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Applying for a German Passport

by westley

For applicants over the age of 18 the validity of the German passport is 6 years. If over the age of 24, the passport validity is increased to 10 years.

Application must be submitted in person at the Embassy of Consulate General during opening hours (9AM-12PM) AFTER scheduling an appointment. Applications can not be mailed. During the appointment, fingerprints will be taken and stored for a brief period after which will be deleted. Processing time is about 4 to 6 weeks.

Required Documents

  • Completed application form

  • Two identical biometric recent passport photos (Sample photos)

  • Birth certificate stating the exact place of birth, just the country will not be enough. If your birth certificate does not include the exact place you can get a “proof of birth letter” from the hospital which will provide the name of the town.

  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)

  • Previous passport (if applicable)

  • Valid residence permit

  • Proof of current name usage

  • German Naturalization Certificate (if applicable)

  • Drivers license or utility bill in your name as proof of residence

  • Deregistration of your last place of residence in Germany (if applicable)

  • Passport fee - Fees for German Passports and Identitiy Cards - Federal Foreign Office

If your name has changed since your last passport a name declaration may be required before a passport can be issued

It is necessary that you schedule an appointment at the appropriate German Missions, in order to apply for a passport


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