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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 work in the field of children and young people – for example in a school or a sports club – or if you want to work with persons in need of care or people with disabilities.

The certificate of good conduct for official purposes is used exclusively 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 professional licence. 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 inspect it there.

If you are a national of one or more other EU Member States in addition to the German one, you will receive the requested document as a European certificate of good conduct. In addition to the German certificate of good conduct, it shall contain notification of entries in the criminal record of the Member State of origin in the language transmitted, if the Member State of origin provides for transmission in accordance with its law.

You can apply for all types of certificates of good conduct online, in person at the registration authority responsible for you and – under certain conditions in writing at the registration authority responsible for you.

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.
  • As proof of identity, 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 applicable, a digital recording device (e.g. scanner or digital camera) to upload proof.
  • You will then receive the requested certificate of good conduct sent to your home by post.
  • If the application has not been successful, you will receive information either directly online or subsequently.
  • If you apply for the certificate of good conduct for submission to an authority, it will be sent directly to the authority. For a certificate of good conduct containing entries, you can request that it first be sent to a district court designated by you so that you can inspect it there. You can then decide whether to forward it to the authority or destroy it.

If you would like 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 responsible for you or to the Bürgeramt. You must prove your identity there. An official identity document is used for this purpose.
  • 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 signaturedirectly to the Federal Office of Justice.
  • You will receive the requested certificate of good conduct sent to your home by post.
  • If you apply for the certificate of good conduct for submission 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 inspect it there. You can then decide whether to forward it to the authority or destroy it.
  • Completion of the age of 14
  • Capacity
  • Application for a certificate of good conduct
  • Identity card, eID card or residence permit
  • if applicable, other documents to prove certain information, such as the employer's request to submit an extended certificate of good conduct

Emission: 13,00 EUR
Payment in advance: Yes
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 available: No / (Yes: for applications from abroad)
  • Written form required: Yes
  • Informal application possible: No
  • Personal appearance required: No
  • Online services available: Yes

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ)

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