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Documents and copies: certification

In many areas of daily life, there is a need to have documents or copies, as well as copies or printouts of documents, certified. A prerequisite for the official certification of documents and copies is that the original has been issued by a German authority or that the document or copy to be certified is required for presentation to an authority, e.g. certificates, certificates, Certificates of approval and notices.

Documents and copies may not be officially certified if:

  • the original has not been drawn up by an authority or the certification is intended for submission to an authority (e.g. so-called "Reich citizen declarations and documents financing documents, inheritance matters),
  • the exclusive competence of another authority is given (e.g. civil status deeds only the registry office, certified extracts from the property register - only from the cadastral office),
  • the assumption that the original content of the document, the copying, copying or printout of which is to be authenticated, has been amended, in particular if this document contains gaps, deletions, interventions, amendments, illegible words , contains numbers or signs, traces of the removal of words, numbers and signs, or where the relationship of a document consisting of several sheets is removed,
  • a public certification, drawn up by a notary or a court, is required instead of an official certification and cannot be replaced by an official certification,

If the document is not drawn up in German, a certified translation may be required to check the existence of a prohibition on certification. The regulations on the confirmation of foreign documents by legalization or apostille remain unaffected.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the municipality, the municipality and the city, as well as with in each authority within the scope of its substantive competence.

Which documents are required?

  • Proof of the identity of the applicant (e.g. identity card or passport)
  • Originals of the documents to be certified
  • Copies, copies or printouts of the originals

What are the fees?

Fees may apply. Please contact the appropriate body.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

No deadlines have to be observed

Supporting institutions

Citizens' Office, Citizens' Advice

Comments

Text reviewed by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Home Affairs and Sport

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Innerer Service und Digitalisierung

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Holger Trossen
Telephone: 05931 44-1119
Room:
B 119
responsible for:

Data protection information

Gemeinde Rhede (Ems) - Ordnungsamt/Gewerbe/Feuerwehrwesen

Postal address: Post Office Box 1134

Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)

Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 2, Fees: no
Parking Place: Number: 60, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE08266614940000164300
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE06266500010017000019
payment methods:
Sepa Credit Transfer, Bank Transfer, Cash Payment, Sepa Direct Debit, Paypal

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Herr Holger Knak
Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)
Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Department:
Ordnungsamt, Sozialamt, Bürgeramt, Standesamt, Gewerbeamt
Room:
19
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

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