Certifications of signatures and copies for use in Germany

By certifying a signature, the consular officer confirms that the person indicated in the document was physically present and signed it in front of him or her. It is a simple form of authenticating a signature.

Following a change in the law, the German missions will no longer be able to carry out identity checks in connection with opening a bank account, taking out a loan and similar purposes. Please ask your bank for further information. The legalisation department is only allowed to certify your signature if you are a student applying for a visa for Germany and need to open a blocked account.

Certifications of signatures and photocopies of documents are carried out during counter opening hours. An appointment is usually not necessary. However, there are certain cases where you need an appointment or have to supply certain documents. It is therefore essential to contact us before your intended visit:

Opening Hours at the Embassy in London

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 08.30am-11.30am (last entry) and 1.15pm-2.00pm (last entry)

Wednesday and Friday: 08.30am-11.30am (last entry)

email: Legalisation enquiries

phone: 020 7824 1462 (Monday to Thursday: 8.00-8.30 and 2.30pm-4.00pm, Friday: 8.00-08.30)

fax: 020 7824 1449

Opening Hours at the Consulate General in Edinburgh

Monday - Friday 9:00 – 11:30 am

phone: 0131 337 2323

fax: 0131 346 1578

email: Legalisation enquiries

For the certification of a signature, please bring:

  • your valid passport
  • the document to be signed
  • a proof of address in the UK (e.g. Council Tax or utility bill, not bank statements)
  • the fee in cash.


The fee for the certification of a signature is dependent on the purpose of the certification as well as the value of the matter and can vary between 15 and 250 Euros, payable in £ sterling.

For certified copies, please bring:

  • the original documents,
  • copies of the original document which need to be certified,
  • the fee in cash

The current fee for the certification of a photocopy is the £ sterling equivalent of 10 Euros.

No fee is charged for pension-related certifications (please bring the letter from the pension authority along).

The German Embassy in London also accepts debit and credit cards (Visa and Mastercard only). Please note that the fee will be charged in Euros and therefore credit card fees might be applicable.

Please note that we do not accept cheques.

Honorary Consuls:

In general, it is possible to have signatures or copies certified by one of our Honorary Consuls. Please contact the Honorary Consul near you directly for an appointment and the fee applicable for your case.

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