How to Authenticate Documents in DFA: New and Updated Guide

Learn about the new authentication process and how it has made processing documents to be used abroad easier than ever

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Aside from processing Philippine passports, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is also tasked with authenticating documents.

Formerly known as “red ribbon” authentication, the process involved affixing red satin ribbons to public documents that will be used abroad.

Starting June 17, 2019, however, DFA has officially stopped issuing “red ribbons” which have been replaced by “Apostille” certificates following the Philippines’ accession to the Apostille Convention.

What exactly is an Apostille certificate and how does it differ from the “red ribbon” certificates we’re all familiar with?

In this guide, we’ll cover everything about this new authentication process and how it has made processing documents to be used abroad easier than ever before.


Why do you need to authenticate a document?

Let’s say you have a PSA birth certificate.

Birth certificates in the Philippines and those issued by other countries don’t look the same. They’re also not processed in the same way.

So how can a foreign country accept a document (in this case, a birth certificate) from a completely different country with completely different laws and culture?

This is when authentication enters the picture.

Since the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, embassies or consulates around the world have been following the same authentication procedure to ensure that a document processed in a particular country will remain valid in another country.

For this reason, the purpose of having your documents authenticated by DFA is to ensure embassies or consulates in other countries that the said documents have been carefully reviewed, examined, and subjected to an agreed-upon authentication procedure.

In other words, the DFA authentication guarantees foreign embassies that whatever document you’re submitting is not fake and was released by a recognized Philippine government agency.


DFA “Red Ribbon” versus Apostille Certificates: What’s the Difference?


Filipinos have grown familiar with “red ribbons” that whenever their foreign employers ask them to authenticate certain documents, they immediately associate this procedure with “red ribbons.”

However, starting June 17, 2019, DFA has stopped issuing “red ribbon” certificates to authenticate public documents that will be used abroad.

The “red ribbons” have been replaced by Apostille certificates. This new procedure isn’t intended to confuse people as some have been led to believe. Rather, it’s designed to streamline the authentication process.

Let me explain.

On September 12, 2018, the Philippines formally acceded to the Apostille Convention held in The Hague, Netherlands.

The Apostille Convention is basically an international treaty where all signatory countries came to an agreement that documents issued by one signatory country can be accepted by another signatory country without undergoing additional consular authentication.

Now, this is what makes the Apostille certificate different from the discontinued “red ribbon” certificates.

In the old system (see image below), you can’t use a Philippine-issued document abroad unless it’s authenticated by DFA and then legalized by the Foreign Embassy with jurisdiction over the country where the document will be used.

apostille authentication in the philippines
Photo Credit: DFA Official website

By contrast, the Apostille certificate enables Filipinos to use their authenticated documents in any Apostille-contracting countries without going through another consular authentication or legalization procedure.

In other words, you only need to go to the DFA to get your documents authenticated. There’s no longer a need to go to the Consular Office of your destination country, making the whole process easier, faster, and relatively cheaper.

Related: But what happens to my old red ribbon documents? Are they still valid? Can I still use them?


Which countries accept Apostille certificate for authenticated documents?

As mentioned previously, an Apostille certificate issued by DFA in the Philippines is only accepted by other countries that are also signatories to the Apostille Convention.

For a complete list of Apostille-contracting countries, please check out this link or see the image below.

apostille countries
Photo Credit: DFA Official website

In addition to the countries NOT included above, Apostille certificates are also NOT accepted in Austria, Germany, Greece, and Finland.


What documents can be authenticated?

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) offers authentication services for the following documents:

  • Birth Certificate.
  • Marriage Certificate.
  • Death Certificate.
  • Certificate of No Marriage Record and/or Negative Records (CENOMAR).
  • Form 137 and Diploma.
  • Transcript of Records (TOR) and Diploma.
  • Medical/AIDS-Free Certificate.
  • Pilot License issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
  • Driver’s License.
  • Professional Licenses.
  • Board Certificates/Board Ratings/Certifications.
  • Certificate of Employment.
  • Certificate of Training/Seminars.
  • Baptismal Certificate and other documents issued by a private entity.
  • Other Notarized Documents (Special Power of Attorney (SPA) / Affidavit of Consent/Invitation/Guarantee/MOA, etc.)
  • Court Decisions/Resolutions/Orders.
  • Immigration Records.
  • DSWD Clearance.
  • NBI Clearance.
  • Police Clearance.
  • Barangay Clearance.
  • Export Documents.
  • Business Registration and Other Documents issued by a Government Agency (e.g. SEC, DTI, BIR, Municipal Business Permit & Licensing Office, etc.)
  • Foreign Documents.


How to Authenticate Documents in DFA: 6 Easy Steps.


