Friday, July 5, 2013

Guide for DFA Authentication of Documents (Red Ribbon)


All Filipinos planning to work abroad should undergo the process of authenticating all the needed documents required by your agency/employer. Why need a red-ribbon? Sovereign states usually require authentication of foreign documents to be used. It is a way of providing your employer legitimate documents. Here's a simple steps to guide you on how to Do It Yourself. As an individual who's eager to accomplish all tasks in an organized way, thus sharing once again my own experience in getting my credentials authenticated. 

Here is the list of documents that need to be authenticated for Nurses:
  • Transcript of Records and Diploma -- Certification (CAV) from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and certified true copies from the school
  • Professional Identification Card, Board Certificate, and Board Ratings -- certified true copies authenticated by Philippine Regulation Commission 
  • Certificates of Employment -- should have a duly notarized affidavit with certificates attached to it

For State Universities:
You can get your CAV from your respective school and follow this process listed below. On the other hand, for those private universities, the registrar office will forward your school credentials to CHED, then CHED will send your documents directly to DFA after their verification of your legit school attendance. This process will take longer as you need to go back to your alma mater to get your DFA claim stub. Proceed to DFA on the date of release and pay the necessary authentication fee. This will take in less than a month period, really time consuming for processing school documents. Same steps apply to other documents that needs authentication in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

STEPS:
  1. Secure an application form (blue) from the counter near the entrance of Gate 2. Fill it out and select which documents to be authenticated. (Maximum of 5 documents per application form)  
  2. Line up and sit on the benches provided. It will take you nearly an hour or more depending on the queue.
  3. Present your documents for initial validation by the personnel assigned in each processing window. Don't forget to bring a valid ID.
  4. Proceed to cashier for payment of applicable authentication fee. Php 100 for regular processing which takes 4 working days and Php 200 for rush, the document will be available the following day.  
  5. Provide a duplicate copy of the receipt to the same processing window where your documents had been accepted.
  6. Claim the authenticated document on the release date by first placing your machine validated receipt on the box provided on the counter near the entrance. Second, wait for your name to be called. Lastly, prepare your ID and authorization letter for verification. Note: Be sure to run a spell-check at your documents before leaving DFA so that you will not repeat the same process all over again.
Update: 
There's a separate door now which holds all the claim stubs and receipts; classified into expedite receipts (red), regular receipts (yellow), box for PWDs, senior citizens & pregnant women (orange) and claim stubs (green). It is more convenient and faster claiming documents better than before.




REMINDER:
In case an applicant won't be able to process his/her own document, an authorized representative can file on their behalf. The following should be provided:
  1. Authorization letter or Special Power of Attorney from the applicant
  2. Photocopy of the applicant's ID bearing its signature
  3. Representative's own ID bearing its signature
All documents not claimed after (3) months from the scheduled date of release will be disposed.

Click here for the complete listing of documents that can be authenticated and their requirements.

DFA Authentication Division has been transferred to Aseana Building, corner Bradco Ave., Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Paranaque City. 

There are several jeepneys available for commuters with routes going to DFA:

  1. From Buendia -- blue jeep
  2. From MRT Taft -- orange jeep 
  3. From Baclaran -- yellow jeep


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There is an online service application for documents that needs DFA authentication. If you are residing abroad or away from Manila, you can visit the site of DFA Express Authentication.


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168 comments:

  1. Great informational post. I would like to ask if the authentication division is now located within the same building as passport renewal right?

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    2. Mam my live in partner were in Dubai right now he want me to red ribbon his cenomar and birth certificate, what are the requirements? Does he need to send me authorization letter? And other one I want to red ribbon my parental consent, its already notary, is there any requirements to be present to my parental consent?

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    3. Hi Kimberly,
      Just bring the NSO copy of his CENOMAR and birth certificate plus the authorization letter and photocopy of his valid ID. No other requirements for authentication of your parental consent.

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  2. Sorry for the late reply sixfingeredwanderer.
    Yup, it's located in the same building. Thanks anyway for visiting my site!

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  3. Is there any dfa offices in the province? or do we need to go to the main office for authentication of documents or red ribbon?

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    1. there's authentication in the ff locations:
      Pacific Mall in Cebu
      Marquee Mall in Angeles City
      Robinsons Starmills in San Fernando, Pampanga

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    2. glad i found your blog..i need to have a red ribbon on my NBI..i will inquire directly in marquee mall angeles city..thanks!

