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Any person who has reached the age of 14 will be issued with a certificate of good conduct upon application. This reflects the content of the Federal Central Register. You can apply for this online at the Federal Office of Justice ( https://www...

Any person who has reached the age of 14 will be issued with a certificate of good conduct upon application. This reflects the content of the Federal Central Register.
You can apply for this online at the Federal Office of Justice ( https://www.fuehrungszeugnis.bund.de ).

Important notes

Prerequisites

  • Resident in Hamburg with main or secondary residence.
  • Completion of the 14th year of life
  • legal capacity

Documents required

  • ID card or passport
  • when applying for an extended certificate of good conduct, the original written request from the employer
  • When applying for a certificate of good conduct for official purposes, the address of the authority with file number and purpose is required
  • if necessary, further documents to prove certain information, for example proof of fee exemption

Please note

  • Certificates of good conduct can be requested from the registration authority of both the main and secondary residence.
  • The certificate of good conduct is always sent to the registered address of the place of residence where it was requested.
  • People without a permanent residence or homeless people should contact the Hamburg Service Hamburg-Mitte.
  • If the applicant does not live in Germany: Application can be made directly to the Federal Central Register in Bonn (Tel.: +49 228 99410-40) or via the German embassy abroad.
  • Application without legal guardian possible from 14 years of age
  • The online application is offered exclusively by the Federal Office of Justice.
    The Hamburg Service cannot provide any information or advice on online applications - neither by telephone nor in person.

Deadlines

There is no deadline.

Procedure & Fees

Procedure

You can apply for all types of certificates of good conduct online, in person and - under certain conditions - in writing at a Hamburg location for residents' affairs.

If you would like to apply for the certificate of good conduct online:

  • Go to the website to apply for a certificate of good conduct and follow the instructions.
  • As proof of identity, you need an electronic identity card, an electronic residence permit or an eID card, each with an activated PIN, a card reader, the AusweisApp2 and, if necessary, a digital capture device (e.g. scanner or digital camera) to upload proof.
  • You will then receive the requested certificate of good conduct by mail.
  • If the application is not successful, you will receive corresponding information either immediately online or subsequently.
  • If you request a certificate of good conduct for submission to an authority, it will be sent directly to the authority. For a certificate of good conduct that contains entries, you can request that it be sent first to a district court of your choice so that you can view it there. You can then decide whether it should be forwarded to the authority or destroyed.

If you would like to apply for the certificate of good conduct in person or in writing:

  • You make an appointment in advance at a resident affairs location (formerly customer center) of your choice.
  • Apply for a certificate of good conduct. You must prove your identity. This can be done with an official identification document.
  • You may need to provide proof that you are a national of another EU Member State.
  • The authority then forwards the application to the Federal Office of Justice.
  • From abroad, the application can be submitted in writing – with officially confirmed personal data and signature – directly to the Federal Office of Justice.
  • You will receive the requested certificate of good conduct by mail.
  • If you request a certificate of good conduct for submission to an authority, it will be sent directly to the authority. If you suspect that the certificate of good conduct contains entries, you can request that it be sent first to a district court of your choice so that you can view it there. You can then decide whether it should be forwarded to the authority or destroyed.

Processing time

The application in the Hamburg Service takes about 5 minutes.




The processing time for this is


  • simple and extended certificate of good conduct approx. 2 weeks

  • European certificate of good conduct approx. 6 weeks

Fees

Fee: 13.00 EUR


  • Additional fees apply for use abroad.

  • The certificate of good conduct is free of charge if you receive social benefits. However, this only applies to the following social benefits:

    • Citizens’ allowance

    • social care

    • Child benefit supplement according to Section 6a of the Federal Child Benefit Act

    • BAföG

    • Full-time nursing positions


  • Fee exemption for voluntary work and the FSJ is possible. Proof is mandatory.

Legal notes

Legal remedies

Complaints about the certificate of good conduct and other applications that are to be rejected by means of a decision in the form of a judicial administrative act can be contested with an application for a court decision in accordance with Section 23 of the Introductory Act to the Courts Constitution Act (EGGVG).


Section 22 of the law on costs in matters relating to the administration of justice (Justice Administration Costs Act - JVKostG) applies to the rejection of an application for exemption from fees.

Legal basis

Service description

Any person who has reached the age of 14 will be issued with a certificate of good conduct upon application. This reflects the content of the Federal Central Register.
This certificate of good conduct can be issued for your own purposes (private criminal record certificate) or for submission to a German authority (official certificate of good conduct).

If you need the certificate of good conduct for personal purposes - for example to present it to your employer - it is a simple certificate of good conduct.

You need an extended certificate of good conduct if you want to work with children and young people - for example in a school or a sports club - or with people in need of care or people with disabilities.

The certificate of good conduct for official purposes is only for submission to an authority - for example, if a driver's license is to be issued. The certificate of good conduct is then sent directly to the authority that requested it from you and, in addition to criminal court decisions, also contains certain decisions by administrative authorities - for example the revocation of a professional license. If you suspect that the certificate of good conduct contains entries, you can request that it first be sent to a district court of your choice so that you can examine it there.

If you have the citizenship of one or more other EU member states in addition to German, you will receive the document you have applied for as a European certificate of good conduct. In addition to the German certificate of good conduct, it contains the notification of entries in the criminal record of the home member state in the transmitted language if the home member state provides for transmission under its own law.

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