How to Get Philippine Passport for Minors with Separated Parents

In a valid marriage, either one of the parents can apply for a Philippine passport on behalf of their minor child.

However, things can get a little bit trickier when the parents have decided to part ways legally either through legal separation or annulment.

Legal separation is a process of prohibiting couples from living together without dissolving the marriage.Opens in a new tab. Thus, they’re technically still married to each other and can’t remarry until they decide to invalidate their marital union.

Annulment, on the other hand, is a court proceeding with the aim of severing marital relations between husband and wifeOpens in a new tab.. It’s a pre-requisite before one can re-marry to someone else.

When applying for a Philippine passport for minors, requirements vary depending on the nature of the parents’ separation.

Take note that until the legal separation or annulment takes effect, the marriage will remain a valid one and hence the regular procedure on filing for Philippine passports for minors must be followed. Opens in a new tab.

 

Minors with parents separated through a legal separation.

In addition to the core requirements listed hereOpens in a new tab., the parent who will accompany the minor child during the application process should bring the following:

  • Court order awarding guardianship of the minor applicant or substitute parental authority to you.
  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Travel Clearance.

 

Minors with parents separated through an annulment.

In addition to the core requirements listed hereOpens in a new tab., the parent who will accompany the minor child during the application process should bring the following:

  • Court order awarding guardianship over the minor applicant or substitute parental authority to you.
  • DSWD Travel Clearance
  • PSA/NSO Marriage CertificateOpens in a new tab. with annotation of annulment decree.

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