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Complete Guide To Renewing Your Malaysian Passport

Renew your passport online for RM200.

 

Now that Malaysians are actively travelling again, you may be thinking of renewing your passport. After all, the Malaysian passport is the 12th strongest in the world and allows for travels to countries such as Indonesia, South Korea, the UK and Switzerland without visa 

When making holiday plans, make sure that your passport is still valid. You’re required to renew your passport five years after the date of issuance.  

However, under certain circumstances, you may be denied overseas travel if your Malaysian passport validity is less than six months before the expiry date (not on or after the expiry date itself). So, it’s best to make sure that your passport’s validity period is more than six months.  

The Malaysian passport is a document that allows Malaysian citizens to travel overseas. You may choose to renew your passport at immigration offices or online via MyOnline Passport. 

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Apply For Passport Renewal With MyOnline Passport 

Since travelling abroad became the norm again, Malaysians have been making a beeline to renew their passports that have been sitting in storage for a few years. The application for Malaysia passports at the Putrajaya Immigration Office is reported to have multiplied by 3 times in February 2023 compared to before the pandemic.  

The eagerness of travellers to renew their passport has caused long waiting lines at immigration offices in Malaysia. If you want to skip the long waiting hours, you may consider applying for a renewal of your passport online. 

However, do note that you would still need to pick up your new passport at the stated issuing office once it’s ready. 

With MyOnline Passport, you may upload a recent passport size photograph from your home. Do ensure that the photo you upload follows these recommended specifications: 

  • A white background of the photo with no shadows. 
  • Dark colour clothing that covers the shoulder and chest. 
  • Dark colour hijab that does not block the face. 
  • Clear view of your face that is not blocked by your hair. 
  • Straight posture. 
  • No showing of teeth. 
  • Glasses, colour contact lens, and accessories such as extensive earrings are prohibited. 
  • Photos should be properly taken at a professional photography studio. 
  • Polaroid photos will not be accepted. 

Source: Immigration Department of Malaysia 

Do note that applications that do not comply with the terms will not be processed. If applicants face complications in their application such as fingerprint issues or photos not meeting requirements, they may be called to walk into an immigration office to complete their application.  

You may pay for the renewal of your passport online with the pricing below. Do remember to print the receipt. 

1) Applicants aged 13 – 59 years old – RM200 

2) Senior citizens aged 60 years old and above – RM100 

Once your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation by email after which you may  collect the new passport by going to a Passport Recipient and Issuance Office listed here, while bringing along your identification card (IC), existing passport, and payment receipt. Do ensure that your existing passport is in good condition and not exposed to water or other damages. 

Who Can Renew Their Passport Online 

Online applicants for passport renewal must meet the minimum age requirement of 13 years old and they must have an e-passport. If you’re under 18 years old, your legal guardians must have given permission to apply prior to your current application. The legal guardians must be present during collection.    

Walk-in Applications For Passport Application And Renewal 

First time applicants are required to come to the Immigration Office and apply over the counter. You may check here to find out which documents are required for passport application. 

At the Immigration Office, you will have to submit these documents over the counter. There will be a check of your Identification Card or birth certificate. Your fingerprints will be scanned, and your photo will be taken. Your application details will be printed out and you will be asked to confirm and sign the form.    

You can then check your application status, which is estimated to take around 30 minutes. You will then have to wait for your passport to be printed. Once it’s printed, you will need to check your passport, sign it and have your fingerprints scanned before collecting it. This is estimated to take 1 hour. In general, the passport application process is estimated to take around 2 hours.   

Besides, applicants in these categories also need to apply at the Immigration Office. 

  • Disabled citizens 
  • Children aged 13 and under 
  • Students under 21 years old studying abroad 
  • Pilgrimage travellers     

These applicants are also privy to price rebates. Citizens with disabilities can renew their passports for free. Meanwhile, the others enjoy a RM100 rebate which means they only need to pay RM100. 

The regular price of passport fees is RM200.  

Immigration Offices typically follow the following operation hours: 

Mon to Fri  7.30AM – 5.30PM (Office is closed from 12.15PM to 2.45PM on Fridays) 
Sat to Sun  8AM – 1PM 
Sun to Wed  (Timings for Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor states)  7.30AM – 5.30PM (Office is open from 7.30AM to 3.30PM on Thursdays) 

Do note that the workdays in the states of Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu and Johor are from Sundays to Thursdays, instead of Mondays to Fridays.  

Meanwhile, the following are operation hours for UTCs: 

Locations  Days  Operation Hours 
  • UTC Shah Alam, Selangor 
  • UTC Keramat, Kuala Lumpur 
  • UTC Seremban, Negeri Sembilan 
Mon to Thu  1PM – 10PM (Break 7PM – 8PM) 
Fri 2.45PM to 10PM (Break 7PM – 8PM) 
Sat to Sun  8AM – 5PM 
  • UTC Alor Setar, Kedah 
  • UTC Johor Bharu, Johor 
  • UTC Kota Bharu, Kelantan 
  • UTC Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu 
Sun to Thu  1PM – 10PM (Break 7PM – 8PM) 
Fri to Sat   8AM – 5PM (Prayer break from 12.15PM – 2.45PM on Fridays) 
  • UTC WP Labuan
Mon to Sun   8AM – 5PM (Prayer break from 11.30AM – 2PM) 
  • UTC Kangar, Perlis 
  • UTC Sungai Petani, Kedah 
  • UTC Ipoh, Perak 
  • UTC Pudu Central, Kuala Lumpur 
  • UTC Sentul, Kuala Lumpur 
  • UTC Bandaraya Melaka, Melaka 
  • UTC Pasir Gudang, Johor 
  • UTC Kuantan, Pahang 
Mon to Sun  8AM – 5PM  (Prayer break from 12.15PM – 2.45PM on Fridays) 

Source: Immigration Department of Malaysia 

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