One of the major requirements if you are traveling abroad is your passport. But what if your passport is about to expire and you are thousand miles away from your country. What are you going to do?
Well, that is not a problem since there are embassies or consulates of your country overseas. If you are a Filipino and you happened to be in the United States, not to worry since there are consulates scattered all over the states of the US and the embassy which is in the capital, Washington DC. Every consulate has a jurisdiction of what state the consular office is serving. Here are the list of the consulates and embassy and their respective consular jurisdictions.
Embassy of the Philippines, Washington D.C.
1617 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20036 (Consular Section)
Tel # 202-467-9300
Philippine Consular Map in the United States
Consular Jurisdiction: United States of America: Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia; Outside USA: Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Islands (Bahamas, Bermuda, British West Indies, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos), Commonwealth of Jamaica, Country of Curacao, Grenada, Guadaloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Republic of Haiti, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maartin, St. Martin, The Territorial Collectivity of St. Barthelemy, Trinidad and Tobago, and U.S. Virgin Islands
Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam
Suite 601 & 602 ITC Bldg Marine Drive, Tamuning, Guam 96931-5880
P.O. Box 9880 Tamuning Guam, 96931
Tel # 671-646-4620/30
Consular Jurisdiction: Caroline Islands, Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Wake Islands
Philippine Consulate General in Chicago
30 North Michigan Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60602
Tel # 312-332-6458 to 59
Consular Jurisdiction: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu
2433 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Tel # 808-595-6316 to 19
Consular Jurisdiction: Hawaii, American Samoa, French Polynesia
Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles
3435 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel # 213-639-0980 to 85
Consular Jurisdiction: Arizona, Texas, Southern Nevada (Nye, Las Vegas, Clark, Lincoln), New Mexico, Southern California (Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern)
Philippine Consulate General in New York
556 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Tel # 212-764-1330
Consular Jurisdiction: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Philippine Consulate General in Saipan
5th Floor, Nauru Bldg. Susupe, P.O. Box 500731 CK, Saipan, MP 96950, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
Tel # 670-234-1848
Consular Jurisdiction: Island of Saipan, The Northern Islands, Tinian, Rota
Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco
447 Sutter St. 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel # 415-433-6666 to 68
Consular Jurisdiction: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Northern Nevada (Carson, Churchill, Douglas Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storie, Washoe, White Pine, Reno), Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Northern California (San Jose, Oakland, Fresno, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Stocton, Napa, Union City, San Mateo, Vallejo, Pittsburg)
Honorary Philippine Consulate General in Atlanta, Georgia
Honorary Philippine Consulate General in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Honorary Philippine Consulate General in Livonia, Michigan
Honorary Philippine Consulate General in Portland, Oregon
Since I live in Ohio and I’m under the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois jurisdiction. So, I need to renew my passport there. But I have thought why go to Chicago when I can do it in Washington D.C. and I also have a planned trip going there. So, I called the embassy in Washington D.C. if I could do it there instead of doing it in Chicago and they said it is OK as long as I have all the requirements needed for passport renewal. Hence, I did my passport renewal in Philippine Embassy in Washington DC.
The list of requirements is in the Philippine embassy website, visit their site here.
- Duly-accomplished passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink. You can also download the forms and print it from their website.
- Latest passport
- One (1) photocopy of each of the data page/s of the passport; i.e. pages 1-3 for the brown passport or page 1 for the green passport
- Photocopy of any valid identification card where the middle name is fully spelled out, such as state ID, driver’s license, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, or Baptismal Certificate, if applicant’s last passport is the brown one.
- Proof that applicant has not applied for foreign citizenship, e.g. resident alien card (green card)
- Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport is to be mailed back.
- Passport fee of $60.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order made payable to “Embassy of the Philippines” (or “Philippine Consulate General”, if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.). Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.
There is no need for appointment since applicants are served on a walk-in basis. I got there by 0700H and there were only two people on queue. The embassy was still close so, we were just waiting outside. The entire passport renewal procedure took about less than an hour. The only sad thing is the Philippine embassy in Washington D.C is having a big renovation, making the place a little bit messy. The counters were small, the waiting area looked cheap and doesn’t look appealing at all as an embassy, the employees, however, were friendly and accommodating except that employee who is taking the passport photo. She was rude, assuming and bossy, but I just ignored her.
Philippine Embassy in Washington DC
When the door was opened, you need to get a number. The number is on the first counter.
After you have your number, just sit down in the waiting area. While waiting for your number to be called, you can write or fillout the form if you haven’t done it yet or just watch TV.
When your number is called or flashed on the monitor. Proceed to Window 1 which is for checking your requirements. Not to worry if you don’t have a copy since they have a photocopier.
Once you have all the requirements needed, they will processed it in Window 2.
Then, your application will go to the Cashier. Be ready with your money.
After paying the fee, you wait for the employee to call you for your passport photo and biometrics such as fingerprinting and signature. Once you are done, she will hand out a copy of the receipt along with the steps for you to verify if your passport is ready or mailed.
The embassy and consulates offer these services;
1. Issuance of passports, travel documents and visas;
2. Conduct of consular outreach programs;
3. Consularization (authentication/acknowledgment) of documents, such as SPAs, Deeds, school and medical records, Trademarks, oaths and appointments, etc.;
4. Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths of Filipino nationals;
5. Processing of applications for dual citizenship; and
6. Assistance with the following:
a. Transport of pets to the Philippines;
b. Applying for NBI clearances;
c. Renewal of Philippine driver’s license;
d. Medical Missions to the Philippines
e. Securing of J-1 waivers
In the end, it is not a big concern if you ran out of time to renew your passport and you are still traveling because in every nation, there is a big possibility that your country has an embassy or consulate. All you have to do is research with the help of the worldwide web and ask people. Through those ways, you get to meet friends online and locals and travelers alike while touring. That is how my experience went when I had my passport renewal in The District. Hope you will have an easy-breezy application.