How to apply and renew your Philippine passport at DFA Centrio CDO

A couple of things have changed since I last renewed my Philippine passport at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Cagayan de Oro or DFA CDO. Apart from the fact that DFA CDO has now transferred from Limketkai Center to Ayala Centrio Mall, there isn’t any need to call their office for an appointment (IT IS NOW REQUIRED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT…scroll down to find out how)ย there are now lesser requirements and lesser wait time.

Allow me to share with you my experience on how to renew your passport at DFA Centrio CDO.

Centrio Mall is located at Corrales Avenue corner CM Recto Avenue. Please scroll down for a MAP and helpful travel instructions. DFA Centrio Ayala is located at the 3rd Floor.

DFA Centrio Office hours: Monday to Friday – 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturday – 10 AM to 6 PM

I also have below some recommended hotels/inns to stay in for passport applicants who live outside CDO ๐Ÿ™‚


General requirements (e-passport or biometrics passport renewal):

– Personal appearance
– Passport application form (you can get one at the door or you can download the form HERE)
– Most recent expiring or expired passport
– Valid picture IDs and supporting documents to prove identity (I brought my Voter’s ID and BIR TIN card)
– Photocopies of your valid picture IDs and the FIRST and the LAST pages of your expiring or expired passport (I availed of photocopying services at National Bookstore, located at the Ground Floor of the mall. There’s also a photocopy service at DFA Centrio)

There is NO NEED to bring a passport sized photo since your biometrics and photo will be taken at DFA.

It is now REQUIRED to schedule an appointment ONLINE

Schedule your appointment HERE

NO APPOINTMENT IS NEEDED for the following:

Senior Citizen with Senior Citizen ID
Person with Disability (PWDs) with PWD ID or visible disability
Solo Parent with Valid Solo Parent ID
Pregnant women with medical certificate
Minors seven (7) years old and below

If you fall under any of those categories, you may avail of the PRIORITY LANE at any DFA Satellite Office or Regional Consular Office to apply for your passport.

Helpful tips: Wear a collared shirt or blouse, DO NOT wear colored contact lenses and take off your earrings. These are required before they take your photo.

Step 1: Once you have your requirements ready, ask for your priority number from the security guard. This priority number will be stapled to your application form. Proceed to the PROCESSING area, which is on your RIGHT. Be mindful of the TV screen where priority numbers and the corresponding counter numbers are.

Step 2: When your number is called, proceed to the counter and show the DFA personnel your requirements. Again, please make sure that you have photocopies of your IDs and passport.

Step 3: Proceed to the CASHIER. Pay Php 950.00 (this is for regular/normal processing – express processing IS NOT available as of the moment UPDATE: Some of my blog readers have told me that express processing is now available for Php 1,200). You will see a SIGN at the cashier telling you when you will receive your passport. In my case, I have to wait 30 working days.

Step 4: Once you have your official receipt, go to the ENCODING area. This is where your biometrics and photo will be taken. You will also be asked to provide an e-signature (the DFA personnel will instruct you).

Step 5: You’re done! Now you have the option to either have your e-passport DELIVERED by courier or you can come back on the releasing date indicated on your receipt. As you can see on the photo I took below, the RELEASING area is just nearby ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, for those who want to have their renewed passports delivered via courier – just approach the LBC booth located inside the DFA office. Payment is Php 120.00. Your passport will be delivered within 2 days max after the releasing date indicated on your receipt. By the way, LBC will need the official receipt issued by DFA.

For follow-ups: LBC DFA Centrio CDO numbers are 0929 238 8817 or 0915 899 4646


Additional requirements:

For Brown Passport or passports issued prior to May 1, 1995:

– Bring the original brown passport and photocopy of passport pages 1, 2, 3, 4, and last page
– Birth certificate in Security Paper issued by the National Statistics Office or Certified True Copy of the birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by NSO, to determine complete middle name. Transcribed Birth Certificate from the LCR is required when entries in NSO Birth Certificate are blurred or unreadable.
– Report of Birth duly authenticated by NSO if born abroad

Green Passport or passports issued after May 1, 1995:

– Bring original green passport and photocopy of first and last page of passport

Machine Readable Passport (MRP) issued in the year 2007:

– Bring original passport and photocopy of first and last page of passport
– Birth certificate
– Old canceled passport may also be presented in the absence of an NSO Birth Certificate

