Apostille from Mayotte

Schmidt & Schmidt offers the legalization of documents from Mayotte by apostille.

As a french overseas department, Mayotte acceded to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents in 1965. Therefore no diplomatic authentication or legalization of documents from Mayotte is required for the legal communication with another member state of the convention. The documents only need to be stamped with an "apostille" by the issuing state's authorities in order to be valid in the state of destination.

Responsible for the apostille is the Court of Appeal in Saint-Denis (La Réunion) due to the absence of a court of appeal in Mayotte.

The process of legalization in Mayotte involves verifying the authenticity of the document by an authorized official. After passing through this procedure, a special stamp (an apostille) is affixed to the document.

The authentification process consists of a verification of the origin and the authenticity of the document. The proceedings are concluded by marking the documents with a special stamp, in other words - the apostille. This stamp is usually applied on the backside of the document or an additional sheet of paper before the documents are stapled together.

An apostille is a stamp of rectangular shape. The heading "Apostille (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961)" must be in French. The stamp indicates the signature verified by the apostille, the date and the identification number of the apostille itself.

Afterward, the document is sealed by the Court of Appeal in Saint-Denis.

The following documents can be authenticated by apostille:

  • Certificates of civil status (certificates of birth, death, marriage and divorce)
  • Education documents (school reports, certificates, diplomas)
  • Excerpts from the commercial register
  • Judicial decisions
  • Notarially certified copies of documents
  • Notarially certified translations
  • Further notarial documents (authorisations, last will, declarations)
  • Commercial documents legalised by a state organ of registration (articles of incorporation, registration certificates, tax registrations etc.)

Requirements for the documents:

An apostille can be issued exclusively on original documents. These documents must be in an evidently good condition, all stamps and signatures have to be clear and readable. Furthermore, it must not contain external markings and labels.

Your benefits:

  • No registration or subscription
  • Fast and reliable processing
  • Payment by invoice

Schmidt & Schmidt guarantees the highest quality and reliability. All procedures within our company are strictly regulated. Our specialists are well-trained and thoroughly acquainted with their tasks.

Working with us is easy and convenient!

The processing of documents usually takes us about 14 days.

Courier services are charged and invoiced separately according to the courier service’s rates.


Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an apostille for a document from Mayotte without international shipping from 357,00 from 300,00

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In our video we are explaining what an apostille is and where to apply for it. Schmidt & Schmidt will assist you with all issues concerning the apostille.

Legalization of a document is a process, which allows to legitimate the document issued in one country for its usage in another.

It means, if you want to submit a document, issued in one country, to authorities in a target country, the document must primarily prove its authenticity. Legalization confirms the authority of the issuing official as well as an authenticity of his signature and seal.

Legalization is needed for official non-commercial documents.

There are following procedures of legalization of documents:

  • Consular legalization
  • Apostille (a simplified procedure of legalization)
  • Legalization of documents by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Consular legalization applies to countries, that have not signed the Hague Convention of 1961, which implemented a law about the procedure of apostille (a lot of European countries are member states of this convention).

Legalization of documents through the Chamber of Commerce is carried out in relation to commercial documents (contracts, invoices etc).

No, not always. In some cases, countries can make bi- or multilateral agreements that completely revoke legalization of documents for their recognition in the member countries.

For example, a CIEC convention from 1976 or bilateral treaties between Germany and Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, Luxemburg, Austria and Switzerland.

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