How to Apply for the New 10 Year Validity Philippine Passports
Early this year, the Department of Foreign Affairs has announced the start of issuing Philippines passports with 10 years validity. The requirements to apply for the passport with extended validity is the same with a few additions.
Requirements to Renew Passport and Apply for the 10 Year Validity Passport:
- Confirmed appointment via www.Passport.gov.ph
- Filled up the application form
- Appeared personally on the day of the appointment
- The most recent expired or expiring passport
- Valid ID
- Supporting documents as needed
According to Department Order Number 010-2017 with Republic Act Number 10928 from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the following rules and regulation will be followed when issuing 10 Year Philippine passports:
- Filipino must be 18 years old and above to receive a 10-year validity passport.
- Filipino under the age of 18 at the time of application shall only be given a 5-year validity passport.
- Issuance of 10-year validity passport starts on January 1, 2018.
One reason why Filipinos below the age of 18 are not given 10-year validity passports is that their faces may change after some years so its best to renew again after 5 years.
How Much to Renew Philippine Passport?
The good news is the price to renew a passport, regardless of the extended validity, costs the same which is 950 pesos. However, the price may increase in the future in exchange for better features and improvements according to DFA.
For applicants who are not able to book slots, not to worry, as DFA has announced that they are opening new slots each day. Just regularly visit their site to check if new slots are up. They also apologize if some applicants experience technical issues on their site, they are already working on improving their system.
How Long Before You Receive Your Philippine Passport?
Upon completion of the requirement and appearing personally in the DFA office, applicants can approximately receive their passport in one week. Applicants have the option to have it delivered directly to their house or pick it up in the DFA’s office.