District Court Hamburg - Apostilles

The Hamburg Regional Court is only entitled to provide its own certificates and documents certified by notaries with a pre-certification (for later legalization) or an apostille.

The authenticity of the signature is authenticated, the quality in which the signatory acted and, if applicable, the authenticity of the seal or stamp with which the document is affixed. The authenticity of this document is confirmed by certification with subsequent legalization or an apostille, depending on the country of use.

An apostille is required for countries that have acceded to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 on the Exemption of Foreign Public Documents from Legalization (Federal Law Gazette II 1965 p. 876). You can find out which countries these are in detail on the website of the Federal Foreign Office, see link

Documents that are intended for other (non-acceding) countries are authenticated. The legalization is then carried out by a consular officer at the diplomatic mission of the state in which the document is required.

Legalization is a confirmation of the authenticity of a foreign document by the consular officer of the state in which the document is to be used.
The apostille is also a confirmation of the authenticity of a document, which, however, unlike legalization, is issued by an authority of the state in which the document was issued.

The document (s) to be provided with an apostille or pre-certification.


The deed or document was issued by the Hamburg Regional Court or a notary.

Related Links

  • Hamburg judicial authority
  • Hamburg District Court
  • Foreign public documents for use in Germany
  • Notarization application
From Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, applications for over-authentication will only be processed by post due to the corona situation until further notice. Please send your notarized document together with the completed application for certification (see under Forms, Services & Links) to the Hamburg Regional Court (the address can be found under Contact). You will receive your documents and the corresponding notification of fees back by post. Processing can take up to a week.
You also have the option of handing in your notarized deed at the joint acceptance point of the local and regional court in the civil justice building at Sievekingplatz 1. You will receive the certification application at the information desk at the entrance. You pay the fees at the checkout and enclose the receipt with your application. The return will then also be made by post.

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