Monday, November 24, 2014

Applying for my baby's passport at DFA Alabang

I was so happy when I found out that there was already a DFA branch in Alabang Town Center because it would be so much more convenient for us to go there. Plus, it's inside the mall which makes it even better! ;p


I realized that I needed to get my passport renewed already, and figured I'll just get Skyler one as well para sabay na. Although it says in their website (http://alabang.passport.com.ph) that children below 1 year old do not need appointments, I still went ahead and made one for both of us (using the family appointment option).

We were scheduled on a Tuesday at 4pm. We arrived a little bit earlier (like around past 3pm), and normally you will not be entertained until 30 minutes before your appointment. But since we were with Skyler (who was 9 months old at that time), they let us in at once. Oh, and hubby was also with us. I think they usually only let one parent/companion in (unless all of you will be getting passports) but since I also had an appointment, hubby became Skyler's chaperone.

Here were the other requirements I brought:

- Printed Application Form (on long bond paper)
- Skyler's Original Birth Certificate from the NSO (plus a photocopy)
- Our Marriage Certificate from the NSO (plus a photocopy)
- Original and photocopy of valid passport of the person traveling with the minor (in our case, I brought mine and hubby's as well)
- I also photocopied our IDs (driver's license) just in case they ask for it

In the general requirements list though, there is an item requiring a Notarized Affidavit of Support and Consent to travel from either parent (if minor is a legitimate child) / from mother (if minor is an illegitimate child).

I was really confused about this and didn't know if I had to make one since Skyler was going to be traveling with me anyway. I tried to research and some said you still had to submit one regardless, while others said there was no need. In the end, I didn't make it since I remember not having one when I applied for Miley and Sabe's passports a couple of years ago. And I was right, since they didn't ask us for it. You only need to submit this if the child will NOT be traveling with the parents:

Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC) executed by either parent indicating the name of the traveling companion and relationship to the minor. If minor will be traveling alone, ASC must be executed by either parent, stating that his/her child will be traveling alone. If minor is illegitimate, mother should execute the ASC.

There are other more specific requirements for minors with different cases (parents abroad, illegitimate, orphaned, adopted, etc). So just check the website for those.

It was all smooth-sailing once we got inside. First, we presented our application forms at the Appointment Counter. Then, we were given a queue number and then waited a bit for our number to be called (maybe about 5 minutes). We then went to the processing window where all our documents were checked. I remember having to photocopy something again but the xerox machine was just a few steps away so no problem. You'll also be asked if you prefer rush (7 working days) or regular (15 working days) processing.


We then proceeded to the Passport Enrollment Section where we paid the processing fees: P950 for regular and P1,200 for rush. We just got the regular since we weren't in a hurry anyway. After, we headed to the Encoding Section where all the data from our application form was entered in the computer system. They also make you double check all information and then when your're ok with it, your photo is finally taken.

Skyler wore a white collared shirt btw. But I think it can even be just a regular collar since it's not even noticeable in the final pic. It was also so funny because Skyler had a scratch near his eye so I had to apply concealer to make sure it didn't show in the pics. They were able to take his picture quickly but then the computer hanged so we had to do it again! Which is a shame coz I think his first photo was cuter hehe. ;p

such a good boy!

Anyway, you can choose to have your passport delivered to you for an extra fee of P120 per passport. But we just chose to pick it up when it was released since it was another excuse to go back to the mall. ;p

There were still a lot of people in line waiting and I don't really know the average time one normally spends if not on the priority lane. But I swear, having a baby is the way to go hehe! Ang bilis! 

Anyway, passport of a minor applicant shall be released to parents only or to an authorized representative. Our release time was from 1:00-3:00 pm, 15 working days later, and it was also a breeze getting it.


And finally, here's Skyler's passport pic! Open-mouth pa talaga e haha! Ang cute! As for me, I'm not happy with my pic as usual hehe. I really can't carry the no-smile look hehe. ;p


Anyway, DFA Alabang is located at the 4th floor of Metro Department Store, Alabang Town Center (near the toy section). They're open from 10AM to 7PM, Mondays to Saturdays. Go to http://alabang.passport.com.ph to set an appointment and for other details.

43 comments:

  1. Wow, wish merong DFA branch din near us. We're also planning on getting a passport for my son din. And when I checked the site, naconfused din ako dun sa Notarized Affidavit of Support and Consent. Ayun, di na pala kailangan. Nice! I found the answer here. Thank you! :-)

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  2. Hi! Would you know if they allow infants to apply there? Have a 2 month old and i dont know if satellite offices have the gear to shoot babies who can't support their necks yet. :)

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    1. I believe they allow infants to apply there, but better call na lang and inquire to be sure. :)

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  3. Hi! I was just searching copies of the said affidavit kase i thought needed pa, but thanks to this blog i learned na hindi na pala. However, needed pa ba yung affidavit of explanation if walang ID ung bata? Thanks! :)

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    1. I guess it depends how old un child? All my kids kasi were infants nun nag apply so obviously wala pa silang ID. But if school age na, maybe better to check with DFA mismo para sure :)

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    2. This is so helpful! Buti hindi na ko magpapanotarize nung isang affidavit. Thanks again!!

