Procedure and Requirements for UAE Attestation Certificates
This article goes over the procedures and requirements for processing UAE attestation and authentication of certificates in the Philippines. This is for those who are asking questions and information about UAE authentication and stamps from my “How to get DFA Red Ribbon" page.
OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) are usually the ones who need these documents. Learn why we need attestation, what it's for, what the requirements are, and how to process them.
What is a Certificate of Attestation?
This certificate confirms the authenticity of a person's document, like their diploma, TOR (Transcript or Records), birth certificate, certificate of nationality, marriage certificate, professional licenses, technical training diploma and the like. Such confirmation is often required by foreign countries like UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, Canada and more. These papers are related to DFA Red Ribbon certificates as they are the same thing as UAE attestations and stamps. People just use different names.
Steps in Processing UAE Attestation
The usual process includes verification from the government authorities here in the Philippines followed by authentication of the documents in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and then submission to the UAE Embassy or Consulate office for attestation and stamping.
These documents are required to be verified by the authorizing parties issuing them:
- DepEd – for elementary and primary school certificates
- CHED – for secondary and college certificates like diploma and TOR
- TESDA – for technical training certificates
- PRC – for professional licenses
- NSO – for authenticated documents like birth certificate, marriage certificate, CENOMAR and the like
- NBI – NBI clearance
Requirements: Original and certified true copies of the documents are required. You will also pay some fees for the issuance of copies for each document (ie: P125 for NSO BC, P150 for NBI clearance, etc.)
After that, these documents are forwarded to the DFA to be authenticated. The DFA will give you back the documents from Step 1 with certificates attached indicating their authenticity and attesting to their genuineness.
Requirements: The original and certified true copies of documents you have submitted for Step 1 and any verification paper attached by those authorities. You will pay fees for getting copies of each document (P100 per authentication in the DFA).
UAE Embassy Attestation. All documents are stamped at the UAE Embassy.
Requirements: All your previously gathered documents and certificates. You may have to pay some fees P1700 and above.
Steps 2 and 3 can be done at any DHL branch nationwide. You will pay additional fees for the freight and delivery charges. You will also be required to prepare a Manager’s Check for the UAE attestation payment (P1700) and other fees for the DFA Red Ribbon which costs a few hundred pesos per document. Take note, these prices may change.
The processing time for DFA authentication is 2 weeks or less. It just depends upon the holidays here in the Philippines or the pile of applications. You know how it is here.
There are UAE and Dubai attestation services offered by local agencies in the country. However, they charge higher prices for processing your papers. We can do it ourselves anyway and save more money.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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rosita bonilla on October 10, 2020:
good evening ,if the apostille documents have no ched ,it is possible that the uae embassy did not give stamp for the said documents?
Marnelli on February 28, 2020:
Have a good day,is it possible that my ban in UAE will be remove,thru attest of some documents that I'm going take in UAE embassy here in Philippines,the reason of the ban is my medical,but my employer told me to take some documents that proven that I was confused completely taking medication and I'm treated well,and now I'm fine,.what documents or papers should I take,and how is the procedure,?what should I do, thank you
Charies Salazar Sevilla on February 17, 2020:
Good evening...Ijust want to ask what is the requirements to get the SPA? I need it because i want to cancelled the electricity in Sharjah UAE and my sister shes is the one to cancel it there in UAE....So what is the.requirements please?thank you
Natalie Simpson from San Jose, CA on January 14, 2020:
information is handy. Much appreciated.
Abigael Arante Tilacas on January 06, 2020:
Can i go to uae embassy and process my papers to be attested,instead of paying dhl?
Shan on December 04, 2019:
Can i go to uae embassy and process my papers to be attested,instead of paying dhl?
joy torres on November 20, 2019:
please let me understand why the documents submitted by my daughter from DFA needs to still go to CTC pampanga when we live in manila.
Darwin on February 18, 2019:
Hello need you suggestion how can i attest my Special power of attorney here in philippines?
Jazmi Tansox on September 16, 2018:
Where can i have my attestation? Where in uae embassy, in makati or taguig?
