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Filipinos who are immigrants or workers in foreign countries sometimes find the need to authenticate private, legal, or commercial documents issued in their home country, Philippines.
However, the Philippine Embassy doesn’t have the power nor the capability to have these Philippine-issued documents authenticated.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is the only agency tasked with the authentication of documents that will be used in other countries.
Apostillization or authentication services are only done at these DFA Consular Offices, all of which are located in the Philippines.
If you’re abroad but don’t have the time or money to fly to the Philippines, you’ve got two options:
- Ask a relative or an authorized representative to file/claim the authenticated documents on your behalf. This is allowed by DFA as long as the representative presents all the requirements.
- Use the DFA Authentication Express which enables you to have your documents authenticated through email or over the phone. Although more expensive, this service can expedite your DFA-authenticated documents in as short as 24 hours.
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