Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Washington

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Certification Of Copies, Life Certificates, VAT Refund declaration

If you require certified copies of official documents for use in Germany or a driver's license certification for presentation to US authorities, please book an appointment in this category.

The following must be presented:

for the certified copies:

  • the original document
  • cash or credit card (Visa/MasterCard) for the fee

The fee depends on the number of complete files to be certified. The fee is approx. 31 USD depending on the daily exchange rate EUR -> USD.


life certificate:


  • the original document
  • valid picture ID



Safety note:

Visitors of the Consular Section may bring one bag into the waiting room with a maximum size of 35 cm (14 inches) x 30 cm (12 inches) x 20 cm (8 inches). Bags larger than this size are not allowed.

Also prohibited in the waiting room are

  • electronic devices such as cell phones*, tablet computers, smart watches, laptops, cameras or any other wireless devices
  • sealed envelopes or packages
  • sharp objects such as scissors, knives or nail files
  • weapons or explosive material of any kind are also prohibited.

This list is not exhaustive. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of the security staff.

*You may store your cell phone (free of charge) in one of the Embassy’s lockers that are located in front of the Consular building.

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