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How to Get CFO Certificate in the Philippines – CFO Requirements for Foreign Spouse

One of the major requirements in getting a new passport or renewing a passport from the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) for Filipinos who are married to a foreigner is the CFO Certificate of Attendance a.k.a. Commission of Filipino Overseas Guidance and Counseling Certificate of Attendance. The original document and the photocopy are required to be submitted when processing the passport for applicants who want to use the surname of their foreign husband.

You are also required to show the CFO certificate and CFO emigrant sticker before your departure at the airport. The immigration officer will check this document together with your spouse/partner’s visa. In this page, I am sharing the requirements in getting the CFO certificate. You have to submit these papers in order to attend the CFO counseling and seminar and in order to have the certificate and CFO sticker.

CFO Certificate Requirements - for Guidance and Counseling Certificate and CFO Sticker

  • Properly accomplished guidance and counseling forms
  • 2 valid IDs with pictures on them
  • NSO authenticated Marriage Certificate (if married in the Philippines)
  • Original and photocopy of Authenticated Marriage Contract by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate (if married abroad)
  • Counseling Fee (P250)
  • Registration Fee (P400)
  • Additional supporting documents (if requested by CFO counselors

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Procedure in getting your CFO Certificate:

The seminar and counseling session is done for two hours and is about inter-marriage and migration stuff, life abroad, and many related topics about being married to a foreigner and living outside the Philippines.

After the counseling and seminar, they will issue your CFO Certificate of Attendance by the CFO office where you have attended the counseling. This certificate is what you should bring at the DFA when applying for a passport.

After you have gotten your passport from the DFA and your visa, you can then register for Guidance and Counseling Certificate and CFO emigrant registration sticker. The sticker will be affixed on your passport.

CFO Offices in Manila

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Thanks Wilma for providing us the locations in Manila. Wilma is a Filipina who recently registered for CFO seminar as she needs the certificate of attendance in getting her passport.

St. Mary Euphrasia Integrated Development Center Foundation Inc.

Good Sheperd Convent 1043 Aurora Boulevard. (SMEF_COW)

Katipunan Station North exit, right to aurora blvd. ( Green gate )

There is also a CFO Office in Cebu, check out this website for the complete details of address for CFO offices

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Liz on December 29, 2017:


May I ask, my husband will be stationed in Korea. I am planning to get a Korea Visa and one of the requirements is the CFO certificate. Can you give instructions or the procedure/s how to get a CFO certificate?

Jianz on November 10, 2017:

OMG! i get to have the passport appointment but when i search this is one of the major requirements for this certificate for what? wow

gina on August 11, 2017:

do we need to make appointment to attend this cfo seminar?

valerie on June 24, 2017:

i just wanna what kind of cfo should i get for fiance visa and any other requirements thank you

deric on April 10, 2017:

how do I get an appointment for the CFO seminar? Please help me as i have a schedule for my passport renewal on July 2017.

lhuxy.. on December 02, 2016:

i was in CFO today because i will need the certificate of CFO as one very important in DFA when you need to change your family name status if you are married already and also time of departure,To those asking the requirments its only 2 valid id NBI,POLICE ID OR COMPANY ID,and 400pesos for registration fee,they have only 2 office 1 in manaila and 1 in cebu,and the seminar its from 2pm to 5pm so its 3hours only,and the consol ask some questions regarding your partners,after that you go down wait your name call for your certificate,

Rain Terych on November 22, 2016:

I was at DFA earlier but failed to obtain a new passport because I dont have this certificate. Now I need to set an appointment. This is useful information. thanks.

vita on October 30, 2016:

Is there any CFO office in Naga city or can someone tell me how many CFO offices are in the Philippines and where/locations on September 07, 2016:

have the reservation and registration me is on-line and the september 8,and 9 seminar limited slots 56 or 57 only the month for september because my partner arnel navera paradela ,my husband and I will have our departure in October 26,2016 for atlanta,georgia,USA.Our registration is continuous from me, individual to family/husband in the form.address in Manila for me in seminar since started 2012 after the OWWA ,the OPAP told me to go to CFO... on August 20, 2016:

hello i just already visit the CFO manila during my PDOS and OWWA and diversity immigrant from saudi to USA atlanta,georgia today.The request is the NSO-PSA married surname ,and that make the passport the requirement with the approved visa to deliver in the home address.This is what I read today.September 28,2016 is my release of marriage certificate abroad so,well thank you because our travel date of departure by Spirit Airlines/Jet blue is on October 26,2016..2go waiting for the tracking number to be approved and since the tracking number they used is my PRC license which i have my married surname use already this after the release of NSO-PSA .tracking number Z0318069Z

Rick Beach on May 04, 2016:

My Filipino wife and I are recently married in March of this year. We have finally received our Marriage License and are now going after our K-3 spousal visa. Can anyone relate their experiences in this process and help us understand our future.

