15 January 2019 – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. signed this afternoon Department Order (DO) 03-2019 removing the submission of birth certificates as a requirement for passport renewals.
Under the DO, the presentation of birth certificates shall no longer be required for regular renewals, except for applications for lost and mutilated passports; those requiring changes in the passport entries; old brown and green passports bearing no complete middle names; and applicants included in the Department’s Watchlist.
DFA Consular Offices across the country and Philippine Embassies and Consulates General abroad may still require additional documentation to ascertain Filipino citizenship and for minors, proof of identity and family relations.
The DO will take effect 15 days after it is filed with the University of the Philippines Law Center. END