Certification of documents or signatures Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Documents (copies, reproductions, negatives, electronic documents and printouts of electronic documents) as well as signatures and hand signals can be certified. A distinction must first be made between official and public certification. The official certification is governed by the Land Administrative Procedure Act in conjunction with the Administrative Procedure Act of the Federal Government (VwVfG) and refers only to those documents whose original has been issued by an authority or whose copy is required for submission to an authority (unless the issuance of certified copies from official registers and archives is reserved exclusively for other authorities). A signature or a show of hands may also be officially certified if the signed document is required for submission to an authority or other body to which it is required by virtue of a legal provision. The legal basis for the public certification of signatures is the Civil Code. The public certification of a signature is only permitted in cases prescribed by law.

The document to be certified and the original are required. When certifying signatures or hand signals, a proof of identity (e.B. identity card or passport) and the document on which the signature or hand signal to be provided is to be certified must be brought along.



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An official certification is not sufficient, if a public notarization or a public certification (by notaries, courts or certain authorities, e.B. the Youth Welfare Office) is required, or if the exclusive competence of a particular authority is given (e.B civil status documents only from the registry office, extracts from the real estate cadastre only from the surveying and cadastral authorities).

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