Birth certificate no longer needed for regular passport renewal

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. signed on January 15 Department Order No. 03-2019 declaring that birth certificate is not required for renewal of passport.

The order noted that “Section 7 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Passport Act does not require the presentation or submission of birth certificates in the renewal of passports, and instead requires only the submission of a duly accomplished application form and the old passport unless there is a change in the status of the applicant (e.g., marriage, dual citizenship) or change in the passport entries (e.g., change in surname).”

“[T]he Department recognizes the need to enhance the convenience of and unburden the public and passport applicants from unnecessary requirements for the renewal of their passport,” Locsin added in the order.

“The presentation of birth certificate in the application for the renewal of passport shall not be required,” he declared.

However, Philippine Statistics Authority issued birth certificate will be required for: first-time passport applications; renewal applications for lost and mutilated passports; renewal applications requiring changes in the passport entries; renewal applications of old brown and green passports bearing no complete middle name; applicants included in the Department’s Watchlist.