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    3. glad i found your blog..i need to have a red ribbon on my NBI..i will inquire directly in marquee mall angeles city..thanks!

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  4. Hi,

    Nice post. Just the answer I need. I'm a graduate from PUP Sta Mesa and wanted to get my TOR and Diploma authenticated. Since, PUP is a state university then I don't need to have it authenticated to CHED right?

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    1. Yeah Siel you are right! Instead have a certificate issued by PUP then you can proceed to DFA. Sorry for the late response.

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  5. if i aleady have my diploma and TOR can i directly proceed to dfa for CAV or should i go first to ched?

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    1. You should secure first CHED certification before proceeding to DFA. Now it depends on the school; if it is private, they will forward your credentials to CHED. Otherwise if it is state, no need to verify to CHED, they will give you certification then your next step will be to DFA.

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  6. very nice Information. . . tnx. . .=)

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  7. Very informative site. I have already my diploma and TOR and I graduated from private University in my province specifically in Mindanao. My concern po is, if is it okey if I will be the one who go through the office of CHED here in manila and be the one who forwards the school credential to the CHED for certification and afterwards to the DFA. Please advise po.

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    1. It depends on ur school policy when it comes to school credential authentication. Chck first w/ ur school if it possible for you to go directly to CHED and have it authenticated.

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  8. Hi! I graduated from a state university do you know how much it will cost me for the CAV of my diploma and tor?Thanks

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    1. You will spend 150-250 Php for your CAV

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  9. Hi! I am currently residing in Dubai and I need my documents to be attested. I actually had it red-ribboned last 2010 before going here but I was told today that those documents are already expired and I have to renew my authentication. Do you know the procedure for this and how long woul it take to process? I badly need it urgently for the processing of my employment visa here.

    Thanks much!

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    1. Actually, your documents are still valid but some middle east countries are updating their system nowadays. It is possible that your credentials was no longer listed in their database. You need to start all over authenticating for all those required papers. Check DFA Express Authentication in this blog if you want some help. What are the documents that need to be red-ribboned?

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  10. Hi I have already verified my Edocs trough CAV and have had the Red Ribbon place by DFA. My question however, is where can I find an online portal where I can verify the authenticity of the DFA Certification Number? Please advise and Thanks in advance

    Daniel D. Thomas

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    1. Hi Daniel! It's hard to find that online portal you're looking for to check for the authenticity of DFA Certification Number, I don't think we had that facility or system. However, if red ribbon was already done in DFA, it is valid and there's no doubt about the authenticity of the documents.

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  11. hi! i got my husband diploma lastweek i requested another one from the school bec it was lost.hes in abroad now thats why im the one incharged of it.pls help me how to get red ribbon of it??

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    1. Kindly check REMINDER of this blog post, you just need authorization letter from him and photocopy of his valid ID with signature and of course don't forget your ID too.

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  12. Hi po! Meron n po akong claim stub from school? Is it better po ba na ako ang mag process or ipa www express ko pa po? Un mkukuha ko po ba is Hindi pa red ribboned? Thanks po!

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    1. You need to take that stub from your school then proceed to DFA. Documents had already been authenticated. You just need to settle payment.

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  13. makuha ko rin po ba agad yung documents na pina red ribbon kpg rush? yung same day release din yung documents.

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    1. It's indicated in STEPS #4; documents will be available the following day for rush processing.

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  14. Hi! Thank you po for this blog. Pwede po ba sa DFA Express na magrequest ng birth certificate then sila na din ung sa authentication and attestation from UAE Embassy tapos isesend dito sa address sa UAE? Thanks again

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    1. Kindly send email to DFA Express if they can process it directly, other option is to get your NSO birth certificate thru http://nso.citizenservices.com.ph/ or https://nsohelpline.com/

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  15. hello po ask ko lang po yung dfa marquee mall ba nagprocess din ng red ribbon?thank you

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    1. Yes, they are processing red ribbon/authentication in Marquee Mall.

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  16. Hi. I have the claim stub na to DFA pero hindi ko pa napo-process sa DHL since I'm far from manila. Hindi pa ako nakakapunta sa DHL so I'm still holding my claim Stub. Does claim stub have expiration? I mean meron bang valid days eto bago ibigay sa DHL? I'm confused because when I received the Claim Stub from PRC last monday, the guy said I should bring it to DHL before April 8, but the other said it's okay lang daw even if after. Please help? thanks!

