How to Authenticate Documents in DFA with an Authorized Representative

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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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