DFA Red Ribbon - Express Authentication, Requirements, Fees and Step by Step Procedure of Application

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There are so many uses of a document should you need it under DFA red ribbon.

Please be reminded that other local government agencies also serve authentication services under red ribbon too. Why is it important to have your document marked and sealed?

(sample document file with seal and red ribbon from DFA)

First off, the trust factor when we talk about authenticity, your papers turn unquestionable when bearing the seal and the red ribbon marking by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Meaning, anywhere you use it or for whatever purpose, you can rest assured that there will be no questions asked and your documents shall be considered valid, binding and legally accepted in any government as well as public offices all over the Philippines. I actually had a sample document here from my sister.

It's a SPA made in Japan from the Philippine embassy authorizing me to handle all transactions regarding acquisition of her civil service illegibility certificate and transcript of records in college school. She will be using it for job promotion purposes.

Please also note that many government offices offer the same service like the DFA red ribbon for documents but there is one express authentication online service you can apply for today. I will highlight this particular discussion later in aid of helping OFWs and those living abroad or have migrated to other countries and are looking to have any document under DFA red ribbon.

Other issues may include renewal, expiration, price / fees, location, contact numbers and actual or official website. I will definitely cover these areas to so stay with me as I discuss them below. Remember that there are times you will need the seal for purpose of passport application in any of the authorized offices.

Purposes for Having Documents Under DFA Red Ribbon Marking / Seal

  • For working abroad
  • Additional supporting document to an existing possible questionable document
  • Prove unquestionable singleness
  • Certification
  • Ownership of property claims
  • Establishing identity
  • Territorial and property legal claims
  • Proving no derogatory and criminal records
  • Licensing
  • Delivery and transfer
  • Insurance
  • Foreign documents authentication
  • Authenticity claim
  • Local employment
  • Marriage
  • Education
  • Loan application
  • Certifying true copy
  • Proving ownership
  • Legal claims
  • Personal claims
  • Acquiring assets and liabilities
  • Registration purposes
  • Driving a car and getting a license
  • Medical
  • Training
  • Authorization
  • Professional licensing

DFA Red Ribbon Step by Step Procedure of Application and Fees

See the step-by-step procedures listed below as well as the how much you are going to pay for DFA red ribbon / authentication fees per copy of the document.

Step By Step Procedures for Authentication / Red Ribbon:

  • Step 1. Fill up application form (maximum of 5 documents per application form only)
  • Step 2. Present a valid ID upon submission of the documents to the processing window
  • Step 3. Pay the Php 100.00 authentication fee (per document cost)
  • Step 4. Return the duplicate copy of the receipt to the processing window
  • Step 5. Claim the authenticated copy of the document on the release date stated upon presenting the machine-validated receipt at the releasing window
  • Step 6. Remember to file / claim your documents personally but authorized representatives are allowed provided that proper letter of request and special power of attorney from the applicant. Don’t forget to give a photo copy of the applicant’s valid and updates ID bearing it’s signature as well as representative’s own ID with signature too.

How Much is DFA Red Ribbon Document Authentication Express Service in DFA?

Each document that you want to have under DFA red ribbon or  sealed in any agency of the Philippine government had an equivalent cost. The fees will depend usually on how many copies you want to have done with. Yes, its a per copy cost on latest update. Note that this doesn't include any charges for door to door delivery if and should you opt in for a service either from LBC Express or DHL door to door delivery. See my list below.

School Records, Transcript, Diploma and School Forms (137 etc.), Certificates - Php 150.00 - Php 300 per copy

Documents and Papers that Can Be Red Ribboned and Serving Government Agency

List of Documents that DFA / Government Agencies are Serving Red Ribbon / Authentication:

