Sworn translators in Germany, certified translation of documents, apostille and legalization of documents


If you need to perform a certified translation of documents in Germany, then you have come to the right place. Certification of translations is necessary to give legal force to foreign documents for their presentation in courts, universities or other organizations. Documents must be translated by a sworn translator.

With us you can order a notarized translation in Germany, signed by a sworn translator from German, English, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Turkish, Bulgarian, Polish, Hindi, Chinese and 56 other languages.


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Certified translation of documents in Germany is carried out by officially appointed sworn translators with the status "staatlich annerkante Übersetzer" and "beeidigte Übersetzer", authorized by the regional court. Many documents that must be submitted to the government and are of an official nature require a translation by a sworn translator. These documents, known as "certified translations", are most often correctly referred to as "certified". Sometimes such a translation is called a notarized translation.




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Prices for certified translation of documents in Germany

Prices for certified translation of documents in Germany vary depending on the city, type of document, language pair, urgency and type of delivery of the document. For example, a certified translation of a document from Russian into German will cost less than a certified translation from Japanese into German, since the latter language combination is considered rarely used.

Below are the estimated prices for certified translation of documents. To get the exact price and terms, you need to leave a request.


Types of documentsPrice
Certificate of marriage, birth, divorce, death, etc. 25-40 EUR
Driver's license 38 59 EUR
Employment book, certificate of employment, etc. 15-30 EUR
Higher education diploma with application 139-180 EUR
Identity card (passport, domestic, foreign, diplomatic) 39-50 EUR
School certificate with application 35-50 EUR
Certificate of renunciation of citizenship 35-49 EUR
Apostille (in addition to translation) 20-50 EUR
Power of attorney (on representation of interests, for the purchase and sale, etc.) 75-140 EUR
Bank statement, financial statements, extract from the commercial register 35-74 EUR
Consent to the departure of the child, the consent of the spouse to the transaction, etc. 35-74 EUR
Purchase agreement, lease agreement, employment agreement, etc. 59-149 EUR
Medical certificates, diagnoses, medical records, etc. 39-69 EUR
Other documents on request
  • Prices are indicative and depend on the source and target language and type of document
  • Standard execution time is 3 days. For urgent orders - a surcharge of 25%.
  • Delivery within Germany - 2 days, there is a possibility of urgent delivery in 24 hours.
  • We accept Visa, Master, PayPal and Sofort Überweisung cards.


How long does it take to complete a certified translation?

Each document is very individual - both in terms of text volume and complexity. The translation cost estimate takes 15-20 minutes. Translation and certification of a document in Germany of up to 800 words can be completed in one day if the translation is carried out by one translator. We distribute large volumes of texts among several sworn translators to achieve high translation speed. It will also take one day to obtain an apostille in Germany. Delivery of documents within Germany takes 1-2 days.


What languages ​​is certified translation of documents carried out in Germany?

We translate and certify documents from 56 languages ​​of the world. The cost and terms of translation and certification for each language may differ significantly, since it depends on the workload of the translator for each language combination, as well as on the volume and complexity of the document itself.


Certified translation of documents from German
Azerbaijani <> GermanKurdish <> GermanSomali <> German
Albanian <> GermanLao <> GermanSwahili <> German
English <> GermanLatvian <> GermanTagalog <> German
Arabic <> GermanLithuanian <> GermanTajik <> German
Armenian <> GermanLuxembourgish <> GermanThai <> German
Afrikaans <> GermanMacedonian <> GermanTamil <> German
Bengali <> GermanMalay <> GermanTelugu <> German
Bulgarian <> GermanMaltese <> GermanTurkish <> German
Bosnian <> GermanMoldavian <> GermanTurkmen <> German
Hungarian <> GermanMongolian <> GermanUzbek <> German
Vietnamese <> GermanNepali <> GermanUkrainian <> German
Greenlandic <> GermanDutch <> GermanUrdu <> German
Greek <> GermanNorwegian <> GermanFinnish <> German
Georgian <> GermanPunjabi <> GermanFrench <> German
Danish <> GermanPersian <> GermanHindi <> German
Hebrew <> GermanPolish <> GermanCroatian <> German
Indonesian <> GermanPortuguese <> GermanCzech <> German
Irish <> GermanPashto <> GermanSwedish <> German
Icelandic <> GermanRomansh <> GermanEstonian <> German
Spanish <> GermanRomanian <> GermanJapanese <> German
Italian <> GermanRussian <> German
Kazakh <> GermanSerbian <> German
Kyrgyz <> GermanSinhalese <> German
Chinese <> GermanSlovak <> German
Korean <> GermanSlovenian <> German


Urgent certified translation of documents in Germany

A competent and correct certified translation takes time. As a rule, we translate any document with certification in 2-3 days, additionally it takes 2 days for delivery by standard postal service. What if you an urgent certified translation in Germany is needed? For such cases, we can speed up the transfer process itself and use express delivery.


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In this case, the cost of an urgent certified translation will be 25-30% more expensive than a standard one, since our translators will need to work longer than usual, as well as cover the costs of urgent delivery.


