Important information on certification of documents

Officially certified copies must always contain:

  • the imprint of the official seal in the original and
  • the signature of the certifier in the original

In the case of an officially certified copy with several sheets, it must be clear that each page is from the same official certification.

  • With official seal: The official seal must be visible on all pages. For this purpose, the person certifying the copy staples the pages on top of each other in an offset manner and stamps them with the official seal. Thus, each page bears a part of the official seal imprint. The declaration of certification and signature is then sufficient on only one page.
  • With cord and embossed seal: When notarized by a notary with a cord and embossed seal, the declaration of notarization and signature suffices on only one page.

Institutions that are able to officially certify / notarize documents:

  • issuing institutions, e.g. schools, universities and language schools,
  • the Ministry of Education in your home country
  • the German embassies and consulates
  • the cultural department of the embassy of the country from which the certificate originates,
  • notaries who are authorized to carry out official certification in your home country.

Important: Translators are not allowed to certify documents in the original language.

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