Types of Passport Applicants

Please note that this section deals with passports and/or other travel-related documents of Filipino citizens only. For information related to the travel of non-Filipinos to the Philippines, kindly refer to the section entitled Visa Section and its subsequent pages.

The MECO Consular Section processes the passports and travel-related documents of Philippine citizens. It also administers the oath (notarization) of all application forms or authenticates the documents in support of an application for a passport and/or travel documents of Filipinos.

Description of Types of Passport Applicants

Although the Philippine passport issued is the same, the requirements for the application thereof differ slightly depending on the type of applicant.

For more detailed information specific to the type of applicant, please select a link from the categories listed below. Applicants are reminded to kindly read through the entire webpage as passport requirements would depend on the passport you hold and on the personal circumstances of the applicant.


  • Personal appearance is required for all passport applicants.
  • There is no need to submit photos for passport application.
  • Please wear decent attire with collar. Earrings and contact lenses are not allowed during data capturing. Smiling with teeth visible is also not allowed.
  • Applicants should check all the data in the Enrollment Certificate before signing it. When the applicant signs/ affixes their signature on the Enrolment Certificate - this indicates the applicant's confirmation on the accuracy and veracity of the information contained therein. Therefore, any such errors in the passport that require correction after the signature is affixed would not the the responsibility of MECO and related fees required for the replacement of the passport would fall under the applicant's responsibility.
  • The Passport Officer reserves the right to require additional proof or documents, pursuant to R.A. 8239 (The Philippine Passport Act of 1996) for the purpose of verifying the identity, citizenship and personal circumstances of the applicant and/ or that of the Filipino parent/s in cases where they are applying for a Philippine passport on behalf of the child.
  • Processing of Philippine passports takes one to three months as the printing and issuance of the new e-passport is centralized at the Head Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Pasay City, Philippines.
  • Any doubt on the citizenship of the applicant will be forwarded to the DFA for consideration.
  • DFA reserves the right to refuse issuance of passport in cases where requirements are not complete or there are doubts in the citizenship of the applicant.
  • Applicants are reminded to check all the data printed on the new passport upon receipt.
  • Passports are released to third parties only when said thrid party has been granted proper authorization as outlined in the Passport Application Process and Release.
  • Passports unclaimed after six (6) months will be cancelled per Department Order No. 37-03.


First Time Applicants or New Passport Applicants
Overview

First time applicants or new passport applicants would generally refer to children born in Taiwan to a Filipino national, whose parent or who themselves would like to apply for a Philippine passport. Parents are advised to secure Report of Birth in the Notarial Section before applying for the Passport Application of their child.


  • All NSO documents should be in security paper (SECPA).
  • The Passport Officer reserves the right to require additional proof or documents, pursuant to R.A. 8239 (The Philippine Passport Act of 1996) for the purpose of verifying the identity, citizenship and personal circumstances of the applicant and/ or that of the Filipino parent/s.

Process

All first time applicants or new passport applicants, should take the following steps to submit their applications:

Step 1

Personal appearance of applicant. In cases where the applicant is under 18, the parent is requested to accompany the child during the application. If the minor is a legitimate child then either parent can accompany the child. If the child is illegitimate, then the Filipino parent is requested to accompany the child.

Step 2

Gather the required documents

  • Passport Application Form
  • Original Birth Certificate of the child issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO)
  • Original and photocopy of passport (data page only) of Filipino parent/s.
  • Original marriage certificate issued by the NSO
    • Please note that if the parents were married in Taiwan, the marriage certificate has to be reported in the Philippines before NSO may issue the marriage certificate. For more information, please refer to the page Report of Marriage.
Additional Requirements

For Parents who recently reacquired Philippine Citizenship:

Photocopy of Reacquisition of Philippine Citizenship Documents:
  • Order
  • Order of Approval
  • Oath of Allegiance

For minors that are 8 - 17 years of age:

  • Present any other document stating the identity of the child with photo
For minors that later becomes legitimate due to the subsequent marriage of the parents:
  • Present the Authenticated NSO Birth Certificate which includes the annotation regarding the new status of the child (legitimate) and the full name of the child.
For minors that are illegitimate but are acknowledged by the Father:
  • Present the Birth Certificate reflecting the surname of the Father with Affidavit of Acknowledgement and Consent to use the surname of the Father.
For minors that are orphaned:
  • Present the authenticated Death Certificates of the parents from the foreign government office and the Court Order awarding guardianship of the orphaned minor applicant or substitute parental authority.
For minors who have been abandoned:
  • Present the Court Order awarding guardianship of the abandoned minor applicant or substitute parental authority.
For minors whose parents are divorced or whose marriage was annulled:
  • Present the Court Order awarding guardianship of the minor applicant or substitute parental authority together with the NSO Marriage Certificate with annotation on nullity or annulment of marriage.
For minors who apply for a Philippine passport after one (1) year of age:
  • The parent would need to apply for an Affidavit of Delayed Report of Birth (with detailed explanation on why there was a delay in the application of the Philippine passport of the child) notarized by MECO.

