Who may avail the DFA Passport Courtesy Lane?

If you are having a hard time getting an online passport appointment, you can avail the DFA Passport Courtesy Lane if you belong to the following:

DFA Passport Courtesy Lane Eligibility

According to DFA’s official website, following can avail of the Courtesy Lane Facility without need of an online appointment:

  1. Senior citizens (60 years and over) with proof of age

    • Senior citizen is allowed one (1) companion
    • The companion of the senior citizen must be an immediate family member, i.e. spouse, siblings, adult children, adult grandchildren, and children-in-law of the senior citizen and must show proof of relationship.
    • If the companion is not an immediate family member, the companion has to show proof of travel arrangements (e.g. confirmed plane or hotel booking) with the senior citizen to be able to avail of the courtesy lane facility.
  2. People with disabilities (PWDs) with proof of disability

    • PWD is allowed one (1) companion
    • The companion of the PWD must be an immediate family member, i.e. spouse, siblings, adult children, adult grandchildren, parents-in-law, and children-in-law of the PWD and must show proof of relationship.
    • If the companion is not an immediate family member, the companion has to show proof of travel arrangements (e.g. confirmed plane or hotel booking) with the PWD to be able to avail of the courtesy lane facility.
  3. Solo parent with valid solo parent card, and his/her minor children

  4. Minors seven (7) years old and below and his/her parents and minor siblings

  5. Pregnant women

    • If pregnancy is not visible, applicant must present medical certificate/records.
  6. Overseas Filipino Workers (Land and Sea based) with valid proof of status, such as:

    • Valid iDOLE card
    • Valid Employment contract
    • Valid Work Visa
    • Seaman’s book stamped at international border less than 365 days from date of application

Senior citizens, PWDs, solo parents and their minor children, pregnant women, and OFWs have the option to choose from regular or expedited processing of their passport application.

The companions of the senior citizens and PWDs, minors seven (7) years old and below, their parents and minor siblings are to be assessed expedited processing fee because they are not entitled to use the courtesy lane; they are accomodated for their convenience.

According to the Official Gazette website, the following can also avail the Courtesy Lane Facility:

  1. Regular government employees

    • With GSIS
    • Appointed by Civil Service Commission
  2. Dependent of government employee

    • Legal spouse
    • Parents
    • Unmarried children
  3. Retired government employees (one year availment)

  4. Incumbent elected officials

  5. For barangay level, only the following are entitled:

    • Barangay Chairman
    • Barangay Kagawad
    • SK Chairman
  6. Endorsement from House of Representatives

    • Must be endorsed by DLLU before lodging their applications to Courtesy Lane
  7. Media Personnel

    • Must first secure endorsement from Public Information Services Unit (PISU) before going to Courtesy Lane
  8. Referrals made from DFA employees and Head/s of other government agencies

    • Limited to 3 referrals per month. Must secure proper endorsements duly signed by authorized signatories of their respective offices. Only original copies will be accepted for verification purposes. Photocopy of DFA employee’s valid I.D. / government agencies official’s Department I.D. must be attached for verification purposes.

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All applications made on Saturdays – whether those entitled to use the Courtesy Lane Facility or those accommodated for their convenience – shall be assessed expedited processing fees based on the relevant provision of the Passport Act.

The public is, however, advised that COs may set a cut-off time or limit the number of applicants who could be accommodated in the courtesy lanes depending on the space and capacity of each CO, and the need to ensure the safety and convenience of the public.

Access to the courtesy lane could also be restricted in the aftermath of emergencies such as typhoons and declarations suspending government work. This is intended to allow COs to serve applicants whose online appointments were affected by the emergency.

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6 Comments

  1. Good pm, i’m a lgu employee. We went there last october 31 together with my 2 unmarried children at the courtesy lane. When it’s our turn for evaluation, the employee incharge told us that they are no longer eligible for courtesy lane. For the reason that they are no longer minors. We were advised tò go online for appointment. May i know the real score regarding dependent of govt employee. Glad to hear from you soon!

  2. hello, we already have an schedule for passport but our id’s is not enough. my cousin was jisy graduated from senior high and she needs a passport for her application in korea. She only had school id and NBI but those are just supporting documents. the staff in DFa told her to get either of the 3 which are sss/UMID, driver license and voters id or registration.

    However for the SSS or UMID it will take 3month to get the id and she dont know how to drive so she will be able to get driver license and for the voters registration comelec is no longer accepting anyone who wants to register.

    What we need ti do in order for her to get a passport? please rply

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