Interpreters and translators at public authorities and courts; public appointment and registration in the database of interpreters and translators

Interpreters and translators can register in the Interpreter and Translator Database. This database is the basis for courts and authorities when searching for interpreting and translation services.


Interpreters and translators are registered in the database of interpreters and translators if they are publicly appointed and sworn in. The registration and the swearing-in are carried out by the presidents of the regional courts.


The prerequisite for the public appointment and general swearing-in and thus for entry in the database is passing an examination conducted by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture or recognition of another examination as equivalent. The Bavarian Ministry of Culture is also responsible for recognition as equivalent.



Required documents

  • First and last name, nationality, profession,

    Address of home and professional establishment and, if requested, telephone number and Internet address

  • Declaration as to whether the appointment is as a translator or interpreter and for which language(s)
  • Declaration of economic circumstances and judicial penalties
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of qualification

    The examination certificate of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs and the examination certificate of the government or, alternatively, a certified copy of the certificate of equivalence of the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs must be presented.

  • Certificate of good conduct of recent date for submission to an authority


  • For the public appointment and general swearing-in, a fee according to No. 4 of the Schedule of Fees to the State Judicial Costs Act applies (100 EURO for one language).


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Status: 11.01.2023

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium der Justiz

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