Passport Renewal
Overview

Passport Renewal refers to Filipino nationals who already are holders of a Philippine passport and whose passport is going to expire soon. Kindly read through the entire webpage as passport renewal requirements would depend on the passport you hold and on the personal circumstances of the applicant.


  • All NSO documents should be in security paper (SECPA).
  • The Passport Officer reserves the right to require additional proof or documents, pursuant to R.A. 8239 (The Philippine Passport Act of 1996) for the purpose of verifying the identity, citizenship and personal circumstances of the applicant and/ or that of the Filipino parent/s.

Process

All Filipino Nationals who intend to renew their passport should take the following steps to submit their applications:

Step 1

Personal appearance of applicant. In cases where the applicant is under 18, the Filipino parent is requested to accompany the child during the application.

Step 2

Gather the required documents

  • Original Philippine passport with photocopy of the passport pages 2, 3,4,44 and the page with the latest Taiwanese visa and entry stamp should be made.
  • Original and a photocopy of the Taiwan Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) issued by the Ministry of Interior of Taiwan should be presented.
  • Original and photocopy of the NSO Birth Certificate.
Step 3

Pay the required fees

  • Passport Processing Fee: NTD 2,000 (Renewal of VALID passports)
Additional Requirements

For holders of brown passports or passports issued before 01 May 1995 »

  • Bring original brown passport and photocopy of passport pages 1,2,3,4 and last page.
  • NSO Birth Certificate or Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by the NSO to determine complete middle name. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in the NSO Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • Report of Birth duly authenticated by NSO if the applicant was born abroad.

For holders of green passports or passports issued after 01 May 1995 »

  • Bring original green passport and photocopy of the data page (first page) and the last page of passport. Also photocopy of the amendment page, if applicable.
  • Notarized Joint Birth Affidavit of Two Disinterested Persons
  • Any public document/s with the correct full name, date and place of birth (i.e. Baptismal Certificate with readable dry seal or NCMF/ OMA Certificate with photo and readable dry seal for Muslim applicants)

For holders of Machine Readable Passports (MRP) issued in the year 2007 »

  • Bring original passport and photocopy of the data page (first page) and the last page of passport. Also photocopy of the amendment page, if applicable.
  • NSO Birth Certificate or Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) to determine complete place of birth. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) is required when entries in the NSO Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • Old cancelled passport may be presented in the absence of an NSO Birth Certificate.

For holders of Electronic Passport (E-passport)

  • Bring original passport and photocopy of the data page (first page) and the last page of passport. Also photocopy of the amendment page, if applicable.

For married women who wish to use their married surname

  • Report of Marriage or NSO Marriage Certificate or Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Marriage Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by the NSO. Transcribed Marriage Certificate from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) is required when entries in the NSO Marriage Certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • Report of Marriage duly authenticated by the NSO if married abroad.

For married women who are the spouse of a foreign national and who wish to use their married surname

  • NSO Marriage Certificate or Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Marriage Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by the NSO. Transcribed Marriage Certificate from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) is required when entries in the NSO Marriage Certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • Report of Marriage duly authenticated by the NSO if married abroad.
  • Original and photocopy of Commission of Filipino Overseas (CFO) Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance (required for first time applicants or renewal of passport to be used for the first time with the surname of the husband).

For formerly married women who wish to revert to their maiden name

  • NSO Birth Certificate or Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) and duly authenticated by the NSO. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) is required when entries in the NSO Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable.
  • Report of Birth duly authenticated by NSO if the applicant was born abroad.
  • If widowed — Original and photocopy of NSO Death Certificate of the deceased spouse (if the spouse is Filipino).
  • If annulled — Original and photocopy of the Philippine Court Order effecting the annulment and annotated NSO Marriage Certificate or Report of Marriage OR the Certified True Copy of the Annotated NSO Marriage Certificate.
  • If divorced
    • Certified True Copy (CTC) of the Divorce decree duly authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the divorce was obtained or by the concerned foreign diplomatic or consular mission in the Philippines.
    • Original and Certified True Copy of the Philippine Court Recognition effecting the foreign divorce and the NSO Marriage Certificate with the annotation of the Divorce Decree.

