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DFA Red Ribbon Authentication Requirements, Documents, and Procedures

Updated on March 09, 2015

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.

Professional Certificates

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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      gina 12 hours ago

      pwede po mag tanong kung ano ang contact number ng DFA ce bu?

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      Princess 2 days ago

      DFA should double check the documents submitted by their applicants. There are some docs that doesnt match with their records. For an example, associate/vocational graduates but holding a diploma instead of certificate. And a non-graduates but holding a diploma.

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      Vilma Makilang 3 months ago

      Can u do me a favor, please send me steps on red ribbon processing of my sister in laws CENOMAR. She is in japan.. on this email Thank you

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      felix labanda 3 months ago

      All the documents for red ribbon is with me now.. Can I go direct to DFA Office (Any branch) to be able to make red ribbon or No? Or still I need to go to my previous school for them to process. Thanks

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      ariel fetalvo 4 months ago

      my aunt sent an SPA authorizing me for the selling of her land. do i need to authenticated SPA from Minnesota? or can i FAcilitate the authentication here in Manila

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      Gina 5 months ago

      I will have cenomar of my son who is based in Saipan to be authenticated and red ribbon since they need it as part of requirements for marriage. May I ask aside from original copy of cenomar and official receipt, a local civil registrar copy of document is being asked. May I clarify if this copy is different from the one being issued by NSO office? Thanks

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      Floreza 6 months ago

      Hello, good day!

      I just want to ask, (1)naka lagay po sa claim stub Yung date na kukunin Yung red ribbon documents ko, ibig po pang Sabihin makukuha na Namin yun on the said date or start palang po nag pagprocess sa DFA?

      (2) amo po ang requirements if Yung representative ang mag claim nag red ribbon docs ko? Do I need an SPA or pwede na Yung scan or emailed authorization from the owner? Please advise ASAP

      thank you.

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      Jay Pedrozo Bejar 6 months ago

      What is the requirements for the red ribbon marriage contract.?

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      April Joy 6 months ago

      Good Day po.

      Need ko po nga redribbon for my birtcertificate at cenomar nandito po ako sa dubai magpapaksal kailangan pa po ba talaga ng Special power of attorney na galing dito para makakuha ng redribbon and gaano po katagal. Thanks.

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      edmon 7 months ago

      Hi po,ano requirments pagpa red riibbon ng marriage certificates.

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      CristyTaglinao 7 months ago

      Good Afternoon!

      Urgently need a quick response!

      Could anyone tell me how much each the " Red Ribbon" for my Authenticated Cenomar and Birth Certificate for marriage purposes? How many days it will take for the rush processing? Do i need to present the original or copy of the NSO receipt? lastly, the exact location please.


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      ... 7 months ago

      good day,need po ba ng original copy ng SPA sa dfa para makapag pa red ribbon ng

      birhcertificate at cemonal,?...nagpapalakad po kasi kami sa friend namin sa pinas...

      SPA po galing kuwait ...

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      agnes romin 7 months ago

      How much it cost for the red ribbon of birth certificate, marriage contract and special power of attorney and also certificate of heir sheet.

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      Ma.Louella Angeles 8 months ago

      i need to do red ribbon for all original documents.aside from all my original documents what are the things that i be needed to bring or to fill up?thank you!

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      joan 9 months ago

      I lost my official receipt of the nso. Can i still continue with the red ribbon. I'm from the province of isabela.

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      darie love 10 months ago

      good day,,, i need to do a red ribbon for my Certificate of employment and my prc license? what should i do? and how long will it take me to get the red ribbon?

      are you also catering red ribbon applicants i DFA davao?

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      Mechad 10 months ago

      Good Day! nagkuha na po ako ng TOR at diploma sa school namin tapos sabi ko ipapa red ribbon ko, tapos pinabalik po ako makalipas ang ilang araw, nang nakuha ko na po isang envelope na po binigay sakin with the official stamp at name of our school at name ng padadalhan sa DHL. do I still need to go to CHED? sa pagpapa attestate naman po para sa UAE stamp ano po mga requirements? salamat po.

