Certification service provider - indication of operation

Service Description

Certification service providers issue qualified certificates or qualified time stamps within the meaning of the Signature Act and are published on the website of the Federal Network Agency. You will find the list of certification service providers there in the "Publications" topic area under the item "Certification service providers".

You do not have to obtain a permit to operate such a certification service, but you do have to notify the competent body of the activity and prove that you meet the requirements for operation.
If you wish to obtain a quality mark for your certification services, you can voluntarily obtain accreditation as a certification service provider.


You may only operate a certification service if you have the reliability, expertise and coverage required for the operation.
Furthermore, you must guarantee that you will fulfill the requirements according to the Signature Act and the Signature Ordinance in the following areas:

  • Fulfillment of the obligations of certification service providers
  • Design of the content of qualified certificates
  • Period of validity of qualified certificates

Process flow

The notification must be submitted to the competent authority. It must be signed by hand or made by means of a document provided with a qualified electronic signature. The notification must contain the name and address of the certification service provider and the names of the legal representatives.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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