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    1. I am also confused ;) Do you mean you are about to claim your PRC documents from DFA? Actually, you are instructed to comply on that specific date 'coz your document/s is readily available. In case, you missed to claim such; you still have 3 months from the schedule release date.

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  17. Gud pm.. maam tanong ko lng po kung pwede ipa red ribon tor kahit hnd graduate. Salamat po

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    1. TOR or Transcript of records is an official list of all the courses that you have completed, including information about the number of credits and the grades you have got, so if you're under-grad, you don't have any TOR.

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  18. how much po ba ang babayaran sa dfa sa pagpapared ribbon?
    bukod poh ba yung bayad sa authentication at red ribbon?

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    1. Red Ribbon or Authentication is the same, 200 for rush and 100 for regular processing, as stated in this blog.

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  19. Hi..since dfa alimall branch has been opened, authentication is also included on their service? Or only for the application of passport?

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    1. It's both passport and authentication services that were being offered in DFA Ali Mall.

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    2. thank you miss anna belle for this informative blog. i suppose to go to pasay tomorrow to have my an authenticated dahil mas mabilis daw dun.Does alimall offers also the 1 day release or express release of authenticated documents?para ms malapit sana.

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  20. good morning ,i just want to ask if i can have my documents to be authenticated anywhere of your branch ?

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    1. yes po ma'am, most DFA branches and satellite have authentication na po

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  21. hi.. pwede po ba photocopy of my TOR & Diploma ang isubmit for red ribbon? thanks

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    1. yes po, talagang photocopy lng need pg pa red ribbon ng TOR at Diploma.

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  22. Hi po! Nag authenticate po ba sa marquee mall and robinsons starmills pampanga ng diploma at tor po??

    Thanks po..God bless!

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    1. I'm not so sure but I think so. Most DFA branches and satellite offices have their passport and authentication service.

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  24. hello po,ask ko po if pwede gamitin ang mga old files na na red ribbon na for renewal or need ng bagong copies?
    thanks po!

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    1. I suggest new copies n provide mo so no hassle in case they would reject the old files.

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  25. can someone help me... napaauthenticate ko na lahat ng certified true copy ng diploma at TOR ko. ang problema pgdting nung documents dito ang nkaattached lang sa red ribbon yung certified true copy ng TOR ko, CAV galling TESDA pero yung certified true copy ng diploma ko na inauthenticate ng dfa manila nawawala. obviously, sa DFA ang pagkakamali di ko alam kung anong ginawa nila bakit kulang na. I need some advice.

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    1. In that case, you need to repeat the process. We are advised to check our documents before leaving DFA to know discrepancies or missing files.

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  27. Hi there. I'm actually confused with the process but I'd like to ask if there is also a red ribbon authentication in provinces particulary in Cagayan de oro? How many days would it take to be processed and be claimed? By the way does DFA also authenticate certificates of training?

    Please reply.

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    1. Hi! I'm not so sure if there's authentication division in DFA CDO since passport application/renewal system is limited per day.
      Here's some info that might be of help (hope all are working properly)

      DFA CAGAYAN DE ORO BRANCH

      OIC: FATIMA DIEMA C. TABIO
      Location Address: Limketkai Drive Cagayan De Oro City
      Telephone Numbers: +63 (8822) 72 4309 / (63) (88) 857-2175
      Fax No : +63 (8822) 72 6578
      E-mail Address: cagayan_deoro@dfa.gov.ph / rco@cdo.webling.com
      Official Website: http://www.dfa.gov.ph/cdo

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    1. Yes Janine, certificates of training can be authenticated by DFA.

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  29. employment certificate and ref. letters would be notarized and RTC .. Its new to me, will you please in lighten of how.. 1st time. Furthermore, what if this certificate issued abroad?? Need help

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    1. First, photocopy all your cert of employment. Proceed to city hall for filing Affidavit of Employment ( a sworn statement that is notarized). All your certificates should be attached. Pay applicable fees. Finally, you'll be issued Certificate of Authentication from RTC with official seal, stamp and duly signed by the representative.
      After that you can proceed to DFA for red ribbon.

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  30. sarita_myrna@yahoo.comMay 1, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    hillo poh mag asawa poh ako sa ibang bansa ano poh bha ang gagawin ko sa singleness ko.para allowed poh! kailangan ko poh bah tong pa red rebbon?bago ko sent sa ibang bansa

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    1. You need to get your CENOMAR or Certificate of No Marriage from NSO then ipa-red ribbon mo so it will be valid.

