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I posted the following on another forum that M.C.A. and I are members of, guess he did not have time to check it.

OK just had a conversation with my FCIE BDO branch manager. They had the initial notification on the Demand Drafts(DD) for passport renewal. This past Monday they received an addendum to the initial notification. Which says:

1. The U.S. citizen must apply for the DD in person no representative.

2. Payment for DD in USD.

3. DO NOT NEED TO BE A BDO ACCOUNT HOLDER.

Children's renewals can be processed by parent/guardian with valid ID.

I recommend taking your passport when applying for DD.


Thanks M.C.A. for the info concerning the additional cost of $5 for the cost of the DD.

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Thanks Chuck appreciate it and the supervisor brought that note out so it's something new, sure was happy to get the bank draft.

My next hurdle was Air21 and I was trying to find a local office near me.... Huge mistake, these guys are on the run and their small office spots are locked up, so I called Air21 customer care hotline and was directed to contact the U.S. Embassy Air 21 here's the number off the U.S. Embassy site, same as the customer care rep gave me (02) 879-4747 it took less than 5 minutes to set up a to and from delivery, they should be here either tomorrow or on Monday to pick it up, the total cost will be 200 pesos, I live about 70 miles south of Manila.

Another note is that you get your documents together but don't seal anything, I think you need to sign the renewal form in front of the driver and I was told by the Air 21 representative they have their own packages. Gonna be ready anyway with padded pouch, addresses just in case.
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Update, Air 21 came by as advertised and picked up my Passport package.

You don't seal your package but you do have it addressed properly and have everything ready and already signed.

The Air 21 driver has no idea about the immigration documents so we need to have our stuff ready, only thing you do is fill out a form in duplicate listing each document or item you are shipping and sign it and a receipt that you print your name and sign over, they have their own pouch or package but I didn't get a look at it he keeps that in the truck. Driver came all the way from Calamba Laguna so an hour north of me.
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Another update on my status, it's been a month since I had Air21 pick and deliver my US Passport for renewal and they do have a tracking service and my passport was delivered a day later.

I called US Embassy, some lines won't connect you to the passport area and they have limited hours for inquiries but I managed to get through after about 15 tries and they had finished my passport but hadn't given it to Air21 yet. It sounded like the delay was the new policy of accepting Bank drafts, I guess there's a waiting period even though its a bank draft issued on Luzon, I'm not sure but anyway the Embassy staff member told me he would have Air21 get that delivered to me, will keep everyone informed and then at the very end I'll try to get all the steps and short cuts and other information posted.
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Good news I got my new US Passport today, Air21 delivered just a few moments ago and I also have my old passport returned to me with a couple small holes punched through it.

So I started out not being to sure how to go about this and actually with the right information and shortcuts I found it was actually very simple and easy to accomplish, here are the steps.

1. US Passport renewal, you perform this task online, here's the link https://pptform.state.gov/?Submit2=C...M+DS-11+ONLINE then once you are finished you can have the file saved onto your computer in Adobe, here's the link from the US Embassy passport page, if you don't have the free Adobe version https://get.adobe.com/reader/ next print out the filed out form and sign and date it.

2. Link for US Passport renewal https://ph.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen...dity-passport/

3. On same page but in case you miss it a more detailed step by step procedure for the Philippines only, some steps are a little different than in the US such as the bank payment, also the bank draft is made out to "US Embassy Manila" the bank actually will take all your personal information and they will need your phone numbers, bring your passport, ACR Card believe it or not because the bank manager will need it before she approves the bank draft. Here's the Checklist and this is found on the above link https://ph.usembassy.gov/wp-content/...March-2017.pdf

3. Payment method is a bank draft either through BPI, BDO SBC you won't need to be a member but they may try hard to ask you to open a dollar account but it's not needed, bring the wife along, if your bank is another bank let them know you already have a dollar account in a bank that isn't approved yet for use as payment, charge (always check the US Embassy website for updates on cost) but it's $110 but the bank will want another $5 - $10 extra for charges and they want it also in dollars.

4. Photo's, photo size is also on your printed Renewal form and you should read it there's a large paragraph on what to wear and what not to wear, basically don't wear a suit, most photography spots I went to were clueless on US Passport photos because they mainly take passport photo's for the Philippine's but like I mentioned all instructions are on your checklist and mainly on the printed DS82 form (passport renewal form).

5. Mail service is Air21 and this is the only number that you call, you won't be dealing with your local Air21 only the US Embassy Air21 branch ph# (02)-879-4747 they will answer the phone quickly and have your address, barangay, city and zip ready.

Have your package ready to go address exactly like this:

Citizenship and Passport Unit, American Citizens Services, Consular Section, U.S.
Embassy, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila 1000

I tried to use a package with the bubbles inside but my documents wouldn't fit very well so any book store sells the traditional large brown mail in envelopes they work well because the driver will have his own packaging to the Embassy, but if you want to the Bank will give your bank draft in one of these brown envelopes so? I guess you could use that, just past over the banks address on the left upper corner.