Aliyah on September 16, 2018:
Hi good day! I am Filipina who is married to UAE national,we got married in the Philippines and we have 10 mos old Son who was born also here in the Philippines and now we plan to move in UAE. Our documents is authenticated already(red ribbon) by the DEpartment of foreign affairs here in the Philippines. what are the requirements we need to be able to come in UAE. Thank you
Jay on July 08, 2018:
Crowd Sourcing! Is there any chance for my Red Ribbon TOR and Diploma taken in 2011 to be stamped in Emirates Embassy in the Philippines? Thanks
Neri on March 29, 2018:
I have Red Ribbon and Seal for my education certificates since 2008 in DFA Philippines there is expiration for this docs?
Carina Suano Watson on January 15, 2018:
Hi good evening.. I just want to ask i have my marriage certificate authenticated in dfa Philippines I use it for my visa in Bahrain last year then we move to Dubai but my visa is only visit visa for 30 day's and my 30 day's visa over so I come back to Bahrain because they said I need to stamp my marriage certificate in UAE embassy in Philippines so what is the easy way to stamp my marriage certificate? Can I send it by dhl to philipines and pay there to stamp my marriage certificate and direct back to UAE after stamp? Is that possible or there's other way?
Emelita Rose on August 31, 2017:
We gave gotten married in Dubai back in 1988. Unfortunately lost all pertinent documents because of the typhoon Undoy. I recently contacted Holy Trinity chaplaincy In Dubai to secure a copy of the marriage certificate. Without attestation they can send it through email. The thing is I am doubtful if the quoted amount of attestation in Dubai is correct. Will it really cost me AED 975.00 just to attest a copy of the certificate i require from them? I find it quite expensive thus, i am inquiring from your office. Thank you.
Rolando manabat zapanta on June 16, 2017:
How can i get a police clearance to uae? And how the procedure? And how much?
annrazon on June 07, 2017:
hello. my mothers in law will process our uae stamp. she have the special power of atty of authorization letter to process it. does she will bring her passprt cpy also?
Joseph Richard lubong on June 05, 2017:
Good day,I just wana ask if SPA still needed to get from Dubai consulate for diploma and tor authentication,,.thank you
Cherry on May 22, 2017:
Hello dear 25! I wanted to ask for some clarification. I have my nso copy if birth certificate and marriage certificate un the Philippines. I need it to be authenticated by the DFA, I wanted to know can my sister bring my documents to dhl nearby and hand them and they will process it for me? Is that how it works? Or I will still need to send someone to bring it to the DFA and let DHL send it back to us? Thanks fir clarifying it
Lily on May 12, 2017:
Hello I just wanted to ask.. I have niece and nephew both Filipinos who studied in Dubai. Now they are back here in the Philippines and they will continue their school here. How will I go about their school documents? Do I still need to have it red ribbon from uae to Phils? Please help
MARCOS on March 31, 2017:
Can I go personaly to the uae embassy for attestation of my documents
Raffy on November 19, 2016:
I have all my documents attested before by Saudi Embassy (Manila) sometimes in 2000. I need my docs attested by UAE Embassy in Manila. My question is should i still start the process all over again (meaning school, DFA) or can i submit the documents all attested before by Saudi Arabia Embassy in Manila and be attested by the UAE Embassy in Manila.. Appreciate your response. Thanks
Dianne on October 22, 2016:
Is it possible to send my red ribbon documents in UAE Embassy Manila for the attestation from DHL here in Dubai? I got my red ribbon documents here in Dubai but without the UAE Embassy Manila stamp. :(
Pia on July 25, 2016:
Hi! How would you know that your Diploma with Red Ribbon is already expired!Does it take how many years before it is totally expired and can not be process for authentication at the UAE Embassy?
Lee on July 08, 2016:
How much will it cost for Dhl? Estimated.
lee on June 19, 2016:
Hi! just want to ask, my TOR and diploma were stamped in the UAE embassy in manila May 2015, can I still go to MOFA for the attestation or do I have to get new stamp from Manila again? Thanks!
marc22 on April 28, 2016:
is it neccessary to have spa? or authorization letter is quite enough?