Kats on January 10, 2016:

Thank you so much for posting this, great help and useful info!

marielou on November 21, 2015:

My son has been required for medical certificate accreditted by the POEA in la union for the requirements for applying Portugal visa at Portugal embassy in Jakarta.And now the medicalcertificate was released and the hospital adviced my son to the POEA ,went to the POEA and adviced also to submit that medical certificate to the CFO and ask for the requirements how to get the CFO.What are the requirements what is the process to be validated of my son's medical certificate to be send in Jakarta?

Renelyn on November 06, 2015:

Hi good day,how about just to change my surname but i dont have a plan to live in my husband it possible not to undergo the cfo seminar?thanks and God bless

nur hidayah naim on October 26, 2015:

I just ask if there's cfo office here in Capas tarlac?...thank u

vey29 on October 02, 2015:

Hello just wanna ask,we are not married yet but going to his country to celebrate our weddingthere,i need to attend CFO cos its one of the requirements in DFA,my question is do i need to renew my passport just to hve the certificate and sticker?

Shiela on September 09, 2015:

how to book for seminar?

Janeth on August 17, 2015:

can I po if what is the exact location my guidance and counseling seminar sa citigold po ba or sa katipunan

abby on August 31, 2014:


just want to ask kung may office po ang cfo sa albay na ngcoconduct ng seminar.

Thanks po

Alpha Allen Garma on August 26, 2014:

Do i need an appointment for the seminar or i just go there by myself anytime? Are they open everyday? Thanks a lot!

Alpha Allen Garma on August 26, 2014:

Do i need a CFO certificate even if i will not reside there(Thailand) but i want to use my husband's name?

JOSEPHINE on August 05, 2014:


JOSEPHINE on August 05, 2014:

Hello...ask kulang kasi ang pagkakaalam ko meron pong office nang CFO sa may Manila Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenuecorner Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway)Manila,nilipat na po ba?

riza on July 05, 2014:

Hello!im riza, I just want to ask if theres a cfo office in cagayan de oro,mindanao..i look forward for ur help! thanks

Bernadeth on April 24, 2014:

how can i have a CFO sticker if im not married yet in a foreign..?

yam on April 17, 2014:

hello po,

regarding po sa requirements pano ko po makukuha yong certificate of eligibility for japan bound emigrants..? lahat po ng req. nka saad meron naku ..yan nlang ang wla .pwd po pki sagot .tnx po on March 20, 2014:

hello i read your articles and i have a problem and i ask you something hopefully u answer me..they said that they need 2 valid id i want to change my status to get my surname of my autralian husband now but i was curious about what valid i need to bring ? My old passport that needs renewal is in my maiden name. do I bring valid id for maiden name or married name, or it doesn't matter and boyh are ok?

grace on October 05, 2013:

tanong q lang po kung pede nb pumunta anak q s japan kahit ala supporting papers ang daddy nya Japanese?

mylene on September 04, 2013:

Gud am po ask ko lang po kung ilang days po ung seminar? at san po ung location? thanks....

joan on August 25, 2013:

asked ko lang po kung ano ang mga requirements sa pag kuha ng cfo cert. para po madala ko po lahat sa pag punta ko this week.

at ang location npo ba ng cfo ay malapit po ba sa us embassy.

di ko poh kasi talaga alam ang exact location ng cfo

sana po matulungan ninyo ako . on May 23, 2013:

Hi!! Just wondering if the CFO Office open Monday to friday????

calvhin on April 17, 2013:

cfo can get in 1 day?

twentyfive (author) on January 20, 2013:

Please read the article above, I have included the address there. Thank you :)

dbr24osx on January 19, 2013:

where is the exact address in Manila to get CSO certificate. Thanks

twentyfive (author) on January 02, 2013:

Yes the CFO is required if you are getting a passport or renewing one using your new married-surname.

Khandee on January 02, 2013:


I would just like to ask if the same is needed (CFO certificate) if just renewing a passport with change of name/status but doesn't have any intention of migrating to the USA? I see on websites too that this document is needed since counselling is a must for cultural differences and migration. But like I said, my husband is the one who intends to stay in the Phils. eventually and so far, no plans of migrating to the US. I hope you can help me. Thank you :)

twentyfive (author) on September 26, 2012:

Happy to see you Kash :) CFO certificate is a major requirement for Filipinos who married foreigners so I made this post for them. Thank you for commenting :) God bless!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 25, 2012:

Hi my friend, great and very useful information for getting CFO Certificate in the Philippines, very useful and helpful for anyone need to do this. Well done !

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