One of the to-do things for us for Grey’s first year is to apply for his passport. It was timely too since my passport was expiring this July 2019 and I could renew my passport while applying for his. We found out that children aged 7 years old and below had a courtesy lane so no need to set an appointment!
On that day, we planned to leave when Grey first wakes around 5AM for a diaper change but he chose to wake up at 7AM! 🤪So we rushed out of the house and were greeted by bad traffic. We took our chances even if we arrived a little past 10AM at DFA Sm Megamall and friends advised to go early since they would just serve the first 100 or so for the priority lane. At 10AM on a Thursday we got #65 (given by the guard at the entrance).
Jason was allowed to accompany us inside and it was convenient for me since I had to photocopy the front page of my passport (i only had 1, but apparently we needed another to be attached to Grey’s documents) and rush around. Plus we were still breastfeeding so the bags and documents were just everywhere. 😳
To apply for a renewal I needed the following:
1. My Birth certificate
2. Front page of my passport – photocopy
3. My original passport
4. Application form filled out
For a new application for minors we needed the following
1. Grey’s birth certificate – photocopy
2. My marriage contract – photocopy
3. Front page of my passport
4. Application form for minor filled out
Step 1: Check documents
If you’ve filled out the forms and completed the requirements, you can have it checked immediately at the counter and they will give you a new number for queuing. It could have been faster but I just filled up the application form there.
Step 2: Check documents
As our number was flashed on the screen we went to window 2 for our documents to be checked again. My passport was also disregarded and I am unable to use it already although the visas inside will still be valid.
Step 3: Cashier
Cashier. We paid around 1,200 each for 6 business days.
Step 4: Photo
There will be someone along the hall to hand you a number for queuing again for Passport picture to be taken.
Of all times, this was the time Greyson got sleepy and had to breastfeed. As soon as he went under the cover my number was called! Had to fuss around underneath the cover and in a hurry too. Note to self: get a bigger and more enclosed nursing cover.
Greyson at 9 months had to sit atop a box so he would be leveled with the camera. They were pretty good at catching the attention of kids so he would look at the camera. (They used a laser pointer pointing to the camera, and one guy played Pikachu in Youtube and he was pretty serious doing this it was so funny 😆 )
Just a few reminders: For ladies please don’t wear earrings, hairpins etc. I had to remove this. I totally forgot how it’s done!
And double check all information as they encode it!
Step 5: Pay for courier
I had to pay 150 each for both mine and Greyson’s even if our address is the same. I wonder why?? They said that it is the protocol. Huhu. But it would still save us time, traffic and effort of going back to pick it up.
We were done at about 11:45 and had our lunch. Greyson got tired after that he dozed off soon.
Finally! New passport applied and renewed for Grey and I! 😄 yay we’re ready to fly ✈️ when we can 🤪