Need a passport in a hurry? The Malaysia government has got you covered! If you need to renew your passport, you can do it in less than 2 hours. UTC Keramat Immigration Office is a popular destination to renew your Malaysian passport in a flash.
While you can replace or renew your passport at designated immigration offices, I decided to go to Sri Hartamas Immigration Office since it’s the nearest to my house. It’s located just opposite Publika Mall. It was super easy, and I had my passport in hand in less than 2 hours.
On a mad dash out of town? Here is what you should do to expedite your Malaysian passport renewal.
Have These Items Ready
Before you go to the nearest immigration office, you’ll want to go through the checklist of essentials:
- Current passport.
- Identification Card (IC) / Birth Certificate.
- Payment: RM200 (13 – 59 years old), RM100 (60 years and above/ Children below 12 years old/ Students under 21 years old studying degree program abroad/ Haj pilgrims), FREE (Individual with disabilities).
- Payment can be made in cash or credit card.
- No forms to fill.
- Photos will be taken at the passport photo booth.
For me, Kompleks Kementerian Dalam Negeri Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur where Sri Hartamas Immigration Office is located, is quite a big governmnet building for first timer. They open from 7.30am to 5.30pm. I reached there before 8am on a weekday.
I highly recommend to renew your Malaysian passport at any Immigration Office on weekday. Since there’s a lot of other offices in the building, it’s always best to know your way to the Passport Office. It’s located on the first floor and has labeled ‘A’ at the front door.
Queue for Number
Get you old passport and IC (Identification Card) ready while queuing up for number. Once you get to the representative, they will ensure you have everything you need for the passport renewal application and give you the number.
Show the representative your old passport and IC (Identification Card). There’s no need to fill any form.
What to Wear for Your Passport Photo
I love the fact that now we don’t have to bring our own passport photos anymore. After waiting for 30 minutes, I get my photos taken at the Immigration photo booth counter itself. Keep in mind to wear suitable attire to make the photos stand out against the white background. These photo guidelines will keep you prepared and looking your best:
- Wear dark coloured top.
- For hijabis, it’s best to wear dark coloured veils.
- Wear clothes that cover chest and shoulder area. If you are wearing sleeveless, you will be requested to wear a jacket, available at the photo booth.
- No glasses or spectacles – on your face or on your head.
- No hats.
After the whole counter procedures, the next counter was simply a payment counter. I’ve paid RM200 for the passport renewal fee for 5 years by 9.10am. It’s an awesome feeling when I’ve completed all the application procedures and just wait for an hour to get my new passport.
Collect Your New Passport
While other people headed to Publika or to the food court for a quick breakfast, I had a quick glance around other government offices in that building and continue to stay on. While waiting, there’s more people had walked in to get their passport done.
I waited about 40 minutes until my number appeared on the screen and happily collected my new passport. Overall, the entire procedures took about 1 hour 50 minutes from start to finish and I’m out the door by 9.50am.
You Will Get Your Old Passport Back: I was so stressed out that they would keep my old passport that I photographed every single page so that I could still have the memories. Don’t worry. They return it with your new passport! They cut a triangle shape through the cover and identification page of my old passport, but it was returned to me as well.
How Long Does It Take to Renew Your Malaysian Passport? Leave a comment down below.
Here’s the address and opening hours for Sri Hartamas Immigration Office. Check out your nearest Immigration Office and opening hours by clicking here.
Sri Hartamas Immigration Office:
Jabatan Imigresen Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,
Kompleks Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN),
No 69, Jalan Sri Hartamas 1, Off Jalan Duta, 50550 Kuala Lumpur.
Monday – Thursday: 7.30am – 5.30pm
Friday: 7.30am – 5.30pm (Break time for Friday prayers: 12.15pm – 2.45pm)
Saturday/Sunday/Public Holiday: Closed
GOOD NEWS! You can skip the queue and renew your Malaysian passport online on this website. Do let me know your experience if you’ve tried to renew passport online.