How to Get Philippine Passport for Minors: An Ultimate Guide


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Traveling alone may be nice, but exploring the world (and creating memories) with your kids is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss.

Even the most expensive toys can never compare to the lessons and experiences that traveling can bring.

After all, your life as parents should never end with childbirth.

But before you plan your itineraries, don’t forget that Filipinos, regardless of age, must first secure a Philippine passport.

We’ve already discussed the nitty-gritty of applying for a Philippine passport as adults. This time, we’re going to focus on how to get Philippine passport for minors, ranging from babies to teens below 18 years old.

 

 

Who is a minor?

According to R.A. No. 7610, a minor is someone who is below eighteen (18) years old. 

Also included in this category are those over 18 “but are unable to fully take care of themselves or protect themselves from abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation, or discrimination because of a physical or mental disability or condition.”

Due to their young age or condition, minors are prime targets of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Hence, DFA has provided a separate guideline on how to get Philippine passport for minors, taking into consideration their age and vulnerability.

In terms of age, Philippine passport applicants who are minors are divided into two categories:

  • 0 to 7 years old: Babies and kids aged seven years and below apparently don’t have the capacity yet to think on their own. Therefore, minors in this age range don’t need to secure an appointment online. According to DFA, babies and children seven years old and below are entitled to avail of the courtesy lane together with their parents and minor siblings. 
  • 8 to 17 years old: Minors who belong in this age group must secure an appointment online like everybody else. As previously mentioned, the only time they get access to courtesy lane is if they have another sibling aged 7 years or below who is also applying for the Philippine passport. Requirements may differ depending on whether the minor is traveling alone, with a parent/legal guardian, or somebody else (more on this later).

Once granted, Philippine passports for minors are only valid for 5 years, which is half of the 10-year validity period given to regular passports.

 

How to Get a Philippine Passport for Babies and Minors: 4 Steps.

1. Complete the passport requirements.

The following is a complete and updated list of passport requirements for minors:

a. Confirmed online appointment (if applicable).

As discussed in the previous section, minors who are seven years old and below don’t need an online appointment with DFA when applying. Accompanied by their parents/legal guardians, they can proceed to the courtesy lanes provided for them at the DFA office.

Minors aged 8 to 17 years old, on the other hand, must secure an appointment online, unless they’re applying with another minor sibling aged 7 years old or below, in which case they’re also entitled to use the courtesy/priority lane.

b. Duly accomplished passport application form.

The parent or legal guardian may accomplish and sign the application form on the minor’s behalf. You can download the passport application form for minors here.

c. Personal appearance of BOTH the minor and either parent or authorized legal companion.

For minors whose both parents live abroad, follow these guidelines when applying for a passport and traveling alone. 

d. Birth Certificate.

The minor applicant’s birth certificate must be issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority or PSA (formerly NSO).

Related Article: How to Get PSA Birth Certificate in the Philippines

In the guide we’ve written for regular adult applicants, we mentioned that the DFA still accepts NSO birth certificates.

This may also apply to minors, but we can’t guarantee. Please call DFA hotline to be sure.

On the other hand, if the PSA birth certificate of the minor isn’t clear or legible, please provide the Local Civil Registrar Copy instead.

In case the baby or minor doesn’t have a PSA Birth Certificate or Report of Birth yet, you can present the following documents instead:

  • For applicants born in the Philippines: PSA-authenticated Certified True Copy of Local Civil Registrar (LCR) Birth Certificate.
  • For applicants born abroad: Original copy of Report of Birth or first endorsement from Consular Records Division.

e. Marriage Certificate (if only one parent is accompanying the child).

For minors with unmarried parents, an Affidavit of Support and/or Consent must be executed by the mother if she’s not accompanying the child.

If executed abroad, this affidavit must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate.

f. Passport or valid government issued ID of the parent/s or authorized adult companion who will accompany the child in the application process.

Please refer to this guide for a complete list of acceptable IDs for passport application.

g. School ID of the minor (if applicable).

 

2. Submit all passport requirements to DFA.

For minors 8 – 17 years old.

Unless they’re accompanying another minor sibling aged 7 years old or below, minors in this age bracket don’t have access to courtesy lanes at DFA offices.

For this reason, they’re required to secure an appointment online just like regular adult applicants. Click here to learn how to get a passport appointment online.

For minors 0 – 7 years old.

