Today I scheduled our family to renew our passports, we drove to Lipa City and proceeded at Gate 4 of Robinsons Mall to line up for DFA’s passport renewal. It is our first time to experience the processing here since we are Manila based last time.
I called DFA Lipa hotline yesterday just to ask for their procedures. Since our former passports and ID’s are Manila based we are asked to bring a Barangay clearance that we are Calabarzon residents. I was advised that application forms will be released in Gate 4 of Robinsons Mall at 7am and DFA opens at 10am.
We arrived at 7am from Batangas City and saw the long line already piled up, the releasing of application forms is fast. You need to line up, present your requirement to the DFA officer then after you will be given your DFA number and form.
I have observed that there is a DFA representative doing announcements and he mentioned that they can only accommodate and process 220 applicants so as to be able to process this for the day. Also for Saturday’s applicants, applications to be accepted are the urgent processing with P1,200 fee instead of the regular processing fee of P950. Senior citizens should still get a number but no need to line up, one companion of the senior applicant can be accommodated also without lining up. Pregnant and parents with children below 3 years old also follows the same no line policy.
Our daughter is now 6 years old so she also experienced lining up until we get our number. It’s just great that here in Lipa City the weather is cold in the mornings so no worries of perspiring while waiting for the long line. I just got worried earlier and closely monitored the number of applicants before us since we arrived later than the others.
After waiting, they stopped at 200 and announced that the rest in the line will only be up to 220 today.
Luckily, we have been given 208, 209, 210 and have been told that application forms for 200-220 applicants will only be released around 10am at Gate 4 of the waiting area.
Thankfully we proceed to have breakfast first as we wait for 10am. So as the Jollibee quiet sticker says, always “Bee Positive”!
At 9:49 am we proceeded at Gate 4 DFA waiting area to wait for the Application form to be released.
Application forms was released, complete this and submit back to DFA officer in charge and wait for your number to be called.
Prepare the original and photocopies of your requirement based on purpose of application and present to DFA Security Officer when called.
Our number was called and we submitted our documents to the lobby officer,since it’s already 12:51 we are asked to have lunch first because we have our 6 years old daughter with us, we will be back after lunch.
After an hour we are called back inside for processing of our application and payment.
Then last stop for the photo taking and encoding.
All done, successful day of our passport renewal. Time check from lining up at 7am until 4:15pm.
Cheers, new passport will be released after two weeks. The processing here is faster than our previous online booking at DFA Manila because we still need to wait for months for a schedule.
If you are a resident in the Calabarzon area, it is a plus service that you can process your passport renewal in just a day!