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  31. sir gud eve poh sau...

    sa DFA poh ng san fernando la union my red ribbon poh ba rn cla or passport lng poh? kase pag sa manila ang lau kc taz dku pa alam pasekot sekot dun...

    ty poh...

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    1. I'm not sure if there's red ribbon na s DFA La Union branch.
      Here's contact info for your reference:
      LA UNION
      Officer-in-Charge (OIC): Mr. Edwin Joseph V. EDRALIN
      Address: Pasado Bldg., Pagdalagan Norte, San Fernando, La Union
      Telephone Number: (072) 607-6487; 607-6490; 607-6510
      Fax Number: (072) 607-6491
      Email Address: dfa_launion@yahoo.com
      Website: http://dfalaunion.yolasite.com

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  32. pano po ba magpa-authenticate ng custom certificate? from cdo po ksi ako.malau sa manila.

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  33. hello po..bale my branch na po sa baguio ang dfa,pde po bang dun ko nlng ipa red ribbon tor at diploma ko?

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  34. Hi po. san ako pwede magpared ribbon taga caloocan po ako. need po ba pumnta sa Aseana o may satellite na pwede magred ribbon? thanks po

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    1. Here's DFA branches in Manila:
      DFA Aseana
      DFA NCR - West (SM City Manila)
      DFA NCR - Central (Robinsons Galleria)
      DFA NCR - East (SM Megamall)
      DFA NCR - South (Metro Alabang)
      DFA NCR - Northeast (Ali Mall)

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  35. good day po! im a graduate of state university po kc, is it possible to just mail the documents to DFA? if possible pano po? please

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    1. I'm not so sure if mailing your documents to DFA is possible.
      You can send representative on your behalf to process your papers.

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  36. mam i graduated from holy angel university from angeles city, pampanga. Do i need to send my tor to ched first before going to dfa robinsons pampanga?

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    1. Kindly coordinate your credentials with your school because most schools send all documents to CHED for verification, then CHED will forward verified documents to DFA.

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  37. i graduated from Holy Angel University.. private school in Angeles City pampanga .. do i need to send my TOR to ched before going to DFA Robinsons pampanga?

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    1. Your school will send your TOR and other school credentials to CHED. Then CHED will send your certified documents to DFA for red ribbon. The school will notify you when to pick up the claim stub for DFA.

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  38. i pay 700 for red ribbon today.. do i really have to pay 700 for that?

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    1. Each red-ribboned document will cost you Php 100 for regular processing and Php 200 for rush. How many documents were authenticated?

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  39. good pm po mag papaauthenticate or magpapa red ribbon po ako ng lahat ng documents ko saan po ako dapat pumunta at ano po ung mga requirements salamat po first time ko po kc hnd ko alam ung mga gagawin ko salamat po

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    1. Which documents in particular you want to be authenticated?
      For school records, stpes are listed in this blog topic
      For Birth, Marriage, CENOMAR: get your copy first from NSO
      For NBI, secure your clearance first
      For employment certificates, request for affidavit of all certs from city hall
      I hope this will guide you

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  40. I was asked by my Tita who is in Hongkong right now to inquire on how her Transcipt of Records and diploma be authenticated and red ribboned. she graduated at Ilocus Sur Community College having graduated a Two year Certificate in Hotel and Restaurant Management. The original copies of documents are here in manila( at my mom's possession, being her authorized representative) Can she go directly to DFA?.

    Please advice. Thanks a lot..

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    1. Gerard,
      TOR and Diploma should be certified and verified by the registrar's office from where your aunt graduated. DFA will not accept the copy without the schools seal and signature for those documents.

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    2. thank you for your information. Just want to know if a Two year certificate in Hotel and restaurant management considered a collegiate course or a vocational course? thanks again.

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    3. It is considered Collegiate Course for that two year certificate while Vocational Course is six months certificate only.

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  41. hi.good evening,ma'm.your blog is very formative!
    but i still confuse,i already have TOR and D IPLOMA from the state university that i graduated but what kind of certification that i need to ask from the school so that i can red ribbon to the DFA.please need your reply very urgent..

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    1. Thanks!
      Ask from your school for your CAV or Certification and Verification, it's a certification from the registrar's office of your school attendance certified by the university registrar.

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  42. Hello good evening po ask ko lang po meron nakong tor and cav at kelangan ko sya ipa red ribbon pde po bang dumiretso nako sa dfa or hihingi pako sa school bg authentication?

