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May 15-1

Renewing your driver’s license and car registration has become so much simpler and faster now that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) has launched their LTO Online Personal Appointment and Scheduling System or PASS.   Applicants may now simply set an appointment at any of the four LTO branches that offer the PASS service to ensure that they will be attended to during their visit.

The system is seen to reduce the entire renewal process to just 45 minutes, a far cry from the usual 4-hour wait time for walk-in transactions.

How does the LTO PASS Work?

You only need to visit the LTO Online System at https://www.lto.net.ph and book your appointment.  You will be required to key in your address and contact details, as well as your driver’s license number.  Don’t worry, the site runs on a secure platform with an HTTPS encryption so all your information is safe and cannot be accessed by hackers.

Is this open to all areas that have an LTO branch?

LTO is currently running the project in five pilot branches in Metro Manila but their direction is to have it available nationwide.  Here are the branches that accept appointments made through the LTO PASS system:

  1. Central Office in East Avenue, Quezon City
  2. Novaliches, Quezon City
  3. Marikina
  4. Muntinlupa
  5. Pasig City

The agency is targeting to have all branches activated with the PASS by the end of the year.  While the roll-out is ongoing, the LTO will continue to accept walk-in applicants for driver’s license and car registration renewal.

For now, the PASS facility will only be accepting renewal transactions for driver’s license and car registration.  All other transactions are still on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to use the PASS online facility:

  1. Log on to the site https://www.lto.net.ph/LTO/Online and prepare to provide the following information:
  • Driver’s License Details
    • Driver’s License Number
    • Birthdate
  • License Holder’s Information
    • First, Middle, and Last Names
    • Home Address
    • Email Address
    • Mobile Number
  1. Click on Drive’s License Renewal or Motor Vehicle Renewal.
  2. Read the terms and conditions. Tick the small box at the bottom of the page to agree to the terms.
  3. Enter the CAPTCHA code and click Continue.
  4. Fill out the online appointment form and submit.
  5. Choose the branch, date, and time you wish to have the renewal processed. The system is able to determine if your license is already about to expire and will only take you to the scheduling page if your license is up for renewal.
  6. A confirmation email will be sent to you as soon as you are done booking an appointment online. Save this and show it to the LTO staff on the day of your appointment.

Try this new system from the LTO and let us know about your experience!

References:

http://www.lto.gov.ph

https://www.lto.net.ph/LTO/Online

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08 - 04

Good news to Pinoy travelers and OFWs!  Philippine passports are now valid for 10 years from date of issuance, following the enactment of RA 10928, an act extending the passport validity and amending Section 10 of RA 8239 or the Passport Act of 1996.

The government acquiesced to the public’s clamor to lengthen passport’s validity in order to save time, effort, and money when applying for or renewing an expired passport.  Longer validity would also allow Filipinos to enjoy their visas to the US without the need to visit the DFA every five years.  The US Embassy grants 10-year multiple entry visas.

Driver’s license validity is also extended to five years, from the original 3-year validity period.  This can still be extended to 10 years upon renewal if the license holder has “not committed any violation of RA 4136 and other traffic laws, rules, and regulations.”

What do you think of these new laws on two of the most important government-issued IDs?  Comment your thoughts and questions below!

Source: www.gov.ph

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06 - 23 (1)

If your job requires that you drive a company vehicle or a public transportation, you need to get a Professional Driver’s License.  If you have had a Non-professional License all your life, how do you change it to Professional classification?  How do you change your name on your driver’s license after getting married?  How do you change erroneous entries in your license such as the spelling of your name and your birth date?

This is the second and last part of our series on Driver’s License Application Requirements.  Read and share!