Electronic Passport (E-passport): Bring original e-passport and photocopy of first (data page) and last page of passport

There are also additional instructions and/or requirements for Muslim applicants, minors, married women, spouse of foreign nationals etc. You can find those HERE.ย  dfa-centrio-cdo

If you live outside of Cagayan de Oro and you need a place to stay, I recommend these: (you can confirm your booking online even without a credit card)

Seda Hotel Centrio (this is just adjacent to the mall)
Limketkai Luxe Hotel (just a few minutes away from Centrio)
Tune Hotel (budget hotel with FREE wifi, about 10 minutes by foot to Centrio)
WinMin Transient Inn (located at the Agora Bus Terminal, has affordable rooms for 3)

You can also search for other affordable CDO hotels here:

Note: If you want to renew your passport in other DFA offices across the Philippines, you may want to read my previous post on how to renew your Philippine passport (and get an e-passport)

Map of CDO (with Centrio Mall as highlight):

If you want to RENT A VANย (which you can use within and outside CDO), please CONTACT ME for very friendly prices. You get an airconditioned van complete with TV screens, surround sound plus a cooler should you need it ๐Ÿ™‚

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113 Responses

  1. Jekjek says:

    Hello. Just want to ask. Can I already proceed with the processing right away without setting an appointment? Thank you.

  2. Farida says:

    Can I receive my new passport without my payment slip which I lost it? Thank you!

  3. karen pepito says:

    I read later in your post that there is an additional requirement of nso birth certificate. is this necessary for passport renewal, the nso birth certificate?

  4. gary says:

    tanong ko lang po kung pwede na ba ang philhealth gagamitin na I.D?

  5. Sam Yu says:

    Hi! Is express processing already available in DFA CDO? If yes, how many days after will I be able to get my passport?

    P.S. Im a new passport applicant. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hannah says:

    Hi, do you know the requirements for new applicants? And can I get an application form first prior to the day that i will apply for a passport? ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. jonel says:

    aabot po ba ng 1 month ang hihintayin kahit rush yong passport na inaplayan?

  8. Kyrel says:

    Can i ask the no of lbc cdo,i’ve saw a # can’t be reach…tn

  9. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for this helpful guide. Glad to hear that it was already transferred in Centrio. I would like to ask how long does it take to renew a passport ? Is it the same when you apply or not?

  10. Ben says:

    I would like to ask if valid parin ba po yung LCR ko na old yr 2014 sya inissue..

  11. Fasluna says:

    Magrerenew sana ako ngayong end of may kasi november ma eexpired na passport ko e kailangan kung magtravel.tanong ko lang po ilang araw ba yung pinakamadaling makuha ang passport??pahelp naman??

  12. Marc says:

    My passport is still valid until 31 Jan. 2018 but only 4 pages remaining. I need to renew because I am OFW to travel to many countries. Is the processing shorten say 15 days? or how long?

  13. tina says:

    hellow po,, ask ko lng po if yung EXPRESS 21 days, is it 21 working days po? or 21 days including sabado at linggo , counted,? salamat po,

  14. lakshi says:

    hello po..magtatanong lang po sana ako..after po sa encoding tapos na po ba?hindi napo ako pumunta sa releasing area, ok lang po ba yun? kasi gsto ko po e.padeliver lang kaya dumiritso nlng po ako sa LBC booth nila..
    maraming salamat po

  15. nicolas says:

    hello po, tanong ko lang po kung anong oras po ang advisable na dapat andun ka na sa DFA CDO? dapat ba sobrang aga akong pupunta dun?

  16. Brandelle L. Caliao says:

    hello good day,,ask ko lang po kung bakit hindi pa narerelease yung renew passport ko,noong may 14,2016 pa ako pumunta doon tapos yung releasing date is may 27, 2016 bali ten days lang working period kasi nag bayad po ako ng 1200 for expidite processing and then nagbayad po ako ng 150 sa lbc para sa delivery.Until now wla pang dumating palagi kong pinupuntahan yung branch ng lbc dito sa amin sabi wla pa.Supposedly may 30 meron na..I want to know kung bakit naging ganito yung service ng DFA CDO, need na talaga ko po yung passport ko kasi may hinahabol po akung skedule.,i hope na marelease na yung passport asap…

    • Florecel Costo says:

      Ask ko lng if na receive nba yung passport mo? Sa akn kasi til now wla pa nag 2 mos na dapat july 12 ko mkuha.thanks

  17. rashyd bacarat says:

    Ask ko lang po sa dfa cdo no need na po ba mag pa appointment? Kc dito ncr kaylangan pa para sa renewal at ang pinaka early is sa agust pa which is kaylangan ko na maka flight.

