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. Official certification is governed by the Land Administration Procedure Act in conjunction with the Federal Administrative Procedure Act (VwVfG) and applies only to documents whose original copy has been issued by an authority or whose copy is required for submission to an authority (provided that the issue of certified copies from official registers and archives is not exclusively reserved for other authorities). An official certification may also be made of a signature or a sign of hand if the signed document is required for submission to an authority or agency to which it is required by law. The legal basis for public certification of signatures is the Civil Code. Public certification of a signature is only permitted in cases required by law.

What is needed is the document to be certified and the original. When certifying signatures or hand signals, proof of identity (e.g. identity card or passport) and the document on which the signature or sign to be provided is to be certified must be brought along.

Official certification is not sufficient to where public certification or certification (by notaries, courts or certain authorities, such as the Youth Office) is required, or if the exclusive competence of a particular authority exists (e.g. civil status certificates only from the registry office, extracts from the property register only from the surveying and cadastral authorities).