DFA Red Ribbon Authentication Requirements, Documents, and Procedures
Are you going abroad to work overseas? You may need to submit authenticated ("red-ribboned") documents to the embassy of the country where you work. Acquiring red ribbon authentication is as easy applying for a passport. You can do it yourself and never pay agents to do it for you.
The embassies for Canada, the UAE, Qatar, and others require citizens of the Philippines to have their important documents authenticated as genuine with a red ribbon. Authenticated papers must have been issued within three months of getting the red ribbon application process.
Here are the requirements, steps, and procedures for red ribbon authentication.
A Note About Timing
For some agencies, "rush" processing of red ribbon authentication means between four to seven business days. If you use DHL delivery, a rush order will take about two weeks, depending upon your location.
Remember: Documents must have been valid for three months to be authenticated.
College Academic Records
Go to your university or college registrar and ask for a certified copy of your credentials, transcript of record (TOR), and diploma. This will cost about P150 each depending on your school.
Next, go to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) office near you and submit those documents. They will then give you a reference number. Use this reference number when claiming your red ribboned documents in the DFA or DHL.
You can go to the DFA personally for the issuance of your certificates. But it’s much more convenient if you just go to any DHL Cargo Express and use your reference number to receive your red ribbon certificate. DHL will deliver it to you in two weeks or less. When I had my NSO birth certificate red-ribboned, DHL charged me P400. It costs P265 for the college and high school diploma.
Note: Some state universities can issue documents directly to the DFA for red-ribboning without going through CHED.
High School Records
Almost the same procedure is required to get your high school records. Visit your high school registrar and ask for a certified copy of your diploma and record of credentials. Tell them it is for the purpose of obtaining a DFA red ribbon. Next, go to the Department of Education office and submit these documents. Wait for your reference number. Go to the DHL and pay the delivery fees.
Technical Skills Certificates
To authenticate a technical skills certificate, including records of completed culinary and caregiver courses, ask for a certified copy of your credentials, TOR, diploma, or certificate from the school where you completed the training. Bring these documents to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and tell them you need DFA red ribbon authentication.
All professional certificates can be authenticated as well. These include:
- professional licenses
- certificates of good standing
- certificates of registration
- report ratings
To authenticate these types of documents, go to the Professional Regulation Commission office and ask for a certified copy of the certificate. Wait for the claim stub and go to the DFA or DHL. Pay the corresponding fees and you’re done.
Elementary School Diploma and Form 137-A
To authenticate these documents, follow the same procedure as for high school documents. Expect to pay P265 for the DHL delivery.
NSO Authenticated Certificates
Documents from the National Statistics Office include:
- birth certificates
- marriage certificates
- CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage)
- death certificates
To have these documents authenticated, bring the original, with the original official receipt, and a Local Civil Registrar copy of the document to the DFA, or DHL, for red ribbon authentication.
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