It is quite easy to procure a Philippine passport for your newborn baby. It was the first thing my husband and I did after the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) copy of our child’s birth certificate finally became available a few months after birth, because in addition to being a travel document, a passport serves as a form of identification and proof of citizenship.
Unlike regular applicants, minors seven years old and below do not need to make an online appointment. Personally, all my husband and I did was show up with our child at the nearest Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) office with the following documents:
- Completed and signed application form. Click here to download the latest passport application form for minors (embedded below). It is a fillable PDF file, so you can conveniently type in your answers before printing it double-sided on A4 paper. If you don’t have a printer at home, the DFA office has blank forms that you can fill up onsite. Still, I highly suggest printing it beforehand to save time.
- Child’s Certificate of Live Birth issued by the PSA. You can easily get a copy online from e-Census (soon to be known as PSASerbilis). There is no need to photocopy the certificate, as the DFA will need and keep the original.
- Photocopies of information pages of our Philippine passports. My husband and I presented our original passports for verification.
- Photocopy of our Certificate of Marriage issued by the PSA. We presented the original for verification.
And that’s it. After paying the passport fee at the cashier, we didn’t wait long for our child’s turn at picture taking and data encoding. All in all, we spent less than half an hour at the DFA office. Kudos to the DFA for making passport application for young children a quick and painless one. (Now, if only they could likewise improve the process for regular applicants…)