• Cherry May

GETTING A PASSPORT FOR YOUR CHILD

Updated: Jan 18

Watched a mom rant on her vlog once. She mentioned something along the lines of, "Stop spending money on toys and stuff that looks cute but would be forgotten the next day. Instead, save up and go for a family vacation." To which I definitely agree. It does make a lot of sense, right?

Back to my childhood days, I do not really remember much of my toys. I'm not even sure if I did have a lot then(besides those McDonald's happy meal toys). However, what I do remember are the days when my family spent time on the beach, the Camp John Hay picnics, the mountain hikes, the topload jeepney rides to the province.. And each time I reminisce, it does bring back happy memories.


Traveling has now become everybody's favorite form of relaxation. Yet did you know that kids need to relieve stress too as much as you do? Believe it or not, they also undergo various mentally taxing situations which may break their fragile psyche. Thus going on a vacation, albeit short, will always be a wonderful idea for everyone.

For the longest time, securing a passport has been such a troublesome process that people in the past don't even bother. For others, they just get a passport for the sake of having a valid ID. But at present, everyone is becoming gradually hooked with the passion of traveling and with the aid of ludicrous promos and seat sales, visiting other countries also seem like an annual goal for some.


SO, HOW DO YOU GET YOUR KID A PASSPORT?

Getting Sofia's Passport

If you already have a passport and planning to get one for your kid, then follow this guide.


First, you have to make sure that you comply with every single documentation requirement. You could also bring other supporting documents to ensure a smooth processing.


Here is the full list of requirements in getting a passport:


1. AN ONLINE APPOINTMENT (FOR MINORS OVER 7 YEARS OLD)

-In the past few years, Department of Foreign Affairs started a new system wherein you must have a confirmed online appointment first before heading to their offices. It was supposed to make the process a whole lot easier.


-To schedule an appointment, just go over to the DFA Website, tick the box for the fine print and choose between an Individual Appointment, if you are only planning to get a passport for 1 person or a Group Appointment if you need to get slots for a bunch of people.



-After that, you would be rerouted to the Site Locator page. In here, you need to choose the specific office nearest you. Once you've chosen your office, you would be directed to the schedule. Red dates mean unavailable and the green ones are open schedules.

*For kids 7 years and younger, they are allowed to join the Courtesy Lane, meaning they won't need to schedule an appointment anymore. They can simply go in as walk-in applicants and they can also bring ONE parent or ONE minor sibling to apply with them.


Example: Let's say that you have a couple of kids, ages 6 and 12. They can both go in as walk-in applicants since the 12-year old can go as the 6-year old's "plus-one".


2. ACCOMPLISHED APPLICATION FORM

-You can either get a blank form from the DFA office upon application or you may click this link for a copy.


3. PERSONAL APPEARANCE OF THE MINOR APPLICANT AND EITHER PARENT OR AUTHORIZED GUARDIAN

-If both parents cannot physically accompany the minor for the application, a Special Power of Attorney is necessary. The SPA should be accomplished by the parents clearly designating the authorized guardian to assist during the application. If the parents are outside the Philippines, the SPA must be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or consulate in whatever country they are in.


-Valid IDs of the parents along with the designated guardian must also be submitted. To know the list of valid IDs, click here.


4. A PSA (Philippine Statistics Office) BIRTH CERTIFICATE

-Upon giving birth, your Local Civil Registrar will issue a Certified True Copy of LCR Birth Certificate. You can keep this copy but make sure to take care of it since they will no longer issue a replacement once destroyed or lost. Normally, it would take 6 months before you can secure a PSA copy of your child's birth certificate. But if you really need to get your child a passport as soon as possible, then you may take your LCR copy to the PSA and have it authenticated. Once authenticated, you can now use it in place of a PSA copy.


5. MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE OF PARENTS

-If only one parent is present for the child's passport application, they would require for you to bring your Marriage Certificate.


-If the child is illegitimate, personal appearance of the mother is preferred. If in case the mother is an OFW and is currently working in another country, the mother would need to secure a Special Power of Attorney designating a guardian and must have it authenticated in the Philippine embassy or consulate.


6. PASSPORT OR VALID IDs OF PARENTS

-Please click here for the list of valid IDs accepted by the DFA.


7. SCHOOL IDs

-If the child is already enrolled in a formal school, then you may also bring his/her school ID.


It's as easy as that. Complete the necessary documents and make sure to have them photo copied(at least 2 copies) before going to the DFA office.


You should also bring the following fees in exact amounts. (DFA prefers receiving the exact amount to avoid further hassle.)


REGULAR: Php950.00 and this would take around 12 business days

EXPEDITE: Php1,200.00 and this would take around 6-7 business days


For scheduled appointments during SATURDAYS, the fees will remain Php1,200.00.


PS: Please make sure that the entries on your PSA Birth Certificates and Marriage Certificates coincide with your IDs. If there are any major discrepancies (such as name spelling differences), DFA will simply advise you to get them fixed first and will not accept your application.


Hopefully, with this guide, you'd be able to get passports for your kids and enjoy a family vacation, abroad! All the best!


Ta-ta for now!

-The Highland Mama

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