For applicants who acquired Filipino citizenship, or applicants with a foreign sounding family name (example: Lim, Cho, Samadi, etc.) or with foreign passport

  • Bureau of Immigration Identification Certificate
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Election of Filipino Citizenship/ Oath of Allegiance
  • If requested by the Passport Officer:
    • Marriage Certificate of Parents (duly authenticated by the NSO)
    • NSO Birth Certificate of applicant or applicant's brother/ sister
    • Original Foreign Passport

For applicants with Dual Citizenship or Election of Philippine Citizenship under RA 9225

  • For applicants who hold both a Taiwan and a Philippine passport, the following also need to be provided in addition to the documents listed above:
    • The original Taiwan passport together with a photocopy of the data page.
    • NSO Birth Certificate or Report of Birth for those born abroad. The original must be presented together with a photocopy.
    • Bureau of Immigration Identification Certificate
    • Oath of Allegiance and Order of Approval. The original must be presented together with a photocopy.

If the applicant does not hold any such document, it is recommended that the applicant contacts the Passport Officer of MECO to clarify what are the necessary documents the applicant needs to bring in order to renew the passport.

For Muslim applicants, the same general requirements listed above would apply. Converts who wish to use their Muslim name should prepare the following

  • NSO Annotated Birth Certificate bearing the Muslim Name
  • National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) or Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) Certificate of Conversion.

For applicants with an Expired Passport

For applicants whose Philippine passport has already expired and wish to renew their passport, kindly contact the Passport Officer directly to explain the circumstances of how the passport expired so as to clarify what are the necessary documents the applicant needs to bring in order to renew the passport.

Lost or Damaged or Mutilated Passports
Overview

This section is for Filipino nationals who are holders of a valid Philippine passport but may have lost/ damaged or mutilated their passport. For all cases of lost, damaged or mutilated passports that are still valid, there is a clearing period of fifteen (15) working days. Therefore, the applicant needs to return to the embassy for interview and evaluation after fifteen (15) working days from the date of application for lost, mutilated or tampered passport.


  • All NSO documents should be in security paper (SECPA).
  • The Passport Officer reserves the right to require additional proof or documents, pursuant to R.A. 8239 (The Philippine Passport Act of 1996) for the purpose of verifying the identity, citizenship and personal circumstances of the applicant and/ or that of the Filipino parent/s.

Process

Filipino Nationals who intend to apply for a replacement passport are requested to present documents similar to that of First Time Applicants or New Passport Applicants. If the applicant is working in Taiwan, then they are also requested to present the original and a photocopy of the Taiwan Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) issued by the Ministry of Interior of Taiwan.

In cases where the applicant (Filipino National) is in Taiwan as a tourist and lost their passport:

Passports are not issued, instead, an application for a travel document should be made. The following documents should be presented:

  • Submit an Affidavit of Loss (with detailed explanation on when, where and how passport got lost) notarized by MECO.
  • Submit a Police Report of Loss issued by the Taiwan Bureau of Immigration.
  • 2 passport sized pictures, following the picture requirements of that for visa applications.
  • Photocopy of the data page of lost passport (if available).

Additional Requirements
In cases where the passport is lost and cannot be found:

  • Submit an Affidavit of Loss (with detailed explanation on when, where and how passport got lost) notarized by MECO.
  • If the lost passport is still valid, submit a Police Report of Loss issued by the Taiwan Bureau of Immigration.
  • Photocopy of the data page of lost passport (if available).
In cases where a passport was already declared lost by the applicant but eventually was found and returned to him/her:
  • Submit an Affidavit of Retrieval (with detailed explanation on when, where, and how passport was found) notarized by MECO.
  • Present the Original and photocopy of the data page (first page) and last page of the passport.
In cases of damaged or mutilated passports:
  • Submit an Affidavit of Mutilation (with detailed explanation on when, where, and how passport got mutilated or damaged) notarized by MECO.
  • Present the Original and photocopy of the data page (first page) and last page of the damaged or mutilated passport.
In cases where there is a loss of two (2) or more passports within a period of two (2) years

As per Memorandum Circular No. 30-96 dated 18 October 1996 “a passport may not be issued to someone who has declared two (2) lost passports consecutively within a two year period.” The case will be referred to the Research and Investigation Group (RIG) of the DFA for further investigation.

In cases where three (3) or more passports were declared lost consecutively within a two year period, no passport shall be issued until the applicant is investigated and cleared by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Pending the resolution of said case/s no replacement passport can be issued to applicant concerned.