Information about the electronic sealing

Electronic sealing

Using the qualified electronic sealing it can be verified whether the retrieved document actually comes from the Federal Gazette publishing house and is unchanged.

For technical questions concerning the electronic sealing, please send an email to or to the contacts listed at

1. Verification of the sealing

If the electronic sealing has not been verified, a corresponding (warning) notice may appear when opening a PDF file. If you do not wish to verify the sealing, ignore the (warning) notice.
You can read, print, and store the PDF file as usual.

The verification of the sealing can be done by means of the verification function integrated in Adobe Acrobat Reader (signature verification) or by means of another standard signature verification software. There are several providers on the internet where the sealing/signature can be checked online free of charge (i.e. without installing any software).

In order to verify the signature, the relevant PDF file must be stored on your computer.

2. Errors when verifying

If errors occur when verifying a sealing that are attributable to the employed verification software, please contact the corresponding software manufacturer.