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Living here in the UK for more than a decade, I’ve managed to apply and renew my Philippine passport for a few times in the Philippine Embassy in London. I renewed my passport due to change of name from maiden to married name, and the second one was when after I reacquired my Filipino citizenship

The whole application process was pretty straight forward. Let me share with you the steps and process that I took to do this and how you can prepare in getting yours sorted too.

How to Get and Renew Philippine Passport in the UK
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How to renew or apply for a Philippine passport?  

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You need to apply or renew your passport personally to the nearest Philippine Embassy. This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions to me by my fellow Filipino kabayans who wants to know the first-hand process on how to get a Philippine passport or renewing their passport while living abroad.  

Requirements on getting a Philippine passport for the first time: 

  • Fill out and complete the passport application form (Form No.1)
  • Original and a photocopy of PSA certified Birth certificate. You can request one thru PSA website. If the birth certificate or report of birth was registered less than 10 years ago, any ID that was issued before the birth certificate registration. Or the Report of Birth (original and copy) if it was registered for less than one year.
  • 1 Self-addressed prepaid registered or special delivery mailing envelope. (For the applicants who wish to have their passport posted back to their home address).
  • Orginal and a (1) photocopy of any of the valid IDs:
    • Social Security System (SSS) / Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
    • Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License
    • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
    • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) / Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card
    • Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Registration Record from the COMELEC Head or Regional Office
    • Philippine National Police (PNP) ID
    • School ID (for students)

Requirements on getting a Philippine passport renewal for a name change:

  • Duly accomplished application form (Form No. 2—RENEWAL)
  • Original and a photocopy of the data page of the latest passport
  • Supporting documents in case of a name change:
    • PSA-issued Marriage Certificate or Local Civil Registrar-issued Marriage Certificate authenticated by PSA (in case PSA MC is not yet available)
    • If married abroad, PSA-issued Report of Marriage or Philippine Embassy-issued Report of Marriage (in case PSA MC is not yet available)
    • Annotated PSA-issued Birth Certificate, for cases of corrected name entries.
    • Annotated PSA-issued Marriage Contract to show annulment/divorce/ court-ordered instruction.
    • Death Certificate of Spouse
  • Passport processing fee (GBP 55.00)
  • Self-addressed stamped prepaid registered or special delivery mailing envelope. 

Requirements on getting a Philippine passport for Dual citizen:

  • Duly accomplished application form (Form No. 1—NEW)
  • Original copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) – authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper.
  • Original and photocopy of the Oath of Allegiance, Order of Approval, and the Identification Certificate from the Philippine Foreign Service Post (FSP) or the Bureau of Immigration (BI)
  • Original and a photocopy of the PSA-authenticated Marriage Certificate (applicable only for married women who wish to use their married surname). 
  • If the Birth Certificate was registered less than ten (10) years ago, bring any of the following:
      • IDs issued before the birth certificate’s date of registration
      • Current IDs
      • Valid National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance
  • At least one (1) Valid ID and a photocopy:
    • Social Security System (SSS) / Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card
    • Land Transportation Office (LTO) Driver’s License
    • Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID
    • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) / Integrated Department of Labor and Employment (iDOLE) card
    • Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Voter’s ID or Voter’s Registration Record from the COMELEC Head or Regional Office
    • Philippine National Police (PNP) ID
    • School ID (for students)
    • A valid ID issued by the country of second citizenship
  • Original and photocopy of the data page of the applicant’s latest Philippine passport, if available; if not, the applicant must bring a copy of his / her Notarized Affidavit explaining the Loss or unavailability of the Philippine passport.
  • Passport processing fee (GBP 55.00).
  • Self-addressed stamped prepaid registered mailing envelope.

Additional Requirements for Special or Complex cases:

Here are other additional requirements, for more complex cases that the Philippine embassy would require to process your Philippine passport application: 

For married women:

  • If married in the Philippines
    • Original and a photocopy of PSA-issued marriage Certificate.
  • If married in the UK
    • Original and a photocopy of the Report of Marriage (ROM) issued less than a year by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where the marriage was solemnized. If ROM was issued more than a year before passport application, the applicant must bring the original and a photocopy of her PSA-issued Report of Marriage.

For a married woman using her husband’s surname but who has been widowed or who marriage has been dissolved through a court process:

  • A PSA-issued Marriage Certificate or Report of Marriage must be presented in addition to the following documents:
    • For widows
      • Original and a photocopy of the PSA-issued Death Certificate of the husband or a PSA-issued Marriage Certificate annotated with the court decree on presumptive death.
  • For applicants who underwent the process of annulment
    • Original and a photocopy of the PSA-issued Marriage Contract annotated with the annulment decision.
  • For divorced applicants
    •  Original and a photocopy of the PSA-issued Marriage Certificate indicating that the divorce has already been recognized by a Philippine court.

For those born outside the Philippines:

  • Ten (10) growing up photos.

Photograph requirements for Philippine passports:

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You do not have to provide any passport photos as part of your Philippine passport application at the embassy. Upon submitting your documents personally at the Philippine embassy in London, as part of the whole process they will take a photograph of you on a Blue background to be used as the official photo on your passport. 

Dress up decent ( at least you wear something with a collar) and avoid wearing any revealing neckline tops, sleeveless, see-through or any casual looking where it would look inappropriate. No jewellery including earrings, any facial accessories and contact lenses are also not allowed. For male applicants that have long hair, it is requested to have the hair tied back.

The process of applying or renewing your passport at the Embassy:

Once you have completed collecting and filling up all your application forms and requirements for the passport applications, you are now ready to head to the Philippine Embassy: 6-11 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HG (directions here)

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I suggest arriving as early as you can before 9 AM. You will have to get a numbered ticket and wait for your turn to be served at the processing counter. So if the day is pretty busy, you can be there the whole day.  Don’t forget to bring a little snack and drink so you would not miss your turn.

Once your number gets called at the counter, get your documents ready for submission. The embassy staff will validate your papers and once approved they will ask you to pay at the cashier window.  

After paying, they will send you upstairs for photographs and biometrics. Then that completes your personal appointment at the embassy. 

You will just have to wait for the email or message from the embassy that your passport is ready for collection or they will post your new passport and documents back using your self addressed envelope that you have provided. The Philippine passport processing time usually takes around 6 to 8 weeks. 

Any unclaimed passports will be cancelled if you fail to collect it within 6 months.  Renew your passport if you have 6 months left in its validity. You also have to renew your passport before making any travel arrangements if the passport validity only has or close to 6 months before your travel date.

I hope that helps you with preparing for your Philippine passport application. 

Have you applied or renewed your Philippine passport?
Share your experience or questions in the comment box below.

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