Seafarers' documents

There are three ways to verify the authenticity and validity of German certificates of competency and proficiency as well as endorsements of recognition:

1. Online

(only for German certificates of competency and profiency as well as endorsements of recognition issued by BSH)

Excess for registered users

If you are not yet registered, please send an e-mail to with the information who requires the excess and why. For reasons of data protection, a registration is only permissible for companies and foreign shipping authorities with justified interest.

2. By means of e-mail (via the IMO website)

3. By means of fax or postal mail

Please save the form verification on your PC and send the completed form by means of e-mail, fax or postal mail to the BSH. You will receive an answer the same way.

Contact details:
Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH)
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78, 20359 Hamburg
Phone + 49 (0) 40 - 3190 7125
Fax + 49 (0)40 - 3190 5000