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13/06/2019: PUBLIC ADVISORY - Philippine Embassies and Consulates will no Longer Legalize (Authenticate) Public Documents Issued in the U.S. Bearing an Apostille Issued by the Competent Authorities in the U.S.

With the entry into force of the Apostille Convention for the Philippines on 14 May 2019, Philippine Embassies and Consulates will no longer legalize (authenticate) public documents issued by countries which are also Contracting Parties to the said Convention.

As the United States of America is a party to the Apostille Convention, the Philippine Embassy and Consulates in the U.S. will no longer legalize public documents issued in the U.S. bearing an Apostille issued by the Competent Authorities in the U.S.

The issuing authorities in the U.S. are categorized by State and by type of documents. Applicants of authentication (Apostillization) in the U.S. may search in the Internet for the Apostille Competent Authorities in the U.S. or use this link: https://www.hcch.net/en/states/authorities/details3/?aid=353

The Philippine Embassy and Consulates will continue to render acknowledgment and jurat services on private documents not previously certified by notaries public and county clerks.

Similarly, Philippine public documents are expected to be accepted in the United States and its territories after receiving an Apostille issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines. The Philippine Embassy and Consulates do not issue Apostille for Philippine documents.

13 June 2019, San Francisco