RodrigoDuterte on April 26, 2016:
Your friend needs a Special Power of Attorney (SPA), that includes his/her name and address in that document. This SPA should be done in the Philippine Embassy UAE - since you are there, as per requirement of DFA 2016. Signed, Notarized, and send this document to your friend.
Note: Do not send via email/online. This has to be an original document.
Your friend needs 2 copies of your Passport/ID, & another 2 copies of his/her Passport/ID.
Renelyn Rivera on April 24, 2016:
Hello i have my school credentials red ribboned already i just need to attest it in UAE embassy in Manila, currently im here in Dubai, is there any requirements needed if a friend of mine will process or forward my documents to dhl for attestation? Please help me, I really need to know urgently.
gwen on April 08, 2016:
hello 25, i just want to know if how how many days will take for the processing of the UAE attestation?
Jimmo on March 20, 2016:
Hi, my daughter is going to Dubai for a Visit Visa, I wanna know what are the documents that needs to be authenticated and how much UAE Embassy will charge per document? Please correct me if I'm wrong, The College Diploma and TOR are consider one document since DFA red ribbon into one, High School Diploma, Board Certificate and PRC License one document, work Certificate, What about NBI Clearance does it need to be authenticated in UAE Embassy? Thanks
Aki on March 17, 2016:
Hi, just hoping someone would answer me on this one... Is it okay for me to have my High School Diploma and CENOMAR attested at the UAE Embassy without the NBI Clearance?
Jeno on March 14, 2016:
Is there any specified period for your Red Ribboned Certs before havind stamped by the UAE Embassy in the Philippines?
jmmj217 on March 07, 2016:
i renew my CHEDCAV at DFA in the Philippines. and get straight to dhl for UAE authentication. Yes there's the Stamp of UAE embassy at the back. unfortunately my employer here in dubai asking me a Local athestation of it. because there's no philippine stamp at the back. what should i do...
Bhing on February 28, 2016:
Hi 25 i want to authenticate my daughter's birth certificate but I lost the receipt for the red ribbon DHL said they need the receipt otherwise I need to give them affidavit of lost. Is it really necessary to have the receipt?
Edwin14 on February 23, 2016:
I just want to ask if attestation is mandatory? For those guys who are having a visit visa and looking for a job at dubai, before they are going to be hired it is mandatory to have a attestation first?
jocelyn on February 05, 2016:
How I can give my diploma still I don't have it red rebbon.I want to stamp UAE embassy in the Philippines.even we don't have red rebbon they will accept to put stamp in UAE embassy in the philippines.Pls help me give advice
Lucky on January 18, 2016:
Hi. I would like to ask if you provide birth certificate (need local civil registry from municipality) when processing uae attestation? As of now (january 19, 2016), dhl megamall ask me provide one. Thanks!
rhen on January 05, 2016:
how can i process my docs? if it wil not make it thru DHL? can i go personally to embassy to process my own docs? can you teach me HOW?
syne on December 08, 2015:
i need to stamp school record in saudi embassy how long its take and how much cost
harvey on December 06, 2015:
hi there! I am here in Dubai now, I have my school documents and it was Red ribboned, but the problem is the employer needs an attestation by UAE embassy, and He asked me to send back to my relatives in the philippines, the documents in my hand and have it attestated...it was red ribboned last September this year, is it still valid?
airah on December 04, 2015:
hi I want to ask how much it will cost for uae stamp for marriage certificate?thanks a lot...
mhydz on December 04, 2015:
@lhor: At what year did your sister had her documents red ribboned? you can send it to any authorized dhl branch express as they were the authorizes courier for uae embassy.UAE embassy does not entertain walk in as what I have read.
icaarr on November 25, 2015:
@pineda no need for ched for state univ just go to dfa after you process it in registrar
evelyn garay cesar on November 14, 2015:
hello,just wanna ask how much i pay for a police clearance and processing time period
Pineda on November 11, 2015:
15 years ago, recognized universities like University of the Philippines did not require authentication from CHED. I went straight to DFA for the TOR attestation and have it stamped with red ribbon. Is this still the case, or do I now have to go to CHED before proceeding to DFA?
