apply for a certificate of good conduct Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you need to prove whether you have a criminal record or not, you can apply for the simple or the extended certificate of good conduct as well as the certificate of good conduct for submission to an authority. The certificate of good conduct is a document that certifies whether or not you have a criminal record. If you need the certificate of good conduct for personal purposes - for example, to present to your employer - it is a simple certificate of good conduct. You will need an extended certificate of good conduct if you work in the field of children and young people (for example, in a school or a sports club) or if you want to work with people in need of care or people with disabilities. The certificate of good conduct for official purposes is only to be presented to an authority (for example, if a driving licence is to be issued). The certificate of good conduct is then sent directly to the authority that requested it from you and, in addition to criminal court decisions, also contains certain decisions by administrative authorities (for example, the revocation of a business licence). If you suspect that the certificate of good conduct contains entries, you can request that it first be sent to a local court named by you so that you can inspect it there. If you are a national of one or more other EU member states in addition to Germany, you will receive the requested document as a European certificate of good conduct. In addition to the German certificate of good conduct, it contains the information on entries in the criminal record of the Member State of origin in the language transmitted, if the Member State of origin provides for transmission in accordance with its law.

Identity card, eID card or residence permit If necessary, further documents to prove certain information (for example, the employer's request to submit an extended certificate of good conduct)


Forms: no Online procedure possible: yes Written form required: yes Personal appearance required: no

Bundesamt für Justiz (BfJ)
+49 228 99410-40
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Preconditions
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You can apply for all types of certificate of good conduct online, in person and - under certain conditions - in writing at your local authority or city. If you want to apply for the certificate of good conduct online: Go to the website for applying for a certificate of good conduct and follow the instructions. You will then need an electronic ID card, an electronic residence permit or an eID card as proof of identity, each with an unlocked PIN, a card reader, the AusweisApp2 and, if necessary, a digital capture device (for example, scanner or digital camera) to upload evidence. You will then have the requested certificate of good conduct sent to your home by post. If the application is unsuccessful, you will receive information either immediately online or retrospectively that your application has been refused. If you request the certificate of good conduct for submission to a public authority, it will be sent directly to the authority. If you suspect that the certificate of good conduct contains entries, you can request that it first be sent to a local court named by you so that you can inspect it there. You can then decide whether it should be forwarded to the authorities or destroyed. If you wish to apply for the certificate of good conduct in person or in writing: Make an application for a certificate of good conduct at the registration office/citizens' registration office responsible for you. If necessary, you must prove that you are a national of another EU member state. The authority will then forward the application to the Federal Office of Justice. From abroad, the application can be submitted in writing - with officially confirmed personal data and signature - directly to the Federal Office of Justice. The Federal Office of Justice will then ask the EU member state concerned to provide the contents of its criminal record. The requested certificate of good conduct will be sent to you by post. If you apply for a certificate of good conduct to be submitted to a public authority, it will be sent directly to the authority. If you suspect that the certificate of good conduct contains entries, you can request that it first be sent to a local court of your choice so that you can inspect it there. You can then decide whether it is forwarded to the authority or destroyed.

Responsible for the content
Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

Last update or date of publication
04.12.2019