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DFA releases new list of accepted documents

ANGELES CITY–The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has released a new list of acceptable documents for passport applications.
The DFA Office of Consular Affairs Authentication Division’s new list of accepted documents include National Bureau of Investigation clearance; police clearance; National Statistics Office issued documents in security paper and affidavits employment, trainings and seminars and baptism and confirmation with Regional Trial Court (RTC) certification.

For Metro Manila residents, barangay certification along with the mayor’s certification will also be accepted.
The list of accepted documents also include notarized documents like special power of attorney, affidavit of support and guarantee and consent among others with RTC Certification.

Documents like medical certificates authenticated by the Department of Health; Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) documents; Land Transportation Office license certification and foreign documents authenticated by the Philippine consulate or documents authenticated by foreign embassies or consulates based in the Philippines will also be accepted.

Aside from these, school records like transcript of records, diploma and Form 137 with Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or Department of Education certificate of authentication and verification (CAV) are also included in the new list. School records with CAV issued by state colleges and universities will also be accepted.

These types of documents will be accepted in all DFA Consular Offices across the country starting July 1, 2013.
Meanwhile, an applicant may send an authorized representative to apply in his behalf regardless of affinity.

Authorized representative must bring a valid ID and has to present a signed authorization letter or a special power of attorney document from the applicant. The representative also needs to bring a photocopy of his own ID and the applicant’s ID bearing his signature. ● Charlene A. Cayabyab

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