The Federal Office of Administration (BVA) is an upper federal authority and is responsible for approving the use of the federal eagle.
State emblems such as the federal eagle, the federal coat of arms and the federal service flag may in principle only be used by federal authorities or for their official purposes. This also applies to representations of the federal eagle (for example coats of arms, parts of coats of arms and flags) which are confusingly similar to these. The Federal Office of Administration is not responsible for the coats of arms of the federal states. You can find out whether use is permitted from the respective ministries of the interior of the federal states.
As a rule, the use of the national emblems is not permitted for you as a private person, company or association. If you are not sure whether your (intended) use of the federal eagle, federal coat of arms or the federal service flag is permitted, please ask. You can simply attach drafts to the following form and have them checked.
If you have the impression that federal emblems are being misused, you are welcome to report this to the BVA at email@example.com .
If you require permission to produce the large and small federal seals and would like to be included in the address list of companies authorised to produce them, permission can be requested in writing or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The federal coat of arms is the national coat of arms of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is designed in the colours black-red-gold of the federal flag and shows the black federal eagle on a golden-yellow escutcheon tapering to a point at the bottom.
The service flag of the federal authorities (Bundesdienstflagge) contains the same horizontal stripes as the federal flag and the so-called federal shield on top. In contrast to the federal coat of arms, this is a half-round shield and the eagle is drawn slightly differently. The federal shield is used on the federal service flag, on the service flag of the naval forces of the Bundeswehr and on the troop flags of the Bundeswehr.
Please note that use of federal emblems without permission is an administrative offence and may be punished by fine
For the application is required:
Information for establishing identity
for natural persons:
- the surname and first name, title and
- the address
in the case of legal persons:
- additionally the name of the company and, if applicable, the address of its registered office
- for natural persons:
- telephone number and
- e-mail address.
- Description of the purpose of use
- Forms: yes
- Online procedure possible: yes
- Written form required: yes
- Personal appearance required: no
Due to the large number of different case constellations, it is unfortunately not possible to go into individual requirements for approval here for reasons of space. For detailed information, please contact the Federal Office of Administration (BVA).
Richtlinien für die Anfertigung von Dienstsiegeln und Verwendung des Bundesadlers auf amtlichen Schildern und Drucksachen (Erlass des Bundesministeriums des Innern, für Bau und Heimat)
§124 Gesetz über Ordnungswidrigkeiten (OWiG)
Informationen zum Bundesadler beziehungsweise Hoheitszeichen auf der Internetseite des Bundesverwaltungsamtes
You can apply for permission to use the federal eagle in writing or online at the Federal Office of Administration (BVA).
- Submit an informal application in writing to the BVA.
- The BVA will review your application.
- After the review of your application is complete, the BVA will provide you with a written response via email or postal mail.
- Go to the Federal Portal website and complete the application form electronically.
- Attach the other requested documents as a scan.
- Submit your application.
- The BVA will review your application.
- Once the review of your application is complete, the BVA will send you a written reply by e-mail or post.
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