Police clearance certificates are issued by the Federal Central Register of the Federal Office of Justice, whose address is as follows:
Bundesamt für Justiz
- Bundeszentralregister –
The minimum age of applicants is 14. All applications must be made in person by the person to whom the certificate relates; no representative (including a lawyer) can apply. Applications should include the applicant's personal details, and must be signed personally by the applicant. The application and signature must be officially certified; this can be done by any German embassy or consulate (fee €15 payable in £ Sterling), by a public authority in the United Kingdom or by a notary public. Alternatively a certified copy of an official passport containing the personal details referred to in the application form can be submitted.
The photocopy has to be signed by the applicant prior to certification.
The certifications can be done at the German Embassy in London or at the Consulate General in Edinburgh. Appointments are not necessary.
The fee for issuing a police clearance certificate is €13, payable in advance to:
Deutsche Bundesbank Filiale Bonn
Bank code: 370 000 00, Account number: 38001005
Account name: Bundesamt für Justiz
BIC/swift MARKDEF1370, IBAN DE49370000000038001005
Payment can also be made by cheque. Cheques should be made out in Euro and drawn from a German bank. Cheques from the UK can also be made out in pound Sterling. Please contact the legalisation department for further details and exchange rate.
No certificate can be issued until the fee has been paid or appropriate proof of payment is provided.