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Signatures: Certification

The official certification of signatures is used for identity checks. The competent body may certify signatures if:

  • the signed document is required for submission to a German authority or agency to be submitted to the signed document on the basis of a legal document, and
  • signature is made in the presence of the certifying employee.

Signatures may not be officially certified if:

  • require public certification by a notary (Section 129 of the Civil Code (BGB)) e.g.
    • signature certifications under contracts or declarations in the field of family and inheritance law;
    • in association and commercial register matters;
  • they are presented without any accompanying text (blank signatures),
  • the document submitted is not required for submission to an authority or to any other body to be submitted to the signed document on the basis of a legal document (e.g. so-called "Declarations and declarations of the Reich") or to read through is refused,
  • documents are written in a foreign language.

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

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