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State Offices for the Protection of the Constitution (LfV)
Landesamtes für Verfassungsschutz

The federal constitution protection law (BVerfSchG) obligates the Federal and State governments to arrange their own protection of the Constitution authorities. The Federal government implemented this responsibility through the establishment of the BfV on 07 November 1950, and the States soon thereafter. Some established independent Protection of the Constitution authorities, while others [North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Schleswig-Holstein] allocated the task of the protection of the Constitution of a section of their Ministry of the Interior. Also in the new federal states successive authorities were set up after the reunification of Germany for protection of the Constitution, so that there are now 16 state authorities for protection of the Constitution.

The legislature has standardized in § 1 paragraph 2 explicitly an obligation for cooperation of the protection of the Constitution authorities. The cooperation extends to the exchange of knowledge and expertise. The distribution responsibility is closely controlled. For extremist efforts of merely regional significance observations are conducted through the responsible state authority. The BfV has a central role to summarize and evaluate collected information. In cases of national meaning it can determine however also personally and accomplish security operations.

However a special role is allocated the BfV in the area of espionage. In order to better monitor the methods and techniques of hostile espionage activities, the interpretation of all espionage cases is centralized at the BfV.



The state authorities for protection of the Constitution are reachable at the following addresses:

Country office for protection of the Constitution baths - Württemberg
Post-office box 50 07 00
70337 Stuttgart
Mailbox: 0711541148

Email: verfassungsschutz.bw@t-online.de


Country office for protection of the Constitution Bavaria
Post-office box 45 01 45
80901 Munich


Country office for protection of the Constitution Berlin
On the ridge 2
14195 Berlin


Ministry of the internal of the country Brandenburg
- Section V -
Post-office box 60 11 26
14411 Potsdam


Country office for protection of the Constitution Bremen
Post-office box 10 37 05
28037 Bremen


Country office for protection of the Constitution Hamburg
Johanniswall 4/III
20095 Hamburg


Country office for protection of the Constitution Hesse
Post-office box 39 05
65029 Wiesbaden

Email: LfV-Hessen@t-online.de


Ministry of the Interior Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Post-office box 01 05 52
19005 gravity


Country office for protection of the Constitution Lower Saxony
Post-office box 44 20
30044 Hanover

Ministry of the Interior of the country North Rhine-Westphalia
Section VI
Haroldstr. 5
40213 Dusseldorf

Email: info@mail.verfassungsschutz.nrw.de


Ministry of the internal and for sport of the country Rhineland-Palatinate
Post-office box 32 80
55022 Mainz


Country office for protection of the Constitution Saarland
Post-office box 10 20 63
66020 Saarbrücken


Country office for protection of the Constitution Saxony
Post-office box 10 02 47
01072 Dresden

Email: verfassungsschutz.sachsen@ibm.net


Country office for protection of the Constitution Saxony - support
Post-office box 18 49
39008 Magdeburg


Ministry of the Interior of the country Schleswig-Holstein
Post-office box 11 33
24100 Kiel


Thüringer country office for protection of the Constitution
Post-office box 796
99015 Erfurt




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