Saturday, 27 July 2013

Philippine Passport Application in Davao City

July 12, 2013- This day is Saturday, and I'm surprised to learn that DFA Davao is opened on weekend (at least on Sat.) My brother told me that it's because the office is located inside SM City. This is a good thing that they are open on Saturday because some people don't have time to go to the DFA office during weekdays. Anyway, a week before this date, my brother went to DFA but was not granted application because they needed his Form 137 and voter's id or registration receipt.  He had his NSO Birth Certificate, old elementary school id and his college school ID(current) with him but that wasn't enough. He was given a checklist on what is needed besides the one that he has. So he had to come back the next week which is July 12. This time he brought his voter's registration receipt, (my sister got it from our local comelec)and baptismal certificate ( but it wasn't needed).  He didn't have his Form 137 because the school needed a written request to get it so I told him to just go ahead to the DFA and see if they will accept what you have. Luckily, this time  his application was accepted. He paid for the RUSH Processing which is supposed to be  7 working days for P1,200 according to their website.  It's already July 27, it would be 10 working days now but haven't heard anything from the DFA. He went to the  DFA SM Davao to follow-up for his passport yesterday (Sat in Ph), one of the employee told him that it is now 20 working days for express or rush processing and 35 working days for regular processing. So he has to come back next Saturday Aug. 3 to pick up his passport, hopefully they will have it this time.

Lesson learned: We should have him apply for his Passport 3 months ago to avoid this delay. But we didn't know that he will needed it this soon because we thought his petition won't be approved until next year.

For future reference, accdg. the DFA website these are the Requirements:

For First time passport applicants:
  • Regular Processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00
For Renewal of passport applicants:
  • Regular Processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00
For Replacement of a lost expired passport:
  • Regular Processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00
For Replacement of a lost valid passport:
  • Regular Processing (15 working days): P950.00
  • Express Processing (7 working days): P1,200.00
Please take note that there is an additional fee of P200.00 for a lost valid MRRP / MRP or P350.00 for a lost valid e-passport.


  • Personal appearance
  • Confirmed appointment
  • Birth Certificate (BC) in Security Paper (SECPA) issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by NSO. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in NSO Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable. (Report of Birth duly authenticated by NSO if born abroad)
  • No need to submit a passport size photo

LIST OF ACCEPTABLE IDS (At least 1 of the following):

  • Government-issued picture IDs such as the following:
    • Digitized SSS ID
    • Driver’s License
    • GSIS E-card
    • PRC ID
    • IBP ID
    • OWWA ID
    • Digitized BIR ID
    • Senior Citizen’s ID
  • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:
    • Old College ID
    • Alumni ID
    • Old Employment IDs

LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (At least 3 of the following):


  1. Hello! I have a question. Are SSS ID and Voter's ID (together with supporting documents like NBI and Police Clearances and the like) fine enough to get a passport? I don't have Driver's License. Do I still need to get one? Please answer, Thanks.

  2. Hi Mae, sorry for the late response. SSS ID, Voter's ID, NBI & Police Clearance should be enough.

    1. DFA Davao City a nice firm and a friendly staff. But the security personnel of the DFA Davao City @ SM Ecoland have no manners they provoking applicant to a fight Mr. Terante is the one example of the security that have no manners this kind of security guard must undergo in a Disciplinary Action. We hope that you will choose a security with have a good moral and choose a good agency for a good security. thank you!

  3. Hi Good day,

    Tanong ko lng po panu kung nagregister ako sa online appointment,pwede ba na sa DFA dvo ako pumunta?

    1. @ Jaireh Faith, I believed sa DFA Manila lang pwede ang online appointment, but you can always check on them.

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  5. hi gud morning DFA staff, gusto ko sanang mag kuha ng passport new entrants po ako, ask ko lng sa na if need pa ba ng confirmed appointment, kung need po saan po ako makakuha ng confirmed appointment? all i have kasi is NSO issued by Local Civil Registrar at old documents issued atleast 2 years ago like NBI Clearance, Police Clearance and Community Tax Certificate. ... ask ko lng po if meron pa ba akong kulang or ok na ba? tnx

    1. Hi Bryan, sorry, just fyi. This blog is not associated with DFA. If you have any questions, pls direct them to DFA and you may check their website for reference.
      But, based on my knowledge, you are required to bring your birth certificate issued by NSO. Pero, if you only have the LCR one, it still has to be authenticated by NSO. So same parin, punta ka nalang sa nearest NSO office nyo, you will get it on the same day.
      About sa appointment naman, I think (but don't take my word) you don't need a "confirmed appointment" if you will process your passport in your province or any regional branch. Because, as far as I know, only the main branch in Manila needed a confirmed appointment for them to be able to accommodate you.
      Hope you don't get confuse on my response.