Minors are renewal applicants who are below 18 years old.
If the minor is 7 years old or below, he/she can get access to the courtesy lane at the DFA office on the day of the appointment. Due to the pandemic, however, all applicants regardless of age are now required to secure an online appointment first before arriving at DFA premises.
To learn how to renew Philippine passport for minors, follow these steps:
1. Complete All Passport Renewal Requirements
As per DFA website, here are the basic requirements for the passport renewal of minors:
- Confirmed online appointment. As mentioned above, all applicants, including minors who are qualified for the use of the courtesy lane, are now required to secure an online appointment. This is to ensure compliance with the health protocols implemented to contain COVID-19. To learn how to make an appointment with the DFA and secure the said appointment through online payment, read the step-by-step guide here.
- Personal appearance of both the minor applicant and either parent. If none of the parents is available to accompany the minor on the day of the appointment, the parents must execute a Special Power of Attorney designating someone else as the minor’s authorized adult companion. If the SPA is executed abroad, it should be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate. There should be a copy of the parent/s valid ID and/or passport attached to the SPA. On the day of the appointment, the authorized adult companion must submit these documents along with his/her passport or valid government-issued ID (for the updated list of valid IDs accepted by DFA, please refer to this guide).
- Current ePassport with a photocopy of the passport data page (second page of the current passport).
- Marriage certificate, if only one parent is available to accompany the child. If the parents are unmarried and the mother will not be accompanying the child, the said mother must execute a Special Power of Attorney. If the SPA is executed abroad, the same should be authenticated or Consularized by the Philippine Embassy in the country where she currently resides.
- Original and photocopy of proof of filiation and/or guardianship.
- Original and photocopy of either parent’s passport or valid government-issued ID. For the updated list of valid IDs accepted by DFA, please read this.
- School ID (if applicable).
Aside from the core requirements listed above, there are also supporting documents required if the minor is an illegitimate child, adopted child, or a foundling. There are also additional requirements if the passport is lost, mutilated, or damaged. For the complete list of these supporting documents, please refer to the passport renewal guide on DFA’s official website.
2. Proceed to the DFA Office on the Day of Appointment
If the minor applicant is 7 years old or below, he/she can go straight to the courtesy lane along with the parents and/or minor siblings 17 years old or below who are also renewing or applying for Philippine passport.
3. Get Photo and Biometrics Captured in the Encoding Section
4. Wait for the Scheduled Release of the New Philippine Passport
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