Hamburg District Court, Presidential Administration of Justice
Legalize documents and deeds from the district court for foreign countries
If you would like to have documents and deeds from the district court and the Hamburg district courts certified for foreign countries, you must contact the Hamburg district court. The District Court of Hamburg is only entitled to...
- If you would like to have documents and deeds from the district court and the Hamburg district courts certified for foreign countries, you must contact the Hamburg district court.
- The District Court of Hamburg is only entitled to provide its own deeds and documents with a pre-authentication (for later legalization) or an apostille, which is subject to a fee.
- The authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the signatory acted and, if applicable, the authenticity of the seal or stamp with which the document is provided are certified.
- Depending on the country of use, the authenticity of this document is confirmed by certification with subsequent legalization or an apostille.
- An apostille is required for countries that have joined the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.
- You can find out which countries these are in detail on the website of the Federal Foreign Office, see link
- Documents intended for other (non-joined) countries are legalized (authenticated). The legalization is then carried out by a consular officer at the diplomatic mission of the country in which the document is required.
- Legalization is a confirmation of the authenticity of a foreign document by the consular officer of the state in which the document is to be used (legalizations are also granted by the District Court of Hamburg for countries that are not members of the Hague Convention).
- The apostille is also a confirmation of the authenticity of a document, which, unlike legalization, is issued by an authority in the state in which the document was issued.