Babies and minors aged 7 years old and below are entitled to use the courtesy lanes at different DFA branches. This means they don’t have to secure an appointment online and can go straight to the DFA office for their passport application or renewal.

Along with the minor, the parents as well as minor siblings 17 years old and below will also be given access to the passport courtesy lane. So if you’re applying as a family, you can simultaneously apply for a Philippine passport without the hassles of online appointment.

 

3. Pay the Philippine passport fee.

The image below shows the updated list of Philippine passport fees:

philippine passport fees

Here are a few reminders when paying passport fees for minors:

  • According to DFA, babies and minors 7 years old and below, along with their parents and minor siblings, can use the courtesy lane but they are considered expedited applications so they must all pay the express/expedited fee of Php 1,200.
  • To the frustration of a lot of parents, some DFA branches don’t even comply with the rule of allowing minors 7 years old and below to use the courtesy lanes. Instead, some satellite offices (e.g., DFA Robinsons Novaliches) only accept 5 years old and below in the courtesy lane. It’s best to call the DFA branch where you’re planning to apply for the passport so you’ll be aware of their restrictions before heading there.
  • If you’ll not be available to personally receive the passport/s on the claim date, you can opt to have them delivered to your doorstep by paying an additional Php 150 for the courier service.

 

4. Claim the passport/s.

Return to the DFA office on the date indicated on your receipt to claim the passport/s. If you opted to have it delivered to your mailing address (see the previous step), simply wait for the passport/s to arrive at your home or office.

 

Frequently Asked Questions.

1. How long is the validity of Philippine passports for minors?

2. How can I apply for a Philippine passport if the minor is an illegitimate child?

3. My minor child was born in the US and has a US passport. Is he/she still qualified to get a Philippine passport?

4. I’m separated from my spouse. Can I apply for my child’s Philippine passport on my own?

5. The minor child’s parents live abroad or unavailable. Who can accompany him/her when applying for a Philippine passport?

6. What are the Philippine passport requirements for minors who have been adopted or in the process of getting adopted?

7. My child is a minor. How can I renew his/her Philippine passport?

44 thoughts on “How to Get Philippine Passport for Minors: An Ultimate Guide

  1. hello po tanong ko lang need pa ba appointment ang 3 years old for new passport or diritso na sa Dfa together with her biological mother?

    1. Hello po, magrenew po ako ng passport qo.pero gusto ko po kuhanan ng passport anak ko, 12 yrs old na po siya.Kailangan pa po bang kuha ako ng online appointment?salamat po sa sagot.

  2. Hello po ask ko lng po sana kung kukuha ko passport yung 1 yr old ko anak tas sabay kuna yung renew kuna passport ko at the same time po kukuha kuna rin passport yung 10 yrs old ko anak,pwedi po b yun? Courtesy lane po kmi nun?salamat po.

    1. Yes po. Puwede po kayong tatlo. Just don’t forget the requirements. Please bring additional valid IDs because they will also verify your relationship with the minors.

  3. I’m planning to renew my passport, to get a new passport for my partner and my son who will turn 5 this coming march (and who’s a clubfoot baby), and renew my partner’s son’s passport who is 15yo…. Question is, are we all allowed to use the courtesy lane? Thank you

    1. ONLY the minor’s “legal” parents and minor siblings can avail of the courtesy lane. So unless you’re married with your partner, you can only renew your son’s and your passport.

  4. Hello po. 1month old pa lang po yung anak ko at wala pa po siyang PSA birth certificate. Pano po kaya siya makakakuha ng passport? Ok lang po ba kung yung certificate of live birth po ang gamitin niya?

    1. You can submit the PSA-authenticated Certified True Copy of Local Civil Registrar (LCR) Birth Certificate instead. For more info on how to get birth certificate for a newborn, please read this: https://filipiknow.net/how-to-get-birth-certificate-for-newborn/

  5. hello po, ano po ang requirements kapag kukuha ng passport. mentally disabled and 31 yrs. old na po yung brother ko. Same po ba ang requirements for minor child?

    1. Kailangan po ng PWD ID to avail of the courtesy lane. Read this for more info: https://filipiknow.net/dfa-courtesy-lane/

    1. Yes, there is a designated station at the DFA office where the applicant’s photo will be captured so no need to provide passport-sized photos.