1. Complete the DFA authentication requirements.

Before going to the DFA office, ensure that you already have the following documentary requirements:


a. At least 1 valid government-issued ID.

You can bring any one of the following:


b. Document/s to be authenticated.

Birth/Marriage/Death Certificate/Certificate of No Marriage Record and/or Negative Records (CENOMAR).

  • Must be issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (formerly NSO) and printed on Security Paper.
  • If there are entries on the certificates that are unreadable, please bring equivalent copies issued by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR).
  • For documents registered at the LCR within 6 months from the date of registration, you can bring the LCR copy instead provided that it has been certified/authenticated by PSA.


Transcript of Records (TOR) and Diploma (For State Colleges and Universities).

  • Only bring Certified True Copies from the school.
  • Documents must have the Certification, Authentication, and Verification (CAV) from the school and signed by the school/university registrar and/or school’s authorized signatory.


Transcript of Records (TOR) and Diploma (Private Schools and Local Universities and Colleges).

  • Only bring Certified True Copies from the school.
  • Documents must have the Certification, Authentication, and Verification (CAV) from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) where the school is located.


Transcript of Records (TOR) and Diploma / National Certificate (Technical or Vocational Courses).

  • Only bring Certified True Copies from the school.
  • Documents must have the Certification, Authentication, and Verification (CAV) from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) where the school is located.


Form 137 and Diploma (High School and Elementary Level).

  • Only bring Certified True Copies from the school.
  • Documents must have the Certification, Authentication, and Verification (CAV) from the Dep-Ed Regional Office where the school is located.


Medical/AIDS-Free Certificate.

  • Must be certified/authenticated by the Department of Health (DOH).
  • Only secure authentication for this document if requested by an employer/agency from countries such as Angola, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Cuba, Oman, Libya, Palau, and Spain.


Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued licenses.

  • Must be certified/authenticated by CAAP.


Driver’s Licenses.


Professional Licenses/Board Certificates/Board Ratings/Certifications.

  • Must be certified/authenticated by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).


Certificate of Employment/Training/Seminars, Baptismal Certificate and other documents issued by a private entity.

  • Must have a notarized affidavit which states the necessary factual circumstances and indicates the certificate/s as attachment/s.
  • Please secure a Certificate of Authority for a Notarial Act (CANA) signed by the Executive Judge or Vice Executive Judge from the Regional Trial Court which issued the commission of the Notary Public.
  • Note that the copy of Notarial Commission is not the same as Certificate of Authority for a Notarial Act (CANA).


Other Notarized Documents (Special Power of Attorney (SPA) / Affidavit of Consent/Invitation/Guarantee/MOA, etc.).

  • Please secure a Certificate of Authority for a Notarial Act (CANA) signed by the Executive Judge or Vice Executive Judge from the Regional Trial Court which issued the commission of the Notary Public.


Court Decisions/Resolutions/Orders.

  • Only bring certified true copies of the document/s.
  • If not available in records, a copy of specimen signature of the court personnel who signed the certified copies from the Office of Administrative Services (Supreme Court – Located beside PGH) may be required.


Immigration Records.

  • Must be certified/authenticated by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).


DSWD Clearance.

  • This refers to the travel clearance for minors issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).


NBI Clearances.

  • Personal copy of the NBI clearance won’t be accepted.
  • The NBI clearance to be authenticated must be issued by the National Bureau of Investigation. Take note that NBI clearance is now “multi-purpose” so the green clearance annotated for travel or work abroad is no longer issued.


Police Clearances. 


Barangay Clearances.

  • Mayor’s Clearance or Certification which has jurisdiction over the Barangay of the applicant’s place of residence.


Export Documents.

  • Depending on what type of export document you have, it must be certified/authenticated by anyone of the following: Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Chamber of Commerce (PCCI), Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD), or Department of Agriculture (DA).


Business Registration and Other Documents issued by a Government Agency (e.g. SEC, DTI, BIR, Municipal Business Permit & Licensing Office, etc.).

  • Must be certified/authenticated by the issuing office.


Foreign Documents.

  • Consularization of the document by the Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate General in the country from where it originated or by the said country’s Embassy or Consulate General in the Philippines.


2. Proceed to the nearest DFA Consular Office that offers authentication services.

Unlike in Philippine passport application and renewal, you don’t need to secure an online appointment to avail of the authentication services offered by DFA.

Simply proceed to the DFA during office hours and go directly to the queue or counter designated for the authentication service.

DFA authentication services are only available at the following consular offices:

  • DFA Aseana (main office).
  • DFA NCR-Northeast (Ali Mall).
  • DFA NCR-East (SM Megamall).
  • DFA NCR-West (SM Manila).
  • DFA NCR-South (Metro Gaisano Alabang).
  • DFA San Fernando, Pampanga
  • DFA Davao
  • DFA Cebu

For the complete address and contact information of each office mentioned above, please refer to this guide.

