The federal eagle, the federal coat of arms and the official flag of the Federal Republic of Germany are national emblems. In general, only federal authorities are allowed to use them for official purposes, unless the Federal Office of Administration has granted an exemption. The BVA may impose fines, if such emblems are used without authorization.
Additionally, the BVA is responsible for the authentication of important documents. On behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, it certifies signatures on German public documents which are to be used abroad (in currently 20 countries). Furthermore, the BVA issues apostilles. This is a special form of authentication for state parties to the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents of 1961.
Another field of activity is the use of material covered by copyright: Pursuant to the Copyright Act, federal authorities have to pay fees for the public reproduction of music works protected by copyright and the use of literary works and images. The BVA has concluded contracts with the corresponding collecting societies, e.g. GEMA or VG Wort, and negotiates new agreements, if needed.