Philippine Apostille Authentication
Department of Foreign Affairs
Starting last May 14, 2019, the Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA Office will no longer give Red Ribbon as a document authentication. Apostille Authentication will take over instead. In this article, we will tell you what an Apostille is, where to get it, how much and so much more! You may also check the video below for easy steps of getting an Apostille stamp or seal.
What is an Apostille Authentication?
Apostille is a kind of document authentication issued by a country that is a party of the Apostille Convention. Philippine is part of the Apostille Convention. Hence, when applying for work at other countries (that are part of the Apostille Convention), authentication is easily verified. There is no longer the need for authentication (legalization) by the Foreign Embassies or Consulates except for countries that have not acceded to the Convention and countries that objected to the Philippine accession.
The Apostille document authentication for public documents executed in Apostille-contracting countries and territories (except for Austria, Finland, Germany and Greece) to be used in the Philippines, authentication by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate General will no longer be required once Apostillized. For those who wish to live the dream of working abroad, make sure your document authentication is accepted in that country. Check the FAQ section to see full list of countries and territories where Philippine Apostille is accepted.
How to Get an Apostille Stamp/Seal?
Step 1: Visit DFA Office with Apostille Authentication (See list of DFA Offices with Apostille Authentication below.)
Step 2: Fill out the Application Form.
Step 3: Present any valid ID & pay the authentication fee (Php 100 – regular or Php 200 – express)
Step 4: Present receipt of payment and get your authenticated document
Apostille Document Authentication FAQ:
Where can you get an Apostille Stamp/Seal?
The Apostille Authentication is available some parts of the country only. Mainly in Manila, Cebu and Davao. Here are the list of Authenticating Units with Apostille: DFA-Aseana; DFA NCR-Northeast (Ali Mall); DFA NCR-East (SM Megamall); DFA NCR-West (SM Manila); DFA NCR-South (Metro Gaisano Alabang); DFA San Fernando, Pampanga; and soon, DFA Davao (SM Davao) and DFA Cebu (Pacific Mall-Metro Mandaue).
How is much is an Apostille?
There are two types of payment fee for Apostille Authentication. For now, payment for the DFA-OCA’s Authentication Service is Php100.00 for Regular Processing (i.e., released after four working days) and Php200.00 for Expedited Processing (to be released the following business day).
Which countries & territories accept Philippine Apostille?
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Chile, Columbia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Eswatini, Fiji, France, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hongkong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Marshal Islands, Mauritius, Mexico Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norway, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, and Venezuela.