In the context of this change in law, the application forms were adjusted respectively. Please make sure to use the application forms available for download on this website exclusively, from now on. Further, please fill them completely in order to make sure that the registry in charge for your application can be determined without delay and problems. At this time, all application forms are only available in German language, but bilingual forms will be published as soon as possible.
Till date, the Registry I in Berlin has processed most applications including US documents without asking for an apostille. However, the decision whether to insist on an apostille on foreign documents is up to each and every registry, which is why the German missions in the US are not in the position to give any information/advice on this topic. If an applicant decides not to provide apostilles for foreign documents when filing an application, he/she might be asked to hand them in at a later point of time.
If you have any questions concerning this change in law and the new jurisdiction regulations, please do not hesitate to contact your Consulate General/Embassy.