A. CHANGE CLASSIFICATION TRANSACTIONS

  1. License Change Classification – Non-Professional to Professional
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
    • NBI and Police Clearance
      1. NBI
      2. Police Clearance
    • Current or Expired License
  2. License Change Classification – Professional to Non-Professional
    1. Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    2. Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
    3. Current or Expired License

B. REVISION OF RECORDS TRANSACTIONS

  1. Record Change – Incorrect Name/Birth Date
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy
      1. PSA Authenticated Birth Certificate with Official Receipt
    • Current or Expired License
    • Affidavit of Discrepancy
  2. Record Change – Change in Name
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Current or Expired License
    • Court Order Authorizing name change
      1. Certification from OMA for Change in Name
  3. Record Change – Change in Marital Status
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Current or Expired License
    • Photocopy of Marriage Contract or Court Order for annulled for Divorce Applicants or Passport with Amendments for change in Marital Status
      1. Court Order for Annulled or Divorced Applicants
      2. Passport with amendments for change in Marital Status
  4. Record Change – Change in Address
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Current or Expired License
  5. Record Change – Change in Citizenship
    • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
    • Current or Expired License
    • Passport for Change of Citizenship
      1. Alien Certificate of Registration
      2. Foreign License

C. ADDITIONAL RESTRICTION CODE

Additional Restriction Codes 1 to 8

  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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06 - 22

Did you know that there are more than 10 types of driver’s license applications that can be done at the Land Transportation Office (LTO)?  The most common are Student Permits and Non-professional license applications, but it appears that these are just the tip of the iceberg. Farther are other types of applications for Conductor’s License, License Change Classification (from Non-Professional to Professional), Additional Restriction Codes, and so much more.

We are sharing the LTO’s list of license applications and the corresponding documentary requirements in today’s blog.  Keep this as a bookmark or print a hard copy to serve as your reference when transacting with the LTO.

I. STUDENT PERMIT TRANSACTIONS

  1. New Student Permit
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.
  1. Student Permit – Minor Applicants
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Letter of Parental or Guardian Consent with one valid government-issued ID containing the signature of consenting Parent or Guardian.
  1. Student Permit – Foreigners
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.
  • Original and photocopy of Passport
  • Alien Certificate of Registration I-card
  1. Student Permit – Minor Foreigners
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Original and photocopy of Passport
  • Alien Certificate of Registration I-card
  • Letter of Parental or Guardian Consent with one (1) valid government issued ID card containing the signature of consenting parent/guardian.

B. NEW LICENSE TRANSACTIONS

  1. New Driver’s License – Non-professional
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Valid Student Permit
  1. New Driver’s License – Non-professional, Filipino, with valid foreign license
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
  • Photocopy of License (not in English)
  • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  1. New Driver’s License – Non-professional, Filipino with expired foreign license
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
  • Photocopy of License (not in English)
  • Translation from Embassy to Consular Officer
  1. New Driver’s License – Non-professional, Foreigner with valid foreign license
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.
  • Original and Photocopy of Passport
    • Photocopy of Passport with entry at least one month and visa duration of at least one year from date of application.
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
  • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  1. New Driver’s License – Non-professional, Foreigner with expired foreign license
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Original and Photocopy of Passport
    • Photocopy of Passport with entry at least one month and visa duration of at least one year from date of application.
  • Photocopy of License (not in English)
  • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  1. New Driver’s License – Professional
  • Properly accomplished application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician
  • Valid SPR (Student Permit)
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. New Driver’s License – Professional, Filipino with valid foreign license
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines.
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
    • Photocopy of License (not in English)
    • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. New Driver’s License – Professional, Filipino w/ expired foreign license
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
    • Photocopy of License (not in English)
    • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. New Driver’s License – Professional, Foreigner w/ valid foreign license
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Original and Photocopy of Passport
    • Photocopy of Passport with entry of at least one (1) month and working visa duration of at least one (1) year from date of application
    • Photocopy of License (in English)
    • Photocopy of License (not in English)
    • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. New Driver’s License – Professional, Foreigner w/ expired foreign license
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Original and Photocopy of Passport
    • Photocopy of Passport with entry of at least one (1) month and working visa duration of at least one (1) year from date of application.
  • Photocopy of License (in English)
    • Photocopy of License (not in English)
    • Translation from Embassy or Consular Officer
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. New Conductor’s License
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Original Birth Certificate with Photocopy
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance

