Verification of Indian documents

The Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of legalization is not applicable between Germany and India, nor can Indian public documents such as birth, marriage, school certificates and others be legalized. All public documents issued by Indian authorities might therefore, depending on the particular case and at the Embassy’s, Consulate General’s or other German authority’s discretion, need to be verified for use in Germany. 

In these cases, documents are verified on the ground with the issuing authorities.

The verification process will ONLY be initiated on behalf of a German authority (not by a private person).

German Missions entrust experienced lawyer firms to carry out the investigation. Investigators are authorized and carry photo ID. You are kindly requested to cooperate with the investigators.

Please note: No further payment is required for the investigator. The investigator does not require any additional assistance such as transport, accomodation or food.

Information on the verification of documents during the visa process

If you apply for a long-term visa, verification of your documents is likely to be required in the following cases: 

speciality cooks, job-seekers, family reunion/marriage

German Mission

Duration of investigation

Costs in INR

New Delhi

8 - 12 weeks

25,000 until 30th September 2017 (payable by Demand Draft)

Please, note that with effect from 1st of October 2017 the fees for the verification will change:
1. Investigations either exclusively in Punjab or Haryana or exclusively in the Delhi Metropolitan Area:
25,000 INR
2. Investigations with connections to further states or in Punjab and Haryana and the Delhi Metropolitan Area:
35,000 INR
In individual, especially complex cases a higher fee might be charged.


4 - 8 weeks

2,000 per document (payable in cash)


8 - 12 weeks

Depends on the place of issue of a document (payable by Demand Draft)


8 - 12 weeks

Depends on the place of issue of a document (payable in cash):
13,000 for Kolkata, District - 24-Parganas (South & North), and District Howrah and Hooghly
16,000 for other Districts (West Bengal), except districts Darjeeling and Kalimpong
17,500 for districts Darjeeling and Kalimpong
19,000 for Odisha, Jharkand and Bihar
22,000 for North-Eastern States (Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland)
31,500 for areas outside aforesaid Jurisdiction


8 - 12 weeks

45,000 (payable by Demand Draft) for speciality cooks and job-seekers; in family reunion cases fees vary

Please bring the fees for the document verification along at the time of your visa interview. If verification is not required, the visa officer will inform you accordingly at the time of the interview.

Document verification


Information on Demand Drafts

The German Missions accept Demand Drafts from all nationalised banks.

Please make sure that the Demand Draft is issued as follows:

issued in favour of
payable in
New Delhi
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi
New Delhi
German Consulate General, Bangalore
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany,  Chennai
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kolkata
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai

The Demand Draft must not be older than 2 months.

For Applicants from Mumbai

Please fill out the Demand Draft form and submit it together with your Demand Draft.