Certification of signatures and copies

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Authentications and certifications

Authentication of signatures and copies

By certifying a signature, the consular officer confirms that the person indicated in the document was physically present and signed it in front of him or her. It is a simple form of authenticating a signature.

By certifying a copy, the consular officer confirms that a document is a true and correct copy of the original. It does, however, not verifiy the content of this document.

Following a change in the law, the German missions will no longer be able to carry out identity checks in connection with opening a bank account, taking out a loan and similar purposes. Please ask your bank for further information. The legalisation department is only allowed to certify your signature if you are a student applying for a visa for Germany and need to open a blocked account.
Certifications of signatures and photocopies of documents are carried out during counter opening hours. Please make an appointment if you wish to get a signature of copy certified.

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Certification of a signature

Please bring the following documents to your appointment:

  • your valid passport
  • the document to be signed (for declarations of appoval: a copy of the contract, signed by representative)
  • if you are not acting on your own behalf, but on behalf of a company, a ward, etc: provide a document stating your power of attorney (original or certified copy)

Following the amendment of the German Money Laundering Act the German missions abroad can no longer notarize signatures or perform identity verification for the opening of a bank account, loan applications or other similar cases. This also applies to credit card applications.

Fees:

The fee for the signature certification depends on the value of the legal transaction for which the document is needed and ranges between €20.00 and €250.00. The fee is converted into AUD according to the daily exchange rate.The German Embassy in Canberra and the Consulate General in Sydney also accept credit cards (Visa and Mastercard only). Please note that the fee will be charged in Euros and therefore credit card fees might be applicable.

Please note that we do not accept cheques or debit cards.

Certification of copies

Please bring the following documents to your appointment:

  • the original documents,
  • copies of the original document which need to be certified,

Fees:

The current fee for the certification of a photocopy is the AUD equivalent of 10 Euros. No fee is charged for pension-related certifications (please bring the letter from the pension authority along), applications for acceptance into German universities or in citizenship matters.

The fee is converted into AUD according to the daily exchange rate.The German Embassy in Canberra and the Consulate General in Sydney also accept credit cards (Visa and Mastercard only). Please note that the fee will be charged in Euros and therefore credit card fees might be applicable.

Please note that we do not accept cheques or debit cards.

Identity verifications

Revised procedures for ID checks for German banks:

Following the amendment of the German Money Laundering Act the German missions abroad can no longer notarize signatures or perform identity verification for the opening of a bank account, loan applications or other similar cases. This also applies to credit card applications.

Please contact the bank that sent you the documents on how to proceed.

Exempt from this new ruling are blocked accounts for foreign students who must apply for a student visa before entering Germany and who need to open an account in Germany in order to prove sufficient financial means for their stay in Germany. In these cases only, the German missions abroad are allowed to notarize signatures.

In Australia, the following institutions can verify your identity: Lawyer; Notary Public; Banks

Honorary Consul

Signature certifications can be done at the competent German mission or by a German Honorary Consul. In some cases they can als be done by an Australian notary public. Please check in advance with the respective German authority that demands the signature certification whether they will accept a certification done by an Australian notary public. Authorities in Germany may request an apostille in addition to the signature certification done by an Australian notary public.

Apostille

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All statements mentioned on this website are based on knowledge and experiences of the German missions in Australia at the time the website was published.  As far as correctness and completeness are concerned this information is supplied without liability.

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