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      jonalee santos 10 months ago

      Whay are the requirements for red ribbon of the cenomar and birth certificate of my brother and his fiannce? Both of them are in UAE. They want me to fix the red ribbon. But I have no idea to do this. I already order by online the nso certificates.You can eail me at for the answer. thank you.

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      Ram Cruz 11 months ago

      Hello po, Ganito po kasi sitwasyon ko Flight ko na po sa Apr. 27 bound to abu dhabi, kakafile ko lang po last week sa (private) school pra sa Red Ribbon, Bale po sabi sa school namin nai file na nila sa CHED yung req. ko para dun, ang hinihintay ko nalang yung claim stub para sa DFA. Tanong ko lang sana kung ilan araw po ang processing ng Red Ribbon sa DFA? at pwede po ba ipa expedite yun? Bale po may Ticket na ako. Ano po ba maganda gawin? kasi need ko pa ipa attest yun. Maraming salamat po

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      Ranilio 11 months ago

      Hi this is ranilio Alagao. Tanong ko lang po kung valid paba ung red ribbon ko na certificate kasi d pa siya na authenticate ng uae. Nasa abu dhabi po ako. Last year ko pa nakuha ung red ribbon ko pero d siya authenticated sa uae embassy. Ok p po ba na ipa authenticate sa embassy ng uae dyan sa pinas or kuha ako ulit ng red ribbon? Thank you pls response to my email

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      HannahMorales 11 months ago

      Good evening!

      I'm currently I'm staying in dubai.

      I'm urgently I'm needed to submit my TOR ,DIPLOMA,and my birth certificate NSO, can you please let me know what is the process and how much it will cost for all red ribbon ? Also the authetication certificate .

      But if someone applying for my behalf what is needed?

      I need urgent asap!

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      amiel 11 months ago

      Is DFA Alabang serves red ribboned marriage contract?

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      Anna 11 months ago

      Ask ko lang po anong sunod na proses after mared ribbon ang documents like marriage license?

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      Ayah Thea 11 months ago

      asked ko lang po kung what if kung hanggang college level lang ang natapos ko tapos kukunin ako ng mama ko sa qatar pero hindi na daw po nia alam kung ganun pa rin ang sistema ng pagkuha ng red ribbon , mayrun lang po ako dito na NBI Clearance, and Passport required dn po ba un para makakuha po ako ng red ribon authentication.

      eto nga po pla contact number ko #09353839482

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      Sanie Rose Acosta 12 months ago

      Hi po saan po ba sa tuguegarao Cagayan aq pwede magma red ribbon ng birth certificate

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      Flor evasco 12 months ago

      May i know your contact number?

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      Trylle 12 months ago

      the embassy will accept the birth certificate from local registry office which is scanned copy or they need the original copy?

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      May, 12 months ago

      Hello good aftenon mam and sir!pwede poh mag tanong,ang sabi kasi sa DepEd office sa region doon na daw ako magpa red ribbon sa DFA,Totoo po ba yan? My CAV form na poh ako galing sa DepEd office,kailangan ko kasi para mka kuha ako nang passport,pabalik2x na kasi ako sa DFA.

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      Jumi M. Tiate 12 months ago

      magkano po ang payment kung sa DFA OFFICE ako magpa CAV RED RIBBON?

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      Ma. Virginia Juan 13 months ago

      How much will I pay kung rush ang gamitin for red ribbon ng birth certificate at cenomar?

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      Karren 13 months ago

      Anyone na may alam kung paano po ako makakakuha ng cenomar with redribbon then ipapadala dito sa japan asap. Please.. Thanks!

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      samera 13 months ago

      i just wanna ask ? what documents need to make red ribbon for my marriage contract and how long it will take thanks,

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      May 13 months ago

      Hi pwede mag tanong?kailangan kpo ipa red ribbon ang mga papers ko sa high school,kasi kailangan sa DFA,pwede ba dito sa manila?doon kasi ako nag grad. Sa baybay leyte,

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      unknown 13 months ago

      what is the requirements for passport red ribbon?is it possible that other person will process it with an authorization letter?

