UPDATE 01/12/16: Important note to everyone, it is always best to visit their website or Facebook page, call and / or email with the Philippine Consulate to check on any changes in processes, fees, schedules or forms. Contact details of the Philippine Consulate of Los Angeles, CA are at the end of the post. Thank you.
The Husband and I are still Philippine citizens, holding Philippine passports, which are valid for 5 years at a time. So six months before expiration date, we are still required to renew the passport’s validity.
Here in the US, Filipinos holding Philippine passports do need to make a personal appearance at the Philippine consulate to renew their passports. Good thing that The Husband was sent to Southern California on business (with me tagging along), which was relatively near the Los Angeles Philippine consulate.
Step #1: Make sure that you bring your old passport, the one that is about to expire. Don’t just bring a photocopy, but bring the real thing.
Step #2: Prepare a total of $80 ($60 processing fee + $20 USPS mailing fee) in cash. The consulate does not accept credit and debit cards, personal money orders or personal cheques. Apart from cold hard cash, postal money orders or cashier’s cheque made payable to the Philippine Consulate General are also accepted as forms of payment.
Step #3: Make sure to visit the right consulate general office during their office hours. We were lucky that Texas is under the jurisdiction of the Philippine consulate in Los Angeles. But if you live in another state, you may need to visit a different Philippine consulate branch as indicated in the map below:
No appointments are required, at least for the Los Angeles consulate. Would you know if you need to book an appointment for other Philippine consulate locations?
Step #4: Dress appropriately for passport picture taking purposes. No sleeveless and collarless tops allowed. No facial piercings. No eyeglasses nor colored contact lenses.
Step #5: Complete the passport application form, which you can download from the consulate’s website. Or should you have no access to a printer, there are forms available for your use in the Philippine consulate.
Step #6: Once you complete the passport application form, show the completed form along with the old passport to the person in charge of the passport renewal section. It was funny that The Husband presented his completed form to the consulate’s security guard, who showed him to the consulate back office where he completed the passport renewal process.
Step #7: Submit the forms and snap your passport photo. No smiling please! Apparently, smiling changes and / or covers up one’s distinct facial features (e.g. moles).
Step #8: Proceed to the cashier to pay the $80 fees ($60 processing fee + $20 USPS mailing fee).
Step #9: Complete the USPS form, so that your renewed passport would be mailed to the correct address, which includes your zip code.
Step # 10: Wait for your passport to arrive after eight (8) to ten (10) weeks.
A special note for those visiting the Philippine Consulate General in LA, you can get your parking ticket validated. And by validated, it doesn’t mean that your parking fee is completely waived. Instead of paying loads (maximum parking fee is $14), you will just pay a flat rate of $5 for “unlimited” parking…or at least until the parking lot closes at 1130PM. So to maximize the flat rate, why not walk around and grab a bite in Koreatown (the neighborhood where the Philippine consulate is at)?
UPDATE: For those in far flung places and who may not be able to travel to the Philippine consulates, the office does outreaches and you can check the schedules here
Philippine Consulate General, Los Angeles CA
NEW ADDRESS as of April 2015:
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550 500,
Los Angeles, CA 90010 U.S.A.
Open Mondays to Fridays 9AM to 5PM
+1 (213) 637 3018
Philippine Consulate of LA Facebook Page