“Really, you’re done?” My husband asked in disbelief over the phone when I told him that it took me just about 50 minutes to finish the passport application of our baby and our firstborn at the Department of Foreign Affairs Megamall Consular Office. Yup, just 50 minutes for both of them. It was that fast, and boy, it was easy! So if you’re planning to apply for your baby’s passport soon, you might want to read along!
Just the other week, I finally had the time to visit DFA Megamall to get passports for my boys. The kids missed a supposedly travel opportunity with the dad last December and I certainly don’t want that to happen again (and besides, we should be ready by the time the next insane seat sale strikes again, yes?). So finally, I had to do my long-overdue passport application for my sweet kids. Kuya Kyle’s old passport is expiring this month while our baby needed to finally get one. So the mission was to get each of them a new passport, outright.
But before I go on with the details, I would just like to share that when applying for a passport for infants or minors below 1-year-old (like I did), you don’t have to schedule an appointment with DFA online. Also, one member of the family (mom, dad or a sibling) may apply together with the infant and can enjoy the super powers of directly going to the courtesy lane, hence my firstborn also enjoyed the truly fast transaction together with his baby brother! But for this particular post, please be noted that I’ll focus mainly on requirements for new passport application for infants (not the passport renewal). Let me now walk you through the application process.
I. The Requirements
- Personal Appearance of the minor
- NSO Birth Certificate
- NSO Marriage Certificate of Parents (if married)
- Personal appearance of either parent and valid passport of parents (if minor is a legitimate child)
- Personal appearance of mother and proper ID or valid passport of mother (if minor is an illegitimate child)
- Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person traveling with the minor
(Check the list of passport requirements for different individuals at the DFA website which you can do so by clicking here.)
II. The Application Process
Step 1: Complete the requirements and fill out the application form for your child.
Well of course, you have to make sure that all your requirements are complete before heading to DFA. Bring original copies and photocopies of the required paperwork and for your convenience, there’s a photocopier inside DFA office (but it’s recommended to reproduce necessary documents before hand). Inside DFA, the guard will usher you to the personnel who will hand the application form. Once done filling out the form, you’ll be directed to get a number for the courtesy lane that is especially assigned for minors below 1 year old, senior citizens, pregnant women, people with disability and other qualified citizens.
Step 2. Submit requirements.
No need to hurdle the looong queue as the line there is usually short (there was no one ahead of us when we applied!). Hand all the documents to the personnel in-charge who will then verify your documents. Once done, you’ll be directed to the next stop which is the Cashier.
Step 3: Pay the fees.
You’ll have to pay Php1,200 should you opt to have the 7-day express processing or Php950 if you want the regular 15-day processing at the Cashier.
Step 4: Picture-taking!
After paying, you’ll be directed to the post where your baby’s photo will be taken, the last stop.
Step 5: Wait for the passport.
Right before leaving the doorsteps of DFA, there’s an area where you can pay an additional P150 should you want your child’s passport delivered via LBC but should you like to pick up, no need to pay! That’s it and you’re done! I must say, kudos DFA Megamall for that truly fast and hassle-free service!
Megamall Building C, EDSA corner J. Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City.