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Friday, October 04, 2019

Applying or Renewing for Passport? Check the Valid ID's Accepted by DFA

Whether you are planning to work or travel abroad, a valid Philippine passport is one of the most important things you must have because, without it, you can't leave the country.

Applying for a Philippine passport is now easy with more online appointment slots available and a simplified process. In fact, you can apply for passport hassle-free if you study the process first and complete the requirements needed before proceeding to the Department of Foreign Affairs. 

One of the most important requirements in the process is a valid identification card or ID. But remember that not all valid IDs are accepted in the DFA. 


So if you are planning to apply or renew your passport, the Department of Foreign Affairs accepts at least one of the following valid IDs with one photocopy.

  • Social Security System card
  • Government Service Insurance System card
  • Unified Multi-Purpose Identification card
  • Land Transportation Office driver’s License (student permits will be accepted if in card format)
  • Professional Regulatory Commission ID
  • Overseas Workers Welfare Administration e-card
  • Commission on Elections voter's ID or Voter's Certification from the election officer (with dry seal)
  • Philippine National Police firearms license
  • Senior Citizen ID
  • Airman license (issued August 2016 onwards)
  • School ID (if applicable)
  • Current Valid ePassport (for renewal of ePassport)


Aside from the above mentioned IDs, the DFA is also accepting postal ID as a valid recognized ID for passport application. The acceptance of postal ID started last August 1, 2019. The Postal ID presented must be valid during the time of the passport application. Valid Postal IDs are those that were issued starting November 2016.

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The DFA clarifies that the following IDs are not accepted as valid IDs in passport processing.
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) ID
  • Barangay ID
  • Police Clearance
  • Barangay Clearance
  • SSS E-1 Form
  • LTO Driver's License receipt
  • Paper-format Student Driver's Permit
  • Company ID
Read: Where to Apply or Renew Your Passport This 2019?

This article is filed under Philippine passport, passport application, passport processing, passport online appointment, DFA, and valid IDs for passport.