    2. Kumuha po kami Ng passport Ng anak ko na minor. Wala daw po express Sabi kanina sa DFA aseana. Kaya September 17 po binigay na releasing Ng passport Ng anak ko. Gusto ko Sana mapabilis.

  6. Hi Just wanted to ask coz I got confused with courtesy lane. Planning to get passport for my 5 years old daughter and plan na isabay na din po my husband and my another child who is 11 years old. Do I need to secure appointment for my husband and 11 years old daughter? Appreciate your advise. Thanks 😊

    1. No need na po. You can all proceed to the courtesy lane of your chosen DFA branch. Take note, however, that there’s a specified quota for the number of applicants who can avail of the said courtesy lane in some DFA branches so make sure you get there as early as possible.

  7. Hi! Ask ko po sana kung may bago na bang rules na hindi na pwede gamitin ng baby ang acknowledgement or affidavit ng paternity ng biological father? Married kasi ako before, but my new baby na ako, and according po sa Embassy ng Kuwait ang gagamitin daw ng baby is name ko sa passport which is from my ex husband. Is it true po ba na hindi pwede gamitin ni baby ang surname ng biological father nya? Parang mas mahirap kasi in the future na gamitin ng bata ang apelyido ng hindi naman nya tatay. Please help.

  8. Hello po ask ko lang po kukuha kasi ako ng passport pero last 2017 pa kasi ako kumuha ng PSA pwedi ba yon nlang gamitin ko at pwedi ba hindi na ako kukuha ng new PSA?

  9. Im 17, i want to renew my passport po, both my parents are working abroad, im living with my 18years old sister who’s going to renew her passport too, and our guardian, what do i need to do and bring for renewal

    1. We already answered it in our FAQs: https://filipiknow.net/philippine-passport-renewal-for-minor/

  10. Hi, kukunan ko sana ng passport yung baby ko she is 8months old. And then mag renew na din ako ng passport ko to change my last name and my status (single-married) Need pa po ba ng online appointment? Or ano ano po ba mga kelangan? Thank you!

    1. No need to get an appointment online. Agahan nyo lang po pumunta sa DFA to secure a slot sa courtesy lane. For more info, read the rest of the article as well as this one: https://filipiknow.net/philippine-passport-application-renewal-and-requirements/

      1. I cannot claim my passport po dahil minor pa po ako (17).. can I have it delivered nalang? if yes, paano po?

        thank u po🙏

  11. hi ask ko lang po yung anak ko po kukuhaan ko po ng new passport age 7 and 15 po… need pa po ba ng dswd certificate? kukuhaan ko po sila pero wala pa naman pong exact date kung kelan po sila magtratravel. pang ready lang po incase na matuloy po…

    1. We already answered that in our FAQ section. Here’s the link: https://filipiknow.net/how-to-apply-for-philippine-passport-for-minor-without-both-parents/

  12. Hello po may anak akong 16 at 18 nGayon turning 17 at 19 pag time na magtatravel na cla sa dec. Silang 2 lang ang magtatravel pwede naman na po cguro ung anak kong 18 ang maging legal guardian nya sa SPA na kukunin ko d2 abroad?

    1. Hi just wanna ask, need kase kumuha Ng pamangkin ko Ng passport patay na Tatay nya. He is 10yrs. Old at Wala po kame communication sa nanay nya d PO namen Alam Kung nasaan, panu po Kaya Yun? Anu po mga requirements n need ko

  13. Hello po, I am thinking of getting a passport for my newborn at mag re-renew nalang din ako ng passport ko. I know my newborn is entitled for the courtesy lane, pwdi po ba isali nalang din yung renewal of my passport or kailangan pa din ba mag set ako ng appointment for mine? Appreciate your reply. Thank you

  14. Hi po, Im 17 y.o tapos gusto kong mag apply ng Minor Passport, pag po nag expire, ano po ang pipiliin ko para mag renew?
    Renewal for Minors or Renewal na for Adults (kasi adult napo ako in that time e)? OR kailangan ko mag-apply ng New Adult?

    Im just Curious lang po 😊

    1. Renewal for Adults ka na po. Remember, ang New application is only for those who were never issued a passport before or whose original passport was considered invalid by DFA.

  15. Can I claim the passport of a minor without minors presence? I am the authlrize person with SPA,

    Uncle of a minor to be specific..

    1. I want to get my child a passport, but she dont have a father and the father is not on the Birth Certificate. What requirements do i need . And im married thank you

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