Aejay on November 06, 2015:
Do i need to get managers check for uae attestation? And where can i get that managers check?
ff on November 05, 2015:
what is the difference between NSO copy and etc copy of birth cert and marriage cert? does it mean we have to make a duplicate copy of NSO docs and have it CTC? thanks
lhor on November 03, 2015:
I had my sister's docs already red ribbon.im from cavite.is it much better that the dhl do the uae authentication or do it by myself on behalf of my sister.my sister is working in abu dhabi.but i dont know how to go to uae embassy.can u please help me
ginette vinagrera on November 02, 2015:
good day.my diploma and tor was already red ribboned. do i still have them to be stamped in the uae embassy for job application in uae?
Jr on November 01, 2015:
Good day. May i just ask if authentication in the uae embassy here in the Philippines is still needed if you want your documents be stamped in the UAE embassy in UAE.
joan on October 29, 2015:
hello...i have my tor/diploma red ribboned already and it needs the stamp from uae embassy phils....is there any other way to get the attestation here in dubai. i am now here in dubai
Rovie on October 27, 2015:
Any sample letter for attesting request of documents ?
kcjayne on October 11, 2015:
I have my documents ( diploma and TOR)'s red ribbon ( fresh from the philippines.
They said I need to stamp first my documents in PHilippines before it gets the stamp from UAE. will it be possible to get both stamps here in DUBAI- walk in? I need the document in for the early time.
Thank you in advance for your kind help!
Jake Sudweste on October 03, 2015:
Hi 25! I have my doccuments (TOR and Diploma)'s red ribbon.
Is it possible to walk-in at UAE Embassy in Manila for the process of attestation of my documents? or DHL is the only way to accept and process my documents to attest?
If they accept walk-in, how many hours or days we have to wait?
Vi on October 02, 2015:
For Diploma and TOR, hindi na sila dumadaan sa Malacanang like before (11 years ago)?
lovely on September 22, 2015:
Hi! I have my red ribbon birth certificate last 2014. Is this still valid for uae stamping or i need to have new one? Thanks..
wilnaalipio on August 31, 2015:
I have my documents ( diploma and TOR)'s red ribbon ( fresh from the philippines.
They said there us a stamp I need from PHilippines before it gets the stamp from UAE. will it be possible to get both stamps here in DUBAI- walk in? I need the documets handy by hte 15th of September.
Thank you in advance for your kind help!
Ray on August 24, 2015:
Good day tweenty five may i ask wat are the requirements for authorization other than authorization letter?I will authorize my sister on my behalf.plz consider my questions.
Pam on August 23, 2015:
Hi 25! I got my husband's red ribbon docs already. He's in Dubai now and needs the uae embassy attestation. If i'm not mistaken, i just need to go to dhl and let them process the docs? Thank you!!
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angelica on August 03, 2015:
i already red ribon my tor and diploma, my only need is to attest it. how am i going to attest it and where id the exact address? thank you.
Nhald0202 on July 28, 2015:
hi good day po. pano mag pa attest ng marriage contract sa uae embassy. yung marriage certificate ko po naka red ribbon na. anu po mga docs na kaylangan kong iprovide para mapa attestation na po ng pinsan ko yung marriage contract ko kasi andito po ako ngayun sa dubai.
please reply ...
thanks a lot..
Apple on July 26, 2015:
Hello. i just got my red ribbon documents stamped by the UAE embassy in Manila. Do i still have it stamped again by the consulate here in dubai?
Jerald on July 26, 2015:
I just got my TOR from my school. Do I need to bring it to a CHED office or can I have it red ribboned right away? Also, can I ask DHL to do the process for having my documents authenticated in DFA and UAE embassy? Thanks.
jonathan on July 21, 2015:
Hi25 howmuch if my document need uae stamp and how long the process.