C. LICENSE RENEWAL TRANSACTIONS

  1. Non-Professional Driver’s License Renewal
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License
  1. Non-Professional Driver’s License Renewal – Dormant
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Expired License
  1. Professional Driver’s License Renewal
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License
  1. Professional Driver’s License Renewal – Dormant
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Expired License
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. Conductor’s License Renewal
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License
  1. Conductor’s License Renewal – Dormant
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Expired License
  • NBI
  • Police Clearance
  1. Advance Renewal Non-Professional
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License
  • Plane Ticket, Visa or Contract
  1. Advance Renewal Professional
  • Properly Accomplished Application for Driver’s License
  • Medical Certificate issued by any licensed physician practicing in the Philippines
  • Current or Expired License
  • Plane Ticket, Visa or Contract

Tomorrow we are going to include the list of requirements for Duplicate License transactions as well as Changes in License Classification, so make sure to visit us again tomorrow.

Source: www.lto.gov.ph

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06 - 20 (1)

After getting married, the next thing the couple needs to attend to are the updating of their IDs and other public documents, from their old civil status to that of married.  For women, they also have the option to change their maiden last name and begin using their husband’s last name in their IDs and government documents.  Take note that changing the woman’s last name is not mandatory; women have the option to keep their maiden last name for as long as they want.

To help newlyweds get started on this rather daunting task, we are sharing the following information, requirements, and processes involved in updating your marital status and changing your last name:

I. PHILHEALTH

  1. Bring a photocopy of your PSA Marriage Certificate and the original for verification.
  2. Advise the customer service personnel that you wish to change your marital status; you should be given a blank Membership Form.
  3. Your marital status should be accomplished while you wait; you will also be issued a new Philhealth ID.
  4. This can be done at any Philhealth office or satellite office.
  5. Updating of status and changing of name is free of charge.

II. Bank Records

  1. Bring a copy of your PSA Marriage Certificate; bank personnel normally photocopy the documents within bank premises.
  2. Bring valid IDs.  Banks like BDO and Eastwest prefer IDs that already bear your married name.
  3. Advise bank teller that you want to update your marital status and change your last name.  Most banks do not charge any fees for such updates.

III. Pag-IBIG

  1. Bring the original and photocopies of your PSA Marriage Certificate and valid IDs.
  2. Advise frontline personnel that you wish to update your marital status and last name.  You will be given an MCIF (Members Change of Information Form) for you to fill out.
  3. This can be done at any Pag-IBIG branch office near you.
  4. Updating your information is free of charge but if you wish to get a Loyalty Card, prepare Php 100.00.
  5. Updating of member’s information can be accomplished while you wait.

IV. SSS

  1. If you are employed, advise your employer that you wish to update your SSS data.  You will be given a Member’s Data Amendment Form (E4).  Fill it out and submit to your HR.
  2. Attach a photocopy of your PSA Marriage Certificate, SSS, ID, and an authorization letter for your employer to process this on your behalf.
  3. Updating your SSS details is free of charge but requesting for a new ID (UMID) will cost you Php 300.00.  The new ID may take a two to three months before it is issued to you.

V. Passport

  1. Confirmed appointment date and time; you may secure an appointment online at www.dfa.gov.ph
  2. Download a copy of the form online, accomplish it in your handwriting, but do not sign until you are in front of a DFA personnel.
  3. Get a complete list of required documents and IDs from the DFA website; double-check that you have all requirements on the day of your appointment.

VI. Driver’s License

  1. Bring the original and photocopy of your PSA Marriage Certificate and your current or expired license.
  2. Submit a duly accomplished Application for Driver’s License.
  3. This may be done at any LTO branch and should be accomplished within the day.  Be at the office early.

Sources:

www.lto.gov.ph

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.sss.gov.ph

www.pagibigfund.gov.ph

www.philhealth.gov.ph

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06 - 19

A common requirement in most government and private transactions is a copy of a Barangay Clearance and or a Barangay Certificate  Most people think these two are one and the same so they end up submitting a Certificate when they are required to submit a Clearance, and vice versa.

