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14/05/2019: Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco Shall no Longer Issue Authentication Certificates (Red Ribbon) for Documents Apostillized in the States Under its Jurisdiction

Effective 14 May 2019, the  Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco shall no longer issue Authentication Certificates (red ribbon) for documents apostillized in the States under its jurisdiction namely, Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington State, Northern Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and Northern California in view of the entry into force in the Philippines of The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 “Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents” (commonly known as the Apostille Convention) to which the United States is a contracting party.

That means, private documents (Powers of Attorney, Deeds, Contracts, Birth/ Death/ Marriage Certificates, etc.), business documents (agreements, certificates, etc.), and other documents executed and apostillized in Apostille countries such as the United States (except for Austria, Finland, Germany and Greece) shall no longer be authenticated by any Philippine Embassy or Consulate General.

An Apostille is a form of authentication of documents which will be used in countries that are parties to the 1961 Hague Convention. Like the authentication certificate, an Apostille certifies the origin of the public document, the authenticity of the issuing official’s signature on the document, seal/stamp, etc.

The Apostille streamlines the process of authentication of documents for use abroad. Before Apostille, a Philippine document to be used abroad undergoes three procedures: (1) Certification by the relevant government agency or office; (2) authentication by the DFA; and (3) authentication (or legalization) by the Embassy of the country where said document will be used. With the Apostille, step 3 or legalization by the concerned Embassy is no longer necessary

The Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, however, shall continue to provide Acknowledgement Certificates (with red ribbon and gold seal) and Jurat services to walk-in applicants regardless of whether the origin of the document is an Apostille country or not.

Likewise, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in the Philippines announced that beginning 14 May 2019, the DFA will no longer issue Authentication Certificates and instead will affix an Apostille as proof of authentication, on Philippine documents for use abroad.

After the Apostille process, there is no need for Foreign Embassies/Consulates in the Philippines to authenticate the Philippine documents if the country where these documents will be used is a member of the Apostille Convention. See link for list of members of the Apostille Convention https://www.hcch.net/en/instruments/conventions/status-table/?cid=41.

Philippine-issued Apostilles may be verified through this link: www.dfa.gov.ph/verify-apostille/.

For inquiries, please contact the Legal Section at legal@philippinessanfrancisco.org. END

13 May 2019, San Francisco