Philippine passport renewal guide for senior citizens

Thanks to the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Courtesy Lane, renewing the passport for your parents or relatives who are already senior citizens, the process is a breeze. Senior citizens are exempt from the appointment system; they just need to go to the DFA Consular Office in the ASEANA Business Park along Macapagal Avenue and apply.

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Those renewing must bring their expired/expiring passport, along with a photocopy of the first and last page, amendments page, and the page with the last Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps. For holders of brown passports (issued before May 1995), applicant must also bring a copy of their birth certificate printed on security paper (SECPA). If you forgot to photocopy the documents before going to the DFA, there’s a photocopy machine inside the passport processing area. Copies costs Php 3 per page.

Step 1: Fill out form
The passport renewal application form is available at the counter beside the door to Passport Processing Area 2 (PPA2) in the 2nd floor.

Step 2: Have documents checked and get number
Line up at the counter and have your application form and documents verified. You will be given a queue number. You can now enter the Passport Process Area 2.

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Step 3: Submit application
Once your number is called, go up to the window and submit your documents. You will be asked to take a seat while they verify your information. Once finished, you will be asked whether you want the expedited processing (Php 1,200, 10 working days) or the regular processing (Php 950, 20 working days). You will be issued an invoice,

Step 4: Pay processing fee
Go out of PPA2 and go to the cashier section just beside it. Once you’ve paid, go out the same door. If the guard tells you that the exit is on the other side, tell him that you are in the courtesy lane.

Step 5: Have pictures and biometrics taken
Once you’ve paid, go to the photo and biometrics section within the PPA2. Give the receipt of your payment, then your picture and thumbprints will be taken digitally. You will also be asked for your signature and to verify your information.

Step 6: Pay for courier service (optional)
If you live far from the DFA or do not have time to go back to pick up the new passport, you can opt to have it delivered instead. Go to the LBC table near the door and pay Php 120 for each passport (even if they are going to be delivered to the same address). The new passport will be delivered the following day after the passport’s release date.

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That’s it. All in all, the entire process only took us 30 minutes.

The DFA Courtesy Lane is open for senior citizens, infants and minors, government employees and their families. For a guide on how to apply for a Philippine passport for children/minors, read the Hippie Mum’s guide.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 68 Comments
  1. chyng says:

    renewal for Dyan.. hihi

  2. al says:

    I wish it was that easy renewing Philippine passport abroad. In Norway, one of my friends waited for more than 6 weeks, can you imagine?

  3. HELLO NINA.Good Day to you? says:

    mam, paano po ba ang mag renew ng passport – kasi birth year ko naging 1957 instead of 1951….ano po ba nag requirements.thanks…….more poer.

  4. siyempre ngayon ko lang nalaman: dahil government employee pareho ng magulang ko, di ko na pala kelangan mag pa appointment at diretso nalang sa courtesy lane KAINIS NAGPAKAHIRAP PA KO :|

  5. rona says:

    ..ask ko lang po if may araw na nakalaan for schedule ng pagpunta ng senior citizens??or any day po pwede mag-walk-in??

  6. gina saygo says:


  7. florence says:

    Hi. If my 20 year old son is with his grandfather (senior citizen) and they go together for passport renewal, will my son be allowed to use the courtesy lane? thank you.

  8. van says:

    Hi do i need an appointment for my 2.5years old baby? Thanks. Is walk-in possible?

  9. Dorcas says:

    I’m a senior citizen. Di ba available dito sa page na ito ang application form for renewal? Kung meron sana I want to print a copy para ma-fill up ko na before going to the DFA. Also, yung present location ng DFA ay bago na ba or nung 2006 eto na ang address nila? Thanks.

    • Nina says:

      The form isn’t downloadable. As a senior citizen, you don’t need to apply through Teleserv. Just go to their new office along Macapagal Ave., and fill out the form there.

  10. zenaida santos says:

    I am a senior citizen,but I lost my birth certificate copy will my LTO ID, voter’s ID, SSS ID, and Senior Citizen ID be enough for renewing my passport?

