Documents that are executed, signed or issued in India and intended to be used or presented in the Philippines must bear a consular notarization or attestation, as the case may be, in order for such documents to be accorded legal effect in the Philippines. Examples of these documents are Special Powers of Attorney, General Powers of Attorney, Affidavits, Deeds, Contracts, Assignments, Letters of Patent, Articles of Incorporation, Certificates of Birth, Marriage or Death and other official documents issued by Indian authorities within the Embassy's jurisdiction. These documents may be attested by the Consular Section of the Philippine Embassy New Delhi only after the documents have been duly attested by Patiala House of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi or by any of the Philippine Consulates General in Chennai, Kolkata or Mumbai . The Consulates may only attest documents executed in areas under its respective jurisdictions and only after the documents have been attested by the State Government.
Attestation of a document is made when the party or parties executing a legal document does not appear in person before a Consular officer at the Consular Section of the Philippine Embassy New Delhi. It is important to note that the Consular Section at the Philippine Embassy New Delhi, only performs consular notarization or attestation for documents that are issued or executed within India. The Consular Section does not notarize or attest documents that are executed or issued outside India. In addition, the Consulate does not perform notarial services for documents that are intended to be presented or submitted to non-Philippine government or private entities, such as Affidavits of Support for Immigration purposes to other countries and other documents of similar nature.
Notarization by Acknowledgement of Certification
When a Filipino national executing a document appears in person before a Consular officer at the Embassy's Consular Section or the Consulate, the Consular officer in the form of an Acknowledgment or Jurat, will notarize the document. The Consular officer in this case performs the functions of a Notary Public. Hence, Filipino individuals personally appearing before a Consular officer are no longer required to have their documents notarized by a Notary Public before submitting the same for notarization.
The original copy of each document must be presented. Each original copy must be accompanied by one (1) photocopy for the Embassy's or Consulate's records. Proofs of identification of the applicant must be presented. Examples of these are the following: passport, driver's license, alien registration card, and other documents evidencing identity of the applicant. A photocopy of the proof of identification must also be submitted for the records of the Consular Section of the Embassy or the Consulate.
The processing time for authentication/attestation is three (3) days upon receipt of complete requirements and payment.
Please go to Schedule of Fees for details on the Notarial and Authentication Fees as well as the courier charges. The authentication fee of each document is charged according to the number of pages attested by MEA. Thus, a four-page document with 2 pages stamped by the MEA is charged twice the authentication fee.
The Embassy of the Philippines is not responsible for delay or loss of documents for authentication/attestation submitted or sent back through courier.
The Philippine Embassy does not perform notarial services for non-Filipino nationals. Documents signed or executed by Indian nationals to be used in the Philippines should be first notarized by a Notary Public then attested by the Ministry of External Affairs (Patiala House) while documents signed or executed by other foreign nationals should have their document attested or authenticated by a consular officer of his or her respective Embassy in New Delhi before it can be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy.