Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Applying for Iñigo's passport

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.

That's it!


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.


Look at these two cuties. Their passport photos capture their personalities so well! They're both 11 months old here.

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!

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  1. Ayayay! Lookit dat little cutie pouting at the camera!

    Was that at DFA Megamall? I also renewed my passport there. Took a half day off work in anticipation for the long wait but then I finished in an hour lang! Sana pala nilunch break ko na lang yun, pero ok lang I got to go home and rest very early! Iwas rush hour na rin! Hehe! :P

    Kisses to your cutie pies!!!

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    1. Yes, at DFA Megamall =) I'm so happy that DFA is so efficient! Nakapahinga ka pa =)

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  2. Adorable cuties! So excited for your Hong Kong Disneyland trip!!!
    We've got our trip slated for January naman. :)

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    1. LEGOland tayo, Martine! Summer 2014? Unless you're preggy na!

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  3. True! 3 years ago, nag pinagawan namin ng passport yung anak ko. He was 1 month old then. Pati passport namin ng mommy ko napabilis din! I think it took us about 30-45 minutes kasi doon pa kami sa lumang DFA. Pero okay nadin! :) We need to renew my son's passport since ang layo na ng itsura niya sa passport photo niya. :))

    Agree ako sa "Their passport photos capture their personalities so well." Si Vito very jolly. Mukhang madaling mapatawa dahil halos lahat ng photo na pinost mo sa blog mo ay nakatawa siya (except nung pinakain niyo ng mango). While si Inigo naman, parang "Nope. I'm not going to smile for you. NOT going to smile." Pero super cute! haha!

    Good Luck po sa HK Disneyland trip, Ms. Frances! :D

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    1. Yeeeeees, while both my boys are happy naman, Iñigo is the more quiet one =)

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  4. Adorbs! Nako Frances it's also easy to get US Visa with a baby (given na both parents have visas, you travel often). Our application took probably 30mins also from getting in at the embassy and being told that we can expect our passports and visas in a month.

    It was actually only my husband and Jacob who applied together, husband was renewing after years of not traveling, but he had a business visa then c/o his parents. I renewed my visa a week before and got approved. But the process was easy. Faster than our experience at DFA, also same as yours but probably dami kumukuha that time kaya we spent mga 1 hour there.

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    1. We both have US visas but I don't think we're going to the US anytime soon. Siguro kapag mga 5, 6, 7 na ang mga boys. I can't imagine spending 20 hours with them now in a small confined space. Feeling ko magwawala sila hahaha

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  5. Hi Ms. Frances, I've been a reader of your blog for as long as I can remember but I am too shy to comment. But your babies are uber cute in their passport pictures I couldn't help myself anymore. I have to say this, they look so adorable! When I first saw Inigo's passport pic, I automatically smiled, hihi! And oh, when I saw Vito's, awww, sweet ng smile niya. Kakatuwa silang dalawa. I just hope when we get to apply for my almost two year old son's passport, tumingin siya sa camera. He's shy din kasi. :-)

    Goodluck on your HK Disneyland trip, Ms. Frances! Enjoy!

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    1. LOL Sa dinami-dami ng cute photos ng mga anak ko, sa passport photos ka pa naloka haha =)

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  6. Too precious!

    I also need to have my passport renewed and get a passport for my Ace as well. I wonder if I can also make use of the courtesy lane for babies with my own application? Crossing fingers!

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    1. Oo nga, no! Why don't you try??? Tell me if it works =)

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    2. I renewed mine together with my 6yo's passport renewal and my 2yo's and my 11months old's new passport applications. All courtesy lane. Went to DFA main on August 30 and passport were delivered last September 11.

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  7. wow. super cute babies. good luck in your HK trip. I'm sure the kids will have so much fun. post their cue pictures too ha?

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  8. Oh Iñigo, those beautiful round eyes of yours are to die for. ♥

    I'll look forward to your HK Disneyland post. My husband and I are dreaming of going there on our daughter's 7th birthday (2 years from now hehe) instead of a big party. :)

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  9. Kagigil the facial expression of Iñigo. He's super behave..Pa virtual pinch ng cheeks ni Iñigo, Ms. Frances...

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  10. Inigo is sooooo cute!!! I'm expecting (on my 4th month) and can't wait for that time I'll have to get my baby his/her very own passport. Hihihihihih!!


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  11. Hi sis ask ko lang po how long does it take para makuha b.certificate ni baby from Nso?nag request kpa sa local civil registry?

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    1. Mag-apply ka sa NSO online 3 months after mo manganak. Para sure ka na naibigay na ng local registry yung birth certificate sa NSO. Minsan kasi mabilis, minsan mabagal yung local registry kasi.

      Anyway, after mong mag-apply sa NSO at magbayad, mga one week delivered na yung certificate sa bahay mo. I don't know how long kung mismo sa NSO ka mag-apply kasi online ang transactions ko lahat.


      As for local registry, I always get that one first. As in, bago matapos ang maternity leave ko, pinupuntahan ko sa city hall para kunin yung original birth certificate ng mga anak ko. Pero hindi naman yun ang requirement ng DFA. Gusto nila may stamp ng NSO so kailangan mo pa rin mag-request sa NSO.

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  12. Such an informative post Mommy Frances..Cute babies ^^

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