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An apostille is a certain form of certification (example: certification of the authenticity of a signature on a document).

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 bearing the document.

The confirmation of the authenticity of this document is carried out by a certification or apostille, depending on the country of use:

  • An apostille is required for countries that have acceded to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on the Exemption of Public Documents from Legalisation.
  • Documents intended for other (non-acceded) countries are certified. Subsequently, legalization is carried out by a consular officer at the diplomatic mission or consular mission of the state in which the document is required.
  • Document(s) to be certified, and
  • Identity card or passport.

Certifications are usually required at very short notice. Especially then you should coordinate the completeness and certification of your documents in advance by telephone with the responsible office, so that unnecessary time and travel expenditure is avoided.

Hints

Further information on the certification of documents and apostilles can be found on the website of the state government of Schleswig-Holstein.

On the website of the Federal Foreign Office (AA) you can find out in detail which countries have acceded to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on the Exemption of Public Documents from Legalisation.

  • MIB - Certification of public documents
  • AA - International Correspondence in Documents ("Hague Apostille")
  • Act on the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on the Exemption of Foreign Public Documents from Legalisation (UrkBefrÜbkG Haag),
  • Ordinance on the Regulation of Jurisdiction under the Act on the Hague Convention on the Exemption of Foreign Public Documents from Legalisation of 15 October 1965, i.d.F.d.B.v. 31 December 1971 (HaagÜbkGZustV SH).

Related Links

  • UrkBefrÜbkG Haag
  • HaagÜbkGZustV SH

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