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    1. You can proceed to DFA for authentication since you already have TOR and CAV.

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  43. Natutuwa po ako at may taong katulad nyo. meron na po akong claiming stub galing po sa school for red ribbon ng tor and deploma pero wala nmn nakasaad kong saan branch ng dfa makukuha ang authenticated copy. so ang tanong ko po ay 1. :-)pwd ko ba kunin yng copy na yan sa kahit saang branch ng dfa? yong school ko po ay private located at university built manila. tnx

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    1. Thanks Dennis!
      Kindly coordinate with the registrar kung saan po na-forward ng CHED ang TOR at diploma nyo coz we have several DFA offices in Manila.

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  44. Good day, I already have my TOR and CAV since 1998. I kindly ask are these documents still valid for DFA Authentication (Red Ribbon)?

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    1. I suggest you get new set of your TOR and CAV (as per advice to me also by the officer, it is better to get the latest copy)

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  45. Hi,

    I would like to ask about the employment certificate authentication prior to DFA red ribbon. Is it required to do it specifically in Manila City Hall or any Municipal Hall would be fine? Thank you

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    1. Hello Ivy,
      Yes it is required to have affidavit for all of your certificate of employment before DFA accept those for red ribbon. Any municipal hall would be fine.

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  47. hello po need ko lang po advise pag may tor and diploma tas may CAV na pwede na po ba i derecho sa DFA and i need rush po how it will take ?

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    1. Hi Arianne, if your documents are all complete such as TOR, Diploma and CAV, you can proceed to DFA for red ribbon. Documents will be available the following day for rush processing.

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  48. good day maam, ako po ay fresh grad. and nag aasikaso po ako ng mga papers. dubai po ang bansa na pupuntahan ko po. ask ko lang po kung pati po ba yung mga certificate ng seminars e kelangan po ipa red ribbon and kung kelangan din po ba ipaaffidavit . siyaka po pala nagka work experience nadin po ako kaso sa calapan mindoro jolibee. pero andito na po ako sa batangas paano po kayo yun? godbless po

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    1. Certificate of trainings and seminars are usually attached to resumes. No need for red ribbon since employers we're looking for employment certificates. Are you planning to work as healthcare professional? In that case, you need to show clinical or work related experience. It doesn't matter where you have worked before as long as it is relevant to your job posting/career path.

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  49. Hi Ms. Anna! I would just like to confirm, would it really take only 2 days for the document to be authenticated or red-ribboned by DFA? Because my friend told me that it took 21 working days for her document, specifically PRC Certificate of Registration, to get authenticated.

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    1. PRC Certificate of Registration takes longer period of time, she's right. PRC will release such document/s within 21 days or three weeks. After claiming PRC credentials, it is now ready for filing for red ribbon/authentication to DFA. Authentication is done within two days for rush processing.

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  50. Hi! I will just ask what are the requirements needed in getting my CAV docs like TOR and Diploma? And do you know how much time it will take me claiming those. Thanks.

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    1. Basic requirements is ID or authorization letter if you are getting CAV for other person. It depends on the registrar how long will it takes them to prepare all those documents. CAV is usually done in a day, TOR and diploma will take longer time.

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  51. HI Anna, can I claim authenticated documents during saturday? DFA aseana? thanks!

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    1. Nope, DFA authentication division is open only from Monday thru Friday. Documents for rush processing filed during Fridays will be available on the next working day (Monday).

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  52. hi good pm!may expiration ba ang red ribbon

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    1. Yes Lalaine, there's expiration for red-ribboned documents. Some claim good for five years others advised that it is still good up to 10 years. Nevertheless, some employers/Ministry of foreign Affairs has their new updated systems. In that case, older documents (red ribbon) might not appear in their database and considered not valid anymore.

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  53. Nakuha ko na po yung claim stub, may date pong nakasulat, ano po bang ibig sabihin nun pwede na pumunta agad o sa exact date pupunta?

    Sa DFA Sm Manila pwede na po ba mag pa red ribbon?

    Thanks in advance.



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    1. You can claim your documents on the date specified coz for sure ready na po un. Yes, pwede na din magpa-red ribbon sa SM Manila

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  54. Gud pm po.ask ko lang po kung may red ribbon service sa dfa pampanga? Anu pong address kung sakaling meron po?

