Training professions in the field of administration of justice; application for determination of the equivalence of a foreign professional qualification

You can have the equivalence of a foreign, non-academic professional training in the field of administration of justice determined with a German comparable profession (e.g. paralegal or notary's assistant).



The prerequisite for determining equivalence is that the applicant has acquired the ability to perform a comparable professional activity in Germany on the basis of their foreign professional qualification. In addition, there must be no significant differences between the proven professional qualification and the corresponding domestic professional qualification.


The equivalence of a foreign professional qualification is determined upon application. This must be submitted to the bar association or notary's office responsible for the respective domestic professional training and otherwise to the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice.

Special notes

Equivalence can only be determined for training occupations that are covered by the scope of application of the Professional Qualifications Assessment Act or the Bavarian Professional Qualifications Assessment Act. It is therefore not possible to determine equivalence for the profession of Rechtspfleger, for example.



Processing time

The competent body shall confirm receipt of the application for determination of equivalence within one month of receipt of the application. It will decide on the application no later than three months after receipt of all required documents. The deadline can be extended if necessary.

Required documents

  • The following documents are required:

    • Tabular list in German of the training courses completed and the gainful activities pursued
    • Proof of identity
    • proof of education acquired abroad
    • Proof of relevant professional experience or other proof of qualifications, if these are required for the determination of equivalence
    • Declaration that no application for the determination of equivalence has been submitted so far
    • Documents showing that the applicant intends to pursue a gainful activity in Germany corresponding to the professional qualification
      This is generally not required for applicants residing in a member state of the European Union, in another state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or in Switzerland, as well as for nationals of these member states.

    The competent body shall indicate the form in which the documents must be submitted and whether translations of the documents are required.


Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Formloser Antrag (mit Unterschrift)
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.


  • The competent authority will inform you of the amount of the costs charged for determining the equivalence of the training. The costs can be paid by bank transfer (also via online banking).


An action against the decision can be brought before the administrative court.


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