Documents from Bavarian courts or notaries for use abroad; application for pre-certification for legalization
If you want to use a document from a court or notary abroad, it may have to be legalized. For this purpose, it may have to be pre-certified by the competent German authority beforehand.
You want to use a judicial or notarial document abroad and need a pre-certification for the legalization.
If you need an authentication for a legalization procedure, you can contact the president of the respective district court informally with a short letter, depending on the jurisdiction.
When sending the document by mail, it is essential to specify the country for which the document is required. In general, the original documents must be enclosed. The documents can also be delivered in person.
The diplomatic missions of certain countries also require a so-called final certification for the legalization of German documents - irrespective of the pre-certification described above. This must be applied for at the Federal Office for Foreign Affairs.
For the completion of the certificates, a processing time of 2-3 working days must be accepted.
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