Moms and Dads
Securing a DFA Passport Appointment for Your Baby
Not sure how to schedule a passport appointment for your baby with the Department of Foreign Affairs? Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate the DFA passport appointment system.
As parents, we want our babies to discover more about the world and be exposed to different people and cultures. This is how they grow and develop after all. But in order to travel as a family, they first need a passport! If you’re not sure how to secure a DFA passport appointment, here’s an easy guide that will help you put together the requirements as well as prepare for the appointment itself.
What are the requirements to apply for a passport?
The main requirements for minor new applicants include:
- an online appointment
- an accomplished application form
- personal appearance of the minor together with a parent or an authorized adult companion
- Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Birth Certificate (bring the original and a photocopy)
- Marriage Certificate if only one parent is accompanying the child (bring the original and a photocopy)
- Original and photocopy of either parent’s passport or valid government ID
- School ID (if applicable)
To view the full list of requirements and supporting documents depending on your situation, you may visit the official website.
How do I schedule a passport appointment with DFA online?
To secure a DFA passport appointment online for your child, you need to visit passport.gov.ph. Click on Schedule an Appointment and read the Terms and Conditions before accepting. Once you accept, click on the Individual Appointment and choose your preferred site. For those in Metro Manila, some malls are currently temporary sites to make the process more convenient. These include Robinsons Las Piñas, Robinsons Magnolia, SM Aura, SM Mall of Asia, and SM North EDSA.
Once you’ve chosen your preferred site, click on your preferred date. Available dates are highlighted in green. And if you click on those dates, you’ll be able to select your preferred time. Fill out the information needed and select your preferred payment method.
On the day of your DFA Passport Appointment
On the day of your passport appointment with the DFA, bring all the requirements listed as well as a pen. Some sites are quite strict and only allow one companion. If so, you may want to bring a carrier or stroller to stay hands-free. Be sure to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled slot, too. This way, you have more than enough time to anticipate traffic, parking, and other inconveniences.
The DFA is not strict with your baby’s attire. Just have them wear something that covers their shoulders. For reference, the photo background as of writing is color blue. Also, do away with hair accessories and jewelry. For baby girls with earrings, it will depend on the site. Some allow baby girls to keep them on while some will request you to remove the earrings.
Courtesy Lane Available
DFA prioritizes senior citizens, persons with disability, pregnant women, children under seven years old, solo parents, and overseas Filipino workers. This makes it easier and faster for you and your baby to go through the different steps at the site!
A World of Wonder Awaits
Applying for a passport for your child opens the door to a world of possibilities and adventures. This small document holds the power to create lasting memories, connect your family with diverse cultures, and enable your child to explore the beauty and wonder of the world. As you take this step, remember that you’re not just obtaining a passport, but also laying the foundation for a lifetime of discovery and growth. Cherish the process and the anticipation it brings, for the experiences that lie ahead are bound to be truly extraordinary.