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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

DFA Passport Renewal in Southern Philippines 2013

My scheduled flight was on October, and my passport is about to expire. One of the ruling is that you need to renew your passport 6 months prior to your departure. Its a pain in the ass when the immigration pull you off because you are carrying an expiring passport. To avoid this unfortunate event prior to your departure i list here the things and requirements needed for you to be able to renew your expiring passport and travel smoothly without the immigration hassle.

My Old Passport(left), New passport(right) sent via LBC

Here are the general requirements according to DFA's website:

  • Personal appearance         
  • Confirmed appointment         
  • Duly accomplished application form – may be downloaded from the DFA website,
  • No need to submit a passport size photo
  • Most recent expiring or expired passport
  • Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity. (Please refer to List of Acceptable IDs and List of Supporting Documents)
Those the things needed in DFA Metro Manila. The situation in Mindanao and Cebu is a bit different. Here are requirements at DFA Cagayan De Oro:

  1. Personal appearance
  2. 2 Valid ID's
  3. Old/expiring passport
  4. Renewal Application form(to be fill in)
  5. Photocopy of your old/expiring passport
  6. Payment PhP 1280 (10 days rush), PhP 950 (20 days)

The 3 Week Diet
  1. Pull in line as much as 3AM! (YEAH HEARED IT RIGHT!)
  2. Make sure you have all the requirements i stated above.
  3. Wait for 7:30AM until the guards will release the forms.
  4. Fill up the forms, make sure you reviewed the ones important ei Old Passport Numbers.
  5. At exactly 8:00 AM, the first batch will be called! 
  6. Remember, if you were able to get there first, you should be on the first 50 customers
  7. Second batch, if you are unlucky, would be called around 11am!(i was unlucky!)
  8. Your names are to be called by the security guards.
  9. Relax and find a seat.
  10. Listen to the speaker when your name is called, jump up! hahahaha Finally!
  11. You will present the requirements stated above. 
  12. If your passport is about to expire 6 months, then most probably the teller wont cancel your passport until you receive the new one. 
  13. Pay at the cashiers window for passport renewal, you will be ask if are you gonna pay for a regular or rush, Php 950 and PhP 1280.00.. Of course i choose PhP 1280 for 10 working days. 
  14. Get your receipt as well as the requirements being assessed and present those at the ID Validation cubicle.
  15. Finally,Wait for your name to be called for picture taking and review of information. 
While waiting for my name to be called, DFA Cagayan De Oro City.

In the province, we dont have the 7 days rush passport renewal, we have 10 days for rush, and 15-20 days for regular processing. Worst thing is that, per batch, they would only allow 50 customers, so if get there first, you should have been on the first batch at number 1. Some of them had to sleep over at the DFA Office facade...I get there at exactly 5am,  and there where 50 people ahead of me.. why i know? i was the first guy being called for the second batch! 

Taken at 5am September 6, 2013, DFA CDO 

Hey, standing for 3hrs doesn't stop me, being called for the second batch gives me some ample time to take breakfast alone. 

Breakfast at KFC, Lim Ket Kai with there TINY CHICKEN! haha

DFA Office Cagayan de Oro is located within Lim Ket Kai Mall, and the mall itself opens at 9am!at least i have 2 hours to go shopping! haha. 

Note: There is an LBC courier within the DFA Office which offers passport delivery. It saves you the hassle and cost of getting there specially if you are not from CDO. The fee is PhP 125.00 only.. i received mind 3 days after the passport schedule release. Convenient for me. 

Now, i noticed that my passport number has changed! Im freaking out... a friend of mind once told me that it wont change, she had hers last June 2013. I had mind last Sept 20, 2013. My problem is the passport number i encoded on my tickets abroad is my old passport's number. Hmmm what to do? ill inform you when on my next article. That all for now, had to pack up for my indo-china backpacking. Bit excited! :) 

My aunt give me some yummy DUREAN, before going home. :)


thatame said...

very informative blog khmer. ty


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