Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. How long does it take to process an application for Philippine passport?
A. The Consulate General receives and processes applications for ePassports. The digitally captured data is electronically transmitted to Manila for passport printing. Please allow 6-8 weeks processing time until release/mailing of passport.
Q. What are the requirements for first-time Philippine passport applicant?
A. Please click here for the requirements for passport application for Filipino children born outside the Philippines.
Q. What are the requirements for passport renewal application?
A. Please click here for the requirements for renewal of passport.
Q. I want to apply for the renewal of my passport? Is the Consulate open on Saturdays?
A. The Consulate is open from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m., except for Philippine and Japanese holidays. The transaction window for receiving passport applications will close at 5:00 p.m. to ensure that all applications received are processed by close of business hours at 6:00 p.m.
Q. I have a green Philippine passport, which is expiring in four months. When can I renew it?
A. You do not need to wait for the expiry date of your passport especially when it has less than 6 months remaining validity to avoid any inconvenience when there is an urgent need to travel. Moreover, for purposes of travel abroad, international civil aviation regulations require passports to have at least 6 months remaining validity beyond the intended period of stay in the country of destination. Philippine passport applicants are encouraged to apply for renewal six (6) months before the expiry date.
Q. I lost my passport. What are the requirements if I want to apply for a new passport?
A. Please click here for the requirements for lost passport.
After one month clearing period from the date of application and the Consulate has not received any instruction from the office that issued the passport (i.e., DFA-Manila, Regional Consular Office, or another Philippine Embassy or Consulate) that may prevent the issuance of a new passport, the passport applicant will be informed to return to the Consulate for digital capture of photo, fingerprint, and signature using the new ePassport system.
Q. I need to renew my passport as well as that of my wife. Can I file the passport application for my wife?
A. Both you and your wife must personally appear at the Consulate because your photos, signature and fingerprint have to be electronically taken using the new ePassport system.
Q. Is there a prescribed dress code when visiting the Consulate?
A. The Consulate has its office at the Twin 21 MID Tower where many business offices are also located. Visitors of the Consulate are thus requested to come in proper attire. The Consulate reserves the right to refuse entry to those who are inappropriately dressed. The transacting public is advised to refrain from wearing any of the following:
  1. Slippers;
  2. Very short shorts/mini-skirts;
  3. Exposed undergarment (e.g. brief, panty, bra, boxer short, kamiseta)
  4. Shirts/blouses with plunging necklines;
  5. Shirts/blouses that intentionally show the belly button/navel;
  6. Pants/shorts with very low waistlines;
  7. Transparent shirts and pants that show undergarments.
Q. Do I need to request for appointment for my passport renewal application?
A. There is no need for an appointment. All applicants are walk-in and served on a first-come, first-served basis during the Consulate’s official business hours.
Q. Do I need to bring my photos for passport renewal?
A. All Filipino citizens applying for passports with the Consulate General will no longer need to submit photographs, as their picture, together with their fingerprints and signature, will be taken at the Consulate. This means that all passport applicants, regardless of age, are required to appear personally.
However, for NBI clearance applications in support of an application for replacement of lost passport, applicants need to bring two (2) copies of 2x2 colored photo.