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Uruguay is not a party to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters. The United States and Uruguay are parties to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and Additional Protocol. The U.S. Central Authority for the treaty is the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Foreign Litigation, Washington, D.C. Requests for service under the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and Additional Protocol may be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice's contractor, Process Forwarding International (PFI), for transmittal to the Uruguayian Central Authority.
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.
Uruguay is not a party to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters.
Depositions of willing witnesses before U.S. consular officers are permitted in Uruguay. Attorneys from the United States may wish to consult a local Uruguayan attorney to determine if other procedures are available under Uruguayan law. Contact the U.S. Embassy directly to make arrangements to schedule the availability of U.S. consular premises for the taking of a deposition before a U.S. consular officer. For the current U.S. consular schedule of fees see 22 CFR 22.1 and the federal register.
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, enters into force for Uruguay October 14, 2012. For information about how to authenticate a U.S. document issued by a U.S. federal agency for use in Uruguay or to obtain an apostille when the Convention enters into force, see the U.S. Department of State Authentication Office page. For information about authenticating public documents issued by a state agency or state court in the United States, contact the state Secretary of State’s office or other designated state authority. To obtain an authenticated or apostilled copy of 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.