Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Authentication of documents issued in the Philippines

The Embassy of the Philippines does not authenticate/apostillize documents issued in the Philippines. Private, commercial and legal documents issued in the Philippines for use in another country can be authenticated only by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). DFA authentication services are provided at the following locations, all in Metro Manila:

  • DFA Office of Consular Affairs Authentication Division
    address: ASEANA Business Park, Macapagal Avenue corner Bradco Avenue, Parañaque City
  • DFA NCR-Northeast (Ali Mall)
    address: Level 2 Ali Mall Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
  • DFA NCR-East (SM Megamall)
    Level 7 SM Megamall Building C, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City
  • DFA NCR-West (SM Manila)
    Level 5 SM City Manila, Concepcion Street corner Arroceros and Marcelino Streets, Ermita, Manila
  • DFA NCR-South (Metro Gaisano Alabang)
    Level 4 Metro Alabang Town Center, Madrigal Avenue corner Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City

The following documents can be authenticated at the Satellite Offices:

  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance
  • Barangay Certification with Mayor’s Certification
  • National Statistics Office (NSO) -issued documents on security paper (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate, certificate of no marriage)
  • Affidavits with Regional Trial Court Certification
  • Notarized Documents with Regional Trial Court Certification
  • Medical Certifications authenticated by the Department of Health
  • Professional Regulation Commission documents
  • Land Transportation Office (LTO) License Certification issued by LTO main office only
  • Foreign documents authenticated by a Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate-General
  • Foreign documents authenticated by a foreign Embassy or foreign Consulate-General in the Philippines
  • School Records (transcript of records, diploma, Form 137, etc) with a Certificate of Authentication and Verification (CAV) from the Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or Department of Education
  • School Records with a Certificate of Authentication and Verification (CAV) issued by a State College or State University

Business Hours

The business hours of DFA NCR-Northeast , DFA NCR-East, DFA NCR-West and DFA NCR-South are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Mondays to Saturdays.

Authentication Fee

As of the writing of this advisory, the authentication fee is as follows:

  • regular processing, PhP 100 per document, for releasing after four working days
  • expedite processing, PhP 200 per document, for releasing after one business day

Submission by Proxy

Documents may be submitted for authentication by an authorized representative in the Philippines. The authorized representative must have a valid identification and must present the following:

  • signed Special Power of Attorney from the applicant
  • photocopy of applicant’s identification bearing the applicant’s signature
  • photocopy of the authorized representative’s identification

For more information please visit the DFA Consular Affairs Website.