So the question I keep hearing these days is, How do you Renew your Malaysian Passport as fast as possible, and where should you go?
Here is my experience at the Kompleks Kementerian Dalam Negeri (Ministry of Home Affairs), Sri Hartamas, just a month ago.
My tips will help you renew your Malaysian passport as fast as possible, without any hick ups or delays.
A couple of important things that are new, and different (as of this date – it might change in the near future) are :
1. You do NOT need to fill any forms
2. The passport photo must have a WHITE background
3. The passport Kiosk are no longer is service (spoilt, off-line, whatever.)
4. You will need to bring your IC (MyKad), money, old passport and two photographs of yourself with you on the day of renewal. (update : no need to bring photo. on the spot you will be asked to take a digital photo)
5. You do not need to photocopy ANY documents
kiosk that are offline (err..everyday)
Here are my tips on a speedy trip to renew your passport, so that you are in and out in approximately 1.5hrs, with your new passport and all.
1. Prepare your passport Photo
Go a day earlier and get your passport photo done. They have a photography shop on the Ground floor of the Komplex Kementerian Dalam Negeri Sri Hartamas (address & GPS at end of this post), so you might just go there to save yourself some grief of getting the dimensions wrong. It only costs RM10 for 4 photos, and you need just two. Keep the rest for when you next renew your passport next (unless they change the background, again).
extremely zippy – I had my photograph done at the Kompleks Kementerian Dalam Negeri (Ministry of Home Affairs), Sri Hartamas, the day before I went to get my passport renewed. You may choose to get yours done at any other photo shop too.
*Latest update is that the Immigration Passport office will take your digital photo (live capture), so you don’t need to bring your own photo. This is as of 19th March 2014.
2. Go Early
The Komplex Kementerian Dalam Negeri Sri Hartamas states that its opening hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm, but if you show up at 7:30am, there will be a queue already. It pays to wake up at the crack of dawn and be early. I arrived at 7:15am, and parked my car inside (open air carpark) which is still free at the moment. I was in line and waiting by 7:20am, and this made me 17th in line. If you arrive late, the waiting time gets exponentially longer, due to human hick-ups and delays. Be early.
the queue outside..
3. Bring something to read
The passport section is on the 1st floor. They will not open the glass doors till 7:30am, but thankfully you are indoors in air-conditioning so just queue and wait patiently for them to do so. Bring something to read so you won’t be bored. Once the glass doors open, it took a mere 10 minutes for me to collect my docket number 1017 (17th person for the day).
the queue inside..
4. Have your photo and MyKad ready
At 7:45am, my number was called and I handed in my old passport, two photos and got my MyKad scanned. This was super speedy. Then sit back down and wait for them to call your number to pay.
it pays to come prepared..
wow.. they work so fast now, you can’t even see their hands 😛
5. Have cash ready
Once again my number was called and I payed RM300 for 5 years for my new passport (It’s RM100 for 2 years). They give you a slip after you have paid (don’t lose this – it is your receipt) and tell you to return in an hour to collect your new passport. You must show this receipt in order to collect your passport. Payment is by cash terms only.
*Latest update – RM200 for 5 years. Great news for all of us, as it is now cheaper! It is still Cash only terms.
6. Go have breakfast
There is a canteen on the ground floor. Go have breakfast – cheap, MSG laden, but acceptable tasting (what would you expect at a place like this!) Or, if your tastebuds are really so refined that you cannot suffer the canteen, just walk over to Publika and have your breakfast there, but be sure to come back in time to get your passport (don’t be the jerk whose number keeps getting called because you are off doing your thing, instead of being present to collect your passport!)
The canteen – Clean but I was in and out in a jiffy. Not the best ventilation, so I didn’t really want to stick around..
7. Return to pick up your new passport
At 9am, I returned and waited a few minutes, and by then, my number was called again. Fantastic! All done and out of there by 9:08am, i.e. in approximately 1.5 hours.
Not bad at all!
Of course, the timing is crucial, when you decide to renew your passport, especially the time of year. Don’t go during the school holidays or peak season. Best to go, once everyone has left the country to go on holiday.
funny sign seen downstairs at the Bahagian Perkahwinan dan Penceraian (Marriage and Divorce)
My estimates are just a rough guide, and possibly the average time, during a moderately busy time of the year.
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Level G Kompleks Kementerian Dalam Negeri
Jalan Sri Hartamas 1
Off Jalan Dutamas 1
50551 Kuala Lumpur Tel: 03-62011106, 03-62011106
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