I have written a guide on how to renew Philippine passport in the US. This may not be a fashion-related post. But I just wanted to help my fellow Filipinos learn how to do it after having renewed Hubby’s Philippine passport in L.A., California.
As some of you know, we just got back from vacation in California. One of the reasons we went there was to renew Hubby’s passport. Not mine because my passport is valid for the full extent of its validity period – that’s according to the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, CA and also according to the US Consular Affairs. So I’m good until 2011. Thank Goodness because I want to skip on the passport fees and long wait. Oh by the way, surprisingly, it’s like you’re back home when you’re in the Philippine Embassy. We waited about 5 hours before our number was called. Although according to the people there, it was not usually the case. It just so happened there were so many Filipinos that day. Hmmm…
What do you need to know when renewing your Philippine Passport in the US?
- Starting June 2, 2008, Philippine Consulates in the US are already processing applications for the new Machine Readable Passports (MRP).
- A Machine Readable Passport (MRP) is a passport where the personal details of the applicant is printed in such a way that it can be read by the naked eye and at the same time, it contains a “machine readable zone” containing the personal data of the passport holder that can be read by a machine or computer. This will make traveling faster, more convenient, and safer.
- The new MRP is now maroon in color and consists of 44 pages. The MRP has the following security features: watermarked paper, colored UV fibers, UV reactive inks, special designs, microtexts, laser perforated numbers, ultrathin laminates, letter screen, invisible personal information, and holograms.
- For now, only the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila prints the Machine Readable Passports (MRP). This means that when you apply for the new Philippine Passport while in the US, the Philippine consulate will have to mail it to DFA, Manila then it will be sent back to the US then released to you. The process will take SIX (6) weeks.
- All applicants MUST APPEAR PERSONALLY at the Consular Office. You cannot mail your application because you need to personally affix your thumb mark and sign the form at the Consulate’s Office.
- You need to pay $50 per passport ($60 for more pages).
- If you are holding the old green passport and it has not yet expired, you need not worry because according to Philippine Consulates in the US, DFA, and US Bureau Consular Affairs, “the green passport will still be honored as a bonafide travel document issued by the Government of the Philippines until it expires, even after the roll out of the new Machine Readable Passports.”
What to bring during passport renewal?
- Your old passport with your valid visa or green card.
- Photocopy of the first page, last page, visa stamps, and US point of entry stamp page of your current passport plus a photocopy of your I94 card and visa or green card. There is a photocopying machine on site but if you’re going to an outreach program, there’s a chance there’s no photocopy machine so make sure to have these ready before going.
- Photocopy of your Valid ID.
- Passport photo: royal blue background, 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm, 8 mm space between the top of the photo and your head, and must be taken within the last 6 months. There is usually a photo service near the consulate but if you’re going to an outreach program, there might be a chance that they don’t have a photo service. If you are going to have your passport photo taken somewhere else, make sure you follow the size and the royal blue background requirement because they are strict about this. Do not wear sunglasses, hat or cap, or any head accessory. Make sure your forehead and ears are all showing in the picture and you are facing front.
- $50 for the passport plus shipping fees (we paid $6) if you want the passport to be mailed to your home directly.
Where to go for Philippine Passport Renewal in the US?
So where do you renew your Philippine Passport? Let me give you the list of Philippine Consulates in the US and which states are under their jurisdictions.
- Washington, DC
1600 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC | Tel: 202.467.9300 | Fax: 202.467.9417
Jurisdiction: Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Aguila, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grand Cayman Islands, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Grenadines, Saint Kitts & Nevis
- Agana, GM
Suite 601 & 602 ITC Building Marine Drive, Tamuning Guam | Tel: 671.646.4620 (or 30) | Fax: 671.649.1868
Jurisdiction: Guam, Caroline Islands, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wake Islands
- Chicago, IL
30 N Michigan Ave Suite 2100, Chicago IL 60602 | Tel: 312.332.6458 | Fax: 312.332.3657 www.chicagopcg.com
Jurisdiction: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin
- Honolulu, HI
2433 Pali Highway, Honolulu HI 96817 | Tel: 808.595.6316 (or 19) | Fax: 808.595.2581
Jurisdiction: Honolulu, American Samoa, French Polynesia
- Los Angeles, CA
3600 Wilshire Blvd Suite 500, Los Angeles CA 90010 | Tel: 213.639.0980 | Fax: 213.639.0990
Jurisdiction: Southern California (covering the counties of: Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern, and San Luis Obispo); Southern Nevada (covering the counties of: Clark, Lincoln & Nye); Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
- New York, NY
556 5th Avenue, New York NY 10036 | Tel: 212.764.1330 | Fax: 212.764.6010 | www.newyorkpcg.org
Jurisdiction: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
5th Flr Nauru Bldg, PO Box 500731 CK Saipan, MP 96950 CNMI | Tel: 670.234.1848 | Fax: 670.234.1849
Jurisdiction: CNMI (Saipan), Agrihan, Aguhan, Alamagan, Asuncion, Anatahan, Guguan, Farallon de Parajos, Farallon de Medinilla, Rota, Sarigan, Tinian
- San Francisco, CA
447 Sutter St, San Francisco CA 94108 | Tel: 415.433.6666 | Fax: 415.421.2641 | www.philippineconsulate-sf.org
Jurisdiction: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington State, Wyoming
- Atlanta, GA (Honorary – By Appointment Only)
3340 Peachtree RD NE Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326 | Tel: 404.239.5747 | Fax: 404.233.4041
- Miami, FL (Honorary – By Appointment Only)
1900 West Commercial Blvd. – Suite# 29, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33309 | Tel: 954.492.9211
- Majuro (Honorary – By Appointment Only)
PO Box 79 Marshall Islands, 96950 | Tel: 602.9.3490 | Fax: 602.625.3490
Please check the Embassy of the Philippines website: www.philippineembassy-usa.org for the latest information regarding the Philippine Machine Readable Passport. If you’d like to learn more about Philippine passport renewal in the US, feel free to leave a comment and I will answer your questions here. Please note that I am not affiliated with the Philippine Consulate nor am I an agency of some sort. I am simply helping my fellow Filipinos with the knowledge I gained from renewing Philippine passport in the US. Hope this post helps a lot of you.