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      ren 14 months ago

      san po pde mag pa redribbon ng marriage cerficate..bka nmn po pde nyo sken isend ang address kng san pwede n mga locations.tnx

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      michael rostata 14 months ago

      i thought red ribbon documents have no expiry then why i should have to go another processing for my red ribbon in fact it can waste a lot of time and effort i hope DFA have a good reasoning about this!!!

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      elice 14 months ago

      Ask lang po, if anu kelangan sa pagpapa red ribbon ng NBI bukod sa NBI Clearance? Thanks!

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      lenylyn solano 14 months ago

      ilang days po ba bgo makuha ang magpared ribbon ng cenomar?at pwede rin po jan s dfa legaspi?tnx.. have a good day.

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      Rachel 14 months ago

      if i send my documents to DHL or LBC how many days that i can receive the documents? and how much it cost. I want to red ribbon my CENOMAR and birth certificate.Please reply in my email adress

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      anonymous 15 months ago

      why they require passport and nbi a red ribbon?

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      yenyen 15 months ago

      pano po sa mga direct hiring ? pano req.. ngayon

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      shai 15 months ago

      for marriage is possible that the second wife can get also the red ribbon while the first wife had already??pls let me know!!! thak you and God bless

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      Dory 15 months ago

      I have a with red ribbon stamp dicumentation but our P.R.O. Said its lost . Is it possible that someone used it if ever handled by the person who found it ?

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      Lerma 15 months ago

      I have an NSO copy of my marriage contract which I acquired 4 years ago. But I no longer have my receipt of that( which according to this site I need to bring the original copy of the marriage contract with the original receipt) I now need to get an authenticated copy of my marriage contract to be used in applying for UAE residence visa. Can I apply for the Authentication and Red Ribbon even without the NSO original receipt? Your response would be highly appreciated . Thanks a lot!

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      Cadj 16 months ago

      I need cenomar po

      Pwde po bng mkuha contact nmber nyo?


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      angelo 16 months ago

      saan po kukuha ng application form para sa red ribbon?

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      salip omar Khalid c. abubakar 17 months ago

      I am applying as seaman for international shipping. Had finished required training and I have my seaman's book. Do ihave to apply for cav for elementary high school vocational and undergraduate documents for dfa red ribbon?

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      kurl 17 months ago

      is it ok to present the id of my cousin from japan having non signature by her to claim her redribbon documents coz its not required to there country to put a sign, instead its being sealed and number coding.thanks

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      far 17 months ago

      Ask lng po valid po ba ang id's na issue from japan sa pag claim ng authenticated document sa dfa pinakuha lang po kasi sa akin ng pinsan ko nasa japan po sya nakatira,,

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      katie perlas 17 months ago

      Hi po tanong ko lng ano ano po documents dadalhin pg mgparedribbon pg ikakasal po kc ang kapatid ko s uae

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      Nina Tala Joy 17 months ago

      meron po bang DFA authentication sa Ilo-ILo branch? or sa REgion 6? pls po ned ko lng po ..

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      melai 18 months ago

      My red ribon are in the philippines now.they said that need a stamp of uae embassy before i received my red ribon..what the process do i need to do to hve a stamp from embassy of uae?

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      mhilce 18 months ago

      Halu.. Tanong lang po ako Kung kelangan pa po ba tlga ang LCR copy ng b.cert if mag pa redribbon? Tnx

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      salvacion 18 months ago

      Hi po, ask ko lang po how & how much at what ducuments need for my sister in cyprus upang maparedrribon marrage contract nila at kung pwede po bang iparehistro din dito sa pinas marrage contract nila, kasi dun sila sa cyprus kinasal, posible po bang ako nalang na ate niya mg pa redribbon?

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      Drix 18 months ago

      Hello po! Ask ko lang kung magkano ang babayaran sa DFA kapag magcclaim personally nung pina red ribbon na TOR and diploma? Thank you!

