Our passports (my son's and mine) are expiring this July and so a few days after we returned from South Korea, I set an appointment via the DFA website to have our passports renewed.
|Passport renewal made easy!|
So anyway, I booked a family appointment at the Alabang branch, and the earliest date available during that time (January 13) was February 27. You can also choose the time of your appointment, and I selected 1:30 pm, which is the most convenient for us since we will be coming all the way from Laguna. Keep this in mind when you book your appointment. You have to book it early, especially if you have an upcoming flight.
After you have successfully booked your appointment, you will receive an email confirming your schedule. The email includes a confirmation link which will make your appointment official. After clicking the confirmation link, you will be directed to your application form which you need to print on a legal size bond paper. The confirmed application form contains your reference number, your confirmed appointment date and time, and a checklist of documents that you need to bring.
Here are the documents that I provided to give you an idea:
- Printed application forms
- Our e-Passports
- Photocopy of the first and last page of our passports
- Photocopy of my driver's license
- Photocopy of my son's school ID
- Original NSO and photocopy of our marriage certificate
- Original NSO and photocopy of my son's birth certificate
Fast-forward to our appointment date, February 27, which was last Saturday (yes, they're open on Saturdays). We arrived at Alabang Town Center (where the satellite office is located) around 1 pm. Although we were early for our scheduled appointment, the guard allowed us to enter. We were then ushered to the Appointment Counter where application forms are validated and queue numbers are given to the applicants.
|Ready to renew his passport! That's the Appointment Counter up front.|
|Applicants sitting in line at the Processing Section.|
And with that, he cancelled our old passports by punching holes on the cover.
|Cashier to the right; Photocopier to the left.|
UPDATE: Our new passports arrived last Thursday, March 10, as scheduled. Good job, DFA!
|New passports! :)|
The DFA NCR-South branch is located at the 4th Floor Metro Department Store, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City. For new passport applications and documentary requirements, please refer to this list.