Certification of German documents for use abroad

Service Description

Legalization is associated with a not inconsiderable expenditure of time and money. For this reason, it has been partially declared dispensable by international treaties. These agreements include the Convention on the Exemption of Foreign Public Documents from Legalization (Hague Apostille Convention). The apostille then takes the place of legalization as proof of authenticity. This is issued by the competent internal authority of the state that issued the document. Involvement of its foreign representation in Germany is then no longer necessary.

In addition, there are also conventions with the consequence of mutual recognition of the respective deeds, so that public deeds are regarded as genuine without further ado (Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy; Luxembourg, Austria and Switzerland).

Which states recognize the "Hague Apostille", please read here:

Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention)- German Section of the International Commission on Civil Status

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Thüringer Landesverwaltungsamt - Hoheitsangelegenheiten, Gefahrenabwehr - Referat 200

Jorge-Semprún-Platz 4
99423 Weimar
Transport connection
1, 2, 3, 9
Parking spaces
Parking Place
Tiefgarage Atrium
Number: 840
Fees: yes
Building access