Philippines Los Angeles
You can renew your Philippines passport in Los Angeles. (Photo: Images )
If you’re a Filipino citizen in the United States, you can renew your passport at the Philippine Consulate General office in Los Angeles. The Philippines' embassy to the United States is in Washington D.C., but the country operates 10 consulates across the country to assist its citizens. You must go to the Consulate General’s office in person, because it is no longer possible to renew a passport by mail. Once your application has been accepted by the embassy, your new passport should arrive within eight weeks.
Download the ePassport application form from the embassy website. Complete the form, writing neatly in either black or blue ink. Make sure you complete all the relevant sections, and don’t forget to sign the form at the bottom.
Ensure you have a document such as a birth certificate or marriage certificate if you are renewing one of the old-style brown passports. The document must show your middle name spelled out in full, because this information will be included on your new passport. You do not need this if the passport you want to renew is the more modern green passport.
Make a photocopy of the data pages of your old passport. Although you will have to show your old passport as part of the renewal process, it will be returned to you.
Go to the Consulate General’s office in person to apply for the renewal. The office address is 3600 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, and it is open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Consular staff will take a photograph of you to include in your new passport, so don’t wear a collarless or sleeveless top and take out any facial piercings in advance. You will also have to remove your glasses for the photograph. The staff will also take your fingerprints and witness your signature.
Bring cash, a money order or a cashier’s check to pay the fee. Your new passport will cost $60 as of summer 2012. If you’d like to have the passport returned to you by courier, either bring an extra $6 or a prepaid courier or U.S. Postal Service envelope.