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Please take the following Information into account when applying for a German passport.

For German Citizens only

Please book an appointment to file your passport application in the online appointment system. Make sure to choose the correct German mission! To find out which German mission is responsible for handling your passport application, please consult our Consulate Finder.

We ask for your understanding that due to the limited capacity we have, we cannot accept applications from citizens who appear without an appointment.

Only some of our Honorary Consuls can accept passport applications. To find out whether your local Honorary Consul can process such applications, please consult the Honorary Consul Finder.

Please see our additional information for applying through an Honorary Consul.

Important Information

The German passport contains a chip on which the finger prints of the passport holder are saved. This applies to all applicants who have reached the age of 6. It is therefore mandatory that you apply for your German passport in person at the appropriate German mission. Any passport application that is mailed in cannot be processed.

The validity of the biometric passport is 6 years for applicants under the age of 24, otherwise 10 years.

Please ensure that

  • the application form is completed
  • that you have the right passport photos (see photo examples and template), and that
  • all the required supporting documentation is submitted

This will expedite processing. In some cases, additional information and/or documentation may be required, especially if the old passport expired several years ago. 

Passport applications requiring a name declaration cannot be processed until the appropriate declaration has been submitted. It is therefore essential that you check whether or not you are required to submit a name declaration. For example, a name declaration is required if you have married since your last passport was issued and you changed your surname.

A name declaration is also required if this is the first time you are applying for a passport for your child and you and your spouse do not share the same surname. Additional information can be found on our website at:

 Information on Naming Law

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Passport for Adults

Here you will find information on which supporting documentation you need to submit when applying for a biometric passport for adults. Please bring to the appointment the completed application as well as all required documentation in the original and one photo copy of each document.

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Passport for Minors

There are two different types of passports for children: a biometric passport and child’s passport. An explanation of the difference can be found here. Please bear in mind that all passports need to be applied for in person (by parents/legal guardian(s) and child), after scheduling an appointment.

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Information for Applicants of Identity Cards

You can apply for an electronic Identity Card (eID) at the German Missions in the US. Please obtain information on the functionalities of the new Identity Card prior to your application and the differences compared to the passport.

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Change of Residence on a German Passport or Identity Card

The place of residence on your passport or identity card can be changed in person or by mail. The documents you need to provide can be found here:

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Passport Application through the Honorary Consul

To save you a long and costly drive to the Embassy or to a Consulate General, Honorary Consuls particularly in the US States without any German Mission representation have been equipped with the necessary hard and software in order to accept passport applications

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Scheduling an Appointment

Please note that for the time being the Safari browser is incompatible with the appointment booking system. Every German mission in the US requires that you schedule an appointment via the…

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