Applying for a Police Clearance Certificate
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:
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 –
Email or fax from a private person is not accepted!