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Cape Verde is not a party to the Hague Convention on Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra-Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters. U.S. consular officers are generally prohibited from serving legal documents ( 22 CFR 92.85). In the absence of any prohibition against it, service of process in Cape Verde may be effected by mail, by agent, such as a local attorney, or through letters rogatory. You may wish to consult an attorney in Cape Verde before selecting a particular method of service to attempt to ensure that the procedures you follow are in accordance with local law. This may be particularly significant if you wish to enforce a judgment issued by a court in the United States.
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.
Cape Verde is not a party to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters.
The U.S. embassy has been informed by the Government of Cape Verde that the laws and regulations of Cape Verde do not prohibit the taking of voluntary depositions. Depositions may be taken of willing witnesses before a U.S. consular officer from the U.S. embassy. You may wish to consult a local attorney in Cape Verde to determine if alternative procedures are acceptable under local law.
Cape Verde is a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. Cape Verde’s competent authority for the Hague Apostille Convention will authenticate Cape Verde public documents with Apostilles. For information about authenticating U.S. public documents for use in Cape Verde, see the list of U.S. Competent Authorities. To obtain an Apostille for a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America, contact the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services, Vital Records Office.