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Obtaining permission for the use of the Federal Eagle


The Federal Office of Administration (BVA) is an upper federal authority and is responsible for approving the use of the Federal Eagle.

State emblems such as federal eagles, federal coats of arms and federal service flag may only be used by federal authorities or for their official purposes. This also applies to depictions of federal eagles (e.g. coats of arms, parts of coats of arms and flags), which are confusingly similar to them. The Federal Office of Administration is not responsible for the coats of arms of the federal states. You can find out whether use is permitted from the respective interior ministries of the federal states.

As a rule, the use of the emblems is not permitted for you as a private individual, company or association. Feel free to ask if you are not sure whether your (intended) use of the Federal Eagle, Federal Coat of Arms or the Federal Service Flag is permitted. You can simply attach drafts to the following form and have them checked.

If you have the impression that federal emblems are being misused, you are welcome to report this to the BVA at hoheitszeichen@bva.bund.de.
If you need a permit for the production of the large and the small federal seal and would like to be included in the address list of the companies entitled to manufacture, a permit can be applied for in writing or by e-mail at hoheitszeichen@bva.bund.de.

The Federal Coat of Arms is the national coat of arms of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is designed in the colors black-red-gold of the federal flag and shows the black federal eagle on a gold-yellow coat of arms that tapers at the bottom.

The service flag of the federal authorities (federal service flag) contains the same transverse stripes as the federal flag and on it the so-called federal shield. In contrast to the federal coat of arms, this is a semi-circular shield and the eagle is drawn slightly differently. The Bundesschild is used on the Federal Service Flag, on the Service Flag of the Naval Forces of the Bundeswehr and on the Troop Flags of the Bundeswehr.

Please note that the use of federal emblems without permission constitutes an administrative offence and can be punished with a fine.

If you want to use a representation of the federal eagle, you must apply for a permit.

You can apply for permission to use the Federal Eagle in writing or online at the Federal Office of Administration (BVA).

Written application:

  • Submit an informal application in writing to the BVA.
  • The BVA will examine your application.
  • After the examination of your application has been completed, the BVA will send you a reply in writing by e-mail or post.

Online application:

  • Go to the website of the Federal Portal and fill out the application form electronically.
  • Add the other required documents as a scan.
  • Submit your application.
  • The BVA will examine your application.
  • After the examination of your application has been completed, the BVA will send you a reply in writing by e-mail or post.

Due to the large number of different case constellations, it is unfortunately not possible to address individual requirements for approval at this point for reasons of space. For detailed information, please contact the Federal Office of Administration (BVA).

The following is required for the application:

  • Identity identification information
    • for natural persons:
      • the family and first names, titles and
      • the address
    • for legal persons:
      • in addition, the name of the company and, if applicable, the address of the registered office
  • Contact details:
    • Telephone number and
    • E-mail address.
  • Description of the usage target

Note: In case of unauthorized use of the state emblems, a fine of up to EUR 1,000 may be levied.

for the processing of the application: 1 to 3 weeks

  • Forms: yes
  • 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 the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)

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