The following notarizations are excluded: general power of attorney, power of attorney, living will – these documents usually need to be notarized. Looking for a travel guide to move to Germany? We advise you on the necessary documents and other questions regarding the move to Germany. Are you interested in obtaining German citizenship or regaining your German citizenship? How long does it take to obtain German citizenship? What does dual citizenship USA Germany mean? We will be happy to advise you on the requirements for obtaining German citizenship. We can also help you obtain a certified copy of the permanent resident card. For the document to be legally binding, in many cases the certification of the signature is sufficient. In Germany, public institutions can certify documents in a foreign language, but are not obliged to do so. If you cannot find a public institution in Germany that will certify your documents, please contact the embassy of your home country or a notary. TU Berlin does not accept certifications that do not meet these requirements. Please ensure that the official certification meets the above requirements and inform the Office certifying your document of these requirements. Official certifications that are not submitted in accordance with these regulations will result in exclusion from the application process and rejection of your application.
Only in case of doubt will TU Berlin insist on submitting the originals. Photocopies may be certified at the embassy, in one of the consulates general, by an honorary consul or notary, if the original document with the corresponding copies is presented. If the copies are notarized by a notary, please ensure that the notary confirms on the copy that it is an authentic copy of the original (for example, with the note “I confirm that it is an authentic copy of the original”). Consular officials only certify documents when necessary, i.e. when German law requires the legalization of a document. They do not compete with German notaries. They only offer an additional service that would not otherwise be available. Consular officers have a duty of discretion; Unlike German notaries, who are not allowed to refuse their services without sufficient reason, they are not obliged to carry out certifications. The following documents can NOT be officially certified: If the German authorities require translations of documents into a foreign language, these translations should, if possible, be carried out by a sworn or sworn translator in Germany. Whether a translation made abroad can be used in Germany is decided by the requesting authority at its discretion. Would you like to have your foreign diploma officially recognised in Germany? We will answer your questions, help you prepare the necessary documents and send them to the competent body for official recognition.
Not sure how to get a certified copy of a document? We can help you get a certified copy. The Examination Office officially certifies copies of original documents such as certificates, diploma certificates and diploma supplements for all other study programmes at TU Berlin. Note: Transcripts are not officially certified. You can print them from your TU Berlin (tuPORT) account. They are valid without signature. The examination office provides stamped and signed transcripts for a fee. The following information is intended to show that there are two different ways of creating official documents in German law: the form of certification of a signature and the form of notarial certification. In both cases, a document is officially signed. The legislator and legal practice determine when the form is implemented.
In the case of BaföG or scholarships as well as when applying for unemployment benefits, etc., you may have to submit certain documents in the original or submit certified true copies. If you want to use an official TU Berlin document abroad, you may need to use it. with an apostille or legalization. As a rule, you first need a pre-certification from TU Berlin, which confirms that the signature and seal on the original document are authentic and that the person issuing the documents has an appropriate power of attorney. Sometimes, even abroad, Germans and foreigners have to certify documents or have signatures or manual signatures, transcripts or copies certified. Notaries and local authorities cannot always help if the document in question is needed in Germany. Find an authority near you that certifies documents. In Germany, at least, it is still the Bürgerämter.
Abroad, these are always at least German embassies and consulates. When you confirm that the copies or copies are authentic copies of the originals or certified true copies, the original or certified true copy must be presented to the consular officer. A transcript or copy of an unauthenticated transcript cannot be authenticated. Certified documents are more common today, especially when it comes to immigration to Germany or cash benefits you receive in Germany from public funds. Copies of translations must also be certified. Translators can stamp copies of translations they have made themselves. However, they cannot certify the documents in their original language. As a general rule, you can have all documents that come from or are intended for an authority certified. If you want to certify a document that doesn`t meet these criteria, you need to be creative.
You may want to create an archive of certified true copies of your documents in case you need them later to go to a government agency. That way, you have a justification. If the documents from abroad are destined for a German authority, you can have them notarized at a registry office. If the document is not written in German, you must also attach a translation into German by a sworn interpreter for documents in other languages. However, if legalization/apostille is required for the use of foreign public documents, you must do so in the country where the document was issued. This is often the case with certificates or diplomas. In principle, pre-certifications are carried out on the original document. However, some countries accept a pre-certified copy. Please check with the embassy of the country where you intend to use the document to see if a pre-certified copy or original is required.