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What is a certified translation?

A certified translation applies to official documents such as birth certificates or driving licenses. Once certified by a sworn translator, the translation itself also becomes an official document. Sworn translators confirm the accuracy and completeness of the translation by signing, stamping and adding their certification statement to the final document.

 

At lingoking, we ensure that all translations are carried out by sworn translators who adhere to the European quality standards of DIN EN ISO 17100.

Why do some translations have to be certified?

Official authorities require certified translations to ensure that the translated document is an accurate and complete representation of the original.

 

Certified translations of documents can be particularly relevant for cross-border activities, such as immigration, emigration or studying abroad. In many countries, there are specific legal requirements about which translated documents need a certification.

What do certified translations need to include?

A certified translation is a translated document with a signed attestation clause from the translator or translation agency confirming the accuracy and completeness of the translation, bearing an official stamp or seal. It serves as a legal or official record, attesting to the authenticity of the translation for various official or administrative purposes.

Acceptance by Authorities

Certified translations are often required for official or legal purposes, such as immigration applications, court proceedings, or academic admissions, so it's essential that the translation meets the specific requirements and standards of the relevant authorities or institutions.

Certification Statement of a court sworn translator

The translated document must be accompanied by a certification statement signed by the translator or a representative of the translation agency, affirming the accuracy and completeness of the translation and attesting to the translator's qualifications.

Official Stamp or Seal

A certified translation typically bears an official stamp or seal from the translator or translation agency, further validating its authenticity and suitability for official or legal use.

Certified documents an overview

There are a large number of documents that need to be certified translated if they are to be submitted to the authorities. The translation must accurately reflect the content of the original document and ensure that all information, including text, illustrations and formatting, is faithfully reproduced in the target language.

Which occasions call for a certified translation?

Certificates
Certificates

Birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, etc. 

Academic certificates
Academic certificates

A-level certificates, employer's references, diplomas or bachelor's/master's degrees, etc.

Personal documents
Personal documents

Driver's licences, certificate of inheritance, tax return, etc.

Our Certified Translation Services

Any languageBy court-sworn translatorsRecognised by official authorities

Your certified translation in three steps

Choose your service

Choose the service you need from a wide range of standardised certified translations. Select your source and target language and let us know about any special requests. After payment has been taken, you can upload your document as a scan, photo or other data file in your personal dashboard. For individual requests, please refer to our custom solutions. 

Translation by court-sworn translators

Once you have uploaded your data file, your order will automatically be forwarded to the appropriate court-sworn translator. You can check the status of your translation at any time in your personal login area.

Approval & Shipping

Once your certified translation is finished, you will receive a notification from our translator asking you to approve the translation.  

We will then ship your certified translation to you. You can also download a digital copy of your translation from our platform, depending on the settings you made during the booking process.

Learn more about certified translations in our video

Our sworn translator Johanna explains important information on certified translations.

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FAQs: Certified Translations

According to the Federal Foreign Office, German documents are often only recognised by the official authorities of another state if their authenticity or probative value has been established in a dedicated procedure. Depending on the country, this can be done either by an apostille or the applicable legalisation.

You need an apostille if the country in which you wish to present your documents is a party to the Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents of 15 October 1961.

 

You need authentication  if the country in which you wish to present your documents is not a party to the Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents of 15 October 1961.

Certified translations may only be created by translators sworn in at court for their working language(s). 

We deliver certified translations within three to five business days as standard. If you need it faster, you can also book our express delivery service and receive your certified translation within two to three business days.

Certified translations that need to be submitted in Germany can only be processed by a translator sworn in Germany.

 

Different regulations apply depending on the state in which the translation is required. Please check what the necessary requirements for this translation are with the competent authority in advance.

 

If you order a certified translation from lingoking, please state the country in which this document is required! We need this information so that a suitable translator can take on the job.

 

Note: If you have to submit the translation to the consulate, make sure you specify whether the translation needs to be done explicitly by a translator who is registered at the consulate. The consulate will be happy to give you more information on this.

The price of a certified translation depends on the type and scope of the document. On average, a certified translation of a document costs between 40 and 80 euros.

 

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