Got travel plans abroad with the kids family next year? If you haven’t secured passports for your child (or children), it’s time that you do. Luckily for us parents with kids seven years old and below, the process is really easy. Kai was almost two years old when we applied for his passport.
One of the perks of having a little child with you is that it’s easier to process things in government agencies. This is true for the Philippines and if you’re planning to visit the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to get your child a passport. Initially, you need to set an appointment, but in our case, we didn’t because Kai was there. Nevertheless, it’s still easy to set an appointment since it can now be done online (Click here if you wish to set up an appointment). The DFA has made it clear that setting up an appointment is free. Also, one appointment is enough, even if you travel as a family.
STEP 1: Application
A. Walk-in Application (Priority Applicants)
All passport applicants need to make an appointment before making a personal appearance at the DFA office. But the agency has already set an exemption for the following groups – they no longer need to set an appointment:
- children 7 years old and below
- persons with disability
- pregnant women
- senior citizens
Fill out an application form, which is available at your chosen DFA office. At the same time, you can find it on the official website. If you wish to print your own form, visit this link. Accomplish the form, skipping first the portions where you need to affix your signature. This is a great option for those who like to prepare the documents beforehand. Bring the form with you when you visit the office.
B. Setting up an appointment
(Skip this step if you’re traveling with a children 7 and below, senior citizens, pregnant women or persons with disability)
- Schedule an appointment through this link if you’re applying for just one person; Click this link for a group appointment (2 to 5 passport applicants).
- Choose your desired DFA site location. You should be able to see the addresses and contact numbers for different office locations.
- Pick a date for your appointment. It’s ideal to apply for the passport six months ahead of your planned travel period.
- Before submitting, make sure you have entered all correct information.
- An email confirmation should be sent to you. Print this out and bring it along with the requirements.
STEP 2: Requirements
For your little one, here are the general requirements from the DFA.
- Your child’s birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or original and photocopy of the Certified True Copy (CTC) issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by NSO
- Marriage certificate of parents issued by NSO or original and photocopy of the Certified True Copy (CTC) issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by NSO
- Passports of parents
- For children 8 to 17 years old, a document of identity with an attached photo (e.g. school ID)
- Original and a photocopy of the valid passport of the person traveling with the minor
Other documents may be needed for special situations like traveling with a legally adopted child or a child whose parents are annulled. More information can be found on this link.
STEP 3: The DFA Office
The minor needs to be accompanied by one or both parents when showing up at the DFA office. Arrive at least half an hour before your scheduled appointment. Note: DFA offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Once you have showed up for your appointment, you will be guided on what to do next. There are also signs posted on the wall to show you where to go next.
Your child’s photo needs to be taken for the passport. This can prove to be a bit difficult for toddlers. Try your best to let your kid stay put for the photo and prepare him or her for the quick snap.
- Your child’s face should not be covered by his or her hair. Both ears should be visible.
- Earrings and other head accessories are not allowed.
- Parents should hold their infants for the photo.
- It’s okay to smile but never show the teeth.
STEP 4: Fees
As of this writing, here are the fees that you need to pay when you get your child a passport.
- P950 – get your passport in 20 working days
- P1,200 (RUSH) – get your passport in 10 working days
- Optional delivery fee – If you don’t want to go back to the DFA office and claim your child’s passport but have it delivered to your home instead.
STEP 5: Claim the passport
Go back to the DFA Office to claim your passport using the payment receipt. Congratulations! You and your kid can start planning for your travels abroad.
Final Note: Once you get your child’s passport, make sure to check if all the personal details are correctly stated. The entire process will take you less than an hour – that’s how convenient it is when you have a kid 🙂