Before you head over to your chosen DFA Consular Office, keep in mind the following reminders:

  • DFA Consular Offices are open from Monday to Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM.
  • DFA Aseana (main office) only offers authentication services during weekdays (Monday to Friday).
  • If your documents need further verification, please file at the Authentication Division at DFA Aseana (main office).
  • Both DFA Davao and Cebu recently opened their doors to applicants in need of authentication services, making it easier for OFWs from the Visayas and Mindanao to complete their requirements without the need to fly to Manila.
  • DFA Davao is the first consular office in Mindanao to offer authentication service. It is located at the 3rd Floor of SM City Davao on Quimpo Boulevard, Ecoland, Matina and open from 10 am to 4 pm (from Mondays to Fridays), and from 10 am to 3 pm (on Saturdays). It issues Apostille certificates for the authentication of the following documents: PSA birth certificates and marriage contracts, NBI clearances, PRC licenses, and CHED-certified academic credentials.
  • DFA Cebu is the latest addition to the list of DFA consular offices that offer authentication services. Located inside the Pacific Mall in Mandaue City, this office accepts applications from Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Although authentication services are available from Monday to Saturday in most Consular Offices, the authenticated documents are only released during weekdays (Monday to Friday).
  • Again, no appointment is needed if you’re availing of authentication services. Beware of swindlers who may tell you otherwise.


3. Fill out the DFA Authentication application form.

Upon arrival at the DFA Consular Office, proceed to the Authentication Information counter and get a queuing number. Wait for your turn.

Fill out the DFA Authentication application form from Sections A to C. Here’s a PDF copy of the application form to give you an idea of what it looks like.

Take note that there’s a maximum of 5 documents (to be authenticated) per application form.


4. Submit documents to the Processing Window.

Proceed to the Processing Window and present your valid ID.

Submit your duly accomplished DFA Authentication application form along with the document/s to be authenticated.


5. Pay the DFA Authentication fee.

Pay the appropriate DFA authentication fee to the cashier.

As of this writing, DFA authentication costs Php 100/document for regular processing (released after 4 working days) and Php 200/document for express processing (released after 1 working day).

The table below summarizes the current DFA authentication fees:

dfa authentication fee

After payment of the fee, you will be issued an official receipt along with a release date when you can claim the authenticated document/s.

Please keep the official receipt.


6. Claim your authenticated document/s.

Return to the DFA Consular Office on the indicated release schedule.

Drop the official receipt issued to you after payment (see the previous step) at the Releasing DropBox and wait for your name/number to be called.

Once it’s your turn, present a valid ID and/or Special Power of Attorney (if you’re claiming the document/s on behalf of someone) at the Releasing Window.

Upon receiving the authenticated document/s, double-check for any inaccuracy or errors before leaving the DFA premises.


Tips and Warnings.

  • Apostille certificate only certifies the origin of the document or the person/authority whose signature/seal appears on the public document. It doesn’t certify the content of the said document.
  • Apostille certificates only apply to public documents that will be used abroad. Authentication and the Apostille certificates will not be issued to documents that will only be used locally.
  • If the country of your destination is one of the excluded countries or not a signatory to the Apostille Convention, you may need to go to that country’s Consular Office/Embassy and have your documents legalized/certified. For more information, please contact the Foreign Embassy or the intended recipient of your documents to see what options are available for you.

Frequently Asked Questions.

1. How long is the validity of DFA-authenticated documents?

2. I can’t personally go to DFA to file/claim the documents. Can an authorized representative do it on my behalf?

3. How can I authenticate my Philippine-issued documents if I’m abroad?

4. What happens to unclaimed DFA-authenticated documents?

5. My documents were authenticated with a red ribbon before the “Apostillization” took effect. Can I still use them?

6. How can I apply for the authentication of civil service eligibility?

Luisito Batongbakal Jr.

Luisito E. Batongbakal Jr. is the founder and chief content strategist of FilipiKnow, a leading online portal for free educational, Filipino-centric content. His curiosity and passion for learning have helped millions of Filipinos around the world get access to free insightful and practical information at the touch of their fingertips. With him at the helm, FilipiKnow has won numerous awards including the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013, the 2015 Globe Tatt Awards, and the 2015 Philippine Bloggys Awards (nomination).

161 thoughts on “How to Authenticate Documents in DFA: New and Updated Guide

  1. Quick question po. My dad is a US citizen and passed away last Feb 2020. So when we got his death certificate and send it to his bank it was asking to authenticate it. Im flying to Manila this May 16, 2020 because I urgently need to fix my dad’s bank account.
    So the question is , do I still need a SPA to apostille my dads death certificate? Since Im the oldest among the children. And I find it quite inconvenient if my mom will do it.
    Please response. Thanks in advance.