To help address this common confusion among Filipino citizens, we did a research and found out that these two documents are completely different from each other and are issued for different purposes.  Here is a summary of how  Barangay Clearances and Barangay Certificates are secured, and when these two are needed.  Read on!

Barangay Certificate

  • Otherwise known as Barangay Certificate of Residency.
  • This document proves that you are a resident of a particular barangay.
  • You can be issued a copy of this certificate if you have been residing in a particular barangay for at least 6 months or more.
  • This can be secured at the barangay hall that covers the applicant’s place of residence.

Barangay Clearance

  • A Barangay Clearance is a common requirement for business permits and license applications.
  • This can be secured at the barangay hall that covers the place where the business will operate.

The requirements needed for such certifications and clearances to be issued are detailed in the barangay’s Citizen’s Charter.  Common requirements are:

  • Documents pertaining to the business’ establishment
  • Community Tax Certificate
  • Valid IDs such as Driver’s License, Company ID, GSIS or SSS IDs, Voter’s ID, etc.

Note that a Voter’s ID is just one of the many IDs that may be required from an applicant.  It should not serve as the sole basis for granting a person’s request for a Certificate of Residency.

Next time you are required to submit a certification or clearance from your barangay, clarify which among the two should you submit.  Keep this as your reference in differentiating the documents you are applying for.

Source: www.dilg.gov.ph

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06 - 01

To avoid delays when going through pre-flight boarding procedures for your domestic flights, make sure you have ANY of the following identifications on hand.  Note that airport and airline personnel may request for additional IDs as they deem necessary and so it is best that you have more than one government-issued ID with you when travelling.

  1. Passport (Philippine and Foreign Issued)
  2. Driver’s License
  3. Philippine Regulation Commission ID
  4. SSS ID
  5. GSIS E-card
  6. Voter’s ID
  7. Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID
  8. Seaman’s Book
  9. Government Office ID
  10. ACR / ICR
  11. Company ID
  12. Unified Multi-purpose ID
  13. NBI Clearance
  14. Police Clearance
  15. Senior Citizen ID
  16. Postal ID
  17. TIN Card
  18. Barangay Certification
  19. Health Insurance Card ng Bayan
  20. OWWA ID
  21. OFW ID
  22. National Council of Disability Affairs ID
  23. DSWD Certification
  24. School ID with Principal’s signature

Sources:

www.philippineairlines.com

http://www.philippines-travel-guide.com

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02-23

My Mom misplaced her Senior Citizen ID a few months ago.  She has yet to make that trip to the Quezon City hall to secure a new one and until then, she would shrug her shoulders every time she foregoes an opportunity to get a discount on her purchase.

Last month, she lined up at a bus terminal to buy a ticket for a one-way trip to La Union.  I heard her mention to the cashier that she is a Senior Citizen and that she doesn’t have her ID in her possession and for the cashier to please give her the discounted ticket price.  The cashier looked quizzically at her and said that without my Mom’s SC ID, she cannot grant her the discount.  My Mom dyes her hair a subtle shade of mahogany brown and would never leave the house without make up on.  She is 71 years old but people would always mistake her for someone who is in her mid-50s.  My Mom probably caught the cashier’s doubtful look because she immediately pulled her passport out of her bag and showed it to the ticket lady. However, without even uttering a word (or taking a glance at my Mom’s passport), the cashier punched the numbers on the ticket and handed it to my Mom.  I did not need to look at the ticket; I knew right away that she did not grant my Mom her discount.

Is the Senior Citizen ID the only required document before a Senior Citizen is granted his government-mandated discounts?

The Expanded Senior Citizen Act of 2010 (RA 9994) states that senior citizens may avail of benefits and privileges under the Act upon presenting a valid and original Senior Citizen’s ID as proof of his or her eligibility.

But does it end there?

My mom volunteered to present her passport, a document bearing her photograph, her address, and her birth date.  That should have been enough to prove that she is a senior citizen and she should be granted senior citizen discounts.