Driver will have you fill out a form listing all the documents you are submitting in duplicate ... Lol and both of you will sign this form you get one copy he gets the other. The fee on Luzon is 200 pesos complete, to and from the embassy. Also one more document you will fill out with the tracking number of your package and you can track it online, it gets to Manila in 24hrs and back to you in 24hrs.

Timeline is very quick it didn't take more than 2 weeks for mine to get finished but like I mentioned for some reason there was a delay due to the bank draft, awaiting payment? I'm not sure, I called the US Embassy and talked with the American Citizens Branch, Passport Division and used the main trunk line the short cut they give on the Embassy website doesn't connect you and it only gives out information, so use the main line it's 02-301-2000 and listen for the short cuts, keep trying it takes a while, took me about 15 tries and only on Mon, Wed, Thurs from 1-3 PM except the first Monday of the month (training) and if it's a holiday, all this info is on the website.

Once passport is handed to Air21 they deliver this back to you and it's quick regardless of what I've read online and they do have brand new trucks, you can call the same number and ask for your new tracking number also, it does change but they do ask you for your old tracking number.

So all together it took exactly one month to get my new passport picked up and delivered back to me, door to door service Air21.

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Now you can get your 13a transferred to your new passport.

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Strange, I use Gmail to the embassy and it works fine. Anyway, I hope they get a reply to you quickly. If not you'll have to call or just bite the bullet and go there.

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MCA...I have also had numerous contacts with the US Embassy here in Manila since my arrival almost two years ago and I have "always" used my gmail account...

Anyway...good luck with your passport renewal...and PLEASE post the results of your endeavors so the rest of us can hear what happens and what pitfalls you might encounter throughout the process. I took the opportunity to renew my Passport before I left the US in early 2014 so I still have a lot of years remaining before my Passport expires but sooner or later I will need to renew mine as well.
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MCA...I have also had numerous contacts with the US Embassy here in Manila since my arrival almost two years ago and I have "always" used my gmail account...

Anyway...good luck with your passport renewal...and PLEASE post the results of your endeavors so the rest of us can hear what happens and what pitfalls you might encounter throughout the process. I took the opportunity to renew my Passport before I left the US in early 2014 so I still have a lot of years remaining before my Passport expires but sooner or later I will need to renew mine as well.
Now that I have my US Passport next step will be late next month or July (13a Immigrant Card renewal) I've already done this so not a big deal but this time I'll be transferring or getting another 13a Visa stamp placed in the new passport. When I renewed the Immigrant card last time (actually I didn't realize it was getting renewed) I wasn't on any forum and had little guidance but they kept or used the same photo and I had to come back 2 months later for the card, they gave us a number to call on small paper so once it was in I once again made the trip to Manila to pick up the card, they really do a back round check so the main reason why it takes so long, while I was waiting many expats were unaware of this and had traveled from distant islands only to find out they had to return for their card, so something to think about if you live off Luzon.

I already have the downloaded form for 13a renewal and photos so it's a process also with all the correct documents I might make a new thread on that or continue with this one.
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Same here. I use only G-mail and have and continue to use that email account for all business with the embassy including Social Security with no problem at all.

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Late note on the 13a Visa transfer to a new passport, I enquired in Manila when I renewed my Permanent Resident Card one month later after receiving my new passport and they gave me no answer even though all my renewal copies had both passport copies on them and copies of all my check-in receipts... I was left hanging so I asked again and still no response what so ever so it appears that's something they don't do or there's no need, I had both passports and was at their upstairs window waiting for them to figure out where I got my 13a Visa and I got mine in Chicago, but to be fair I don't remember asking in the downstairs window.

I won't travel anymore so what's the use I have my ACR card or Permanent Resident Card and 8 years of renewal and annual check-in receipts, I keep a separate plastic briefcase like the ones used by kids for school with all my receipts and anything related to immigration. I talked with another expat and he had the same message just keep the old passport with the original 13a Visa in it.
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Bringing this thread up top again. My passport expires 23 March 2019.

Completed the online application and printed it out. Went to BDO to get USD bank draft. Refused, said I had to have a dollar account with them. Went to PBI, refused again with no account with them. They will not convert Peso to Dollar so I can open an account. Had to take USD from my emergency funds to open a dollar account. Then I could be issued a Bank Draft. All set. Tried to call the number for Air21, recording says call can't be completed. Checked online, found pickup could be scheduled online, sounds good only to find out they do not schedule pickup in Iloilo. Check google and see that Air21 has location in Giasano Mall in Jaro. Drive to Giasano Mall and search only to find that office had closed some time back. Come home, planning to send by LBC the next day. Asawa mentions there may be a shipping place a couple kilometers up Guzman street that has a name kind of like Air21 or something like that(she is not sure of the name, but she sent some stuff to her son in Manila some time back). Go up and down Guzman St. stopping and asking at 8 different places, some help - some not. Finally stumble on to it and it is actually a Air21 and they have done this before for other expats. So the renewal for my passport is finally on the way to Manila.

What an exercise in frustration. Getting to old for this kind of BS.

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