My passport got damaged apart from having it accidentally wet, pests ate some parts of it when it dried up. The first page is still legible but it’ll never
pass any immigration. I had it replaced at DFA recently and luckily the 4 year pass is now applied for 10 years. You of course would need a valid passport on your overseas travel. It needs to be good and not expiring in the next 6 months prior to your travel period on most countries, including Philippines. Still depending on your length of stay and destination, in Chile it only requires 90 days for some countries it’s shorter. I’ll hopefully have a complete list of passport validity soon, hopefully…
Take note that this only applies on regular passports without any visa requirements.
If your passport is lost and is already expired, then it will be treated like a new application, this means all the same requirements you brought when you applied for the passport would need to be brought again, all original and its photocopies.
- NSO birth certificate
- Valid ID (List of valid ID’s here.)
- NBI clearance
- Marriage Contract (if married)
- Notarized affidavit of loss
- Police report stating loss
If your passport is just damaged and is not expired then read on.
What you’ll need.
- Notarized Affidavit of Damage or Mutilation. You may view a sample here. This will explain when, where and how the passport got damaged. Tip: Before going to the notary. Print 3 copies, one copy stays to the notary, the other is your copy and the third to DFA.
- Damaged passport. Passport needs to be surrendered.
- Valid ID and please have it photocopied. Photocopy as many Government issued IDs as you like.
- Photocopy of the first and last page of the passport.
- They might require an NSO birth certificate just in case the information on your passport is no longer readable.
- Fill out the application form online here and set an appointment. If you are in a rush and needs the replacement badly, have your documents ready and go directly to their main branch in DFA Aseana. They entertain individuals without appointment there. Just make sure you have proper documentation why the replacement passport cannot wait, have your travel documents photocopied.
Here’s what you’ll do.
- It took me 3 months to have an appointment set, so make sure you don’t set any engagement on that day, otherwise you’ll waste your slot which could’ve been set by someone else willing to show up. Be there at least 15- 30 min before your set appointment. DFA ASEANA by the way extends their work hours and is already open as early as 6:30 AM. Don’t be late.
- Have your appointment verified. Present a valid ID and have your Application form ready, they need to scan the bar code at the first page. Be patient and wait for your turn. (I have renewed my passport several times and without fail, the cranky employee is always present getting kicks being a petty tyrant.)
- Next is the submission of document and interview. Depending on the severity of the damage, you might also be directed for a brief interview at the Head Office for additional investigation. They just want to validate your claim, how it got damaged and if the passport is really deemed for replacement.
- Head to the cashier, pay your fees, for passport replacement there is a penalty of Php 350 on top of the Php 950 for regular processing, expedited Php 1200.
- Picture taking and finger print capture. Reminding everyone to please wear decent clothing as the image on your passport is always considered for entry on every country and some are not forgiving with outrageous necklines.
Additional 15 days of clearance is required for verification.
You’re done in 5 easy steps. It took me more or less 4 hours. DFA Aseana, thank you. I’ll place my passport inside a vault. Please take care of your passports.
Read directly from the source: www.dfa.gov.ph