All my document have redribbon like tor and diploma. Any requirements for uae stamp.?
raque on July 19, 2015:
hi. is it okay to go to uae embassy to process a stamp? they will accept walk-in? thankyou.
jerome on July 08, 2015:
good day..i just got married last may 2015,i had my marriage certificate 2 weeks after my wedding and had it red ribboned in dfa,my question is,can i go directly to dhl to process the uae attestation for me because i am now in dubai and i just leave my marriage cert. to my brother to continue the process,will it be in the same amount of fees for attestation?thank u in advance
Duanie on June 08, 2015:
my diploma and tor was red ribbon back in january 2014 but unfortunately i didn't able to proceed with uae ettestation due to lack of time since i travelled on the same month of january 2014 to dubai, sine the validity of red ribbon is one year only, my question is, can i still use the same attachment and remove the old authentication certificate and re apply it again for new red ribbon.?
domilyn Ruiz calderon on June 06, 2015:
Hi Twenty five,
I want to take a certificate of no marriage,im not married but i have kids,im working here in UAE,how can i have this?
Cora on April 25, 2015:
Hi 25,i need the stamping of our marriage contract at UAE embassy here in the Philippines,my passport is still on process,what i only have is a photocopy of my husband 's passport who is an OFW at UAE..is my personal passport a requirement for me to have the stamping of our marriage contract?
JesusGIRL on April 21, 2015:
I have already completed the document authentication process from Phils. DFA to UAE Embassy in the Phils. Now, I want to verify if there is a period within which the Minister of Foreign Affairs of UAE should authenticate the same from the date of attestation by the UAE Embassy in the Phils.How long or within how many days?
Jenny on April 21, 2015:
Hello po!!! I just wanna ask cuz my husband working in Dubai and he want me get there were planning to apply a spouse visa his company want to help me but they want our marriage contract to be stamped in UAE embassy here in Phil , can I go directly in UAE embassy Manila to get stamped? What the requirements should I need to prepare?thank u po...
Mark lopez on April 09, 2015:
Hi my uncle send his spa from uae embassy its has a seal not dry seal or red ribbon,is it valid??
DANIEL on April 05, 2015:
Hi, I'm not sure if you already answered this on your previous comments-- I used my documents last 2011, napa red ribbon and attest na sila, valid pa ba ang mga documents na to this 2015? Wala kasi akong nakikitang validity date dito. Pupunta kasi ako Dubai this May or sa July.
CJ Guegue on March 18, 2015:
Hi.. How can i process document attestation for Qatar embassy by myself..? Thank you..
jhem on March 01, 2015:
same problem as jick..i lost my dfa receipt..what should be the best thing to do?
Mitch on February 24, 2015:
Does Docs from local civil registrar are still needed if i already have the red ribbon NSO docs? I was decline by DHL because i should submit it
JICK on February 15, 2015:
hi can I ask regarding the case of my documents, I already sent it for red ribbon and then, Its like I don't have any idea regarding of putting a stamp at the back of my documents / or attesting them to the embassy, so, I need to send it again for attestion in UAE embassy sa Pinas but the problem is that there looking for my DFA receipt but its already gone.. . is it possible that they can attest my documents/credentials without the receipt from DFA?please advise. i really need it as soon as possible.
Jastin on February 09, 2015:
Hi.. I got my red ribbon diploma but my form 137 was lost is it ok to get the uae stamp without the form 137?
lucio on December 29, 2014:
hi! 25, just want to ask if i can make attestation or certification here in dubai?since may docs already have red ribbon by DFA my brother. he send it to me just this december but he forgot to bring it to UAE embassy for the attestation. appreciate your advise. thanks in advance!
anna on December 10, 2014:
Hi! Just wanna ask if I still need an authorization letter from my sister who is in Dubai right now coz I'll be the one who will take her TOR to UAE Embassy here in the Philippines to be stamp on. (UAE Stamp) or I just need an authorization letter from her when claiming the stamped docs? Thanks... :)
Kristel on November 18, 2014:
ask ko lang po kung may stamp na ng uae ambassy sa pilipinas ang red ribbon ko. Ma e.expire pa din po ba?
gezz on November 07, 2014:
hi,i already have my marriage certificate authenticated by dfa/red ribboned,my docs have been forwarded here in dubai but they said it has to be stamped in philippines/dubai embassy before submitted back to them. can you help me with the requirements and how the process goes? where exactly do i have the certificate stamped?
dangs on October 22, 2014:
good day! i have a question about requesting for a special power of attorney be consularized at saudi arabia...is there a red ribbon attached in a documents or just a certicate from embassy....