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  4. good day! tanong ko lang po kase nasa Qatar yung ate ko at boyfriend niya, kailngan niya po yung PSA and CENOMAR nila. pwede po bang ako ang magpared ribbon? ano po yung mga requirements? thankyou

    1. Nasa article na po lahat ng sagot sa tanong niyo.

  5. Hello, ask ko lang po kung 3 copies ng TOR, CAV at DIPLOMA po ba ang ipapasa sa dfa for red ribbon? un po ba ung required o ok lang po na isa lang?

  6. Need ko authorization letter to claim my end of service benefits in ksa required nila na dadaan sa dfa,pagawa ba ako ng spa then ipa authenticate ko sa dfa?

  7. Prior to last year, can a foreign document such as a Deed of Absolute Sale be recognized as valid in Philippines if it was not authenticated by Phil Embassy of that country? Is it valid in court?
    Is a photocopy of an Original Document valid in court in the Philippines ?

  8. need ko po magpa translate at authenticate ng lisensya ko, pero nasa abroad po ako, pede po ba gawin ito online or my agency po ba na pede tumulong?

  9. hi mam how much po ang payment ng pa red ribbon form 137 highskul wd stamp dubai for tourist visa

  10. hi ask ko lang kung pwede ang high school diploma ko lang ipapa red ribbon ko or kailangan talaga kasama pa yung form 137?

  11. Good Day to all….Ask ko lang po what is the step by step to request for International Diploma verification?I am currently applying for my california license by endorsement and was request to submit an International Diploma verification that the DFA should send to Cali BON. This is the first time I am requesting it so I have no clue of doing it. Presently, I am here at Arizona and I will have a representative to process the documents for me. I just need to know if tama ang understanding ko sa process in obtaining it by if I:
    1. Should I request first a copy of my Diplomas to the College and my post grad schools?then;
    2. Bring it to the PRC for International Diploma Verification?then;
    3. Bring it to DFA for Red ribbon/ Apostile certification and the DFA will send it to the cali BON?
    4. Does it really needed ba talaga na notarized by the Philippine consul yun authorization letter ko to process these?
    …I hope you you could help me figure these out. Maraming maraming salamat po sa tutulong sumagot.

    1. Hello! Saw your post RE International Diploma Verification. Any luck sis with getting this form done? TYIA

  12. Hi. I want to attest my CENOMAR and Birth certificate via DHL here in Dubai. Are there any requirements I must have for this? I have both documents here with me. Thanks!

  13. I am an American citizen and my wife is a dual-citizen Filipina. She bought some land in the Philippines while on vacation and has some paperwork (Special Power of Attorney and Waiver of Conjugal Rights) to be authenticated. I need to sign both documents. Do we need an Apostille for these? Can the DFA help with this? We are in Florida, do you know where we need to go (Phil. Consulate)?

  14. Good eve. I will go to UAE, but UAE is one of the excluded countries to this apostille. Can you give me possible ways to certify my documents?

  15. Need ko pong ipa-authenticate ung diploma at TOR ng ate ko, may SPA naman ako isang original copy kaso kukunin ng school, need ko pa po ba ulit ng SPA para sa CHED at DFA?

  16. Hello po.. ask ko lang until when pwede kunin ung pina authenticate na papers if I wasn’t able to go there by the time and date it was issued? Thank you

    1. We already answered this in the FAQ section above:

    1. No. Authentication services are only offered at the following Consular offices:

      DFA Aseana (main office).
      DFA NCR-Northeast (Ali Mall).
      DFA NCR-East (SM Megamall).
      DFA NCR-West (SM Manila).
      DFA NCR-South (Metro Gaisano Alabang).
      DFA San Fernando, Pampanga
      DFA Davao
      DFA Cebu

  17. Hi po tanong ko lang po. kelangan ko pa po ba ng SPA para sa authorized representative ko para ayosin yung international Diploma verification/apostille ko po? andito po kasi ako sa usa need ko po ito kasi kelangan ng board of nursing in california.

    pero nabasa ko po sa dfa website na Authorization letter and SPA ” If minor” with signature of parents. di naman po ako minor.
    e may pinatawag po ako sa dfa ang sabi need daw ng SPA padin? alin po kaya ang totoo? aside po doon kelangan pa po ba dumaan ng ched yung diploma? salamat po

    1. We already answered this in the FAQ section:

      The short answer is yes, you need to secure a Special Power of Attorney for your representative.

