By now we are all aware the President Rodrigo Duterte has already approved the proposal to extend passport validity up to 10 years under the RA 10928. This is good news for all of us, but if you’re about to renew your passport soon, please be informed that a certain document is now required for you to present upon renewal.
Since there is a new advanced system in renewing passport, the system now requires the complete data to be keyed in. If the only address stated in your expired passport is the province only and not including the city or the municipality, you will have to bring your original birth certificate to back up this incomplete data.
Therefore, all Filipino citizens applying for passport renewal shall bring a copy of their birth certificate to make the process easier; otherwise, it will take longer than the usual.
According to Vice Consul Elizabeth Picar Ramos, this additional renewal requirement is only for those applicants whose passport does not reflect the city or municipality of their birth place. They will have to secure a copy of their birth certificate which is officially released by National Statistic Office (NSO) or the now called Philippine Statistics Authority.
Ramos added that if the applicant does submit a copy of their passport during renewal, the printing of the passport will be suspended.
This new requirement is effective for applicants who will renew their passport starting August 2017. So Ramos urged all applicants to make sure they bring the complete requirements to make the process fast and efficient.
Ramos also said that Filipinos can apply for passport renewal online of book an appointment as early as 10 months before the passport expires.
Although the passport application is free of charge, it is strictly by appointment to be scheduled through Passport Appointment Portal.
Meanwhile, for those applicants who didn’t show up during their appointment since June 1 shall set another appointment online.
Source: The Judgement