jennypatuts on October 02, 2014:
If i go directly to UAE Embassy, would you know how much is the attesting cost per document? And how long does it usually take to release/receive the docs . Do they entertain RUSH processing? Thanks.
donna on September 21, 2014:
Hi twentyfive. I went to dhl to stamp my red ribbon docs but they also need official receipt from dfa and i found out that i lost it. Im worried
What should i do?
firstname.lastname@example.org on September 11, 2014:
Hi twentyfive, can my husband go directly to uae embassy in the phil. For uae attestation
Aubrey on September 09, 2014:
Hi.I'm done with my red ribbon for my tor and chef docs, if I'm going to bring it to uae embassy for attestation, how much it cost and how long it will take? Thank you
joebert calantas on August 11, 2014:
Can i ask for me im here in dubai but we need to process my diploma for attestation, and my wife she go to DHL to submit my diploma but the DHL they give another doccuments same form 137-18A Certification of graduates and also endorsement letter im graduate high school not go to college,can you help me what is the correct requirement all for me because my please now in cebu philippines but im graduate in negros occidental and to my cousin she doing their but we need my both from my signature please help me to what can we doing in correct processing..
Josh oleriana on July 26, 2014:
Hi 25, I just wanna ask if how is the process of authentication ? Coz I'm about to go to UAE embassy tomorrow. How long is the processing time frame ? how much it will cost? thanl you! :) ASAP plss
Monette on July 09, 2014:
Hi!....I would like to ask what would be the process in having UAE stamp/authentication in my Red Ribbon Documents?
jhen on June 28, 2014:
Can step 2&3 be done at once trough dhl? Does it take also 2 weeks only for step 2&3 to be done?
Reinhard David on June 23, 2014:
Is it possible that all of the transactions from DepEd to Red Ribbon to Kuwait Embassy stamping will be done thru and be received at DHL?
monmon on May 20, 2014:
My TOR-CAV-Graduation_certificate was considered as one document when I went to DHL.
I went back to DHL to have my PRC documents red-ribboned at DFA. They just told me that it isn't considered as one document anymore? It it happens to be separate, then it would be 4x the fee which is P2,250 x 4 documents= P9,000! Where they wrong?
khitz on May 11, 2014:
Hi pcncy n po ok lng po b kung tglog kc po mli mli po grammar q pgk ng english aq...mgkno po ang UAE STAMP @ RETURN ADDRESS to Dubai
Enaj on May 07, 2014:
Yung diploma n tor k authenticated n last 2007 kng mg start ako uli babalik uli ako s school k for request ng reauthenticate mg ppaattestation po kc ako s uae embassy
Evo on April 03, 2014:
Hi. I have applied for DFA authentication for my Diploma & TOR. The claim stub to get the documents from DFA is already with ME. What I want to know is that If I can have the DHL do the honor to claim my documents(DIPLOMA & RED RIBBOn) from DFA then If they can also be the one to forward it in UAE Embassy at once?? Thanks so much! Please reply
cherry on March 27, 2014:
hi. i had my red ribbon of my TOR/DIPLOMA last 2008 DFA itself and not fake and its been newly authenticated again here in abu dhabi embassy of the philippines. my question is, why do i need to secure a new red ribbon where it was doubled check already??? what is the purpose of having authenticated here in abu dhabi embassy where they accepted my red ribbon and according to them its ok for attestation because they authenticate it again and we're waited for it for a week...? and for DFA manila, why we can't renew our red ribbon since we had our records there already?? so all of the documents now have expiration date? at least from the time we process for it, they informed us...please help! email@example.com
Lorie on January 09, 2014:
Good day. I would like to ask if it's true that the UAE Embassy will not stamp the DFA Red Ribboned documents if it is more than 1 year from the date it was authenticated? I had my college documents authenticated back in 2010 by the DFA. Could I still use them for UAE stamping now that it's 2013 or do i need to secure new copies and have them authenticated again? Please help! my email ad is firstname.lastname@example.org
grean on December 25, 2013:
my documents are attested by qatar embassy last year, can i ask if my i can use the said documents to be also attestes at the UAE embassy or do i need to renew my authenticated docs at DFA tnx