Our specialist translation agency will gladly initiate the apostillation of your documents in combination with their translation for you.
An apostille is a kind of certification used for the international recognition of public documents. In accordance with The Hague Convention abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents dated 05/10/1961, the apostille replaces the legalization in the states which are party to the this treaty. An apostille is a simplified version of authentication and confirms the authenticity of the signature and official capacity of the signatory as well as the authenticity of the seal or stamp on the public document; however, it does not certify the content of the document.
Certified translations can only be authenticated with an apostille by the court at which the translator was publicly appointed and sworn. This can be a regional court (Landgericht) or higher regional court (Oberlandesgericht).
The regional government of Middle Franconia in Ansbach is responsible for public documents issued by the administrative district of Middle Franconia. The following documents can be authenticated there:
- original German documents (for example diplomas, certifications or vital records such as birth certificates, marriage certificates or naturalisation certificates etc.)
- official certifications of original German documents
However, court decisions, decrees and judgements as well as other documents issued by courts are authenticated by the issuing court itself. If divorce proceedings were held at the Local Court of Nuremberg, for example, and this court also issued the judgement of dissolution, then the same court is responsible for the apostillation of this public document.
Public documents from municipalities belonging to an administrative district (in Middle Franconia all municipalities except for Ansbach, Erlangen, Fürth, Nuremberg and Schwabach) require an advance certification by the competent district administration (Landratsamt).
We will take care of the authentication (application for an apostille) by the competent authority if you need to present or submit your German documentation abroad.