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Authentication of Documents at Department of Foreign Affairs (Red Ribbon)

Red ribbon process is when you seek for authentication of your legal documents in DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs). Technically, it is important to have your documents authenticated, especially when these documents are going to be used abroad. I would quote here the important information found on DFA website regarding authentication.

“The DFA through the Authentication Division-Office of Consular Affairs may authenticate an act, deed documents etc. executed or sourced within Philippine legal jurisdiction by way of certifying said act, as follows: a) executed before a local notary public officer authorized to execute such functions, b) testified to by a public seal, c) rendered public by the authority of a competent magistrate, d) certified as being a copy of a public register. When these acts, deeds or documents have been duly authenticated by the Department, the receiving embassies or consulates or any other foreign legal entities are, in effect assured that aforesaid documents are in order or have been legalized in accordance with proper procedure. Foreign Embassies, Consulates and foreign legal entities may or may not require the authentication of documents sourced from the Philippines for use within their respective jurisdictions. However, under rules of reciprocity in international relations, sovereign states normally require authentication of foreign documents to be used. The DFA authentication attest to the genuineness of the signature appearing on the attached certification for the purpose of identifying a specific document and giving credence to the official acts of the notary public or certifying officer thereon for use, if and when required, as instrument of evidence in foreign countries. As such, the DFA certification/authentication does not, per se, authenticate the validity/efficacy/enforceability of the basic document itself. However, the Authentication Officer is impressed with duties calling for carefulness and faithfulness whereby he must inform himself of the facts to which he intends to certify and avoid participation in illegal enterprises.”

Guidelines and Procedure:


Documents that I had “red-ribboned” from the time I was processing our marriage license until I was about to migrate:

  • Birth certificate
  • Joint Affidavit of Single Status
  • University Diploma (certified true copy by my university and then eventually authenticated by CHED and DFA)

Important Addresses:

  • Authentication Division, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)
    • Office of Consular Affairs Building in Macapagal Avenue, Parañaque City
    • Tel. No. (+632) 834-4000
  • Department of Education, Culture and Sports-National Capital Region (DECS-NCR)
    • Misamis St., Bago Bantay, Quezon City
    • Tel. No. (+632) 651-780
  • Authentication Unit, Legal Office, Office of the President, (Malacañang)
    • 1610 J.P. Laurel St., Watson Building, Malacañang , San Miguel, Manila
    • Tel. No. (+632) 733-36-03
  • Commission on Higher Education-National Capital Region (CHED-NCR)
    • 6th floor, Pacific Corporate Center, 131 West Avenue, Quezon City
    • Tel. No. (+632) 373-5551 to 53
  • National Statistics Office (NSO)
    • East Avenue, Quezon City (in front of Social Security System (SSS) building)
    • Tel. No. (+632) 927-8672 NSO Hotline Plus (Teleserv):737-1111
    • Releasing: Vibal Building, EDSA cor. Times St., West Triangle, Quezon City
  • Professional Regulations Commission (PRC)
    • P. Paredes, St. cor. Morayta St. Sampaloc, Manila
    • Gen Inquiries: (+632) 314-0026; Fax No. (+632) 735- 4475
  • Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-NCR (TESDA-NCR)
    • TESDA Complex, East Service Road, South Superhighway, Taguig, M. Mla.
    • Tel. No. (+632) 887-7777; Send SMS to (+63) 917-4794370



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