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apply for a certificate of good conduct

Due to the current situation, please note the Information on the homepage of the Bürgeramt.

Citizens who are registered with residence in Bremen or who usually stay in Bremen but are not subject to the obligation to register (e.g. homeless persons) can apply for a certificate of good conduct at the BürgerServiceCenters of the Bürgeramt.

If you have your main residence/habitual residence in Bremen, please refrain from visiting and apply for the certificate of good conduct in writing. A copy of your identity card must be enclosed with the application. You can find the postal addresses of the BürgerServiceCenter under the heading "Zuständige Stellen".

National certificate of good conduct (§30 BZRG)

The national certificate of good conduct certifies whether the person concerned has a criminal record or not. It is issued for private or official purposes.

Extended certificate of good conduct (§30a BZRG)

An extended certificate of good conduct is only required if it is needed for a professional honorary or other activity close to children and young people. There must be a written request from the body requiring the extended certificate of good conduct confirming that the requirements are met. The (exemplary) note from the office "It is confirmed that the requirements in accordance with § 30 a Paragraph 1 BZRG are met" also satisfies the requirements.
If such a written request is not submitted, the application for an extended certificate of good conduct may not be accepted.

European certificate of good conduct (§30b BZRG)

Citizens who - in addition to or instead of German - hold the nationality of one or more other Member States of the European Union and who apply for a certificate of good conduct from 31 August 2018 onwards will compulsorily receive a so-called European certificate of good conduct from the Federal Office of Justice. Previously, they could choose whether to be issued with a national or a European certificate of good conduct. Due to an amendment to the Federal Central Register Act, this right of choice has now been abolished. In addition to the German certificate of good conduct, the European certificate of good conduct contains the information on entries in the criminal record of the Member State of origin in the language transmitted, provided that the Member State of origin provides for transmission under its law.

Requirements

  • Residence/habitual residence in Bremen
  • Minimum age: 14 years

What documents do I need?

  • Proof of identity

    e.g. identity card or passport

  • For a certificate of good conduct for presentation to an authority: exact address of the authority and the purpose or file number
  • For an extended certificate of good conduct: written request from an authorised body