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  55. Here's DFA contact info in Pampanga
    2/F Robinsons Starmills, San Fernando, Pampanga
    T: (045) 636-0007; (045) 636-0009
    F. (045) 636-0010
    I'm not sure if red ribbon service is already offered.

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  56. Good day, ask ko po regarding RED RIBBON renewal, expired na po kasi yong sakin.

    Need ko po iprocess ang documents ko from the start? or need ko lng po ulit dalhin ang expired kong RED RIBBON (TOR,Diploma) sa DFA for renewal?

    Thank you!

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    1. Red ribboned documents can be renewed before but it depends on how old your documents. It might be not valid anymore since processing nowadays is quite different compared before (Malacanang days). Suggest ko po na get the latest copy of your documents and start all over again.

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  57. Mam Anna Belle, Good day po, hingi po ako ng advise po nyo, kasi po yung isang letter po ng name ko sa Marriage Contract NSO, JOCELYN *C* and then sa Birth Certificate NSO, ay JOSELYN *S* wala po bang problema kung papa aunthenticate ko sa DFA yung marriage contract? Please I need your advise.Thank you po.God bless.

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    1. Hi Jocelyn,
      I have almost the same scenario as yours.
      My name in my Birth Cert (NSO copy) is: Ana belle contrary to what I've been using as "Annabelle" since I started writing my name. I ask my late mother about it and she told me that maybe the typewriter used during those days "jumped" or the one who typed it wasn't so careful, lol.
      Anyway, what I did was seek a friend's (lawyer) advice. I've done through the process of making an affidavit stating that I'm the same person with single "n" and double "n" which was accepted by DFA upon my application of my passport.
      Now, what name are you using in your passport? It should match with your name in your Marriage Cert to avoid conflict or hassles during travel especially when checked by the immigration officers.
      I suggest make an affidavit before filing for authentication in DFA.

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  58. hello! good day . thank you for this very informative blog. I would like to ask further about PRC documents, Before I bring them to DFA, do I need to have it authenticated by PRC office ( in my case, PRC CDO) prior to DFA authentication? some say it is better to let PRC authenticate it. On the contrary, my TOR, Diplomas, COEs, NBI, IELTS, etc. only need atty/notary public ( signature and stamped ).. not really sure about this. I am planning to apply for student visa and usually they require these set of requirements. dont want to go thru an agency that charges exorbitant fees for dfa processing (10k to be exact). thank you in advance! :)

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    1. Yes, you need certified true copy of your PRC credentials before bringing it to DFA for authentication.
      TOR & Diploma + CAV from CHED
      COE's need affidavit of employment (notarized)
      NBI should be authenticated in DFA on its original copy
      IELTS (I'm not so sure yet I suggest bring the original and have it photocopied)


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  59. July 1 2014 ched stub like tor and diploma..sa ali mall cubao makukuha ang red ribbon..sa main dfa any documents.except tor and diploma..yan nangyari sakin ngayun.

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  60. Tor and diploma sa alimall cubao n makukuha..wala sa main dfa.

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    1. It depends which branch ng DFA indicated to claim your authenticated TOR and diploma.

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  61. Hello miss anna belle,
    I just want to ask if DFA consular office TUGUEGARAO CITY is accepting documents for RED RIBBON and Authentication...
    Im from Isabela, and it would only take 2-3 hrs of traveling...
    Medyo mas malapit compared kung sa manila pa ako magproprocess ng documents for red ribbon... may kahirapan din po kasi Sumakay paluwas ng manila sa ngayon, kasi iisang bus liner lang ang nag ooperate dito ngayon. If possible na tumatanggap sila ng red ribbon, mas maganda at mas mapapadali pag lakad ko sa ibang documents ko...

    Thanks miss anna belle.

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    1. Hi,
      I'm not sure if they are processing documents for red ribbon.
      Here's the contact info for Tuguegarao:
      Mr. Romulo M. Velasco
      Regional Government Center
      Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley
      T: (078) 846-4813 (078) 846-1482
      F: (078) 846-2310
      Email: reo_ tuguegarao@yahoo.com

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  62. hi. if i already have my university diploma signed by my school and ched. do i still need to go to ched or go directly to dfa for the red ribbon? tnx - Mark

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    1. Mark,
      It's quite confusing. Do you already have CHED certification given by your school? Most private schools forward school credentials to CHED for certification and verification. No one is allowed to process it on your own directly to CHED office. It's different for state university graduate; CAV is issued by the registrar.

