Legalisation from Transnistria

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

The procedure for legalization on the territory of Transnistria is quite complicated and depends on the type of document, as well as on the territory of which state it is planned to use.

Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) is considered an unrecognized state and has diplomatic relations only with unrecognized or partially recognized states.

The PMR is not in itself a party to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 , which established the legalization procedure documents on the simplified apostille. However, according to the legislation of Moldova, the PMR is part of Moldova. The Republic of Moldova itself joined the Hague Convention on June 19, 2006. On March 16, 2007, the Convention entered into legal force on its territory. In practice, some of the documents issued in the PMR are apostilled by the authorized bodies of Moldova, other documents are replaced by Moldovan ones, after which they can be affixed with an apostille.

Responsible for issuing the apostille are the following institutions:

  • The Ministry of Justice for documents of civil status, notarial certificates, judicial documents and documents issued by education institutions
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for all other documents

Only certificates of birth or marriage issued after 1992 can be legalized. All documents issued earlier can not be apostilled. Instead, a new document must be applied for.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the apostille on other official documents (administrative documents of central public administration authorities).

The Ministry of Justice of Moldova apostille educational documents issued in the territory of the PMR. In particular, the apostille is affixed to the certificates of secondary school graduation (however, only in the case of the provision of an additional document - certificate of study ). Also, since 2017, higher education diplomas issued in the PMR have been apostilled in Moldova.

Documents from the non-recognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic have to be registered again in Moldova and can then be legalized by apostille.

After passing through the verification procedure (or replacement) of a document from the PMR in Moldova, a special stamp (an apostille) is affixed to it (or to its certified copy). As a rule, the apostille is placed on the back of the document, or on a separate sheet, after which the document is stitched.

An apostille is a stamp of rectangular shape. The heading "Apostille (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961)" must be in French. In Moldova, there is also an electronic apostille without a stamp, the authenticity of which can be tested on a special homepage.

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)
  • Trade register excerpts
  • Judicial decisions
  • Notarially certified copies of documents
  • Notarially certified translations
  • Further notarial documents (authorizations, last will, declarations)
  • Commercial documents legalized by a state organ of registration (articles of incorporation, registration certificates, tax registrations etc.)

Customs, diplomatic, consular, commercial documents, passports and other identification cards are not subject to apostilization.
The validity period of the apostille is not limited, but restrictions can be imposed on the validity period of documents.

Requirements for the documents:

An apostille can be issued exclusively on an original document. Therefore, the latter must be in an apparent good condition, all stamps and signatures have to be clear and readable. Furthermore, it must not contain alien marking and labels.

Additional services

In addition to the legalization of your documents, we can provide you with high quality translations.

If you want to bring company information before the court, it needs to be legalized as well. We are therefore offering extracts from the commercial register of Moldova including apostille and translation.

Your benefits:

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

Schmidt & Schmidt guarantees the highest quality and reliability. We render all of our services in strict compliance with the applicable data protection laws. Our specialists are well-equipped and thoroughly acquainted with their tasks.

Working with us is easy and convenient!

Usually, processing the documents takes us 14 days.

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

You can pay for our services by PayPal, bank transfer or card.


Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an apostille for a document from Moldova without international shipping from 476,00 € from 400,00 €
Price for the legalization of a document from Moldova without international shipping from 476,00 € from 400,00 €

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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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