How To Authenticate Documents in DFA With an Authorized Representative

According to the Authentication Rules and Regulations (ARR) of the Department of Foreign Affairs, an authorized representative can have your document/s authenticated at DFA and claim it on your behalf as long as he/she presents all of the following requirements:

1. Special Power of Attorney (SPA).

  • Notarized.
  • Original copy.
  • Must indicate the names of the owner/applicant and the authorized representative.
  • If the owner of the document/s is not in the Philippines, the SPA must be authenticated by the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate.
  • If the owner of the document/s is a minor, the SPA must be issued by either of his/her parents.

2. Valid IDs.

  • Photocopy of the owner’s/applicant’s valid ID showing his/her signature.
  • Photocopy of the representative’s valid ID bearing his/her signature.
  • For a list of valid government-issued IDs accepted by DFA, please go to this link.

Please be reminded that an authorized representative can only file and/or claim documents of a maximum of 10 applicants per week.

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