  18. salwa says:

    hi. good morning poh. pwede ba ma release yung passport with in 10days rush poh. plss rply asap kc may flight kami sa july 15…

  19. alfredo vanguardia, jr says:

    maam ask ko lang po if naa bay authentication o red ribbon diha sa dfa centrio mall kay diha nalang ko mag transact. thanks

  20. Florecel Costo says:

    Yung passport ko na renew noong june 13 at ma release ng july 12 hut until now hindi ko pa na receive.pwdi po hingi ng number n pwding matanongan sa dfa kung ano b ang ngyari? Pls help me po, thanks

  21. jan says:

    hello hindi ba sya open sa saturday jng dfa???

  22. juvielyn says:

    hello po,mg,ask lng po ako f pwd ko bang magmit ang postal id,nso birth,comelect certificte,police clearance,barangay clearance,sa pgrenew q ng xpired at nawawala kung pasport kasi eto lng ang merun ako,nakakuha na po ako ng police report at sa attorney

  23. lei says:

    Hello po. I’ll be visiting CDO this saturday for a night tour and am thinking of renewing my passport there with a scheduled appointment. I need it to be renewed ASAP. Does it take a whole day to process everything or can a couple of hours will do fine??? thank you…..

  24. ziya says:

    Hi I have a question. I just had my passport renewed yesterday and I was told to present my old passport upon claiming my new one. I was just wondering kung ngano wala nabuslutan akong old passport ? Is it normal?thank you!:)

    • Hi Ziya! Totally okay since the new passport has the more preferred style now – being machine readable. The old one will automatically be considered void. By the way, I suggest that you still bring the old passport whenever you travel especially if naay stamps ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. kim says:

    Tanong lang, pwidi mag renew kapag 10 months more for expire? Thanks,

  26. mitzel says:

    as to this date.. just want to make sure if no need na ba ang appoinment sa Renewal of passport sa DFA CDO? thank you.

  27. mam good day,ask,ko lang po,need ko PA po vah magpa appointment, bago pumunta sa dfa.firstime ko PA kasi mam,kumuha ng passport.

  28. lyn says:

    hi po bago lng poh ako ng apply nang passport sa dfa in cdo.reales date po ay dec 15 ngbyad po ako nang 1200 at sa lbc.bkit until now d n ko na recieve passport ko ngpunta na po sa lbc kaso wla pa dw,need ko na kc passport pra visa ko..tnx poh wla din akong contact sa dfa sa cdo

  29. Carmel Jeffrey Jul T. PENAFLOR says:

    pdi ko mangayo og contact number sa dfa cagayan…

  30. rens says:

    Good day po!
    Ask lang po ako, pwde po bang e present ang alumni i.d bilang valid id?

  31. Lady Lyn says:

    Hi! Good day i just wanna ask if my sister or any of my relatives could get my Passport.. It is supposedly release Last year December 2 then I got a message from DFA that releasing of passport scheduled December 2 will be delay. I am from Gingoog City pman gud then wala pa ko kbalik og Cagayan.. If pwede , Authorization or Special Power of Attorney ang e present?..

    Thank You..

  32. amorcielo hoplo says:

    Good Day, OFW ko from Saudi mo bakasyon ko this Month march 2017 for 1 month lang and my passport will expire this coming september so less 6months siya. If mag pa renew ko pwede nako makuha less than a Month? para makaapas ko sa ako flight. Please reply..

  33. Fe says:

    Good afternoon po xpire na po ung passport ko year 2008 po na issue so ibig sabihin po kelangan ko Lang photo copy ng old passport ko at birth cirtificate ko?
    Thank you

  34. cherry rose says:

    Hi Sir/Maam,

    Need help.. I already fill up the online appointment but the problem I enter a wrong email address.

