Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Sachgebiet S 12
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 31 90 71 25
Mail: verification@bsh.de

Verification of German documents

Confirmation of authenticity and validity

The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) offers three options for companies, certificate holders or authorities of another country to verify the authenticity and validity of German certificates of competency, certificates of proficiency and endorsements of recognition:

  • By e-mail to the BSH
    (using a form provided by the IMO)
  • By fax or by postal mail 
    Please save the Verification form on your PC and send a completed copy to the BSH by e-mail, fax or postal mail. You will receive a reply from us using the same method of dispatch.
  • Online
    (only for German certificates of competency, certificates of proficiency and endorsements of recognition issued by the BSH)

This procedure complies with German data protection guidelines and is security-protected.
The application can only be submitted by maritime administrations and companies that have a credible legal claim to establish authenticity and validity. Please submit a request for access to the following address and state who needs access and for what reason.


BSH Hamburg
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg
Tel. + 49 (0) 40 - 3190 7125
Fax + 49 (0)40 - 3190 5000
E-Mail: verification@bsh.de

Access for registered users