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      Rio enriquez 18 months ago

      Ask ko lng po nd po b maeexpired ung kinuha q n cenomar na my red ribbon actually last year q p xa knuha?tnx a lot

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      Qtcorrs 18 months ago

      Hi do i need to go back to zero since my Red Ribbon was done 2009. Will it be okay if i just renew it directly to DFA? I am currently in Dubai and i need it for my new work. Thank you!

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      Catherine Bonsato 18 months ago

      I want to apply the another job but my certificate was not release.

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      tine 18 months ago

      Hello ask ko lang po tungkol sa red ribbon kasi po sept4 kami nag file sa ched.then binigyan kami ng information sheet.. Nakalagay po dun sept 7 2015 date transmitted at dfa.. Then sabi nya sept 8 kunin na sa dfa... Release na po ba agad yun.? Thanks.

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      pilar 18 months ago

      good day!i just want to ask how much will i pay at the deped when i submit all my documents?thank you

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      jaidy apillanes 18 months ago

      Kng pa red ribbon po aq s friend q cx maglkd drtsu n po b s DFA or ched muna? Mgknu mgstos at lang days po

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      Shermin 18 months ago

      Pwede po bang mag pa red ribbon sa dfa mega mall?

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      teng 19 months ago

      what if i dont have my tor just my diploma?

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      Ram 19 months ago

      Pd po ba mgprocess ng birthcertificate rrd ribbon d2 sa dhl batangas city

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      Daisy 19 months ago

      hi, i just want to ask how can i get the my TRO and diploma stamp if my school is not available, where i can get the seal for my documents? Please help ASAP

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      lester ortizo 19 months ago

      Hello po ask ko lang po if napapa red ribbon yyng birth certificate came from philippine statistics authority?

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      juliet de guzman 19 months ago

      Mag papa schedule pa po ba pag mag papared ribbon ng cenomar at birth certificate

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      macci83 19 months ago

      I just got an information from a friend of mine, both of us are working here in Abu Dhabi. Is it true that Red Ribbon documents is only valid for One year unless being stamped by the UAE embassy??

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      Milli 19 months ago

      Ask ko lang po ano po kelangan para magclaim ng nared ribboned na Tor/diploma? Kung parents mo po magclaim, ano po kelangan? Authorization letter na nanotarized po ba?

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      Daisy 19 months ago

      what if the document got soaked???what will i do??

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      sultan 19 months ago

      hi kasal po kami ng indian husband ko s india ngayon may anak n ako dto ko is in ilang ang bata s pinas at gusto na naming syang ikuha ng passport. ...makakakuha po ba ako? kailangan pb ng red ribbon s amin marriage certificate? pls answer thanks and more power

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      ellehcir 20 months ago

      Need ko po ba to complete the documents like, High School Diploma, College Diploma, TOR and NSO to have the red ribbon or kahit isa lang? Thank you and God Bless

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      cherrymy garcia 20 months ago

      how much will be the costs of birth certificate and CENOMAR in red ribbon

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      Bella Corazon T. Tejano 20 months ago

      I am about to have all my records red ribbon. I am a teacher which document be red ribbon first? thanks

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      Hi. I am an ex ofw and on the process of renewing my red ribbon documents since it was stamped year 2011. I called DFA office and informed me that I can renew my old red ribboned documents. However the RLE documents from my university is not included during the process . According to my university,I need to get another set of documents from them and do the whole process to support my rle documents and send it again to ched then to DFA. Which process I will follow? Please reply to this email address. Thank you.

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      Maeann 20 months ago

      Hi... just want to ask if still I can get my CAV?? That was last yr of may... I wasnt able to get the CAC in dfa.... but istill have the stub... thankyou.

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      Fatima 20 months ago

      How long it will take po ba to take the duplicate copy of the High School Diploma as i loss my copy and i am requesting that to my university but unfortunately they told me that it will take time approximately 20 Days. and how to it will take to red ribbon the document and to attest in UAE. my option ba n mas mapadali lahat ng process. please email me:

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      Maria guillen C. Angcog 20 months ago

      I already recieved my red ribbon. But sad to say the company wherein i worked they lost my red ribbon. My question is i can get my red ribbon again even im here in Dubai?

