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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45 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. 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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  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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