I forgot to tell you all about Iñigo's passport! I only remembered because we've confirmed a trip to Hong Kong Disneyland! We'll be there a few weeks from now! Hooray!
If you're a mommy to a baby, getting your kid's passport is super easy. You don't have to set an appointment at DFA. Just show up! I love it!!! Here's what we did:
1. Show up at any DFA office with your baby. Yes, personal appearance is required because they'll need to take his photo for the passport. If your child is an infant (below 1 year old), you will be immediately directed to the courtesy lane. Iñigo and I were even escorted! Feeling celebrity!
|So many people! So happy we didn't have to wait like that!|
2. Show your child's NSO-authenticated birth certificate and a photocopy of your passport. I brought other documents, too (NSO-authenticated marriage certificate and a photocopy of Vince's passport) just in case. You also need to fill up an application form. If you have a printer at home, you could save even more time by going to the DFA website, downloading the form, printing it out then bringing that form with your documents.
3. Pay for the passport at the cashier. Note: Since you're on the courtesy lane, you pay a flat fee of P1,200. Don't even haggle it down to the regular P900 fee! Special treatment costs more. Anyway, the DFA people are so nice! The guard directed me to the cashier helpfully and the cashier tried her very best to make Iñigo laugh. It didn't work, though.
|All the chairs were occupied. Dozens of people already sat on the floor actually.|
4. Confirm your kid's info at the encoding counter and have your baby's photo taken. There's no need to have your baby's signature and fingerprints (biometrics) taken. The photo-taking part is always the cutest. It's also the trickiest. It's a good thing the DFA staff are used to kids. The guy had a little booster stool that Iñigo sat on and he used a toy to make Iñigo look at the camera. Click!
5. Pay for delivery. LBC is the official courier and it costs P120. You can actually go back to the DFA office and pick up the passport but I'm lazy so I took the delivery option.
Two weeks later (I told DFA we didn't need the passport quickly), Iñigo's passport was delivered straight to our home!
The entire application process took 30 minutes—10 minutes longer than our experience with Vito but with Vito kasi, we went to DFA at 9am. There was no one at the courtesy lane at all. With Iñigo, we went after lunch so there was a bunch of old people and babies lined up.
Okaaaaay, I'm getting all weepy just looking at their photos! I'll think about Disneyland instead!!! Vito's already gone to Singapore and Indonesia. Hong Kong's Iñigo's first trip abroad. I'd love to travel more with the kids but two kids is two kids too many for me haha. It's so stressful to travel with babies! But now that Vito's older and Iñigo's walking, we are so excited!