Earlier this year I had to file for a lost passport. The loss was stressful enough by itself, but was made worse because I couldn’t find much information about it. I was lost on how to file for loss!
So I called up their main office and got a list of initial requirements: Affidavit of loss and Police report.
The specifics, and the rest, I figured out along the way.
I’ve written down my experience here, step by step, in the hopes that it would make things a bit easier for anyone who experiences this loss.
1. File an affidavit of loss.
- In your affidavit, write a detailed explanation of when, where, and how the passport got lost. Here’s a sample template I found online. If you can, best to have a lawyer write it for you.
- Make 3 copies of the original.
- Have all four (original + 3 copies) notarized. Technically you’ll only need 3, but you might accidentally mix them up so I say play it safe and notarize everything.
2. File for a police report.
- Go to the police station nearest where you lost your passport and file a police report.
TIP: Only investigators can write the report, and not all police stations have an investigation unit. If your first police station doesn’t have one, ask them to redirect you to the right station (usually the bigger ones).
- To save you the trouble of explaining yourself to the investigator, hand them a copy of your affidavit of loss. They can then base their police report off the affidavit, ensuring all the facts are consistent across both documents. They’ll need to keep the copy though, which is why I said you’ll “technically” only need to notarize three.
- Thank your police officers! I read in another blog post that they had to pay a P50 fee, but our officers told us this kind of service doesn’t need payment.
- Make a copy. Or two. The extra copies weren’t needed from my experience, but you know, just in case.
3. Go to the DFA main office
- In Aseana Business Park in Parañaque. Not along Roxas Boulevard.
- And no, they don’t process lost passports in satellite offices (I asked).
- Ensure you have the documents from #s 1 and 2. Optionally, bring a copy of the first page of your lost passport if you have one (I did) and your birth certificate (I didn’t).
- You do NOT need an appointment. Just go right up to the entrance, tell the guard you’re filing for a lost passport. He’ll ask you if you have the above documents, then direct you to the information counter.
- At the information counter, they’ll request for documents #1 and #2 again. They’ll arrange your documents, and hand you a passport application form tagged for lost passport. You then proceed to a different room for processing.
- You don’t have to fill up the form now, but I did so anyway.