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Old 20.04.2010, 11:52
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Translation of birth certificate

Hello, I need to get my birth certificate translated into German to give to Stadt Luzern. I have been quoted by one company the small fee of just over 200CHF

Übersetzung mit Beglaubigung
59 Normzeilen à Fr. 3.20 Fr. 188.80

1 notarielle Beglaubigung Fr. 80.00

7,6% MwSt. Fr. 20.45
Total, inkl. MwSt. Fr. 289.25

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59 Normzeilen à Fr. 3.20 Fr. 188.80

7,6% MwSt. Fr. 14.35
Total, inkl. MwSt. Fr. 203.15

I could translate it myself - has anyone got any suggestions of how to do this cheaper?
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Re: Translation of birth certificate

You could sent it to your country Consulate to do the translation. It's cheaper and with an official stamp. Maybe give a call to your country Consulate in Switzerland. I had my birth cert. translated by my country consulate.
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I could translate it myself - has anyone got any suggestions of how to do this cheaper?
Can't you ask for an original "international" version from the country that issued it in the first place?

Does it need to be translated by an official company? You may wish to ask Stadt Luzern if they have a list of approved translators on this point.

But no, there isn't a cheaper way of doing it, if you do it yourself - unless you are going to include lost opportunity costs...
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Re: Translation of birth certificate

Truly a ripp off.

What language is it? Couldn`t you get a new international birth certificate which is written in english?

Make sure you haven`t been told something wrong.
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Re: Translation of birth certificate

In Zug, the Amt für Migration does translations of birth certificates - you just have to become a member and pay CHF 10. The problem with us was they couldn't read the original birth certificate, and needed my husband to tell them what it said.

See if you can request and international extract of your birth certificate that has a key to german/french/italian on the back. We did this online.
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Old 20.04.2010, 13:46
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Re: Translation of birth certificate

Some interesting replies there, thanks folks.

I could not order an International copy - the people at the General Registrars office in Scotland didn't know what that was!

The original certificate is in English.

I will contact the consulate in Bern and ask if they can help, but I don't think they can!
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Re: Translation of birth certificate

I just had to do this as well, I am an American and I got it done in Australia, just scan it and send it over. Here is the guy's email. Yes it was accepted by the agency as well. SO that is good to know His quote I think was 100, so much cheaper then here!! Hope this helps.

DAMMANN German-English Translations
[mailto:translations@dammann.com.au]
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Re: Translation of birth certificate

I did contact a few companies, one of which quoted me 336.29CHF, so I called Stadt Luzern and told them of the situation., and that I wasn't prepared to spend that amount of money for something that I could translate myself rather easily.

I had a lengthy chat with the girl, in German, and the result of it was that I can bring my original birth certificate, plus a recent copy and they will accept that!!

- so maybe for anyone else who has documents in English, and is told that they need to get it translated, it might be worth questioning it rather than just forking out something ridiculous like 336.29CHF
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