Police Clearance Certificate - Certificate of Good Conduct


You require a police clearance certificate (“Führungszeugnis”) from Germany? Find Information on how to apply here.

Applying for a Police Clearance Certificate

Polizeiliches Führungszeugnis mit ausgeschwärztem Inhalt.
Polizeiliches Führungszeugnis  © Auswärtiges Amt

A certificate must be applied for in person at your local registry office (“Meldebehörde”).

If you do not reside in Germany, you may apply to the Federal Office of Justice for a police clearance certificate. The application requires a certified signature.

Certified Signature for Application

Your signature may be certified by a South African authority, if that authority is the holder of an official seal. You may also have your signature certified at a German Mission in South Africa. In order to do so, you must come in person and bring:

  • Fully completed form
  • Your passport
  • Fee

Where Do I Send the Application?

Your certified application form must be sent by post directly to the Federal Office of Justice:

Bundesamt für Justiz
- Bundeszentralregister –
Sachgebiet IV21/IR
53094 Bonn

Email or fax from a private person is not accepted!


In addition to the fee for the certification of your signature at the German Mission, a fee for the issuing of the certificate will be asked by the Federal Office of Justice. Read more here

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