Philippine nationals in the United States can renew their passports at any Philippine embassy or consulate in the country. If they are in the New York area, appointments to renew their passport can be made online through the Philippine Consulate General. Renewal appointments take place at the Philippine Consulate General in New York, 556 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036.
Consular service processing is by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Philippine and U.S. holidays. Applicants must bring a completed passport application form with several supporting documents to the interview.
Valid ID to Renew Philippine Passport
Applicants must show valid IDs when renewing a Philippine passport in New York. These include:
- U.S. permanent resident card, visa or work permit (applicable to natural-born Filipinos).
- ID certificate from the Philippine Embassy or Consulate or the Bureau of Immigration and government-issued ID from the Philippines or country of second citizenship (applicable to dual citizens only).
- ID certificate of naturalization from the Bureau of Immigration (applicable to naturalized Filipino citizens only).
- Affidavit of Election of Philippine Citizenship and an ID Certificate of Election from the Bureau of Immigration (applicable to a person who obtained Filipino Citizenship by Election).
- Certified copy of the law granting citizenship and Foreign Birth Certificate with Apostille (applicable to an individual who received Filipino Citizenship by an act of legislation).
An ID presented for passport renewal must be consistent with the other documents presented by the applicant. It must also be readable and not tampered with. The applicant must show originals and copies of their ID and supporting documents. The consulate may ask for additional supporting documents if necessary to process the application.
Philippine Passport Renewal Requirements
Renewal passport applicants 18 and over must bring certain documents to the consulate when applying:
- Passport packet with printed renewal application with barcode.
- Original and one photocopy of current ePassport.
- Copy and original of PSA-authenticated marriage certificate or report of marriage. (Applicable only to married women using their spouse’s surname. If the PSA marriage certificate is not readable or is otherwise unclear, a Local Civil Registrar copy may be required. Women who retain their maiden name do not have to show a marriage certificate.)
- Original and copy of a travel document, such as a current passport.
- Original and copy of proof of Filipino citizenship.
Applicants may need to show additional documents if certain circumstances apply. For example:
- Female applicants who want to revert back to their maiden name after a marriage dissolution must submit the original copy of the annotated PSA marriage certificate or Report of Marriage stating that the dissolution has occurred, or a Certified True Copy of the dissolution of marriage by the court and a Certificate of Finality.
- If there is a discrepancy in the applicant’s first name, they must submit a copy of the petition and supporting documents filed with the Local Civil Registrar or Philippine Embassy/Consulate for correction.
- If there are other informational discrepancies, the applicant must submit a PSA-authenticated annotated birth certificate with the correct information.
Philippine Passport Renewal for Dual Citizens
Dual citizens must submit documents required by other renewal applicants, but also show an original and a copy of a PSA birth certificate or report of birth. This is required if they derive citizenship from a Filipino parent and their other parent’s home country or if both of their parents are Filipino, but the person applying for a renewal passport was born in a country recognizing birthright (jus soli) citizenship.
Dual citizens must also show an original and a copy of a Philippine citizenship ID certificate issued by the Foreign Service Post or the Bureau of Immigration if their citizenship was retained or reacquired per the Republic Act No. 9225, otherwise known as Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003.
Passport Issuance Requirements for Minors
Minors 18 and younger must also attend an in-person passport appointment at the Philippine Consulate General in New York. When going to their appointment, they must be with a parent or legal guardian, and bring these documents to the the appointment:
- Online appointment confirmation.
- Completed application form.
- Proof of the minor’s Filipino citizenship.
- Current passport with copy of the data page.
- Copy and original of the proof of guardianship document.
- Copy and original of the parent or legal guardian’s government-issued ID or passport.
- School ID (applicable only if the minor is a student).
- Notarized Affidavit of Explanation (applicable only the passport is damaged).
If one, but not both, parents accompany a minor to get their renewal passport, the parent attending the appointment will need to show a marriage certificate.
If the child’s parents are not married, and the mother does not attend the appointment, she must execute a Special Power of Attorney and submit it with the minor’s application. If the Special Power of Attorney was issued abroad, it must have a Philippine Consulate General or Embassy authentication.
Philippine Passport Renewal Fees
To renew a Philippine passport, applicants must pay a flat fee of $60 and make payments with cash, a company check or a money order. A company check or money order must be made payable to the Philippine Consulate General in New York – debit and credit cards are not accepted.
Passport renewals take about four to six weeks to process. Applicants should wait to plan interviews or trips for which they will need a valid passport only after receiving their renewal.
Michelle Nati is an associate editor and writer who has reported on legal, criminal and government news for PasadenaNow.com and Complex Media. She holds a B.A. in Communications and English from Niagara University.