(ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, AUTHENTICATION, CERTIFICATION)
Any legal document issued in the U.S. must be Apostillized by the issuing State / Competent Authority to give it legal effect for use in foreign countries. Once Apostillized, the document already has legal effect and can be sent to the Philippines for use. A document with an Apostille Certificate no longer needs additional authentication by the Philippine Consulate General.
Effective 14 May 2019, Authentication (the process of verifying the authenticity of the signature of issuing officer and his/her designation/position and the issuance of a certificate with gold seal and signature of Consular Officer) by the Philippine Consulate General in Houston is no longer needed for documents Apostillized in the States under its jurisdiction namely, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, in view of the entry into force in the Philippines of The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 “Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents” (commonly known as the Apostille Convention) to which the United States is a contracting party. Further, the practice of Embassies and Consulates of attaching “red ribbons” to authenticated documents has officially been discontinued.
In line with the Convention,
To use these types of public documents in the Philippines, these will only require an issued by competent authorities.
The State Departments of the State Governments of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas may Apostillize documents.
PROCEDURE FOR PRIVATE DOCUMENTS
Private documents such as Special Power of Attorney (SPA), Affidavits, private contracts, or business-related documents may be used in the Philippines after complying with the simple two-step procedure below, without need of further submitting these documents to the Consulate for authentication:
- The private document can be notarized by any notary public; and
- The document will be sent to the state government which issued the commission of the notary public.
Local notaries public may also be consulted regarding the Apostille process, and may offer more convenient or expedited services.
Notarization services may still be provided by the Philippine Consulate General in Houston only under exceptional circumstances and on a case to case basis.
For more information about the Apostille process, please follow the links below: