Renewing a Philippines passport while in the United States
is a bit more complicated for a Filipino to do than it would be if he was renewing the passport while in the Philippines. Despite this, the Philippines Consulate in the United States has set up a clear process that can be followed so that Filipinos can renew their passports at a few different locations in the United States so residents of the Philippines do not need to return to their native country to get the passport renewed.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
- Passport application form
Current Philippines passport
One copy of information pages from current passport
Two identical 4.5 x 3.5-cm photos
USPS stamps for Express Mail
Second form of identification
$50 (cash or money order)
- Passport application form
- Current Philippines passport
- One copy of information pages from current passport
- Two identical 4.5 x 3.5-cm photos
- USPS stamps for Express Mail
- Second form of identification
- $50 (cash or money order)
Start the process of renewing the passport at the very least two months before the old passport is scheduled to expire. Six months would be the ideal time to start the renewal process to make sure everything has enough time to run its course.
Fill out the Philippines passport form. The link to this form can be found in the Resources section.
Make travel arrangements. Although you will not need to return to the Philippines, you do need to travel to one of the Philippines Consulates in the United States. There are Philippines Consulates located in: Agana, Guam; Chicago, Illinois; Honolulu, Hawaii; Los Angeles, California; New York City, New York; San Francisco, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; and Washington D.C.
Have photos of yourself taken. These two identical photos that you take will be used for your new passport and they must meet certain specifications. These photos must have been taken in the last 6 months and must be 4.5 x 3.5 cm, with a royal blue background. The applicant's face and ears must be visible in the photos.
Make a copy of the pages of the passport that show the photos and information of the applicant. An applicant should also bring another form of identification. This ID could include marriage certificates, permanent resident cards, birth certificates, baptismal certificates or driver's licenses.
Make a trip to the nearest Philippines consulate and provide them with the required information. In about 6 weeks, you should receive the renewed passport in the mail.
Chad Buleen is a Society of Professional Journalists-award-winning newspaper journalist and magazine editor with more than 10 years experience. He is a senior magazine editor at an international children's publication. Buleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis in print journalism from Brigham Young University-Idaho.