MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) launched the online Apostille Appointment and Verification System on Tuesday (March 9).
Applicants who need to submit Philippine documents abroad will only need to apply for an Apostille certificate instead of having the documents authenticated at the foreign embassy or consulate.
Once the document is issued an Apostille certificate, the applicant may submit the document directly to the concerned party.
The said online system is in line with the agency’s phasing out of the ‘red ribbon’ certificate.
“Authentication services are crucial for the Filipino public, particularly our OFWs and students abroad. It is for them that we continue to think of ways to do things better and make their lives a bit easier,” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin said.
The newly-launched system will allow applicants who wish to submit their documents for authentication at DFA Aseana to register for an appointment at http://dfa.gov.ph/apostille-appointment.
By April 2021, applicants may also register online for authentication appointments at select Consular Offices nationwide.
According to DFA Undersecretary Brigido Dulay Tuesday’s “launch of this online appointment system for authentication services is a concrete, tangible and self-evident example of how we operationalize this commitment [to an effective, efficient and timely delivery of consular services that are responsive to the needs of Filipinos here and abroad]”.
The step-by-step process of using the newly-launched online Apostille Appointment and Verification System may be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2POySaT
Those who wish to know more about the Authentication through Apostille may check https://tinyurl.com/DFAApostilleAuthentication.
For DFA’s Authentication services and which Consular Offices offer the service may visit the consular website.