If you want to use a US public document in Germany (e.g. birth or marriage certificates, court orders), the German authorities might request that you obtain an Apostille as a confirmation of the authenticity of the foreign document. The Apostille for US public documents can only be issued by the competent US authorities of the US state from where the document originates.
Please check with the appropriate German Mission for their respective lists of competent US authorities in their consular jurisdiction. If you do not know which of our nine German Missions covers your area, please consult our Interactive Consulate Finder