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Birth Certificate Not Needed for Passport Renewal

An updated list of valid ID’s for a passport renewal has also been announced.

  • Passport application before would have a lot of requirements and may take a long time to process
  • You will not be required anymore to present a birth certificate if you are applying for a passport renewal
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs has also released an updated list of valid ID’s if you are to apply for a passport

Manila, Philippines – Regardless of whether you are planning to work or have your vacation in another country, a passport is one of the most important documents that you will need. Getting a passport before, or even renewing it, was a nightmare for everyone because of the long lines and queues, but steps have been taken in order to make the process as quick as possible.

From a post in the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Facebook page, they have reminded that for passport renewals, birth certificates are not a requirement anymore.

As per DFA Department Order No. 03-2019, you will not need to present a birth certificate if you need to renew your passport. There are a few exceptions to this rule:

  • Renewing your passport for the first time
  • Renewals if you lost your passport or if your passport is damaged
  • If there are any personal information that needs to be changed while renewing your passport
  • Renewals of either green or brown passports that has no middle name
  • If the applicant is under the DFA’s watchlist
birth cerficate not needed for passport renewal
Image credit: Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines/Facebook

The current requirements for an adult that is applying for a renewal are now the following:

  • Confirmed online appointment
  • Completed application form
  • Current passport with a photocopy of the data page
  • Personal appearance

For minors who are below 18 years old, here are their current requirements:

  • Confirmed online appointment
  • Completed application form
  • Personal appearance along with the parents or an authorized adult companion
  • Current passport with a photocopy of the data page
  • Marriage certificate if only one parent is present
  • Original and photocopy of proof of filiation or guardianship
  • A valid ID and a photocopy of it from the parents or legal guardian
  • The child’s school ID if one is present

Along with this announcement, the DFA, through their Facebook page once again, has presented an updated list of valid ID’s that one can use for applying for a passport, with the Postal ID as the latest to be added. It should be noted that Postal ID’s issued from November 2016 onward are the ones that will be accepted, and that you should also present a photocopy of the said ID:

  • SSS ID
  • GSIS ID
  • UMID
  • Postal ID
  • Driver’s license
  • Student permit card format
  • PRC ID
  • OWWA or iDOLE card
  • Voter’s certificate
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • PNP Fireams license
  • School ID (while enrolled or fresh graduate)
  • Airman license
  • Voter’s ID
  • Valid ePassport for renewal
  • Residence card for applicants overseas
birth cerficate not needed for passport renewal
Department of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Philippines/Facebook

The following are still not accepted as an ID:

  • TIN
  • Pag-IBIG
  • PhilHealth
  • Barangay ID
  • Police clearance
  • Barangay clearance
  • SSS E-1 form
  • LTO driver’s license receipt
  • Student permit in paper format
  • Company ID

With these, applying for a passport or getting a renewal should be faster and easier than ever.

 

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Also read: Postal ID Can Be Used for Applying for Passports Soon

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