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By certifying a signature, the consular officer confirms that the person indicated in the document signed it in front of him. The signature has to be given in person in the presence of the consular officer or has to be acknowledged in his presence. No advice about the legal meaning of the document to be signed is provided.
In many cases, the signature certification is sufficient for the document to become effective.
To get your signature certified, please bring with you:
- the document to be signed
- for declarations of approval: the contract which has been signed earlier in Germany
- a valid official photo-ID
The fee for the signature certification depends on the value of the legal transaction for which the document is needed and ranges between EUR 15,- and EUR 250,-.
The fee for the certification of a photocopy is currently EUR 5,-.
The fee for the certification of a translations varies according to the size of the document.
The fee is converted into TT $ according to the daily exchange rate at the German Embassy and can be paid by cash or credit card.
For signature certifications you may come to the Embassy during visitor's hours without prior appointment.
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
Certifications of signatures and copies can also be done (for the same fee) by a German Honorary Consul.