A careful review of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9994, particularly Article 5.5, will lead you to realize that there are indeed ALTERNATIVE IDs that senior citizens may present, in the absence of their SC IDs, if only to prove that they are qualified to avail of SC benefits and privileges.

Article 5.5 defines these alternative IDs as any document or proof of being a senior citizen which may be used to avail of benefits and privileges under the Act and its Rules.  It shall be any of the following:

  1. Senior Citizens’ ID card issued by the OSCA in the municipality where the elderly resides;
  2. The Philippine passport of the elderly person or senior citizen concerned; and
  3. Government-issued ID which reflects on its face the name, picture, date of birth and nationality of the senior citizen which includes any of the following:
    • Digitized Social Security System ID
    • Government Service Insurance System ID
    • Professional Regulation Commission ID
    • Integrated Bar of the Philippines ID
    • Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID)
    • Driver’s License

Had I known these facts that day we were lined up at the ticket booth, I would have stepped up and demanded that my Mom be given her rightful privilege as a Filipino Senior Citizen.

Nonetheless, we took time off from work one Thursday morning and accompanied our 71-year-old mother to the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs at the QC Hall.  She was issued a shiny new ID that she now proudly flashes whenever she is asked, “Senior na po kayo?”

Source:

www.bir.gov.ph

http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/new-acceptable-ids-to-avail-yourself-of-senior-citizen-privileges/

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02-16

A common requirement when travelling abroad are DFA-authenticated IDs and documents.  Whether you are traveling as a tourist, an overseas worker, or an exchange student, you will be required to have certain supporting documents “red-ribboned” by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Here is a summary of the processes and requirements involved when having your documents authenticated.  Certain agencies handle the submission of the documents for authentication to the DFA.  For easier reference, we separated the documents that need to be hand-carried by the applicant to the DFA and those that will be handled by the agency.

General Procedure:

Step 1: Fill out an application form.

Step 2: Present a valid ID upon submission of the documents to the Processing Window.

Step 3: Pay appropriate Authentication Fees:

a. Php 100 / document (4 days processing)

b. Php 200 / document (1 day processing)

Step 4: Return the Duplicate copy of the receipt to the Processing Window.

Step 5: Claim the Authenticated document on the release date; simply present the machine-validated receipt at the releasing window.

Requirements for Authentication of Documents: APPLICANTS TO HAND-CARRY THESE DOCUMENTS TO THE DFA

  1. Birth / Marriage / Death Certificate and Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR).
    • Certificates must be in Security Paper issued by the PSA or must have been certified / authenticated by the PSA.
    • Local Civl Regsitrar (LCR) copy of Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate, or Death Certificate may be required in cases when entries on the PSA copy are unreadable.
  2. Transcript of Records (TOR) and Diploma (For State Colleges and Universities)
    • Certified True Copies from the school
    • Secure Certificate of Authentication and Verification (CAV) from the school signed by the School/University Registrar.
  3. Form 137 and Diploma (High School and Elementary Level)
    • Certified True Copies from the school
    • School Principal’s Certification
    • Division Superintendent’s endorsement to Dep-Ed Regional Office
    • Certification (CAV) from Dep-Ed Regional Office
  4. Certificate of Employment / Trainings / Seminars, Baptismal Certificate and other documents issued by a private entity.
    • Applicant must first secure an affidavit, stating necessary factual circumstances and indicating certificates as annex or attachment.
    • Affidavit must be notarized.
    • Applicant must secure Certificate of Authority for a Notarial Act (CANA) signed by the Executive Judge or Vice Executive Judge from the Regional Trial Court which issued the commission of the Notary Public. (Copy of Notarial Commission is not the same as Certificate of Authority for a Notarial Act).
  5. Other Notarized Documents (Special Powers of Attorney (SPA) / Affidavit of Consent / Invitation / Guarantee / MOA, etc.)
    • After document is notarized, applicant must secure Certificate of Authority for a Notarial Act (CANA) signed by the Executive Judge or Vice Executive Judge from the Regional Trial Court which issued the commission of the Notary Public.
  6. Court Decisions / Resolutions / Orders
    • Applicant must present certified true copies of the decision, resolution, or order.
    • Applicant must secure copy of specimen signature of the court personnel who signed the certified copies from the Office of Administrative Services (Supreme Court – located beside PGH).
    • Applicant may be required to submit annotated marriage certificate in cases regarding decision of finality of annulment.
  7. Immigration Records
    • Certified / Authenticated by the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
  8. DSWD Clearances
    • Travel Clearances for minors directly issued by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
  9. NBI Clearances
    • NBI Clearances for travel abroad must be issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (Green).
  10. Police Clearances
    • Police Clearance signed by the Chief of Police issued by the Philippine National Police in various police stations nationwide, usually by the police precinct which has jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of residence or applicant may opt to secure police certification from Camp Crame.
  11. Barangay Clearances
    • Clearances issued by the barangay which has jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of residence and must have been authenticated by the office of the Mayor which has jurisdiction over the barangay.
  12. Export Documents
    • Must be authenticated by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce (PCCI), the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA), or by the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD), depending on the nature of the document
  13. Business Registration and Other Documents issued by a Government Agency (e.g. SEC, DTI, BIR, Municipal Business Permit and Licensing Office, etc.)
    • Secure certified true copy from the issuing office.
  14. Foreign Documents
    • A Philippine Embassy or Philippine Consulate General in the country from where the document originated or by the said country’s Embassy or Consulate General based in the Philippines must have authenticated these documents.

