Getting A Philippine Passport: List of Acceptable IDs and Supporting Documents

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Updated March 2017. The information stated below is based on the DFA website and is accurate to the best of the writer’s knowledge. However, according to personnel from DFA Cebu, the DFA website is not updated regularly. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to personally get a list of requirements from their nearest DFA office, as there may be changes in the requirements that are not reflected right away in the DFA website and in this page. You may also call DFA for verification of information. (Contact details and overview of the application process can be found here: Passport Application/Renewal at DFA Cebu: What You Need To Know.)

 

 

To get a passport, you need 1 ID and 2 supporting documents in addition to your NSO birth certificate and application form.

Gawas sa NSO birth certificate ug application form, kinahanglan ang usa (1) ka ID ug duha (2) ka supporting documents para makakuha ug passport.

 

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ID

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As of March 16, 2017, these are the IDs accepted by the DFA:
Mao kini ang mga ID nga dawaton sa DFA:

  • Government-issued picture IDs such as the following:
    • BIR ID (Digitized)
    • Driver’s License
    • GSIS E-card
    • IBP ID
    • OWWA ID
    • PRC ID
    • Senior Citizen’s ID
    • SSS ID (Digitized)
    • Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID)
    • Voter’s ID (Source)
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  • Other acceptable picture IDs such as the following:
    • College ID
    • Alumni ID
    • Employment/Work ID
    • Improved premium/postal ID (new addition)

You need only 1 valid ID.
Usa ra ka valid ID ang kinahanglanon.

Regarding the Voter’s ID, it is listed as one of the acceptable IDs in the DFA website but there are some government websites (such as the Official Gazette of the Philippines) that still don’t include the Voter’s ID as one of the acceptable IDs — so, to be safe, I would suggest that you try as much as possible to bring/secure another valid ID and not rely on the voter’s ID.

Regarding the new postal ID, it is now listed in the DFA website as one of the accepted IDs, with the emphasis that it should be the improved/premium postal ID — the one with the QR code and other security features and that was launched relatively recently — and not the old one. You can find out how to secure the new postal ID in this article: How to Get the New Postal ID in Cebu.

Find out how to renew your PRC ID in Cebu — it’s very easy! — in this article: PRC License Renewal in Cebu in Less than 2 Hours.
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Supporting Documents

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As of March 16, 2017, these are the supporting documents accepted by the DFA:
Mao kini ang mga supporting documents nga dawaton sa DFA:

  • Form 137 (Elementary or High School) or Transcript of Records with readable dry seal
  • Government Service Record
  • Land Title
  • Marriage Contract (NSO/PSA)
  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance
  • Postal ID (Digitized)
    • This is still in the list of supporting documents although the list of acceptable IDs already includes the improved/premium postal ID (see here).
  • School Yearbook
  • Seaman’s Book
  • SSS-E1 Form or Microfilmed Copy of SSS-E1 Form (must be readable)
  • Voter’s Certification, List of Voters and Voter’s Registration Record (please attach receipt)

These documents must have been issued at least one year prior to date of application and must show correct name, date and place of birth, picture, and signature of applicant.

Note that there are documents that used to be accepted as supporting documents — namely, the Barangay Clearance, Birth Certificate of Child/Children, Community Tax Certificate (Cedula), and the Income Tax Return — that are no longer in the current list. The Voter’s ID used to be in the list of supporting documents but is now in the list of acceptable IDs.

You need at least 2 supporting documents.
Labing menos duha ka supporting documents ang kinahanglanon inigkuha ug passport.

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs: List of Acceptable IDs

For an overview of the passport application process, see:
Passport Application/Renewal at DFA Cebu: What You Need To Know
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Again, for your convenience, here are the articles that you might find useful:

Passport Application/Renewal at DFA Cebu: What You Need To Know 

Getting A Philippine Passport at DFA Cebu: List of Requirements for First Time Applicants 

Renewing A Philippine Passport at DFA Cebu: List of Requirements 

Getting A Philippine Passport: List of Acceptable IDs and Supporting Documents

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