  11. Nina P. says:

    Di ba po pag senior citizen, pede kahit walk-in lang yung pag aasikaso ng passport. Yung sa Mama ko po, renewal lang tas senior citizen sya. Ang di po namin sure ay kung pede sya kahit sa Megamall, sabi po kasi nung iba pede na daw po. Pero yung nabasa ko po dito along Macapagal Ave. Thnks! :D

  12. joy gacayan says:

    sir madam do i need to renew my passport coz i will go to japan next month my passport wii expire at oct.13 2013

  13. missytwix says:

    Thanks Ms. Nina for this helpful blog post. I sent an inquiry at DFA because my lola also has to renew her brown passport and they replied that the special lane for senior citizens is available at ASEANA as well as Megamall and Galleria from Monday to Saturday and at DFA Manila from Monday to Friday only.

  14. we want to renew the passport of my father who is already 78 years old do you have other channels near cubao areas for senior citizen?

  15. Eric says:

    Hello… Clarify ko lang kung lahat ba ng requirements at supporting documents ay dapat complete kahit senior citizen na ang magaaply ng new passport? Thanks…

  16. Riana Charisse Reveche says:

    Hi tanong ko lang kung kailangan bang sa Macapagal pumunta? Hindi ba pwede yung DFA sa Megamall? Thank you!

  17. […] for persons who are eligible for the courtesy lane, or the process for diplomatic passports,  for senior citizens (exempt from appointments), the requirements for minors, or those applying through travel agencies […]

  18. Renew lang ang sa akin.

    Sr citizen na ako at my sr id na ako.

    Ano pa ba ang kailangang requirements

  19. Carmen says:

    Senior citizen ako at ang asawa ko ilang byway pa bago mag senior pwede ko ba siya ng isama sa courtesy lane?

  20. Montell says:

    I accompanied my mom (who’s a senior citizen) to renew her passport at DFA satellite office Megamall sometime in 2014. The DFA employee at the counter asked me if I’m also going to renew my passport “para maisabay na”. I didn’t know at that time that this was allowed.

    I guess that answers some of the questions here if a non-senior can have his/her passport renewed when accompanied by his/her senior citizen parent-applicant.

  21. Tan Elizabeth says:

    thanks for all the questions and replies, I’m already a senior citizen, I am now clear that my husband and I can avail of the courtesy lane despite of the fact that he is 10 months away from being senior. Correct me if I’m wrong , thank your

  22. marge quebec says:

    Is it needed to have a new birth certificate from NSO for passport renewal of my mom? (Senior Citizen)… Thank you.

  23. marge quebec says:

    Oh wow I’m so impressed on how fast you reply with my querries.. Thank you Nina.

  24. Hello po..ask ko lang po kung kailangan pa rin ng NBI pag nag renew ng passport for senior citizen?

  25. Thalia says:

    Ano po requirements pra s new applicant n senior citizen pagkuha ng passport?

  26. Ana says:

    Ask ko lng anu po b ang requirement ng renewal ng senior citizen..thanks

  27. Clarisa Calinisan says:

    hello po. Ask ko lang po mag renew an mga in laws ko nan passport nla. Senior citizen na po cla. need pa po ba namen mag appointment online?

  28. Hi Nina Fuentes,ask ko lang po. ?Ako po ay senior citizen na. Gusto ko po mag renew ng passport, kasama ng anak ko na mageexpire din kanyan passport in july. pwede ba kaming magsabay sa courtesy lane at ma processng ng sabay?

  29. Nanette Pulido says:

    Hi Nina bless you for being a great help to us senior citizens. Ask ko lang po, required ba may collar ang damit or blouse para sa picture?

  30. marina agtay says:

    good day I ask re for senior citizen is there any branch like alabang town center for renewal of passport hve a courtesy lane?

  31. hi. ano na po ba latest about sa senior citizen renewal of passport. need pa ng appointment or pwede na straight sa dfa? thank you!

  32. Mary rose says:

    Ff question kasi papa ko senior na mama ko hndi pa,2 years nlng maging senior sya..pwde bang dalhin nya or i cary over nya sa aplication mama ko?or jailngan pang mga apointment mama ko?