  35. mary,Clair says:

    Hello sir ask ko,lang,po,ang,passport,ko,ay mag,expired,na,ngayong,june,2017 pero,nasa,USA ako,,, kung,sakali,po,uuwi,ako,then,,sa,CDO,ako,mag,renew,ok,lang,ba while,ang,old,passport,ko,,ay,,nag,apply,ako,sa Zamboanga city? thank,you,po,and,God,bless,

  36. jane says:

    hi maam. renew ako ng passport and releaseing is april 19. advise nmn dyan if may delays ba kasi need ko na pa rebook nang ticket. ilang days ba if ever may delays?tanx

  37. Josephine says:

    Hi! Do they have courtesy lane for minors below 7yo?

  38. chloe says:

    kelan po ang schedule ng renewal here sa cagayan?

  39. Romar says:

    Sino po meron Contact # ng DFA-CDO. need lng ng inquire. bakit 20 days ang pag renew ng passport kahit nka express (1200) usually it would take 7 – 10 business days..

  40. Romar says:

    Active pa ba ang Contact # sa LBC nga nka indicate?

  41. analiza says:

    hilo po .. need ko idea or advice .need ko po mag renue nang passport ko ilang araw po bah ang antayin ko if punta ako jaan sa CDO para mag renue i have 10 days lang kc ako at need ako balik this coming may 7 sa europe … please help me po .

  42. girly tumanda says:

    hi what link do i need to click to apply for appointment?pls help

  43. Romar says:

    @Mindanaoan Irene.. Hi please confirm if the number of LBC DBA Centrio Mall is still Active..

  44. alan loperaa says:

    hello maam/sir..Naa ko karon dre sa riyadh. Ask unta ko about akong passport renewal.. ma expire akong passport this coming november 23, 2017. Pero naka schedle akong bakasyon diha sa pinas karong July2017. Pwede ba nako dayon ipa-renew ang passport pag-abot nako diha karong July 2017? dili naba kinahangan ug Appointment? How many days makuha nako balik akong passport sakaling ma-renew? 1-month ra akong bakasyan diha pinas , makuha kaha nako ang renewed passport before sa ako flyt?. Daghan Salamat.

    • Hi Alan, check if the local Philippine embassy there in Riyadh can process the renewal for you. I think that will be a better alternative since wala pa gyuy klaro ang releasing diri. Delayed kanunay

  45. thes says:

    Hello,ask lang ko kung kinahanglan pa ba mag set og appointment pag mukuha passport sa cdo?salamat

  46. bebs says:

    gud evening po.. ask lang po, nasa Riyadh po ako.. magvacation po ako sa katapusan sana ng june, mag expire po yung passport ko sa november 6 2017.. puwede po bang sa pilipinas na ako magparenew ng passport?

  47. ERWIN P.GOOC says:

    good am po.mangutana unta ko kung pede ba ma claim ako Passport.ang sked man gyud sako releasing adtung dec.03,2015..wla nako makuha on dat date…kay nakasakay man ko og balik sa ship..salamat ang more power.

  48. keith says:

    ask lang po bakit 21 days average ang rush??? nakita ko po kasi dito sa website ( na 7 working days ang rush,kaya sa cdo nlng ako nagpa appointment. sasampa na po kasi ako nga barko this july.. may appointment ako this june 20. and i need it as soon as possible..

    thank you.
    and i appreciate your warm reply.

  49. Renewal says:

    Hi. In the recent days, is it required to have a appointment or pwede na wala?

  50. hi po i would like to ask kung hanggang ngayon po ba hindi na kailangan magpa appointment for renewal of passport?

  51. jesse says:

    Hi good day, just want to ask that since our president recently approve the 10 year validity for passport, does that mean that the payment already change or this law will only be for next year?

  52. Ela says:

    Hi is the passport release still slow these past few days? I have an appointment in DFA CDO this sept 2, hoping it will be released in 10 working days before I could buy my online tickets for international travel since kailangan ng passport number diba? And i still have to apply for visa. If hindi ma release on time, yung passport number ko ba pwd pa yung old passport gagamitin ko tapos pag na release na ang new one, I’ll use the new passport?? But im really2x hoping hindi super delayed ang pag release kasi malaking hassle pag nagkataon.. ๐Ÿ™

  53. Hi ma’am ano po ga win young passport ko nabaklas sa liked dapat na medical Ko na poh.ano po dapat ga win.kailangan po bah erenew sa June 17 2019 pa poh maexpire.tapos pwd po bah magrenew kahit wala akong online appointment ko full na po lahat schedule…thanks

