Apostilles and Legalisations

Foreign students who have obtained their certificates and/or graduation certificates at the Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität Kaiserslautern-Landau, as well as the former Technische Universität Kaiserslautern and Campus Landau of Universität Koblenz-Landau, can have them legalised in their home country for the purpose of recognition, i.e. have their authenticity confirmed by a foreign diplomatic or consular representation in Germany (=legalisation). The same applies to german students who whish to present their certificates abroad. 

For many countries (see Website Supervisory an Service Authority, ADD) mutual legalisation is not necessary due to international treaties or is replaced by the "Hague Apostille". Ask the embassy or consulate of the country in which you wish to use the document whether you need a legalisation or an apostille.

Individual steps to apostille or legalisation

Please check with the Supervisory and Service Authority Trier (ADD) in advance which form of authentication is the right one for you and then contact us.

The pre-certification for the Apostille or Legalisation is carried out at the RPTU.

Upon completion of the pre-certification, we will forward your documents directly to the ADD at your request.

The Supervisory and Service Authority (ADD) Trier, Willy-Brandt-Platz 3, 54290 Trier is responsible for the provision of an apostille for use abroad.

After the authentication by ADD, the legalisation, which confirms the authenticity of the document, is carried out in Germany by the competent foreign representation of the country (consulate or embassy) in which the document is to be used. Some representations abroad require a final certification by the Federal Administration Office in Cologne before legalisation.


The final certificates or doctoral certificates as well as study certificates get pre-certified.

You can present your final documents in their original form on site (RPTU in Kaiserslautern, building 47, room 530, office hours: Tue – Wed 8:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16:00, also Fr 8:00 - 12:00).

If you are not at the university, you can also send us high-resolution, colour scans of your final documents by e-mail.

To issue the pre-certification, we need:

- good resolution, color scan or the originals of your final documents

- completed Application form of the ADD, if necessary also as a scan. A completed example can be found here.

- Scan of your ID card/passport

There are no fees for pre-certification at the RPTU.

The fees for the subsequent issue of the Apostille or Legalisation by the ADD are paid directly to the ADD.

Information about this can be found in the application form of the ADD.

Further information regarding the costs can be found on the Website of the ADD under "Beglaubigungsgebühren".

Please note that pre-certification at RPTU may take 2-3 days.

The further procedure at the ADD Kaiserslautern can sometimes take up to six weeks!


RPTU in Kaiserslautern

Gottlieb-Daimler-Straße, Geb. 47, Raum 530

Katharina Deimling


Further information

Supervisory and Service Authority Trier (ADD)