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Do you know when your Philippine passport expires?
If you don’t, better go check. You need to renew your passport at the Philippine embassy in Sydney, the passport office in Melbourne, or any other appropriate institution at least six months before it expires especially if you intend to travel overseas.
Passport renewals require personal appearance of the applicant. Other requirements are:
1. Accomplished application form
Download the passport application form here.
2. Most recent or expired passport
Please have the first page, last page and Australian visa page of your passport photocopied.
For brown passport issued before May 1, 1995 bring the original passport and a photocopy of pages 1 to 4 and the last page.
Also bring your birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) or a Certified True Copy from the Philippine Local Civil Registrar. For those born abroad, present your Report of Birth issued by the Philippine Embassy or consulate.
For Green passport issued after May 1, 1995, bring along the original passport and photocopy of data page and last page of passport.
Machine Readable Passport (MRP) issued from 2007-2010, bring original passport and photocopy of data page and last page of passport plus birth certificate issued by NSO or a Certified True Copy of the birth certificate by the local civil register.
If birth certificate is not available, old, cancelled passports may substitute for the birth certificate.
3. Valid picture IDs and other supporting documents to prove identity
Valid IDs include: digitized SSS ID, driver’s license, GSIS e-card, PRC ID, IBP ID, OWWA ID, Digitized BIR ID, Senior Citizen’s ID.
Old college IDs, Alumni ID and old employment ID are also acceptable.
Supporting documents include voter’s ID, NSO Marriage contract, land title, Seaman’s book, Elementary or High School form 137 or Transcript with readable dry seal, Government Service Record, NBI clearance and Barangay clearance.
Other travel documents showing correct name, date and place of birth, picture and signature that were given at least a year before application may be considered as well. These may include: NSO Birth Certificate of child, SSS-E1 form or Microfilmed copy, Income Tax Return (ITR), Voter’s certification, school yearbook and community tax certificate or sedula.
Present at least 3 supporting documents.
4. Australian visa page or visa grant notice
Printed recent Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) or printed recent Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status CERS.
Oath of Allegiance, Identification certificate, and order of approval
5. Additional requirements
The Philippine Consulate may require additional documents if inconsistencies are found.
For married women
To use your married name, bring your Marriage Certificate in Security Paper (SECPA) from the NSO or a certified true copy of it from the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO, if married in the Philippines.
On the other hand, a Report of Marriage issued by the Consulate or the Philippine Embassy should be presented if marriage was abroad.
Reverting to maiden name
Conversely, those who want to use their maiden names again, present your birth certificate from NSO or a Certified True Copy of the birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the NSO.
Those who were born outside the Philippines should produce a Report of Birth issued by the Consulate or the Embassy.
Widows should procure the death certificate of their husband while those with annulled marriages should bring with them a Certified True Copy of annotated NSO marriage Contract and Court Order affecting annulment.
Those who are divorced need to have the following documents:
Certified True Copy of the first page and the dispositive portion of the judgment on divorce secured by foreign spouse authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate where divorce was obtained
Original and certified true copy of Philippine Court recognition of foreign divorce decree.
NSO Marriage Contract with the annotation of the Divorce Decree
Passports may be renewed at the following Australian passport offices:
Philippine Consulate General, Sydney
The Consulate is at
Level 1 Philippine Center
27-33 Wentworth Ave.,
Sydney NSW 2000.
They can be reached at (02) 9262 7377.
No appointments are required, applicants are served on first come, first served basis. Passport processing fee is AUD108. They ONLY accept cash. Processing of documents is between 9AM and 1PM.
The Philippine Consulate General used a flowchart to illustrate the process that applicants may expect while renewing their passport.
Philippine Embassy, Canberra
The Philippine Embassy is at
1 Moonah Place,
Yarralumia ACT 2600
The embassy can be reached at +61 2 6273 2535/36
To learn more about the new ePassport, read through their FAQ’s here.
If you are from other states apart from NSW and ACT and you do not have time to fly to either state, make use of Mobile Passport Missions.
The Mobile Mission is the Embassy’s answer to the needs of the Filipinos in other Australian states outside of ACT and NSW and those in remote areas to get their ePassports. The new ePassport replaces the old green and maroon Philippine Passports which according to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila are already phased out. Last October, immigration authorities only accepted the more secure e-Passports.
In mobile missions, field personnel visit different sites around the country to take the biometrics for Philippine ePassport applicants. They also administer the oath of allegiance to petitioners for dual citizenship.
For mobile missions, applicants should pre-register and secure an appointment before the scheduled missions. This is important because walk-in applicants will not be accommodated.
If you are from Perth and Brisbane, pre-register on the appointed dates by mailing the following documents to the Perth or Brisbane Passport Office Address:
1. Accomplished ePassport Application Form – please include a working e-mail address and other contact details in the application form. The embassy will contact you about your appointment through your email address.
Expect the embassy’s schedule within three weeks. If no e-mail is received, please check Spam folder first. Kindly call the Embassy to ask for the appointment and also to confirm attendance. You may reach the embassy passport section at (02) 62732535 or 62732536 extension 231 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Canberra..email@example.com
2. Photocopy of data page of current password
3. Photocopy of Australian visa
Send the documents to:
1 Moonah Place
Yarralumla, ACT 2600
Please be at the mobile site at least 30 minutes before scheduled appointment. Remember to bring your passport and AUD 118 for the postal money order for the ePassport service fee payable to the “Philippine Embassy.”
Passports will be ready in 8-10 weeks as they are printed in Manila. Check the Embassy’s website to view the list of applicants whose passports are ready for release.
To have the embassy deliver the ePassport by post to you, mail the Philippine Embassy (same address above) through registered Australia post or express post platinum and send the following:
Original old/ current passport
Passport of official receipt
For further assistance, there’s always the option to call Australian passport infomation and consular services.
If you happen to be in the Philippines and you need to have your passport renewed, just log on to passport.gov.ph to set the earliest appointment in any of the DFA main and regional offices or several malls in Metro Manila.
Getting a new passport is relatively easier now than before (if you remember the crazy lines down at the DFA office in Manila) although, you may need to stretch your patience a bit to wait for the passport to be available.