Administration Offices in the Philippines
Contact information for the national and local administrative centers of the Philippines, including where to go for residency papers, vehicle registration papers, driving licenses and more...
GOVPH is the official Philippine government portal in the country. It has information useful for people living and working in the Philippines, for businesses, and for foreign nationals moving to the Philippines.
Most of the government agencies, both national and local, are open Monday to Friday from 08:00-17:00.
Bureau of Immigration
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is the government agency responsible for processing and issuing the documents for foreigners moving to the Philippines, for example visa applications and alien registration cards. Applications for an extension of a temporary visitor visa and a visa upon arrival can also be made at the BI.
- Bureau of Immigration Head Office
At: Magallanes Drive, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila
Tel: 02 527 3260/527 3248
- Find a local immigration office
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
DOLE is the government agency for employment-related information.
Applications for an Alien Employment Permit (AEP) are filed with the DOLE and take approximately five days to process. The application should be made at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office or Field Office having jurisdiction over the intended place of work.
- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
At: Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Building, Muralla Wing cor. General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila
DOLE Hotline: 02 527 8000
- Find a regional DOLE office
Department of Trade and Industry
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is responsible for the Philippines trade, industry and investment activities.
- Department of Trade and Industry
At: Trade & Industry Building, 361 Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City
Tel: 02 751 0384 / 0902 751 3330 / 0917 834 3330
Land Transportation Office
The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is responsible for the registration of motor vehicles, issuing driver’s licenses and enforcement of land transportation laws, rules and regulations. Foreign nationals can exchange their foreign driving license for a Philippine one at any Land Transportation Office (LTO) center or District office. Driving licenses can also be renewed within a day at any LTO licensing center.
- Land Transportation Office
At: East Avenue, Quezon City
Tel: 02 922 9061 to 66 / 02 921 9072
Customer Service: 02 928 9440
- Find a local LTO office by region
Bureau of Internal Revenue
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is responsible for all income taxes, fees and charges. Applications for a Tax Identification Number (TIN) are made at this office and the registration procedure takes about two hours. It must be carried out at the Revenue District Office of the place of residence of the applicant. Companies that are applying for this number must do so at the Revenue District Office where the head office is located.
- Bureau of Internal Revenue
At: BIR National Office Building, BIR Road, Diliman, Quezon City
Tel: 02 981 7000
- Find a local BIR office
Community Tax Certificates
The Community Tax Certificate (CTC) is required for those filing an income tax return, registering a new business or applying for postal ID. Certificates can be obtained from any local government office (barangay, municipal or city hall) where the CTC is issued.
Department of Health
The Department of Health (DOH) is primarily responsible for health services and provides basic public services to all Filipinos.
- Department of Health
At: San Lazaro Compound, Tayuman, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Tel: 02 651 7800
National Bureau of Investigation Clearance Certificate
This certificate is generally required for employment purposes and indicates whether the person has a criminal record or not.
It is possible to apply for NBI Clearance online - and make the appointment for biometrics scanning at the same time. The person then just has to go to the local NBI office for the fingerprints and photo and to get a copy of the certificate.
- National Bureau of Investigation
At: Taft Ave., Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila