No More Dollar Drafts For Passport Renewal

Great news for US citizens in the Philippines.  21 years into the 21st century the US State Department has moved into the current century.  For your information and action as deemed necessary:


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United States Embassy Manila, Philippines
United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines 

July 9, 2021

Discontinuation of U.S. Dollar Demand Draft Payments for Mail-in Adult Passport Renewals

The U.S. Embassy in Manila and Consular Agency in Cebu encourage all eligible, adult U.S. citizens in the Philippines to renew their passports by mail as in-person appointments remain limited.

U.S. citizens in the Philippines who are eligible to apply by mail using the DS-82 form can pay the passport application fee exclusively online via the U.S. government’s secure website, Pay.Gov. The website accepts payment by credit card, debit card and PayPal.  U.S. dollar demand drafts will be discontinued as of July 12, 2021.  U.S. dollar demand drafts dated before July 12, 2021 will still be accepted with the accompanying passport application, but applications with enclosed demand drafts purchased after that date will be returned without being processed.

As a reminder, online fee payment is only available for mail-in passport book renewals at this time.  If you wish to renew or apply for a passport card, you must make an appointment to apply in person at the U.S. Embassy in Manila or the Consular Agency in Cebu. In-person appointments are also required for first-time adult passports, child passports, or to replace lost or stolen passports.

6 thoughts on “No More Dollar Drafts For Passport Renewal”

  1. The paying for it part works great. Problem is they will not allow air 21 to travel outside of Manila for pickups. Also no appointments for over 65 folks since they cannot travel from certain areas. Marias brother is stuck in limboin Tarlac with a now expired passport due to all the nonsense rules right now. Very frustrating for sure.

    1. Wow, I guess I should check for comments hee more often.

      Very hard to know what is going on and what is going to come next, either with the travel restrictions or the COVID virus itself. If I were the brother I wouldn’t worry about the passport … a US citizen can renew a passport with no hassle for up to 15 years after it expires. I’d be much more worried about the Delta variant. It’s scary here, Joe, much worse than last spring or summer last year … tell the brother to hunker down there in Tarlac … there is so little vaccination at all here and most Filipinos are getting the SinoVac vaccine which is notoriously weak against the Delts variant, which is literally raging here. I’m even scared to go to the grocery store. Be well.

      1. Will pass along the comments. I am aware that Marias brother and Son both got the Sputnik Vax. Better than nothing. The problema for Rudy is we want to bring him back here for medical reasons but the passport is expired. hence our dilemma.

        1. Hi Joe,

          Things are, if possible, more confused than they were when this question came up. We were slated to have new “granular” restriction rules a few days ago, but no agency could agree on what “granular restrictions” were so we’re back to MECQ until 21 September. If Rudy follows the steps on this page, he should be able to renew via Air21, I do not believe Air21 is currently restricted.

          Also, since you brought up medical treatment, look closely at the Emergency Procedure in paragraph 8 of the referenced page. Rudy should be able to get an in-person appointment at the Embassy, and bad on recent knowledge anyone with an appointment at the Embassy, (confirmed by an email) should be able to pass any checkpoint.

          Also, call the main Embassy number during business hours ((632) 5301-2000) ask for the Passport Team. They can often help with advice/direction. What can it hurt? Stay Well and be happy.

          1. AIR 21 is restricted from going to Tarlac, which is where Rudy moved to for more space during the pandemic. Air21 said they can “meet him” in Pampanga for a pickup. When asked about the return they said Same same. . Also since he is over 65 he has OTHER restrictions on travel that are arbitrary and convoluted in Tarlac. We were able to get a family friend who is a doctor from Manila to visit him and give a overhaul so to speak, such as renew and adjust meds and all is well for now.

            Just when we figure out what to do going forward, some mutt changes the rules and has their hand out for lagay money to circumvent same rule. been there done that and its not worth the potential problems. End of story for now is Rudy is secure and healthy as can be, so we wait for the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

          2. Wow, I didn’t know the issue was a local rule. Every city and sometimes every barangay has its”little tin gods” that make their own rules. Sad, but I am glad Rudy is fixed for now.

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