  54. Hi ma’am ano po dapat gawin yong passport ko nabaklas sa Harap tapos medical Ko na poh.ano po dapat ga win.kailangan po bah erenew sa June 17 2019 pa poh maexpire.tapos pwd po bah magrenew kahit wala akong online appointment kc full na po lahat schedule…thanks

  55. Lane says:

    Ask lng ako kng my slot p xa dfa cagayan

  56. cheryll jalalon says:

    Good Day maam ask ko lang po ano pong dapat kung gawin nagrenew po ako ng passport last year november mga 15 yata yun. bago ko lang nalaman yung bago kung passport wala palang perma ko sa ibaba ng picture ko so hindi valid yun hindi ko magamit ang passport ko sabay pa naman kami kumoha ng mister ko pati sa kanya din walang perma nya………pls reply importante lang may hinihintay kasi akung trabaho para ibang bansa. or any contact no. sa dfa cagayan cell no. plssss.

  57. Jenefer c. O'Connor says:

    Hi good day po! Pa help nmn po… 5months plang since nung wedding namin ng husband kong American, it’s my first time po apply passport. Ask lng po saan po ako ma una DFA CDO po ba or CFO cebu?… Pls I need help po ? salamat! God bless!

  58. Edryan says:

    hi po.ask ko lang if seafarer po ba kailangan pa rin ng appointment tru online?salamat

  59. Grace says:

    My office ba ang dfa ngayong nov.2, 2017…for renewal of passport- senior citizen po

  60. Art A.Nulada says:

    when would be the next schedule for appointment in dfa cdo?

  61. Juliet g. Gelacio says:

    Hello po good afternoon. Bukas po ang schdule ko sa dfa cdo with my chldren. Kaso lang po, one of my son has to take the exam pa in school. Puede ba cya mag punta sa saturday? How we contact dfa?

  62. Ricky S. Sese says:

    Hello po good day….OFW po ako exit na from Saudi last November 2017 pero plano ko pa pong bumalik abroad for another company. Mag expire po ang aking passport sa May 2018, Unfortunately wala na pong appointment slot from January to March..May chance po bang makapagrenew without appointment sa DFA CDO kailangan ko kasi marenew to para sa aking pag apply ulit..salamat po sa sagot

  63. Hi hello can i ask something here….Because there is no available slot for appointment from Jan-March….if saturday is there any appointment too? I am new Applicant for passport? please let me know and thanks those who make responds my querry….

  64. For New Applicant passport in requirements list is it NBI clearance needed? please let me know thanks & Godbless

  65. Numen Artspace Inc. says:

    Had a previous passport application i guess a year ago but was not released due to incomplete document (NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate). Now said document is already available, and is ready for sending to DFA-CDO. Questions:
    1. Is the passport still claimable upon submission of the above-mentioned document? or
    2. Will go to step no. 1 and re do the application for the renewal of passport?

    The applicant is in Manila.

    Thank you.

  66. Numen Artspace Inc. says:

    I hope there is a contact number for DFA CDO so we could directly communicate for the particular concern. Thanks.

  67. Kai says:

    Hello po, is it true applicants must bring voters certification? Mama ko meron xa voters i.d, my friend said noong nagkuha xa passport CDO, she was told to return dahil pinakuha muna xa voters certification. Please reply kon totoo requirements na ngayon voters. Certification.

  68. Joy Messiah G. Ocang says:

    Ang senior citizen wala na bay appointment Sir? Thanks.

  69. JR says:

    how to apply pastport online.maam/sir

  70. louis says:

    hi guys!i need help po with my passport, may nakasaad po kase na:
    -“A Philippine passport is invalid if the passport is not signed, and normally the bearer affixes his/her signature on the signature field, whose position has varied with various incarnations of Philippine passports. Persons too young to sign a passport previously may have a parent or legal guardian sign the passport on their behalf, although this has since been prohibited.
    -“Biometric passports from August 2009 to August 2016, are the only Philippine passports which do not require the physical signature of the bearer, as an image of the bearer’s signature is printed onto the passport data page. Physical signatures are once again required for biometric passports issued after August 15, 2016, with the signature field on page 3.”
    Ang passport ko po ay navalidate nung september na, ang problema nasa malaysia na po ako ngayon at di ako makapag open ng kahit anong transactions such as bank accounts,etc etc na nangangailangan ng valid passport at sinasabihan po ako na illegal daw ako dito. ano po pwede ko gawin

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