If you want to work abroad, it is expected that you need your documents to be authenticated at the DFA (Red Ribbon).
Here are the requirements depending on the document you want to be authenticated: (source: http://www.dfa.gov.ph)
The New Location of DFA Near the SM Mall of Asia
Located at Aseana Business Park which is along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard corner Bradco Avenue, Brgy Tambo, Paranaque City.
(I updated this blog post with the new location of the DFA, so if I said in this blog post that I went to the OLD DFA SITE at ROXAS BOULEVARD its because that’s where I got my documents authenticated. DFA had a notice that authentication of documents will be done at the new DFA location starting November 12, 2012.)
Make sure that you bring a valid I.D.
REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTHENTICATION OF DOCUMENTS:
1. Birth/ Marriage/ Death Certificate or Certificate of No Marriage Record.
– Certificates must be in security paper issued by NSO or must have been certified/authenticated by NSO.
– Local Civil Registrar copy (Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate or Marriage Contract, Death Certificate) is required if document is not readable
– Certificate of No Marriage Record is only valid for six (6) months upon date of issue from NSO
2. Transcript of Records and Diploma (Collegiate Level)
– Certification (CAV) from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
– Certified True Copies from the school.
3. Transcript of Records and Diploma (For State Colleges and University)
– Certification (CAV) from the School signed by the University Registrar.
– Certified true copies from the school.
4. Transcript of Records and Diploma (Vocational/ Intermediate/ Elementary Level)
– Certification (CAV) from the Department of Education (DepEd) or the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
– Certified True Copies from the school.
5. Medical / AIDS Free Certificate
– Authenticated by the Department of Health (DOH) (Applicable only for use to the following countries that requested the said authentication: Spain, Palau, Libya, Oman,
Cuba, Portugal, Greece and Angola. If not included, submit the same requirements stated in #9.
6. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines issued licenses (Formerly Air Transportation Office, ATO)
– Authenticated by CAAP.
7. Driver’s Licenses*
– Applicant must first secure certification from Land Transportation Office (LTO Main Branch).
8. Professional Licenses/ Board Certificates/ Board Ratings/ Certifications
– Certified True Copies must be authenticated by Professional Regulations Commission.
9. Certificate of Employment/ Trainings/ Seminars and Baptismal Certificate
– Applicant must first secure an Affidavit, stating necessary factual circumstances and attaching certificates.
– Affidavit must be notarized
– Applicant must secure Certificate of Authority for a Notarial Act signed by the Executive Judge or Vice Executive Judge from the Regional Trial Court which issued the
commission of the Notary Public.
10. Other Notarized Documents
– After Document is notarized, applicant must secure Certificate of Authority for a Notarial Act signed by the Executive Judge or Vice Executive Judge from the Regional
Trial Court which issued the commission of the Notary Public.
11. Court Decisions/ Resolutions/ Orders
– Applicant must present certified true copies of the decision, resolution, or order.
– Applicant must secure copy of specimen signature of the court personnel who signed the certified copies from the Office of Court Administrator (Supreme Court).
12. Immigration Records
– Certified/ Authenticated by the Bureau of Immigration.
13. DSWD Clearance
– Travel Clearances for minors directly issued by DSWD.
– Adoption decrees must be certified/authenticated by the Regional Trial Court that issued the Decision.
14. NBI Clearances
– NBI Clearances for travel abroad must be issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (Green).
(Additional information for NBI Clearances: When I went to the DFA last October 19, 2012, they will ask you to show a photocopy of your valid I.D. So, just to avoid any hassles and problems, be sure to bring a photocopy of your I’D.)
15. Police Clearances
– Police Clearance signed by the Chief of Police issued by the Philippine National Police in various police stations nationwide, usually by the police precinct which has
jurisdiction over the applicant’s place or residence.
16. Barangay Clearances
– Clearances issued by the barangay which has jurisdiction over the applicant’s place or residence and must have been authenticated by the Office of the Mayor which has
jurisdiction over the barangay.
17. Export Documents
– Must be authenticated by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce (PCCI), the Department of Health (DOH) or by the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD).
18. Phytosanitary Certificates
– Original of the certificate issued by the Bureau of Plant Industry or a certified true copy thereof.
19. Foreign documents
A Philippine Embassy or Consulate General in the country from where the document originated or by the said country’s Embassy or Consulate General based in the
Philippines must have authenticated these documents.
1. Go to the Information Center where you’ll get an application form (blue form).
When I went to the DFA last October 19, 2012, you can already get the application form right outside the Authentication Division, Ground Floor. After getting your application form, fall inline at once and fill-up your form.
Maximum of 5 documents per application form.
2. The next step is the processing of your documents. When its your turn at the processing window, present a valid ID upon submitting your application form and documents.
3. Pay the fees.
Regular = 100 PHP (4 days)
Express = 200 PHP (next day)
4. After paying for the fees, return the duplicate copy if the receipt to the processing window.
Do not lose your own copy of the receipt because it will serve as your claim stub.