Requirements for Authentication of Documents: SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS TO DFA IS HANDLED BY THE GOVERNMENT AGENCY

The applicant will be issued a claim stub which he needs to bring to the DFA when claiming his authenticated document.

  1. Transcript of Records (TOR) and Diploma (Collegiate Level)
    • Certified True Copies from the school.
    • Secure Certificate of Authentication and Verification (CAV) from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
  2. Transcript of Records (TOR) and Diploma (Technical or Vocational Courses)
    • Certified True Copies from the school
    • Secure Certificate of Authentication and Verification (CAV) from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA.
  3. Medical / AIDS Free Certificate
    • Authenticated by the Department of Health (DOH) and applicable only for use to the following countries:
      • Spain
      • Palau
      • Libya
      • Oman
      • Cuba
      • Portugal
      • Greece
      • Cyprus
      • Angola
  4. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued licenses.
    • Authenticated by CAAP
  5. Driver’s Licenses
    • Applicant must first secure certification from Land Transportation Office (LTO Main Branch only).
  6. Professional Licenses / Board Certificates / Board Ratings / Certifications
    • Certified True Copies must be authenticated by  Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

All unclaimed authenticated documents will be disposed of by the DFA after three months so make sure to claim your documents on the date reflected on your claim stub.

Source: http://dfa.gov.ph/procedures

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Validity Extension

If you’ve ever lined up to get your driver’s license and passport renewed, you pretty much have an idea how these processes can take up so much of your schedule.  Both are needed in order to perform mundane tasks such as driving yourself to work and your children to school, or traveling for business or leisure.  And because of that, you have no choice but to go through the renewal processes, at least once every five years.

The incoming administration is reportedly considering the extension of the validity periods of Passports and Driver’s Licenses — from the short period of five years for passports and three years for driver’s licenses, to 10 years for both.

According to recent reports, the idea stemmed from the public’s clamor for means to save on time, effort, and money when processing the renewal of these IDs.  The DFA also considered the fact that the U.S. Embassy now grants 10-year multiple entry visas to Pinoy applicants and thus, it is but fitting to make passports valid for the same period for the traveler’s convenience.

The public is forewarned that should the idea progress and be implemented soon, they can expect additional costs on the processing of the said IDs.  A 10-year passport validity would mean more pages (from 44 pages to 60 pages) and that would entail cost.

Are you in favor of this proposal or would you rather retain the current validity periods for passports and driver’s licenses?

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/video/nation/06/28/16/duterte-admin-eyes-longer-validity-for-passports-licenses

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