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      milany baclig 21 months ago

      my expiration po ba ang authenticated birthcertificate.

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      Estela Gansowen 21 months ago

      hi po im here in abudhabi and i need express assistance to process my highschool diploma for redribbon authentication, nsa akin dto s abudhabi ang original kong diploma.ano po ba dpt kong gawin? please i need responce very badly .. email me;

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      karen 21 months ago

      tor and diploma naredribbon n po nung 2009.. kailangan ko po bng irenew?

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      Hannah 21 months ago

      Un pong documents n dnla s dep. ed (Diploma, form 137 at certification of graduation) na for CAV after po ma-CAV un ang Dep. Ed n din po ba ang mgafoforward s DFA ng mga documents n un or ako po ang kukuha s Dep. ed at mgdadala s DFA for Red Ribbon?

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      Jackie 21 months ago

      I got with me my reb ribbon documents from college[transcript of records } but i need to attest it back to the phils -uae embassy. For the stamped. I got it last may 2013. My question is this documents still valid? Or do i need to get again new set of it? Thank you.

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      Raihima Monson 22 months ago

      I need my singleness have red rebon how much fees and hu help to me can u gve no.plz

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      tsongroy 22 months ago

      I need to validate for red ribbon my renewed NBI Clearance, Is it posssible to process my document to DFA San Fernando, Pampanga. (How much will bee the fee? if available) I am From Bataan.

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      jane 22 months ago

      hello. just want to ask regarding the red ribbon.. I had this last 2013, how much will be the renewal? could it be possible to renew or back to new papers again?tnx

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      a.santos 22 months ago

      Hi poydi po ba ipa ipa red ribbon k yong tor at diploma s college ko pero kinuha ko yon 2 years ago na....slmt

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      iamchestern 22 months ago

      Hi. I read the comment thread but I cannot find any concrete answer similar to Daniel's question regarding the validity of the "red-ribboned" document (TOR). In my wife's case, she had her documents "red-ribboned" in 2012. Some forums say it is valid for 5 years from the time it was done. Does it make my wife's documents valid still? She seeks employment here in UAE.

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      cristine corpin 22 months ago

      gud pm po. magkano po pag pinaauthenticate yung cenomar at pana red ribbon.?

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      22 months ago

      how many months or year the validity of red ribbon?

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      Peter 22 months ago

      May certified aq n diploma at TOR issued last 2008, pwede b ito ung gagamitin k para maipred ribbon or kelanagn k kumha ng bago s school registrar?

      ask k lng poh kc magppared ribbon poh aq ng TOR at diploma k.


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      Kimberly 23 months ago

      i wanna just ask if i didn't get my authenticated nbi clearance

      on the date schedule of release. Can i still get it the nextday?

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      Justine 23 months ago

      Can I still use my TOR? I had it since 2014.

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      gideon 23 months ago

      need ko po ng red ribbon sa TOR ko ano po ba ang requirements? thanks

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      ramesis 23 months ago

      parepareho lang po pa ang fees sa lahat ng dfa pag nag pared ribbon po ng nbi?

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      maryrose dichoso 23 months ago

      Papaano po ba magpa red ribbon ng birth certificate at cenomar ang ate Qoh newly wed. Po xa tva Holland ang npangasawa nia.. Need pa po ba mgpa appointment o mgpapunta n lng ng deretso s dfa? Tnx.. PKI reply nman po

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      jolly dela fuente 23 months ago

      do i need to bring a consent letter and valid ID of my wife and my son for red ribboning of their birth certificate and our marriage contract?

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      question 23 months ago

      my girlfriend and i are getting married, she lives in denmark working as aupair. She has no nso documents. im wondering if the dfa or dhl can get the original papers and red ribbon them and then send it to denmark? or if it is possible to get the nso documents on email, so she can send the email to dfa/dhl?

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      al 23 months ago

      ilang buwan po valid ang naka red ribbon na CENOMAR? thnks

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      basti 23 months ago

      how many validity ng CENOMAR na naka RED Ribbon na?

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