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!
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, currently the fee amounts to 13 EUR and has to be transferred directly to the Federal Office of Justice. Read more here