The DFA E-Apostille System: Secure and Convenient Authentication for PSA Certificates

Published on June 21, 2024

E-Apostille PSA birth certificate

Do you need your PSA birth certificate, PSA marriage certificate, or PSA CENOMAR (Certificate of No Marriage) authenticated for use abroad? Traditionally, this process involved obtaining a physical copy of the PSA certificate and then securing an Apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

On March 19, 2024, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) launched the Philippine E-Apostille System, streamlining the authentication process for documents that will be used abroad. This system automates the entire authentication process of public and private documents. Through the E-Apostille System, the applicant conveniently receives the e-Apostille through email allowing for secure and convenient sharing with foreign entities.

Building on the convenience of the Philippine E-Apostille System, the DFA partnered with to further simplify the authentication process for PSA certificates intended for use abroad. This collaboration allows applicants to submit digital copies (e-certificates) of PSA birth certificates, marriage certificates, and Certificates of No Marriage (CENOMAR) directly through for e-Apostille issuance. By eliminating the need for physical copies, this system significantly reduces processing time and make easier the entire authentication process for Filipinos seeking to use these documents internationally.

Convenience at Your Fingertips

The DFA E-Apostille System eliminates the need for physical copies and in-person visits. Here’s how it simplifies the process for you:

  1. Order your PSA e-certificates online: Through the user-friendly PSA e-certificate ordering page (, you can conveniently request digital copies of your birth certificates, marriage certificates, and CENOMAR.

    PSA birth certificate e-certificate
  2. Secure and efficient processing: When you order your PSA e-certificate, it is automatically forwarded electronically to the DFA for Apostille processing through the E-Apostille System. This eliminates the risk of lost documents and ensures a smooth transition to the next stage.
  3. Two-step payment process: There are two fees involved in obtaining an e-Apostille. The first covers the PSA e-certificate itself, payable through any of PSAHelpline’s payment channels. The second fee is for the e-Apostille, which you can settle conveniently through the Landbank LinkBiz portal during the application process.
  4. Pay the e-Apostille fee online: Forget lining up at banks! Visit the Landbank LinkBiz portal or use the link provided in your PSA e-certificate payment confirmation email. Just follow the payment process for DFA e-Apostille for PSA e-certificates and pay the Php 200 fee.

    Apostille online payment
  5. Receive your e-Apostille electronically: Once your e-Apostille is processed, you will receive it directly in your email along with a link for verification. This eliminates the need for physical pick-up of the authenticated document.
  6. Share your e-Apostille electronically: You can readily share your e-Apostille with institutions that require it by attaching it to an email or uploading it to their online portal. This eliminates the need for printing and mailing physical copies, saving on costs, and expediting the process.

Benefits for Filipinos

DFA E-apostille benefits

The DFA E-Apostille System is a significant benefit for Filipinos especially those seeking employment opportunities abroad. It offers several advantages:

  1. Faster Processing: The online system significantly reduces the processing time compared to the traditional method. Filipinos can now obtain their authenticated documents quicker, allowing them to submit them to potential employers electronically.
  2. Reduced Costs: No more travel expenses to and from government offices. The E-Apostille System eliminates the need for physical copies and courier services, leading to significant cost savings.
  3. Enhanced Security: The entire process is conducted electronically, minimizing the risk of lost or damaged documents. E-certificates and e-Apostilles are secured with digital signatures, ensuring their authenticity.
  4. Greater Convenience: The E-Apostille System allows Filipinos to complete the entire process from anywhere with an internet connection. This is particularly beneficial for those living overseas or in remote locations within the Philippines.

Important Reminders

  1. Before applying for an e-Apostille, always confirm with the receiving party (potential employer, institution, establishment, etc.) abroad if they accept e-certificates and e-Apostilles.
  2. An e-Apostille is only valid in countries that are part of the Apostille Convention. You can find a list of member countries online.
  3. Printouts of e-Apostilles are not considered valid. You can share your e-Apostille electronically by attaching it to an email or uploading it to a designated portal.
  4. Prepare your documents beforehand. Having a scanned copy of your valid government-issued ID readily available will expedite the online application process.
  5. Double-check your information and ensure all details entered during the application process are accurate and complete to avoid delays.
  6. Keep an eye on your email for updates and notifications regarding your PSA e-certificate and e-Apostille application.
  7. It is always a good practice to save a copy of your e-certificate and e-Apostille for future reference.

Embrace the Future of Document Authentication

The DFA E-Apostille System stands as a testament to the Philippines’ progressive approach to document management. By embracing this innovative system, Filipinos abroad can not only save time and money on document authentication, but also participate in shaping a more efficient, secure, and accessible future. As the country continues its digital transformation journey, we can expect to see a wider adoption of e-certificates and e-Apostilles across various government agencies. This will not only benefit Filipinos seeking document authentication but will also streamline processes for businesses and institutions relying on verified documents.

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