  18. Hello po, question Lang più, my daughter is 15 and she is with her dad in pinas, can her dad get her passport even I’m not in pinas? We’re now married and he got his Last name on her Birth Certificate, it is possible that they can issue our daughter a passport without my consent or affidavit or support . Need a answer Asap thanks.
    Or do I have to sent her dad my affidavit or consent and power of attorney , so she can get her passport

    1. the short answer is yes, your husband can accompany the child during passport application without your Affidavit of Support/Consent (which is only needed if the applicant’s parents are unmarried). For a more detailed explanation, read this:

  19. Hi po, pano po kaya ang gagawin kung pinanganak ka sa abroad pero dito ka lumaki sa pinas,pero wala po ako birth record sa psa,? I only have saudi birth certificate..Sabi pumunta daw kami sa dfa which i did,nagbigay sila ng list of requirements to complete,nakumpleto ko naman, pina translate ko yung saudi birtcert ko into english kasi yun sabi sa dfa. After ko magawa lahat ng sinabi nila, next step daw ay pumunta ako ng phil. Embassy ng saudi sa makati para mag pa authenticate kasi yun ang sabi sa dfa para maproseso nila yung papers ko. Pagdating namin doon,hindi man lang kami nakapasok,sabi ng guard hind daw basta basta makakapasok dun kung wala kakilala..kelangan daw dumaan kami sa agency,pinagpapasa-pasahan kami,i really need your advice,im very confused😔

  20. hi ask ko lang po ano documents needed kapag father ko po ang mg predribbon ng marriage contract ko andito po ako sa dubai kasi.


    1. He needs to present a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) among other requirements. for more info, go to this URL:

  21. Hi po ask ko lng po expire na ang red ribbon ko ng TOR and deploma last 2008 ko pa nakuha. Pwede ko ba cya e direct renew ang red ribbon sa DFA or balik ako sa school ko para sa panibagong application?

    1. No need to get another set of documents kasi valid pa naman po; yung red ribbon lang ang expired. Pumunta po kayo sa DFA para i-Apostillize ang mga documents na binanggit mo. Read this for more info:

      1. Hello Sir. You mean pwede marenew ng DFA yung previous expired red ribbon. Hindi na kailangan magrequest pa ulit sa school na pinanggalingan? Salamat sa pagsagot.

      2. I’m not sure about the expired red ribbon. DFA told us that it only applies to red ribbon documents that are still “valid” meaning it’s still within the 5-year validity period. However, you can ask DFA either via phone or social media to clarify this.

  22. nagpa red ribbon po ako ng mga documents ko with the help of my agency last 2013. valid parin po ba sya? if not po eh renewable po ba ito?

    1. You should have your documents authenticated by the DFA again since DFA-authenticated documents only have a 5-year validity period.

    1. For regular processing, it will take four working days while for express processing, it will only take one working day to authenticate your documents.

  23. ask ko lang po if need pa ba ng certified true copy ng marriage cert new wed po kasi kami… direkta na po kasi ako ng request ng PSA copy?

    1. You can find your answer in the article:
      “For documents registered at the LCR within 6 months from the date of registration, you can bring the LCR copy instead provided that it has been certified/authenticated by PSA”

      1. so no need ng certifird true copy?kasi po psa copy n ung nirequest ko…?

    2. hello po. ask ko lang po kasi yung docs po asawa ko na nkared ribbon ay issued nun 2017. yun na lang po ba dalhin ko sa dfa para iapostille since valid pa po sya till 2022?

      1. Yes, you can do that. For more information, check out this article:

  24. Hi Ma’am /Sir,
    Good Day i would like to ask if how much cost for the Red Ribbon now in DFA Philippines?

    1. Regular processing costs Php 100 per document while express processing costs Php 200 per document.

  25. Hi po, ask ko lng. Nagpa red ribbon ako Ng NBI 2017, pwd ko pa ba gamitin papunta Qatar?
    Thanks po.

  26. Good day!

    May courier service pa din po ba sa loob ng DFA, that provides assistance to the Clients to have Docs Attested? Like for UAE Embassy po.

    Thank you in advance.

  27. Hi po for Diploma high school and college need ng TOR and form 137 tapos po kasi di ko maintindihan ang CAV at sa CHED pano po ba ang process nun ilang days po siya.. salamat po sa sasagot..

    1. This article is a complete guide on how to have your documents authenticated by the DFA. If your concern is about CHED certification, then it’s out of the scope of this article.

  28. Hi! Is it possible na makuha agad yung authentication? I mean morning nagpunta? Then in afternoon, makukuha din ba? From Pangasinan pa kasi ako e.

    1. Express processing takes one day which means that the earliest you can claim your authenticated documents is on the next day.

  29. it say baptismal certificates can be authenticates but no information follow up on that. Do they authenticate the minister ?

  30. Good afternoon po. Just for clarification po. Pwede po ba magpa authenticate ng Cenomar sa DFA Davao. Sa article po kase hindi kasama sa list ang Cenomar sa pwede ipa redribbon sa DFA Davao. I hope ma sagot nyo po ang tanong ko. Maraming salamat po.