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  63. Thanks ..the info is very helpful..I hope they also have authentication (red ribbon) here in Baguio City..

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    1. As far as I know, there's already authentication in DFA Baguio located in SM Baguio.

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  64. First, photocopy all your cert of employment. Proceed to city hall for filing Affidavit of Employment ( a sworn statement that is notarized). All your certificates should be attached. Pay applicable fees. Finally, you'll be issued Certificate of Authentication from RTC with official seal, stamp and duly signed by the representative.
    After that you can proceed to DFA for red ribbon.

    Hi Can I ask someone to file this for me in CITYHALL? The recruitment agency told me that I should file this in Manila City hall ONLY, can I apply this to other Cityhall near me, I am living near San Juan and Mandaluyong.

    Thanks for your assistance

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    1. Hi Mae!
      Most recruitment agencies are located in Manila. The reason they ask you to file in Manila ONLY is because it's more expensive shedding you more money. I was once victimized, the notary office ask me to pay 150 pesos for each employment certificates for making an affidavit. How will it cost you if you have many certificates? Aside from that, you need to pay fees in the authentication division (RTC) of your documents, that's roughly 450 pesos. You can ask someone to file on your behalf (provided by authorization) in any municipal/city hall. It's the DFA that will red ribbon your documents, they will not choose which city hall you should have done your affidavit.

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  65. we're well informed. keep it up! :D

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  66. Hi. I was just wondering where in other places of manila can i have my papers authenticated? I mean other than in ASEANA. thanks.

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    1. Here's DFA branches in Manila:
      DFA Aseana
      DFA NCR - West (SM City Manila)
      DFA NCR - Central (Robinsons Galleria)
      DFA NCR - East (SM Megamall)
      DFA NCR - South (Metro Alabang)
      DFA NCR - Northeast (Ali Mall)

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  67. hi my school has already gave me the cert. tru copies of TOR and Diploma and the CAV, then our registrar told me to go straight at DFA (for red ribbon), I am worried that DFA might ask me for a schedule/appointment slip? Thank u so much in advance...

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    1. Are you a state university grad? If you are, then your documents are complete and you can proceed to DFA for red ribbon. Schedule slip is applicable only for private colleges where school credentials are being forwarded to CHED.

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  68. Hi Ms. Anna! Ask ko lng sana kung paano macclaim ung pina authenticate na mga documents in case na nawala ung claim stub? Pinasok kc ung bahay namin ng mga masasamang loob ntangay ung bag na pinaglagyan ng mom ko ng claim stub. Thanks!

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    1. Magpagawa ka nlng ng affidavit of loss ng claim stub then present mo sa DFA on the date of release of your documents (I hope you still remember the date)

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  69. Hello
    Can i get red ribbon sa internet?

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  70. Hello po
    Ask ko lang po if pwedeng kumuha ng red ribbon using internet?

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    1. Definitely no! You need to go to DFA for filing authentication (red ribbon) of your documents.

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  71. Hi.tanong ko lng po qng how much ung pared ribbon.kc my nkapagsabi sking 700 n dw ngayn per page.totoo po ba to?tnx

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    1. No, hindi po. 100 p din per document pra sa regular processing at 200 for rush processing. Bka agency yn ng-file kaya 700 or kaya fixer.

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  72. Hi Ma'am, your blog is very informative. Just want to ask lang po, if ever meron na akong claim stub from PRC and CHED, kaso di ako makakapunta on the date of release sa DFA Manila kasi nandito po ako sa Gensan, pwede po bang yung kakilala ko nalang magsettle ng payment and magclaim? Ano po kelangan niyang dalhin aside sa authorization letter? Kelangan pa po ba ang SPA? Thanks.

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    1. Thanks Yvonne!
      Yes, you can ask someone to claim on your behalf provided by authorization letter which is duly signed by you and of course photocopy of your valid ID. No need for SPA, same lang yan ng authorization.

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  73. hello maam how are you? ako nga po c Homidi tanung ko lang po pwedi bha ako maka pa red rebbon na TOR lang saka deploma ang hawak ko saka kailangan pa bha original ng mga e2

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    1. Hi Homidi!
      Kelangan po muna dalhin sa school ang TOR at Diploma for certified true copy ng documents, photocopy lng need. Hindi yan accept ng DFA officers pg hndi certified true copy with signature of registrar and official seal ng school.

