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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for a certificate of good conduct

Description

If you have to prove whether you have a criminal record or not, you can apply for the simple or extended certificate of good conduct as well as the certificate of good conduct for submission to an authority.
The certificate of good conduct is a document that certifies whether you have a criminal record or not.

If you need the certificate of good conduct for personal purposes - for example, for submission to your employer - it is a simple certificate of good conduct.
You need an extended certificate of good conduct if you want to work in the children's and youth sector (for example in a school or a sports club) or if you want to work with people in need of care or people with disabilities.

The certificate of good conduct for official purposes is only used for submission to an authority (for example, if a driving licence is to be issued). The certificate of good conduct is then sent directly to the authority that requested it from you and, in addition to criminal court decisions, also contains certain decisions of administrative authorities (for example, the revocation of a business license). If you suspect that the certificate of good conduct contains entries, you can request that it first be sent to a district court designated by you so that you can view it there.

If you have - in addition to the German - the nationality of one or more other EU member states, you will receive the requested document as a European certificate of good conduct. In addition to the German certificate of good conduct, it contains the notification of entries in the criminal record of the home Member State in the language transmitted, if the home Member State provides for transmission in accordance with its law.

If you have to prove whether you have a criminal record or not, you can apply for the simple, the extended certificate of good conduct or the certificate of good conduct for submission to an authority.

You can apply for all types of certificates of good conduct online, in person and - under certain conditions - in writing from your municipality or city.

If you would like to apply for the certificate of good conduct online:

  • Go to the website to apply for the certificate of good conduct and follow the instructions
  • You will then need an electronic identity card, an electronic residence title or an eID card, each with an activated PIN, a card reader, the AusweisApp2 and, if necessary, a digital recording device (e.g. scanner or digital camera) as proof of identity in order to upload evidence.
  • You will then receive the requested certificate of good conduct by post to your home.
  • If the application has not been submitted successfully, you will receive information about the rejection of your application either immediately online or subsequently.
  • If you apply for the certificate of good conduct to be submitted to an authority, it will be sent directly to the authority. If you suspect that the certificate of good conduct contains entries, you can request that it first be sent to a district court designated by you so that you can view it there. You can then decide whether to forward it to the authority or destroy it.

If you wish to apply for the certificate of good conduct in person or in writing:

  • Submit an application for a certificate of good conduct to the registration authority/citizens' office responsible for you.
  • You may need to prove that you are a national of another EU Member State.
  • The authority then forwards the application to the Federal Office of Justice. From abroad, the application can be submitted in writing - with officially confirmed personal data and signature - directly to the Federal Office of Justice.
  • This asks the eu member state concerned to communicate the content of the criminal record there.
  • You will receive the requested certificate of good conduct by post to your home.
  • If you apply for the certificate of good conduct to be submitted to an authority, it will be sent directly to the authority. If you suspect that the certificate of good conduct contains entries, you can request that it first be sent to a district court designated by you so that you can view it there. You can then decide whether to forward it to the authority or destroy it.
  • Identity card, eID card or residence permit
  • where applicable, further documents to prove certain information (e.g. the employer's request to submit an extended certificate of good conduct)

Fee from EUR 13,00

Note: In certain cases, the fee for a certificate of good conduct may not be charged.

Simple and extended certificate of good conduct: 2 weeks

European certificate of good conduct: 6 weeks

Forms: no

Online procedure possible: yes

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

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