Z turns 2 this year! We plan to celebrate by going to HongKong – Disneyland! But first, Z needs to have a passport.
From the DFA website, here are the requirements for passport application for minors – kids from 7 years old and below.
1. No confirmed online application needed. They can avail of the courtesy lane/priority lane.
2. Accomplished Application Form
3. Personal Appearance of minor applicant and either parent or authorized adult companion
4. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Birth Certificate
* Local Civil Registrar Copy may be required if PSA Birth Certificate is not clear or cannot be read
5. Marriage Certificate is required if only one parent is accompanying the child
* If parents are unmarried, an Affidavit of Support and/or Consent executed by the Mother will be required if she is not accompanying the child
* If Affidavit of Support and/or Consent is executed abroad, it must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate
6. Passport or Valid Government issued ID of either parent with one (1) photocopy
Upon checking the DFA website, we ordered Z’s Birth Certificate from the PSA website.
We got the document in 3 days. One page is Php365.
Since we are both working parents, we opted to go on a Saturday to the nearest DFA satellite to us – Megamall. We were at the DFA Megamall at 11AM. We weren’t lucky to get a number for the courtesy lane since they only have 120 slots. So we decided to go back the next Saturday. So, we just ate – here’s Z enjoying his pork buns!
Come next Saturday, we went early this time – 9AM. Since the mall is not yet open – they open at 10AM; you cannot go to the DFA site – 7th floor Building C; through the mall. We didn’t know that there’s an entrance near the bus stop. We learned the hard way. It was not yet 9:30 AM when we got to the DFA office and to our disappointment, there’s no more slot left 🙁 good thing the lady guard suggested that we try at Robinsons Galleria. Didn’t know that there was a DFA satellite there. So we went. We were relieved that there were still slots for the courtesy lane! We got our number – 56, and waited to be called. There was like an initial screening. I went in, Z and Cris was waiting outside. Also Z was sleepy and a bit irritable already. Okay, so I went in. I was asked on our purpose. I showed Z’s birth certificate. Also she asked if my husband was with me, I said yes. She asked for valid IDs – I have our passports. Then she gave me the applicable form to fill-in. I photocopied our IDs and Z’s birth certificate. Then we waited to be called again. So we waited on our turn. Our documents were verified, then we paid Php1200 for express (actually, they did not ask we wanted express – haha!), then Z got his picture taken. For boys, they do not allow long hair, so we put Z’s hair in a bun. They were great with kids that they know how to get them look at the camera! Good thing Z forgot that he’s sleepy haha! and was such a good boy. As his parent, I signed for Z and double checked his details. We paid for Php 150 delivery and we’re done! It took less than an hour!
We got his passport 8 working days later.
Take away from this:
1. Courtesy lanes are not just for infants. Check here on the complete list.
2. We did not need to renew our passports, but if you need to, you can also renew or apply for your passport together with your child. Only one companion can ride on with the priority pass.
3. Check the entrances for the DFA satellite offices especially if they are inside the mall.
4. Come early! or do not go on a weekend for priority lanes. I think there are fewer lines during the weekdays compared to Saturdays.
5. We did not photocopy our documents and IDs before hand. If you do not want to wait in line, do this before hand.
6. Bring a pen! Good thing they sell pens!
7. Do not let your husband pack your stuff! HAHA! (because of #4)