How to Authenticate Documents in DFA if You’re Abroad

Last Updated on 03/15/2021 by FilipiKnow

Filipinos who are immigrants or workers in foreign countries sometimes find the need to authenticate private, legal, or commercial documents issued in their home country, Philippines.

However, the Philippine Embassy doesn’t have the power nor the capability to have these Philippine-issued documents authenticated.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is the only agency tasked with the authentication of documents that will be used in other countries.

Apostillization or authentication services are only done at these DFA Consular Offices, all of which are located in the Philippines.

If you’re abroad but don’t have the time or money to fly to the Philippines, you can ask a relative or an authorized representative to file/claim the authenticated documents on your behalf. This is allowed by DFA as long as the representative presents all the requirements.

As of March 2021, applicants who wish to submit their documents for authentication can now register and book an appointment with DFA Consular Offices online. You or your authorized representative can upload the documents to be authenticated and then secure an online appointment through this new system. For more information, read this updated step-by-step guide.