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How to Get a German Passport

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Getting your German Passport

Travelling is fun and freeing, but what if you don’t just want to travel to another part of your country? What if you want to leave the country? This action requires a passport. How do you get one, you ask? You can apply using the following steps.

Your application for a passport needs to be submitted in person at the Embassy of Consulate General during opening hours. Make sure to submit your application AFTER scheduling an appointment. Applications can’t be mailed. During the appointment, your fingerprints will be taken and stored for a brief period of time, and will be deleted after. The processing time is about four to six weeks.

Of course, you will need a few things in order to apply for a passport. You, of course, will need a completed application form. Follow this link to access one: German Passport Application Form. You will also need:

  • Two identical biometric passport photos
  • Your birth certificate that states the exact place of birth (just your country will not be enough)
    • If your birth certificate doesn’t include the exact place, you can get a “proof of birth letter” from the hospital where you were born, which will provide the name of the town.
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Previous passport (if applicable)
  • A valid residence permit
  • Proof of current name usage
    • If your name has changed since your last passport, a name declaration may be required before a passport can be issued.
  • German Naturalization certificate (if applicable)
  • Driver’s license or utility bill in your name as proof of residence
  • Deregistration of your last place of residence in Germany (if applicable)
  • The passport fee

In order to apply for a passport, it’s necessary that you schedule an appointment at the appropriate German Missions: https://www.germany.info/us-en/appointment/899906.

The validity of the German passport for an applicant over the age of eighteen is six years. If an applicant is over the age of twenty-four, the passport validity is increased to ten years.

Any questions? Just have a look at this website: How to Get a German Passport

Good luck and have fun travelling!

Summary Checklist:

  • Submit your application for a passport in person at the Embassy of Consulate General during open hours after scheduling an appointment (don’t mail it)
  • Schedule an appointment with this link: https://www.germany.info/us-en/appointment/899906
  • Make sure to include the following things:
    • Completed application form: German Passport Application Form
    • Two identical biometric passport photos
    • Get a “proof of birth letter” from the hospital where you were born if your birth certificate doesn’t include the exact place
    • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
    • Previous passport (if applicable)
    • Valid residence permit
    • Proof of current name usage
      • If your name has changed since your last passport, a name declaration may be required before a passport can be issued
  • 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

All the information can be found here: How to Get a German Passport.


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