  33. Vicky Jones says:

    Hi there..gusto ko po parenew passport ng father ko( senior citizen at and anak ko ( minor ) ..
    Pwede po silang mag sabay mag apply and can both use the priority lane di po pa?
    Meron bang priority lane sa DFA Alabang Town Center branch?
    Thank you…

  34. May gomez says:

    Kukuha po yung nanay ko ng new passport nid pa po ba ng appoinment pero naka pag appoinment na po ako sa online aug. 22 po ung appoinment nya ano pong req. Mga nid nya to bring maraming salamat po..

  35. Evangeline L. Abarquez says:

    How about your branch in Metro Building in Alabang Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City also exempt senior citizens from appointment to renew her passport?

    Thank you.

  36. choneti says:

    hi may i ask if senior id and other valid can be sufficient for renewing passport as my mom doesn’t have a birth certificate thank you

  37. John Martin Javate says:

    Hi ask ko lang if meron sa dfa pampanga ng priority lane for senior for my mother. And if walk in ba or via appointment? Thanks in advance.

  38. Chuch says:

    Seniors cannot bring members of the family who is not a senior. May appointment na. It happened to me denied ung anak kong 26 yrs old has to secure appointment dinpwede isabay.

  39. Stephanie Lim says:

    Just had mine renewed at Aseana. I asked the DFA processing personnel re: Seniors.
    They need to be accompanied, by a non-senior, but of legal age person. Even if the senior is still of active mind & body. No escort, no entrance.
    They don’t allow the escort to renew together with the senior, if escort has no prior appointment. But, if the escort will renew & have an appointment, then the said senior who will also renew, can join in with the escort. I believe they will be allowed for the Courtesy Lane. That’s the only privilege the escort can avail.
    For Aseana, they enter Gate 4 proceed to 2F for all Courtesy Lanes. Which is just as busy as the ones on the G/F (normal applicants). They get to save time only from not lining up outdoors.
    I am not connected to DFA as well. This was just my recent experience a week ago. Hope this helps.

  40. Vivien P. Ortega says:

    good am nina,my brother wants my mom to visit him in canada,but my mom doesnt have a birth certificate w/c is required for passporting.the resut in the NSO application is negative.she was born sept 6 1947,a senior citizen. but she have some oter documents and IDs like SSS,Philhealth,Voters ID,etc..

    • Nina Fuentes says:

      Hi Vivien, sorry for the late response. My mother didn’t have a birth certificate either, so she went to the NSO and filed her own birth certificate. I’m not entirely sure what the process is, but it’s best to call the NSO regarding doing this. They might ask for her baptismal certificate (which is what is common in the provinces). I hope this helps.

  41. “Those renewing must bring their expired/expiring passport, along with a photocopy of the first and last page, amendments page, and the page with the last Bureau of Immigration departure and arrival stamps.” – Please speak in layman’s term. People don’t understand this requirements unless you explain them or direct your readers to an official page explaining these requirements.

  42. James says:

    I’m a senior senior citizen up for renewal of my passport. What requirements do i need to bring?

  43. MANELIZA PEREZ says:

    my mum lost her expired passport.she is already senior citizen.ano po ba requirements na kailangan sa pagkuha ng kanyang new passport?

  44. claire says:

    hi mam nina patsy canlaspo mag renew po ako ng passport 69 year old due date issued 21 january 2014 negative ang spa ko pero may birth certificate ako galing sa national archives of the certification na ako ay pinanganak ng nov.22 1949.. at may sinor id, sss id, and umid id for pension ma accept po b ako sa renewal ng passport.. at kasabay ko rin ang anak ko sa pag renew sa kanyang appoint para isang pamasahe nalang from mindoro province namin po.

    • Nina Fuentes says:

      Hindi ko po alam kung puede na yang copy ng birth certificate from the national archive. Mas maigi po kung sa DFA po kayo mismo magtanong.

      Yung sa anak niyo po, dapat po sya mag schedule ng appointment para sa renewal niya. Kapag may schedule na sya, puede po kayong sumabay na dahil hindi ninyo kailangan ng appointment.

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