    1. Unfortunately, it’s not included in the list of documents that DFA Davao can authenticate. You can also inquire about your concern and call DFA Davao at (082) 285-4885 or (082) 285-1900.

    1. The authentication fee is Php 100 for regular processing (released after four working days) and Php 200 for express processing (released after one working day).

  31. Hi po good afternoon.. bali tatanong ko lang po.. may old nbi po kasi ako na nag expire noon feb. 2019

    Pero naiparedribbon ko po sya noong 2018
    Kng 5 years po ang validity ng red ribbon pwede ko parn po ba gamitin yun traveling abroad for work po. Please help.

    1. If a regular NBI clearance and not a DFA-authenticated one is required, then you may not use it. But if a DFA-authenticated NBI clearance is requested, then you can still use yours since it’s valid for 5 years.

  32. hi po, Sa pcg website po ng dubai nakalagay po dun na kailangan ang documents( Cenomar & Birth Certificate) na Authenticated or red ribbon to be accepted sa embassy. Tanong ko po kung kailangan pa ipa stamp sa UAE consulate sa pinas at attested didto sa UAE and documents for marriage purpose sa Philippine Embassy.

    1. Since UAE is not included in the list of countries where Apostille certificates are accepted, you should still have your documents certified or legalized in UAE’s Consular Office or Embassy.

    1. DFA does not offer online authentication services. You have to proceed to the nearest DFA Office to have your documents authenticated.

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  34. Hi. Is it necessary to authenticate my PSA birth certificate first before I proceed to passport application? Or is my Original PSA birth certificate will do? I sincerely hoping you could help me because I want to apply for a passport but Im confused about this authenticated PSA birth certificate requirement.

  35. Hello,

    Kailangan po ba ng SPA if ang ipapa-aunthenticate is birth cert of my infant child?

    When you say 1 working day, does it mean I can get the copy the following day?


  36. Hello!
    The last time we have submitted documents for red ribbon in DFA Pampanga we have been advised to go to DFA Manila instead. Upon seeing the list, can red ribbon be now processed in DFA Pampanga?
    For your reply please.

  37. good day po..ask ko lng po kung nag aauthenticate po at English Translation ng family registration ng japan? magkno at ilang araw po ang processing? thank you!

    1. Good day po …
      Ask ko lng po , Pano po if expired na ung docs ko (red ribbon) tor/diploma …Pano po ang process for renewal ?

      Thank you po and Godbless 🙂 🙂 🙂

      1. We already answered this in our FAQ section. Read this for more info:

  38. magadang umaga po! tanong ko lang po yung ACR o SRRV pwede po ba yung ipa apostille? kpag po ba nag pa apostille ilang araw bago makuha? sana po may makapagreply po agad para po malaman ko… Salamat po!

    1. It’s not included on the list of documents that can be authenticated by DFA but you can call DFA just to verify. Depending on the processing type you choose (Expedite or Regular), you can get the authenticated documents from as fast as 1 day to 4 working days.

      1. My TOR and diploma has been authenticated by CHED and DFA year 2007 and even my previous certificate of employments has been DFA authenticated last 2012. I am going to apply for a work abroad in Saudi Arabia but the agency told me I have to repeat again the authentication because of the new rule of five year validity. U mean I have to go again to the school where I graduated from college then CHED then DFA? It is been authenticated years ago. I just dont get the logic of the five year validity. I remembered it took me months to process before.

      2. Unfortunately, you have to authenticate your documents again since DFA-authenticated documents have a 5-year validity only.

  39. Hi sir, paano kapag ung for authetication mo ay maling destination country ung nailagay sa application mo. Like must be UAE pero nailagay mo Taiwan. Ano pong dapat gawin? Salamat

  40. Kelangan pa po ba sya ng online appointment ang papa-authenticate or pwede ang walk-in? Thanks.

  41. Good Morning,

    Can I ask a relative for the request of the authentication of my documents?
    If yes, what necessary shall the representative will bring?

  42. Tanong lang po maam/sir.. Yong a king employment cirtificate galing ibang bana sa Abu Dhabi UAE… Electrician nakalagay. Kasi electrician ako doon. Tapos pag kuha ko ng infoshet sa poea. Nakalagay doon. Waiter ang position… Paano po ba ma transfer sa poea ang position ko.. Salamat God bless.

  43. Pwd bang ipa-apostille yung birth certificate kahit my nkakabit pa dn na red ribbon from DFA? Or kailangan pa din kumuha ng bagong original copy ng birth certificate.?

