Authentication of copies/transcripts Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

The Bürgeramt certifies copies if

  • the original was issued by a German authority, or
  • the copy is required for submission to a German authority.

The original must be presented for this purpose.

Not to be certified:

  • registry office documents (birth, marriage, death certificates etc.)
  • Copies from official registers
  • Last Wills
  • Documents on inheritance law and real estate matters
  • Court Decisions
  • Association and commercial register excerpts
  • affidavits
  • General powers of attorney
  • Documents concerning private law or required for private use

If you wish to have copies of the above documents certified, please contact a notary public.


There are schools that certify the certificates issued there free of charge or at a lower cost. However, this can be obtained directly from the school secretariat.

Coin-operated photocopiers are available in the BürgerServiceCenters for making copies.

  • Original
  • identity card/passport ,

    If a German identity card/passport is to be authenticated, a written proof of what this authentication is required for must be brought along.


Authentication of foreign documents

Authentications of foreign documents are only carried out for submission to a German authority. It must be possible for the applicant to designate the authority, as it must be included in the certification stamp.

Authentications are possible on presentation

  • a foreign document with translation (prepared by an officially sworn interpreter in Germany)
  • a foreign document in Latin script without translation
  • an original German translation of a foreign document

Foreign documents in characters other than Latin (e.g. Russian, Chinese, etc.) without translation cannot be certified.

  • § 33 Bremisches Verwaltungsverfahrensgesetz (Brem. VwVfG)
  • § 34 Bremisches Verwaltungsverfahrensgesetz (Brem. VwVfG)

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