How to Apply for your Baby’s Philippine Passport

At some point, a mother will start to worry about applying for their child’s passport. Maybe you needed to see family or friends abroad. Or maybe you just want to take your little one to Disneyland! Summer is around the corner and travel is the best experience you can give to your child. I got my baby’s passport when he was barely two months old so that he can visit family abroad.

caleb at 5 months old, macau to cebu flight

By the way, I applied for his passport more than a year ago so my memory is kinda foggy on details. I do remember that it was quick and easy though–I remember being in the DFA center and leaving for only 30 minutes! I am surprised that the Philippine agency is very baby-friendly and convenient.

Starting this July 2016, the only walk-in applicants allowed will be infants, PWD, senior citizens and pregnant women. Other applicants will have to apply and book an appointment online. To find out, read my blog post on How to Apply for a Philippine Passport Online.

I. Requirements

  • Personal Appearance – you’ll need to bring your baby to DFA as applicant. Either of the parent must also be present (if legitimate) or the mother (if illegitimate).
  • You don’t need a confirmed appointment – minors ages below 7, senior citizens, pregnant women and handicapped can come right in and go to the courtesy lane.
  • Birth Certificate – an original NSO birth certificate will suffice. When I applied, Caleb’s NSO birth certificate wasn’t available in NSO yet (him being born a month or so ago). I had to bring his original birth certificate and had it certified at the Local Civil Registrar.
Local Civil Registrar in Cebu City
Local Civil Registrar in Cebu City
  •  NSO Marriage Certificate of Parents (if married)

    – If the parents are married, minor applicant will need a parent’s consent letter from both parents. If the parents are not married, minor applicant will only need a consent from the responsible parent (usually the mother).

  • Original and photocopy of passport of the person traveling with the minor.

– Original passport and copy of either parent will do or of mother (if illegitimate).

  • Notarized Affidavit of Support and Consent to Travel

– You will need a notarized affidavit from both parents (if legitimate) or mother (if illegitimate). I had the  notarized by my good lawyer friend Atty. Janjan Perez.

Additional Requirements:

  • If the child or minor applicant is not traveling with both his parents, you will need additional requirements:
    • Travel clearance form issued by DSWD. Original and photocopy will be required (blog post to follow on how to secure this)
      • Note that minors will not need to acquire the DSWD clearance if parents are living abroad or are immigrants, or in the Foreign service. Proof needs to be provided that parent/s are living abroad.
    • Affidavit of Support and Consent by either parent (mother, if illegitimate)
    • Passport copy of the person the child will be traveling with.

II. Appointment

DFA in Cebu is located at the 4th Level, Pacific Mall – Metro Mandaue, U.N. Avenue, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines.

Pacific Mall – Metro Mandaue

Since Caleb was still an infant, he didn’t need a scheduled appointment. The perks of being a baby mean that you can bypass the long queues of disgruntled applicants through the Courtesy Lane. It won’t save you from their dagger looks, but cut them some slack for they’ve probably been queuing up since 4am. The courtesy lane accepts babies, senior citizens, pregnant women and handicapped applicants. I haven’t tried this (but I have thought of it), you can push it even further and try to apply for your child’s and your passport renewal. (hehe)

Step 1: Make sure to come to DFA with all the documents complete and organized to make the passport application process swift and hassle-free. Bring original copies and photocopies of all required paperwork. Once you enter, the guard will give you an application form you need to fill up. Just wait inside for a few minutes and once you’re up, submit your documents and form to the official assigned who will review them and make sure documents are in order.

passport-philippine-infant-toddler
Isn’t he big for a one-month-something old?
philippine-passport-cebu-pacific-mall-baby
Big and strong too! 🙂

Step 2: Line up to give payment at the cashier. It’s Php 950 for regular processing and Php 1,200 for 7 days express processing. As of writing, express processing is temporarily ceased and the regular processing takes a minimum 6 weeks. Waiting times will be much shorter and you will be directed to pay at the courtesy lane. After you’re done with payment, you will be given a number and directed to another room where the applicant’s picture will be taken.

Step 3: Picture-taking time. Process is again fast and painless as there were probably 30 or so counters in front–in a few minutes, we were asked to go to a counter to have baby’s picture taken. Being only two months old, he could not sit up on his own yet so he had to be laid down in the table in a blanket. If you’re worried about hygiene issues, you can bring your own light blue blanket.

Picture-taking took a longer time than expected. The applicant had to be looking at the camera with eyes open. That’s not exactly easy for an infant to do (especially if he’s sleepy or hungry!)–so the person in charge had to take several pictures and sighed in frustration.

We finally got Caleb to look at the camera after a dozen attempts. It wasn’t a very flattering photo (he looked like a mochi!) and wanted the staff to try again… but the guy didn’t want to be bothered. We left DFA roughly thirty minutes when we came in–I honestly didn’t expect it would be that easy!

Step 4: Waiting time. I didn’t opt for the delivery service so I came back to DFA exactly 6 weeks after application. I got it as promised. Thank you DFA for a swift and easy process for the little ones!

Doesn't he look like a mochi?
Doesn’t he look like a mochi?
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103 thoughts on “How to Apply for your Baby’s Philippine Passport

  1. Hi just want to ask f u did bring your baby for passport releasing…i applied his passport yesterday and i forgot to asked about passport releasing….many thanks!

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  2. Hi just wanna ask f u did bring your baby for passport releasing i applied his passport yesterday and i forgot t asked bout passport releasing….many thanks!

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  3. Good evening,
    Just want to know if i need that affidavit of consent, i will apply fot my kids passport ,8 months and 3 yrs old,do i need to make the consent they are travelling both wt me and my foreign husband.
    And can i apply at the same time wt them cause my passport is expired already.
    Thanks.

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  4. Hi! I just want to ask if i need passport size photos for my 2 sons? My 2yrs old son is for new applicant and my 17yrs old son is for renewal? Do i need passport size photos for them? Tnks

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  5. Hi! I called dfa yesterday and the guy who took the call told me my 3month old baby can’t apply for a passport if he birth certificate is not in secpa paper (nso) . I asked him if he was sure because I’ve read your blog and why. He said no. And that it (b.c) has to be an nso copy.

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  6. Hi! im getting a passport for my 9mos old baby and he is travelling with me. About the parent’s consent,since we’re not married yet ,is it necessary to have it signed by both us or just me?
    thanks

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  7. Hi! I really appreciate your blog. May I ask a question, if me and my husband will also process our passports with our 1 yr. and 8 months baby would they also allow us to process it fast?

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  8. I want to apply for my son’s passport. He’s 15 months old. Do I still need a confirmed appointment? Cause in the website, it says below 1 yr old. I don’t know if they are very strict with it. Just want to confirm.

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  9. Hello apply ko sana baby ko for passport and urgent po so nkalimutan namen kumuha ng Nso nya she is 1yr.old .tanong ko lng po kung ipprocess parin kaya un kahit late maipasa ung NSO ?

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  10. Hi,I just want to ask if my sister can accompany my 2+ years old son to get a passport, as I am away from him I am an OFW,i was planning to bring him for travel abroad.Thanks.

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    1. Hello,I just want to ask if my sister in law can accompany my 4 months old son to get a passport, as I am away from him I am an OFW, planning to bring him here in abroad many thanks..

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  11. Hello po ,
    ano po bang requirements pagkuha ng passport para sa baby ko nasa pinas po sya 6months old at kami ng tatay nya dito sa dubai balak namin syang kunin this september , papaayos ko sana sa kapatid ko yung pagkuha ng passport nya , iniisip ko baka di pwede pag kapatid ?
    😦 .

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