Apostille (Legalisation of Documents)
The public is hereby informed that a fee will be charged for each apostillised document as from 01 January 2016.
What is an Apostille?
An Apostille is a documentary device by which a government department authenticates a document as genuine, thereby legalizing it for use in another member country, as laid out under the terms in the Hague Convention of 1961.
Once the document has been apostillised (thereby providing official government authentication of the stamps and signatures appearing on it), it is automatically deemed legalized for use in another member country.
The Hague Convention of 1961
The Hague Convention of 05 October 1961 abolishing the requirement of legalization for foreign public documents has brought about a basic simplification to the formalities of legislation of public documents outside the countries from which they emanate. These formalities of legalization have been reduced to the delivery of a certificate in a prescribed form entitled "Apostille".
Mauritius is one of the signatories of the above Convention and it is the Prime Minister's Office which is responsible for the final authentication exercise, that is, issuing the "Apostille".
Fees for public documents
Fees for each apostillised document are as follows with effect from 01 January 2016:-
Type of Documents
Citizens of Mauritius
1. Documents from Civil Status or any other foreign bodies responsible for Civil Status matters
2. Birth Certificates
3. Marriage Certificates
4. Death Certificates
5. Publication of Marriage
6. Certificate of Marital Status
7. Attestation of Marriage Certificates
8. Identity Cards
9. Certificates of Character from DPP’s Office
10. Divorce Judgments
11. Copies of Medical Certificates
12. Translated documents
14. Educational Certificates / Diplomas / Degrees
15. Police Attestations for personal use
16. Bills/invoices for personal use
1. Documents from Supreme Court
2. Power of Attorney (POA)
3. Certificate of Incorporation and Incumbency (COI), Certificate of Current Standing, Business Registration Card, etc.
5. Written Resolutions of Board of Directors
6. Bills/Invoices for businesses
Rs 500 per document
Any other Documents e.g. form
1. Registrar of Companies
2. Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, - Trade and Sanitary Documents
3. Police – Attestations for businesses
4. Passport and Immigration Office – Permits
Rs 500 per document
How to proceed?
Any person who wishes to have one of the public documents mentioned above be legalized should call at the Prime Minister's Office, New Government Centre, 2nd Floor, between 09 00 hours to 15 00 hours.
1. Documents for legalization (Apostille) should as far as possible be submitted in person and collected only on the next working day as from 10 AM to 15 PM.
2. Applicants must produce their payment receipt for collection.
3. Submission of documents is from 09 AM to 15 PM.
4. Persons delegated by Companies, Notaries, Solicitors, Travel Agents etc, should produce a letter clearly stating the number and description of documents each time they are submitted.
5. All applicants must produce their Identity Cards. All persons applying for an apostille on behalf of another person, must produce the applicant's Identity Card, along with their own Identity Card.
6. Persons losing their "Apostille" receipt should produce a letter stating the document they submitted and its description (Name etc...).
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