I needed to get a new passport since I lost my old one.And I thought it was not that big of a deal since it was easy to apply for a new one..or so it thought.. Unfortunately, there is a new system if you want to apply for a passport and it is online. The Department of Foreign Affairs office here at Iloilo City will not accept walk-in applicants except for Senior Citizens and OFW (but you must have a valid contract and a valid visa. You need to present these 2 requirements in order for them to accommodate you or else they will just tell you that they cannot do anything).
Then someone told me that the DFA bacolod accepts walk-in applicants.I was doubtful at first because I do not have enough information about it and I did not want to spend money going there and end up being told that they will not accept my application.There is also the fact that it is a lost passport and not just a regular application or renewal.I had 2 choices, wait until March since that was the only available date for online appointment or take a risk going to DFA Bacolod and process my passport application there instead.
Luckily, they do accept walk-ins even for special cases.
So without further ado here are the steps and some tips on applying for a lost passport
a. Prepare everything. Before going to bacolod make sure that you have all your needed documents with you.You would not want to go back and forth just because you lack some documents and you will end up spending a lot of money and wasted time.
- NOTARIZED AFFIDAVIT OF LOSS with detailed explanation on when where and how it got lost.
- if the passport is still valid, submit a police report.
- photocopy of the first page of lost passport (if available)
- Birth certificate issued by Philippine Statistics Authority. ( report of birth duly authenticated by PSA if born abroad)And make sure that your birth certificate is not blurred or else they will require you to get a transcribed birth certificate from the LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY.
- You also need atleast 1 of the acceptable ID’s below: 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
- Unified Multi-Purpose ID
- Voter’s ID
- Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:
- Old College ID
- Alumni ID
- Old Employment IDs
6. You need to take with you a LIST OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (Old documents issued at least one year prior to date of application that show correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature of applicant, at least 2 of the following):
- PSA Marriage Contract
- Land Title
- Seaman’s Book
- Elementary or High School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal
- Government Service Record
- NBI Clearance(expired and new)
- Police Clearance
- Barangay Clearance(expired and new)
- Digitized Postal ID
- Readable SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form
- Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (please attach receipt)
- School Yearbook
TAKE NOTE: there is a 15 day clearing period before they will actually process your new passport. When you arrive at the DFA office you will initially submit some documents. So just bring all the needed documents just to be sure.All in all it will take 15 days clearing period plus 20 working days 0r 10 working days if you pay for Expedite E-PASSPORT.
FEES: REGULAR PASSPORT-(20 WORKING DAYS) = 950 PESOS EXPEDITE E-PASSPORT-(10 DAYS) = 1200 Additional 350 pesos fine for lost passport.here is the link for dfa online appointment: http://www.passport.com.ph
The online appointment system for passport application is a nice solution to the long lines that one needs to endure when applying for a passport but this new system causes a great deal of stress and money for those who cannot get an online appointment since all the dates are booked in which case you need to wait for months!! just to get an appointment.And what if you are not a senior citizen or an ofw?This seems unfair to other people. Good thing that DFA Bacolod still accepts walk-ins but what happens when they will not accept walk-ins anymore? Do we have to wait months before we can have a passport?