Guide on passport renewal in the Philippines

Guide on passport renewal in the Philippines

iVisa | Updated on Jun 26, 2020

In case you are interested in a passport renewal in the Philippines, know that as a US citizen, you have to refer to the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit. It is located at the US Embassy in Manila. The unit handles many issues, including passport renewal, however, this can be a complicated and stressful process, which is why by using our services and our iVisa website we offer you to facilitate this whole process.

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The process of passport renewal in the Philippines is not complicated with us. Below, you are going to find the steps you have to go through. But before we get to that, you should know that to qualify for a renewal, your passport must meet the following requirements:

  • It’s not damaged, and you can send it along with your application
  • It was issued when you were at least 16
  • It’s not older than 15 years
  • It’s issued in your current name. If the name is changed, you have to provide a legal document that attests to your name change.
  • You don’t need approval from the Department of State to renew.

If all of the above are met, you can proceed to fill your application to obtain your passport renewal with iVisa! We will make all this a simple experience that you want to repeat again in the future. Apply now here.

Step 1: fill out the DS-82 form

You can complete the DS-82 form electronically and then print it. Once you print the form, make sure to sign it.

If you think it’s easier for you, you can use the DS-82 Application for a US Passport wizard form. Complete it, check that you have read the Privacy and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts Notices and Disclaims, and then you can click on the submit button. Don’t forget to print it afterward.

Please note that the form you fill in must include a correct and valid e-mail address.

Step 2: choose a submission method

The passport renewal application can be submitted in one of two ways. One, you can make an appointment at the ACS, or two, you can submit the application by mail with enclosed US dollar demand draft.

If you choose the second option, keep in mind that only three banks in the Philippines are participating in this mail-in dollar demand draft program: Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI), Banco De Oro (BDO) and Security Bank (SBC).

Step 3: make sure that you have everything necessary

If you select the first method of submission, you need the following when you go for your appointment:

  • Completed and signed the DS-82 form.
  • 2 passport photos (2 by 2 inches, no eyeglasses, white background).
  • $110 (the renewal fee).

In case you send a representative, make sure that he/she has a written and signed authorization letter from you.

If you select the second method of submission, the following are required:

  • Completed and signed the DS-82 form.
  • Your most recent passport, as well as a copy of that passport’s information page.
  • 2 passport photos taken on a white background (2 by 2 inches, no eyeglasses).
  • The demand draft payment issued by one of the three banks issued above.
  • 2 copies of the above draft.
  • Proof of name change (if applicable).

When you submit your application by mail, you have to address the envelope to Citizenship and Passport Unit, American Citizens Services, Consular Section, US Embassy, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, 1000 Manila.

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