  • Birth Certificate – NSO and DFA
  • Marriage Contract – NSO and DFA
  • CENOMAR (certificate of non marriage) – NSO and DFA
  • Death certificate – NSO and DFA
  • Marriage Contract {Local Civil Registry copy (for not readable, BC, MC, DC)} – NSO and DFA
  • Certification of Non-Marriage Record (from NSO – Valid only for six months upon issue of document) – NSO and DFA
  • Certificate of Muslim Tribal Affiliation – OMA, Shari’a Court, NSO, DFA
  • Certificate of Conversion to Islam – OMA, Shari’a Court, NSO, DFA
  • Police Clearance – PNP , DFA
  • NBI Clearance – NBI, DFA
  • LTO Certificate – LTO, DFA
  • Driver’s License – LTO, DFA
  • Report of Rating – PRC, DFA
  • Certificate of Registration – PRC, DFA
  • Certification of Good Standing – PRC, DFA
  • Professional License – PRC, DFA
  • Community Tax Certificate / Cedula – City Treasurer’s Office, DFA
  • Barangay Certification/Mayor’s Certification- Barangay Chairman, Mayor, DFA
  • Barangay Clearances – Barangay Chairman, Mayor, DFA
  • Voter’s ID/Certificate – COMELEC Manila, DFA
  • Travel Clearance of a Filipino Minor without Accompanying Parents – DSWD, DFA
  • Alien Certificate of Registration – Immigrant/Native-Born Residence Certificate – Bureau of Immigration, DFA
  • College Diploma and Transcript of Records (Collegiate Level) – School, CHED (depending on the region), DFA
  • College Diploma and Transcript of Records (For State Colleges and University) (Use 1 & 3 CAV signed by the University Registrar) – School, CHED (depending on the region), DFA
  • Certificate of Enrollment/Report of Grades – School, CHED (depending on the region), DFA
  • Certification of Graduation – School, CHED (depending on the region), DFA
  • Secondary/Elementary Diploma and Form 137-A, Special Order – School, DEPED (depending on the region), DFA
  • Certification of Graduation – School, DEPED (depending on the region), DFA
  • Certificate of Enrollment/Report of Grades – School, DEPED (depending on the region), DFA
  • Diploma on Technical and Skills Development Courses – School, TESDA (depending on the region), DFA
  • Transcript of Records – School, TESDA (depending on the region), DFA
  • Certificate of Enrollment/Report of Grades – School, TESDA (depending on the region), DFA
  • Certification of Graduation – School, TESDA (depending on the region), DFA
  • Medical Certificate – Clinic/Hospital, DOH-BLR, DFA
  • AIDS-Free Certificate – Clinic/Hospital, DOH-BLR, DFA
  • Employment Certificates – Notary Public, Regional Trial Court, DFA
  • Job Description – Notary Public, Regional Trial Court, DFA
  • Training Certificates – Notary Public, Regional Trial Court, DFA
  • Agreement/Contract – Notary Public, Regional Trial Court, DFA
  • Affidavit of Support and Guaranty – Notary Public, Regional Trial Court, DFA
  • Affidavit of Parental Consent / Single Status – Notary Public, Regional Trial Court, DFA
  • Affidavit of Loss – Notary Public, Regional Trial Court, DFA
  • Special Power of Attorney – Notary Public, Regional Trial Court, DFA
  • GOSI Forms – Notary Public, Regional Trial Court, DFA
  • Doctor’s Affidavit – Notary Public, Regional Trial Court, DFA
  • Court Decision/Court Order/Resolution – Certified true copies of the decision, resolution or order (Regional Trial Court ), Certification from the Office of Court Administrator (Supreme Court), DFA
  • Certificate of Origin – Bureau of Customs, PCCI, DFA
  • Commercial Invoice – Bureau of Customs, PCCI, DFA
  • Bill of Lading/Air Way Bill – Bureau of Customs, PCCI, DFA
  • Shipping Agent’s Certificate – Bureau of Customs, PCCI, DFA
  • Quarantine Clearance Certificate – Bureau of Customs, PCCI, DFA
  • Weight Certification/Weight Liqht – Bureau of Customs, PCCI, DFA
  • Manufacturer’s Certificate – Bureau of Customs, PCCI, DFA
  • Beneficiary Certificate Commodity Clearance – Bureau of Customs, PCCI, DFA
  • Insurance Certification – Bureau of Customs, PCCI, DFA
  • Foreign Documents – Philippine Embassy/Consulate in the country from where the document originated or by the said country’s Embassy or Consulate General based in the Philippines, DFA

Requirements for DFA Red Ribbon Seal

REQUIREMENTS

  • The certified true copy of the document that needs to be authenticated. Authentication must be done by the corresponding office where it was issued.  
  • Pay the fee of Php 100.00 for regular processing which takes 5-7 business days and Php 200.00 for rush processing, out by 2-3 business days.

How to Claim DFA-Authenticated Documents?

There are a couple of ways to claim and get your DFA red ribbon sealed document and one is to get it by yourself by personal pick up and the other is by applying for a door to door delivery service either by DHL or LBC. The procedures of claim are stated below for your guidance.

1. You will be given a stub after the application process. Just go back to DFA on the date indicated on the stub. Don 't forget to ask where the claim section is before you leave the cashier or pay counter.

2. Drop your stub on the box beside the “Releasing” Office. A security guard will most likely guide you and get applicant papers.

3. Wait and sit down in the waiting area. Wait for your turn and for your name to be called in the different customer service windows.

Express Application Online

For people who have regular jobs and busy business geeks, there is a ways to get any of your document listed above under DFA red ribbon or by any other local Philippine government agency. This is called as the DFA Express Service and just like any other extra service, you get to pay for your document with a worry-free fee in case you want to apply for this type of service. You can visit this page - http://www.authenticationexpress.com/ for more information, inquiry and questions.

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