    1. No need po to get a new birth certificate. DFA can Apostillize it even if it has a red ribbon already. For more info, read this:

  44. Good day po, gusto ko po malaman ung diploma ko na may red ribbon at nka attach na TOR expired na po. ano po pwede ko gawin para ipa apostile ko na po at para na din po ma pa stamp ko po ng uae embassy. slamat po

  45. Can I use the same TOR and diploma ,CAV from CHED during my application to “red ribbon” long time ago in my application NOW to “Apostile” document.

    Thank you

    1. Yes, you can “Apostillize” old red ribbon documents so you won’t have to obtain a new set of documents all over again. For more info, read this:

  46. Hello Filipiknow: I have a university degree from the United Kingdom and need to use it in Ecuador South America. Can you tell me how to authenticate(apostille) my UK degree in the philippine? Where should I go first
    Thank you very much for your help.

    1. Hi Stephen. Are you based in the Philippines? I think you need to authenticate your school credentials in the country where they were issued, which, in your case, is UK. This article only covers documents in the Philippines that will be sent to or used in other Apostille-contracting countries.

  47. I already have a authenticated red ribbon TOR & diploma that was used before back in 2007,however , as these are no longer valid due to new rules (apostile),My question , Do I need to go back to zero like going to school/CHED OR I can use the same attachment CHED/SCHOOL CAV to file for this Apostle thing?/

    Thanks po sa sasagot

    1. You can “Apostillize” these old red ribbon documents so you won’t have to go back to your school again and obtain a new set of documents. For more info, read this:

  48. Pwede pa po ba ipa authenticate ang SPA documents galing ng New Zealand? Requirements po kc s pag kuha ng ATM pension ng mother-in-law ko. Thank you.

    1. Please inquire at the New Zealand Embassy. I think DFA only authenticates documents issued in the Philippines.

  49. Hi po I really need apostille stamp for my birth certificate and cenomar kaya LNG wala ako mautasan Jan Sa pinas possible po bang I direct ko ipapadala ung documents ko sa main office ng dfa.salamat sa sagot

    1. We already answered this in our FAQ section. Here’s the URL of the page containing the answer to your query:

      1. Hi po. I have the same situation with Melissa. I tried opening the site, but for some reasons it’s unaccessible. How can I avail this service? I hope to get a response from you soon po. Thanks

      2. Try to access the page again. Perhaps it’s just a technical issue. Our apologies.

  50. Is my marriage certificate abroad can do apostile in red ribbon because i am using this for my visit visa in riyadh

  51. Hi…! Pwd bang e claimed ang document na pinared ribbon sa ibng branch ng dfa? Ex dto sa manila dfa tapus sa cotabato dfa q xa gsto e recieve? Pwd po ba??

  52. Hello. Ask ko lang po kung pwd ba yung school ko nung college ang magpapa red ribbon ng TOR or DIPLOMA?

  53. Hi Filipiknow! Good day! Upon release ng Apsotille for whatever document is authenticated, may sticker yun sa likod sa parang gold stamp button bearing the logo of the DFA with signature rin on the upper right corner. Do you have an idea if the Apostille will still be valid if na-tamper ang sticker/gold stamp button na yon? Thank you in advance for answering.

    1. What are the requirements if I still in the phillipines but I wanted an agency to do or go to philippine embassy to do may aposttile because I am far away.

  54. Hi, hindi po nag sign ng agreement ang canasa for apostille, kaya still red ribbon pa din po pag sa canada. Ty

  55. Good day. ask ko po if the country of my destination is one of the excluded countries or not a signatory to the Apostille Convention,do i need to go first in dfa before going to country’s Consular Office/Embassy and have your documents legalized/certified.

  56. good day po

    possible po ba na allowed ako mag pa authenticate hindi kopo passport nasa province po ang my ari hindi daw po kasi pwedi sa province dito sa manila lang
    daw if possible po need po ba authorization? or power of attorney is enough na po? thanks

    1. Sir,

      Magandang araw.

      Itatanong ko lang. Isa akong OFW. Since hindi na nag iisue ang DFA ng Red Ribbon pwede ko bang gamitin ang 2014 red ribbon document attached (TOR/Diploma) para gawing apostille? Para hindi na ako magpunta at kumuha ng panibagong Ctc TOR/Diploma sa University. Maraming salamat.


      1. Puwede po as long as the document with red ribbon is still valid. For more info, read this:

  57. Hello po, ask ko lang sana, kasi mg papa apostille po ako ng police clearance ko, anu ba ang requirements para sa pag apostille ng police clearance? Pls sana my mg comment at makatulong sa akin, ? salamat!

  58. Hi pwede po bang ipa red ribbon ang death certificate na galing city hall. Matagal pa po kasi ang hihintayin bago makakuha ng psa.

  59. Hi,

    I have all my documents (birth certificate, death certificate and marriage contract) in red ribbon last December 03, 2018 and it said, still valid until 5 years from the date purchased. Do I really need to get another or new documents just to have it apostille or is this red ribbon is good to go while still have validity until this time? Hope to hear your quick response. Thank you!