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    3. You're welcome :) good luck with your application!

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  4. Super helpful ang blog na ito.. been searching for ages how to do that affivadit of support and consent.. Thank you!! ^_^

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    1. Ako rin at first mega hanap haha! You're welcome! :)

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  5. Hi, are companions/non-applicants allowed inside?? Thank you :) and btw your son looks adorable!! hihi :)

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    1. Thank you! Based on our experience, only 1 companion (who is a non-applicant) is allowed for each child. :)

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  6. Super thanks! for info . no need na pla ng Affidavit of support and consent. Godbless! :)

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  7. Very helpful post! That affidavit has also been confusing me :) Thanks for the info.

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  8. You are a gem! Thank you for posting this. I was wondering about the affidavit as well. Do you remember what you had to photocopy again?

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    1. No problem! I think I had to photocopy my marriage certificate again coz I needed 2 copies pala, one for me also since I was renewing too :)

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  9. Anonymous said...
    Hi! Glad i stumble upon your blog! :) for the renewal of your passport, did you have to present a valid id? Or just the photocopy of your old one? Im so worried, i dont have a valid id right now but have enough supporting documens. Thank you for your help!

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    1. I believe I gave a photocopy of my ID as well (driver's license). To be safe though, maybe you could verify with their hotline about your query

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  10. You are a great help. I was trying to figure out if I need to prepare the affidavit, good thing I found this blog. Thank u so mch.God bless.

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  11. Hello! Ask ko lang if may idea ka kung paano yung sa mga bata na gamit surname ng dad nila pero d kasal yung parents. And then wala na yung dad, d na makontak. Sa pagkakaalam ko kc, need ng acknowledgement letter from the father kaso nga, matagal ng walang contact dun sa daddy. Pano kaya yun? Thanks

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    1. Sorry sis, I wouldn't know... I can only speak about my own personal experience in getting my baby's passport and renewing mine. Better if you personally call their office or the DFA hotline for them to be able to answer your questions :)

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  12. Hi! This is a great help! Thanks for the info. di na pala need ng Affidavit of support and consent. super hanap ako ng sample sa net. Ask ko lang po about other requirements aside from BC and MC from NSO, need parin po ba like voters id/nbi/police/barangay clearance? Thanks in advance. Godbless! :)

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    1. Yes, I believe better to bring government issued IDs as proof. Please check their website for full requirements to be sure :)

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  13. Hi question I'm still confused about ASC based on ur experienced no need na pala but my son doesn't have father he's using my surname do I still need to bring ASC?

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    1. I can only speak about my own personal experience in getting my baby's passport and renewing mine. Better if you personally call their office or the DFA hotline for them to be able to answer your questions. Thanks! :)

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  14. Hi, MrsMommyHolic. You are an Angel! My wife and I had a debate about the ASC. Good thing I stumbled on your blog and that settled everything. Thanks again for the information that the affidavit is no longer needed if minors are travelling with parents.

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  15. Hi MrsMommyHolic! Thank you for writing this blog. I was also confused with the rules regarding the ASC. I'm so glad I cam across this :) Thanks!

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  16. Like everyone above, thank you for your blog. We will be applying for passports for all our kids tomorrow. Praying everything goes well.

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  17. Hi MrsMommyHolic, I just want to ask if you have any idea if they will be getting the original copy of the birth certificate and marriage certificate of minor's parent? I'm planning to get a passport for my 9 yr old. Thank you 😊

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    1. Parang I remember they did get the original copies, as well as the photocopies. :)

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  18. My wife and I are going to renew our passports and we'll get our 7-month old baby one as well tomorrow. My wife just told me that we were missing a requirement - the ASC! I was pretty certain that I did not miss anything when I was prepping the requirements a few months ago but then I saw that the ASC was indeed a requirement for minors! I felt relieved reading your blog and knowing that we need not to accomplish that requirement, whew! You're an angel, Ma'am. Thanks! :)

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  19. Thanks sis it really helps, especially preparing of documents for our child.

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  20. hi, panu po gumawa ng ASC? kasi traveling with tita yung kids ko baka hindi ako makasama. may form ba yun?

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    1. Sorry, I really don't know since I didn't have to make one. Pero parang formal letter lang yun. Please call na lang DFA or search online for format to be sure. :)

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  21. hello san po makakakuha nito Affidavit of Support and Consent (ASC)

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    1. It's like a letter you will have to make yourself. Don't know lang specific details. Best to call DFA na lang :)

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  22. Hi mrsmommyholic, ask lang po kung kinukuha nila orig marriage cert or need lang nila ng copy and then you will present only the original, thank you..
    God bless...

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  23. This is really very helpful. Thanks a lot!

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