What does an apostille look like

Welcome to the website of the Federal Foreign Office

The “Hague Apostille” is a note based on a specific model, stipulated in the Hague Convention for the Exemption of Foreign Public Documents from Legalization of October 5, 1961. It confirms the authenticity of the signature and the authorization to issue a public document in the original must be presented.
The address of the responsible apostille authority can usually give you the location from which the document originates. Otherwise, please contact the judicial administration or the registry office supervisory authority of the district in which the certificate was issued.
The responsible German diplomatic mission abroad also usually has information on its website or a leaflet containing the addresses of the Apostille authorities and additional information on the procedure.
In addition, the apostille authorities are published on the website of the Hague Conference:

If you are planning to obtain the “Hague Apostille” from abroad, linguistic or other difficulties arise that make direct contact with the competent authority abroad impossible, the locally responsible German diplomatic mission may be able to help. However, this can only be used for German citizens. Whether a diplomatic mission abroad offers this service should be clarified directly with them before sending the documents.

Obtaining the “Hague Apostille” for documents is an official act that is subject to a fee. The applicant must reimburse the fees as well as the expenses incurred (fees of the local authority). When obtaining the “Hague Apostille”, long waiting times are often to be expected. The German diplomatic mission abroad has no influence on the processing time by the authorities of the receiving country.

There are also various service providers who take on the procurement of the apostille for a fee.