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  74. hi madam, klangan p po bng dalin ung receipt ng birth and marriage cert. pg pupunta ng dfa..,

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    1. Hello Gie,
      No need to bring the receipts for Birth and Marriage Certificates, just present the original copy from NSO.

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  75. hello po. ask ko lng po kung pwede po ba ipa-claim ung pina-authenticate po sa DFA? andito po kasi ako sa Tarlac at wala po akong time pra kunin po sa Manila. nasa akin po ung stubs n binigay po ng school. Salamat po

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    1. Yes Johann, pwede mo ipa-claim yan mga documents from DFA provided by authorization letter and photocopy of your valid ID. Also, furnish the copy of claim stub to your representative.

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  76. Hello po i would like to ask po sana if may validity ang certified true copies ng prc license, rating and cert of passing? last year ko po napa-certify tapos ngayon ko need for dfa authetication? Hope u can help po. Thank u po.

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    1. Pwede p yn CTC ng PRC credentials mo, it's still current. Besides, hndi nman ngbbago data nyan.

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  77. I already have my claim stub...is there any option where i can get my documents be mailed to me here in the province? So i dont have to go to manila. Tnx and God bless!

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    1. You should indicate that you want your documents be mailed to you. Otherwise, you will claim it as it was stated in the claim stub.

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  78. Hi Ma'am,

    I applied for authentication of my tor and diploma last July 22, and ched gave me a claim stub. Upon continues follow up only last week they informed me that it will be sent to my address on Sept. 4. I asked if this is already red ribboned and they say " yes ". Is it true since I only paid 40 pesos per set. I am just a bit confused.

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi! I'm sorry for the late response. Hope by now, you already had your documents. Anyway, DFA fees are different from what we are paying for CHED certification.

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  79. How long it takes red ribbon ng nbi saka how much po?

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    1. regular processing - 100, 4 working days
      rush processing - 200 next day makuha na

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  80. Hi po mam annabelle, ask ko lang po sana,kasi sabi sakin, sa dfa manila ko daw makukuha ung pinared ribbon ko.. sa stub ang release date ay sept 11. Pwede rin po ba kung sa dfa pampanga ko kunin un?salamat po..

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    1. Hello Kris! Saan ka ng-file ng red ribbon? Is it in Manila ba? If it is indicated na sa Manila mo i-claim, stick to that kc di nman yan nla iforward s Pampanga

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  81. hi mam anna.... ask ko lang po kung inaaccept or valid yung authorization na send thru fax or e-mail, tinatanggap po ba ito sa DFA para sa pagclaim ng documents? sa abroad po kasi kami.... thanks po...

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    1. Yes po valid po yn authorization n send nio via email or thru fax as long as meron po signature ng concerned person/s.

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  82. Hi mam.. magkanu po ang bayad pag rush

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  83. Hi this is JM,

    Hi Mam Annabelle,
    Your blog is informative. Actually it answered some questions of mine but there's some questions left in mind hanging that I need to ask:
    FIRST, I have my NBI Clearance authenticated last year 2013 along with my TOR and diploma in DFA Megamall, does it still really valid to used this year 2014? Since I read from here that once it redribbon already, the validity is for 5-10 years.
    SECOND, I have the authenticad copy of my birth certificate from NSO but I don't have the official receipt anymore, do I need to get another one for it to be Authenticated at DFA?
    THIRD, I have the original PRC certificate, board rating, and PRC license, do I really need to request for authenticated CTC at PRC or have a clear photocopy of it only for the DFA to authenticate it?
    I will process it for my brother's sponsorship for me to be attested by Qatar Embassy here in the Phil and apply for a family visit visa. He is currently working in Qatar.
    Hoping for your kind response!

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    1. Hello JM!
      Let me answer your questions one by one. Thanks for the compliment.
      First, NBI clearance is valid only for a year, even though you authenticated it; you need a new one if it is already near expiration.
      Second, you don't need the official receipt of your NSO birth cert; just present it to the DFA offices in its original format.
      Third, you need CTC of your PRC credentials such as certificate, board rating and license; DFA officers will not accept photocopies only.
      Hope I have answered your queries.

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  84. Good day Maam Anna Belle

    Thanks for the info.. Just by back-reading, the question I have in mind has been answered. Anyway one question, in the satellite offices do I need to file an appointment online for the authentication of my documents, like in getting a passport? Thanks in advance..

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    1. Hello!
      No need to set an appointment if you plan to file for authentication of your documents. Proceed to the nearest satellite office in your area, be sure to be there before 4 pm.

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