features will definitely change.
All of this information is based on what is written at dfa.gov.ph and what we’ve confirmed through experience. I hope this will help you to prepare in applying for your baby or your child’s Philippine passport.
Now let’s go to the ends of the earth!