Police Clearance Certificates

20.03.2024 - Article

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 –
Sachgebiet IV21/IR
53094 Bonn

Application procedure

Only persons aged 14 or over can apply for a police clearance certificate. All applications must be made in person by the person to whom the certificate relates; no representative (including a lawyer) can apply.

The application must include your full personal details and be signed by you personally. Before you can send your application to Germany, it has to be officially certified. Find more information here.

In the case of applicants living in Ireland:

The Federal Office of Justice accepts certification by the following public authorities:

  • German Embassy Dublin (appointment booking)
  • Notary public
  • Solicitor
  • Garda Station*

*Some Garda Stations may not do certifications of this Kind.

Once it is officially certified, you must send the application by post to the Federal Office of Justice.


The Federal Office of Justice charges a fee of €13 for issuing a police clearance certificate.

A fee will also be payable for the certification of the application. If you have your application certified at the Embassy, the fee will be around 35. This fee is separate from the fee for the police clearance certificate itself.

The fee of €13 for issuing the police clearance certificate is payable in advance. You can transfer the amount to the following account immediately prior to submitting your application:

Account no. 380 01005
Sort code 370 000 00
IBAN DE49370000000038001005
Deutsche Bundesbank Bonn branch

Payee: Bundesamt für Justiz
Ref.: Your reference number* or “Police clearance certificate + Name”

*If you do not yet have a Federal Office of Justice reference number, please enclose your payment receipt with your postal application.

No certificate can be issued until the fee has been paid or appropriate proof of payment provided (§ 7 (2) JVKostO).


The certificate can only be sent to the applicant’s own private address. This address must therefore be provided on the form. The certificate can also, on request, be sent to a German authority if the certificate is required by that authority. In this case, you should provide the postal address of the authority together with the reason the certificate is required and/or the recipient’s reference number. The personal details designations appear in German, English and French on the certificate. No other languages are available. The content of the police clearance certificate is as stipulated in the Federal Central Register Act (Bundeszentralregistergesetz, BZRG).

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