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The German Embassy London will be able to offer appointments for legalisations and certifications again from 12 April 2021. Appointments are bookable from the 24 March 2021.

The Consulate General Edinburgh will reopen on the 26 April 2021. Appointments will be released two weeks in advance.

Book an appointment at the Consulate General Edinburgh

Book an appointment at the German Embassy London

Please note that, owing to the pandemic, the legalisation departments of the German diplomatic missions have a backlog to deal with and may not be able to offer immediate appointments. Therefore, if it is an urgent matter, please check whether you could have your document certified elsewhere.


Matter in question
Can I have my document certified elsewhere or is it preferable to have it certified by a German diplomatic mission? (Embassy, Consulate General and Honorary Consuls)
Naturalisation applications (certification of copies)  
Notary public
Application for certificate of non-impediment to marriage (Ehefähigkeitszeugnis)
To be certified by German diplomatic mission
Affidavit of civil status
To be certified by German diplomatic mission
Renouncement of inheritance
Notary public + apostille from the FCO
Police clearance certificate application
Notary public
Solicitor
City/town council*
Police station*
*Some UK authorities may not do certifications of this kind
Declaration of consent (certification of signature)
Notary public + apostille from the FCO
Commercial register matters
Notary public + apostille from the FCO
For certification by German diplomatic mission, please do not book an appointment in the first instance, but contact the mission beforehand to have your documents checked
Certifications of photocopies
Notary public + apostille from the FCO
Certificate of existence
Authentication not required in some cases in 2020!
It depends on the type of pension concerned, see Certificates of Existence
Submission of documents for name declarations, birth and marriage registrations
To be certified by German diplomatic mission
Set-up of a blocked account
Some blocked account providers do not require certification
Closure of blocked account
To be certified by German diplomatic mission
Please send an email outlining your case, together with a scan of the photo page of your passport.
Power of attorney (certification of signature)
Notary public + apostille from the FCO
For certification by German diplomatic mission, please do not book an appointment in the first instance, but contact the mission beforehand to have your documents checked.
Declaration of consent (certification of signature)
see Declaration of consent

  














Matter in question

Can I have my document certified elsewhere or is it preferable to have it certified by a German diplomatic mission? (Embassy, Consulate General and Honorary Consuls)

Affidavit of civil Status
To be certified by German diplomatic Mission

Application for certificate of non-impediment to marriage (Ehefähigkeitszeugnis)

To be certified by German diplomatic Mission
Certificate of existence
Authentication not required in some cases in 2020! It depends on the type of pension concerned, see Certificates of existence
Certifications of photocopies
Notary public + apostille from the FCO
Closure of blocked account

To be certified by German diplomatic mission
Please send an email outlining your case, together with a scan of the photo page of your passport

Commercial register matters
For certification by German diplomatic mission, please do not book an appointment in the first instance, but contact the mission beforehand to have your documents checked
Declaration of consent (certification of signature)
Notary public + apostille from the FCO

Police clearance certificate application

Notary public/ solicitor / city/town council* / police station*
*Some UK authorities may not do certifications of this Kind

Power of attorney (certification of signature)

Notary public + apostille from the FCO

For certification by German diplomatic mission, please do not book an appointment in the first instance, but contact the mission beforehand to have your documents checked

Renouncement of inheritance
Notary public + apostille from the FCO
Set-up of a blocked account
Some blocked account providers do not require certification
Submission of documents for name declarations, birth and marriage registrations
To be certified by German diplomatic Mission
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