|Party to Hague Service Convention?||No|
|Party to Hague Evidence Convention?||No|
|Party to Hague Apostille Convention?||Yes|
|Party to Inter-American Convention?||No|
|Service of Process by Mail?||N/A|
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Honduras is not a party to the Hague Service Convention. Although Honduras is a party to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory, it is not a party to the Additional Protocol to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory regarding Service of Process. The United States only has a treaty relationship with countries party to both the Convention and the Additional Protocol. In the absence of any prohibition against it, service of process in Honduras may be effected by mail, by agent, such as a local attorney, or through letters rogatory. Litigants may wish to consult an attorney in Honduras before pursuing a particular method of service of process, particularly if enforcement of a U.S. judgment is contemplated in the future.
Service on a Foreign State: See also our Service Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) feature and FSIA Checklist for questions about service on a foreign state, agency or instrumentality.
Prosecution Requests: U.S. federal or state prosecutors should also contact the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice for guidance.
Defense Requests in Criminal Matters: Criminal defendants or their defense counsel seeking judicial assistance in obtaining evidence or in effecting service of documents abroad in connection with criminal matters may do so via the letters rogatory process.
Requests for compulsion of evidence may be prepared in the form of a letter rogatory transmitted via diplomatic channels. See 22 CFR 22.1 regarding current consular fees. For general guidance about preparation and transmittal of such requests, see our Preparation of Letters Rogatory feature. Letters rogatory for compulsion of evidence should be transmitted in duplicate with appropriate Spanish translation to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Overseas Citizens Services, Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management, Western Hemisphere Division, CA/OCS/ACS/WHA. Mailing address: SA-29, 4th Floor, 2201 C Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20520.