    1. hello po!
      Tanong ko Lang po kung magpa authentic ng documents like criminal records and birth certificate kailangan po ba ng appointment or magpila Lang directly sa consular office? thank you sa sagot

    2. Same here with me. Worst is that I am here in Norway and applying for marriage with a tourist visa. Quite frustrating since I didnt have any knowledge at all about this Apostille Stamp. ??

  60. Hi, ask ko lng po if my idea k pg pina authenticate ulet ung tor and diploma!?? Kc np red ribbon ko n sy last 2014 den sbe ng agency nmin need ulet ipa authenticate s dfa ano po un need ko ulet mg p certified true copy s school nmin!?? Or i can use the same ctc nung 2014!?? Thanks

    1. Hi!
      Need po ulit pa authenticate ung documents mo from 2014. Same procedure lang din sa school: certified true copy then CHED then DFA.

  61. Hi,I went to DFA Ali Mall kanina pero may nakapaskil na normal processing lang ang available and di available ang 1 day process,does it apply to all branches kaya?

  62. Hi! Good day po, madam/ sir. Ask ko Lang Meron na po akong ctc tor At diploma and cav from ched, 2016 pa po, Pero Hnd ko pa ito Napa red ribbon before Dahil kapos sa oras dito po ako now sa UAE, now I planing to move in New Zealand, Pwede ko pa ba Ito gamitin s a pag pa apostille? Maraming Salamat po.

  63. Hello! Is it okay that the documents I only have is certification of rating not board rating? Btw it is already authenticated. Thank you

    1. Hi May I ask are the requirements needed to aunthenticate my sister documents leaving outside Phillipines .Does Canada accepting Apostille ?
      Thanks For response.

      1. Hello
        Need ba sa canada? Vancouver .kc d ko din alam if ipa authenticate ko.salamat sa sagot

  64. I have my certificate of employments to be authenticated first, all my employment certs were in region2, where will i go for authentication/verification first before going to DFA for redribbon? Tia

  65. Hello good day! I would like to ask is it possible that my eldest son age 19yrs old can process our marriage contract in behalf of us coz we are here in uae right now. Do I need to provide him a special power of attorney to process it.

  66. Is it neccessary to authenticate my police clearance? Because im in the process of immigrating to the U. S, is it mandatory to authenticate clearances when entering the United States? thank you very much.

    1. paano po kapag sa middle east like sa kuwait po ako nag wowork at pina-process ko po sa kapatid ko yung birth certificate ko sa kapatid ko ,para po mapa authenticate.based po sa country,di po kasama ang kuwait.paano po yun?kelangan ko pa po bang mag pa process pa ulit ng red ribbon?or valid din po ba yung apostille dito.thanks in afvance po

      1. In a way, parang ganun na nga po. Ipapaauthenticate nyo po sa DFA yung BC nyo and then once nakuha nyo na, ipapalegalize nyo naman sa Embassy ng Kuwait. For more information, please contact the Foreign Embassy or the intended recipient of your documents to see what options are available for you.

  67. I was hired in Cambodia, before leaving the country for holiday my Contract was not authenticated in the Philippine Embassy in Cambodia, is it possible to do the red ribbon here in the Philippines?

  68. Hello! I am Alfredo E. Gutierrez from the Philippines and I am an immigrant in Canada. I arrived here last May 17, 2019. I will be applying for a driver’s license and for me to apply I need to get documents that should prove that I have been driving before. As I understand I need documents from the LTO and DFA. Can you furnish me a list or a guide to follow in order for me to work on this? I get confused because there are documents that need to be sent to Manila and there are documents that need special power of attorney (SPA) but I don’t know if the SPA should be made in the Philippine Consulate here or in Manila. I will appreciate your help. Thank you.

    1. Hello. My autenticated documents are already expired, so if i want to autenticate again do i need to get new requirements for example, the tor and diploma should i get new certified true copies and go to ched again? And what if my school had closed where will i get my needed documents?
      I hope you can help me.
      Thank you.

      1. ask ko lng po regarding NBI clearance for authentication, we have already this Multi-purpose NBI clearance which is the blue one but why they are still requiring the green NBI clearance for abroad, thanks!

    2. Hi, nag work ako sa UAE at nandito ako sa pilipinas ngayon para iprocess ang Red ribbon ko kaso nalaman ko na bago na at isa ang UAE na countries na excluded sa Apostille. Tanong ko lang kung ano ang dapat kong gawin?


    1. Hello. My autenticated documents are already expired, so if i want to autenticate again do i need to get new requirements for example, the tor and diploma should i get new certified true copies and go to ched again?
      I hope you can help me.
      Thank you.

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