The official certification of signatures is used to check identity. The competent authority may certify signatures if:
- the signed document is required for submission to a German authority or other body to which the signed document is to be submitted on the basis of a legal provision, and
- the signature is made in the presence of the certifying employee.
Signatures may not be officially certified if:
- they require public certification by a notary (§ 129 of the German Civil Code (BGB)), e.g.
- certification of signatures under contracts or declarations in the field of family and inheritance law;
- in matters relating to associations and commercial registers;
- they are submitted without accompanying text (blank signatures),
- the document submitted is not required for submission to an authority or other body to which the signed document is to be submitted on the basis of a legal provision (e.g. so-called "Reich citizen declarations and documents") or is refused to read through,
- documents are written in a foreign language.
Who should I contact?
The responsibility lies with the municipality, the joint municipality and the city, as well as with each authority within the scope of its material competence.
Which documents are required?
- Proof of the applicant's identity (e.g. identity card or passport)
- Document on which the signature to be produced is to be certified
What are the fees?
Fees may apply, please contact the competent authority.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
There are no deadlines to be observed.
Citizens' Advice Centre, Citizens' Advice
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