Apply for an apostille
Do you need a certification of your documents for your trip abroad or abroad? Then you may need an apostille.
German public documents and certificates intended for use abroad must be certified domestically under certain conditions if required by the foreign state. Certification
- the authenticity of the signature,
- the property in which the signatory acted, and
- where applicable, the authenticity of the seal or stamp affixed to the document.
Depending on the country of use, the confirmation of the aforementioned points on a document is carried out by certification with subsequent legalization or by issuing an apostille.
- An apostille is required for countries that have acceded to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on the exemption of foreign public documents from legalisation. You can find out which countries these are in detail on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.
- Documents intended for other (non-acceded) countries are certified. Legalisation is then carried out by a consular officer at the diplomatic mission of the state in which the document is required, which is established in Germany.
List of countries where an apostille is sufficient
You will need the original documents to be certified as well as your identity card,
Further information in the area of law and consular affairs can be found on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office and the German missions abroad.
Information on consular matters (website of the Federal Foreign Office)
Law on the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on the Exemption of Foreign Public Documents from Legalisation
Ordinance on the Issuance of the Apostille pursuant to Article 3 of the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on the Exemption of Foreign Public Documents from Legalisation
Certification of domestic public documents for use abroad
State Ordinance on fees for general and internal administration, including the police administration (Special List of Fees)
If possible, inquire with the responsible authority about the exact procedure before submitting the application.
- Visit the competent authority. Make an appointment by phone.
- Identify yourself with your identity card or passport.
- Tell us in which country you want to use the certificate.
- Present the original certificate.
- You pay the fee to the competent authority.
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