Do I need to take the documents in person or come for a ready certified translation?

Almost all certified translations in Germany are carried out completely remotely. After you send us copies of documents for translation and certification by e-mail, we will inform you of the price and send you a link to pay by card or bank transfer. As soon as payment is received, our translators begin work. When the document is ready, we will send you the originals in paper form, signed by a sworn translator, to your home address or your office in Germany using the postal service. In some exceptional cases, we may require the originals of your documents. In this case, we will ask you to post them to us.


For which government agencies and departments is a certified translation done?

Certified translation of documents in Germany is often required for filing applications with government agencies - courts, offices for foreigners, Jobcenter, marriage registration authority (registry office, Standesamt), schools, universities, consulates. All driving schools in Germany require certified translation of driver's licenseif they were obtained in another state. A certified translation is also required for notarial transactions with a notary (when buying or selling real estate, registering a company, etc.). Your insurance company may also require a certified translation if you send them a receipt received abroad in a foreign language. If you are a foreign citizen, a certified translation in Germany may be required by the Aliens Office (Auländeramt, Auslländerbehörde).


How to order a certified translation in Germany?

To order a certified translation of documents in Germany, fill out the request form or send us an e-mail, attaching all documents for a cost estimate. For urgent certified translation, you can also send us a document via Whatsapp, to the number indicated below. We will estimate the cost of translation and certification of the document and inform you. Everything is very easy, fast and convenient.


Apostille and legalization of documents in Germany

There are several ways to legalize documents in Germany. One such way is the apostille. Apostille confirms the authenticity of the document for its examination abroad. Apostille in Germany for a certified translation of a document is carried out in court and can only be affixed to the original document. It should be borne in mind that the document must be in good condition, the seals and signatures must be readable. The document, which must be apostilled in Germany, must be issued no later than 6 months at the time of posting. It is necessary to indicate from which and into what language the certificate was translated, who was the translator and for submission in which country the certificate is required.

Other types of document legalization in Germany are consular legalization and legalization through the Commercial and Industrial Fee. Consular legalization can be used if your country has not signed the 1961 Hague Convention and does not accept apostilles. In the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, you can certify commercial documents - contracts, invoices, receipts, etc.


For which documents a certified translation is carried out in Germany

We translate and certify more than 140 types of documents into 56 languages ​​of the world.

Identity Cards:

  • Passport; international passport; internal passport; diplomatic passport; passport of a foreign citizen;
  • Birth certificate; military ID; refugee certificate; residence; temporary identity card; temporary residence permit; driver's license; employment history; and other documents.


References and certificates:

  • Marriage certificate, birth certificate, evidence about divorce, evidence about changing the surname, death certificate.
  • Certificate on state registration, certificate of registration of a vehicle, certificate of registration at the place of residence, certificate of no criminal record, certificate of lack of citizenship, certificate of the absence of a record of the marriage act.
  • Certificate of renunciation, certificate of citizenship, certificate of professional status, certificate of honorary citizenship, sports certificates, proof of citizenship, securities, wills, recognition of German citizenship, certificate of admission and others. 


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Education Documents:

  • Higher education diploma, diploma supplement, inserts, vocational diploma, secondary education diploma, high school certificate, certificate supplement, continuing education diploma.
  • Curriculum, proof of degree, certificates of honor, certificate of completion of music school, certificate of completion of residency or internship, examination papers.


Powers of attorney and consent:

  • General power of attorney, power of attorney for representing interests abroad, powers of attorney for representing interests in banking operations, power of attorney for the sale and purchase of a share in a joint-stock company, power of attorney for representing interests in a divorce.
  • Power of attorney for the sale of real estate, power of attorney to call or receive documents, power of attorney to transfer managerial rights. 
  • Consent to the departure of the child, the consent of the spouse to complete the transaction.
  • Consent to refuse to participate in privatization.


Financial documents: 

  • Bank statement, financial statements, annual report. 
  • Extracts from the commercial register (Handelsregisterauszug), extracts from the chamber of commerce.
  • Tax declaration, salary certificate.


Contracts and agreements: 

  • Sales contract, rental contract, employment contract, service contract.
  • Equipment purchase contract, translation of constituent documents.
  • Corporation charter, land purchase and sale agreement.


Personnel documents: 

  • Employment book, resume, motivation letters, letters of recommendation, references from the place of work.
  • Certificates of work experience, characteristics from the place of work, a certificate from the work of a pensioner.
  • Сcorrection from the place of work on salary and vacation, certificate of professional status.


Medical documents: 

  • Medical certificates, diagnoses, medical records, translation of personal documents for treatment abroad, medical contracts,
  • Translation of analyzes, medical reports, translation of a vaccine, translation of anamnesis, epicrisis, blood test, translation of medical records,
  • Medical translation with notarization, translation of medical equipment (instructions for the equipment), instructions for medicines,
  • Translation of scientific reports, translation of scientific articles for publication, medical translation for pharmaceutical companies, Covid test, etc.


Contacts for ordering certified translations:

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Phone: +49 160 955 00446

Phone: +49 89 954 84947

E-mail: certified@lingohaus.com