Step-by-Step Guide for Philippine Passport for New Applicants (2023)

You might be one of those Filipinos who have plans going abroad either for work or for leisure. Or simply, one of those Filipinos who just want a valid ID. Whatever your purpose is, here is a guide on how to apply for a Philippine passport for 2023. This guide is for those who have never tried applying (new applicants), both for adults and minors.

Step 1:

First thing you need to do is get an appointment via DFA’s website: Next, select “Schedule An Appointment” (Note: Individual for one (1) applicant, Group for two (2) or more applicants).

You will need to select the site of appointment (example: DFA Cebu, DFA Dumaguete) and the date and time of the appointment. Next, input all the details of the applicant(s) to proceed.

From here, you need to pay first before the appointment can be finalized. The following are the payment details depending on your application:

Processing Type:

  • Passport Fee – Php 950
  • PRF Fee – Php 250
  • Special Processing – Php 1,200

For the payment method, here are your options:

  * Over the counter – Php 1,200)

             -Passport Fee – Php 950

             -PRF Fee – Php 250

    * Debit/Credit Card/GCash – Php 1,250 (no delivery)

             -Passport Fee – Php 950

             -PRF Fee – Php 250

             -Convenience Fee – Php 50

    * Debit/Credit Card (GCASH) (PHP 1400) with delivery

             -Passport Fee – Php 950

             -PRF Fee – Php 250

             -Convenience Fee – Php 50

             -Delivery Fee – Php 150

After successfully paying, you will then receive a confirmation to the email address you used during the application process. You need to print the files consisting the confirmation/instructions, the passport application form and the two electronic receipts.

Photo from SM Seaside City Cebu (Official) Facebook Page


On the date of your appointment, go to the selected DFA site. Bring the following on that date:

  • Original Copy of the PSA Live Birth Certificate
  • Original Copy of the PSA Marriage Contract (for married women)
  • Valid ID (for minors, valid ID of parents)
  • Printed files of confirmation/instructions, the passport application form and the two electronic receipts.
Photo from SM Seaside City Cebu (Official) Facebook Page


Present all the documents to the DFA staff when it is your turn on the queue. Once the documents are checked and deemed complete, you will be then asked to input your data, take profile picture and biometrics. Once this process is done, you are technically registered with a valid Philippine passport.

Note: if on the day you show up with lacking documents, you are given thirty (30) days to complete your requirements from the date of the scheduled appointment. You still have to go back to the DFA to submit the lacking documents, or else, you will be tagged as a “no-show”; this means that you need to go over the online application and also, your payment will be forfeited.

DFA Cebu Sites

There are two (2) DFA sites in Cebu where you can process your passports:

  1. Pacific Mall in Mandaue City
  2. SM Seaside City Cebu in SRP, Cebu City

Note: Walk-ins are not allowed. You need to secure an online appointment first.

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  1. Hi a pleasant day sir ,
    Nais ko pong mag file ng passport bali new po ,how to Apply or get the appointment po.
    ako pala c Lab-os Embong Lucas
    from La Union po
    waiting to hear from your office

    . . . ..Thanks po

  2. Good am po.yon po bang 30days given time to complete the requirements ay working days po hindi po kasali ang sat.and sun.from the time of your appointment.Thank you so much.

  3. I live in Liloan, Cebu and I have been trying to get an appointment for over 6 months and there are none available. I have been told that agencies have bought all the slots, which means more money and, as I am aware, illegal. Any thoughts?


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