German Consulate General San Francisco

German Consulate General San Francisco

Welcome to San Francisco

Welcome to the website of the German Consulate General in San Francisco. Here you will find information on our services of passport and visa, the work of our Consulate General, news related to Germany as well as German institutions and activities in our area of jurisdiction.

Our area of jurisdiction covers the Pacific Northwest of the United States: Northern California, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and the U.S. territories Baker, Howland, Jarvis, Johnston Islands, Midway and Palmyra island.

Our German language website features information relevant for German citizens.

For all Passport, ID Card, Visa and Citizenship matters applicants need to arrange for an appointment through our website Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office

Starting May 15, 2014 fingerprints will be taken from all visa applicants at the German Consulate General in San Francisco Click for information

Please note that from now on also for family law matters ( registration of marriage, name declaration, acknowledgement of divorce), certifications ( of signature, fotocopies, good conduct,value added tax) you have to make an appointment through the Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office

Mr. Mamerow (German Consulate), Mrs. Ana del Carmen and German Consul General S.Schlüter

Diplomatic Training

The 9th annual international diplomatic training  for young career diplomats for the regions of  Latin America and the Caribbean took place from October 9th thru the 12th  in the German Foreign Office in Berlin..


Sebastian Kienle Becomes Fourth German to Win Ironman

After swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 115 miles and running the entire Honolulu Marathon, Sebastian Kienle was crowned, “Ironman” in Hawaii on Saturday. In the 36th annual competition, Kienle finished the race in 8 hours, 14 minutes, and 18 seconds.

Alumni Goettingen Reunion at the German Consulate

Research Alumni of the University Goettingen reunite at the German Consulate General in San Francisco

Göttingen – much less well known than Heidelberg in the U.S. – is a small town in the center of Germany and home to the University of Göttingen, the place associated with most Nobel laureates in the country and one of the best places to study in Germany.

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German-speaking congregation in San Francisco welcomes new pastor

Saint Matthew's/Sankt Matthäus Lutheran Church, the only congregation in Northern California that offers services in German on a regular basis, welcomed its new pastor Kerstin Weidmann with a solemn installation service on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

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AJC's David Harris: "The Germans have to trust themselves"

Demons of history weigh upon the debate about a larger German role in the world, says AJC Executive Director David Harris, in an interview with Sueddeutsche Zeitung, one of Germany's top daily newspapers. Read the full interview in English.

Consul General Schlüter with the school's principal Martin Fugmann, board member Kathrin Randall and Consul for Cultural Affairs Julia Reinhardt

First day of school at German School in Silicon Valley celebrated with new Consul General Stefan Schlüter

The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) celebrated the first day of school together with German Consul General Stefan Schlüter and German Consul for Cultural Affairs, Julia Reinhardt, on Monday and Tuesday, August 18 and 19, 2014.

Alumniportal Deutschland

Alumniportal Deutschland is an editorially supported social online network, which sees itself as a service for all Germany-alumni as well as for companies, networks, organizations and institutes of higher education. A unique combination of topical and emotional services with a connection to Germany and an online community opens entirely new opportunities for maintaining contacts and networks.

Book Prize

German Book Prize Nominees Announced

The longlist for the German Book Prize was announced this week. The jury, which has been tirelessly debating the candidates for months now, nominated twenty novels for the prestigious list. By the beg...

Peter Rothen's Farewell

Farewell of Consul General Peter Rothen

As their last official event and to bid farewell from San Francisco, Consul General Peter Rothen and his wife Gerlind held a special evening on July 31 at the German Residence.

Zypries und Rothen Feier

German Deputy Secretary of Economics Brigitte Zypries promotes German start-ups in Silicon Valley

The Deputy Secretary of Economics of the German government, Ms Brigitte Zypries, traveled to San Francisco and Silicon Valley from June 7 through 14, 2014, to promote the German start-up scene and establish ties within the founder communities of the Bay Area and Germany.

Ambassador Peter Wittig

Ambassador Peter Wittig Starts His Work in Washington

Ambassador Peter Wittig has begun his work in Washington, DC. He was most recently Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations in New York.

From left to right: Former College of Chemistry Dean Richard Mathies, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, BASF President of Process Research and Chemical Engineering Peter Schuhmacher, BASF President of Biological and Effect Systems Research Harald Lauke, College of Chemistry Dean Douglas Clark, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, former California Governor Gray Davis, Professor of Chemistry and CARA Director Peidong Yang celebrate cutting the ribbon to officially open the CARA center.

BASF invests in California's Top Research Universities

On April 2, 2014, BASF representatives, the Chancellors of UC Berkeley and UCLA, and former Governor of California, Gray Davis, officially opened the new California Research Alliance by BASF (CARA) with a ribbon cutting ceremony in presence of the German Consul General Peter Rothen, followed by a scientific symposium.

German Consul General Rothen (right) congratulates Survivor Leo M. Horovitz on reobtaining German citizenship

85-year-old Survivor Re-Obtains German Citizenship 75 Years After Escape on "Kindertransport"

A certificate confirming his German citizenship was handed over to Leo M. Horovitz by Consul General Peter Rothen on February 25 at the German Residence in San Francisco.

Consul General Peter Rothen awarded Order of Merit to Mr. Pfeiffer

Order of Merit awarded to Karl Pfeiffer

On Tuesday, March 4, Consul General Peter Rothen honored Mr Karl Pfeiffer with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in a ceremony held at the German Residence in San Francisco.

Presentation at Smaato, Inc. offices

Alumni of Hamburg University open new chapter in San Francisco

On February 21, 2014, the alumni of the University of Hamburg came together to open their new local chapter in San Francisco.

Round table at the German Consulate General

EIT ICT Labs convene in German Consulate General in San Francisco

On Thursday, 13 February 2014, the EIT ICT Labs organized a round table at the German Consulate General in order to discuss their plans to connect the EIT ICT Labs ecosystem to the IT innovation ecosystem of the Bay Area. German Consul General Peter Rothen hosted the meeting.

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

The Consul General

Consul General Stefan Schlüter

Consul General Stefan Schlueter is the head of the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco and welcomes you to this website.

Steinmeier and Kerry commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall

Steinmeier and Kerry at the Wall

This was a special visit to Berlin for US Secretary of State John Kerry because, as a very young man, he experienced the division of Berlin first hand. More than 50 years ago, at the age of 11, he lived in Berlin for a while and was thereby able to witness the division of the city.

Berlin Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation - supporting stability in the region - 28 October 2014

Syrian refugees on their way to Turkey

In response to the request of Syria’s neighbours and urgent calls for action by the UN, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has invited 40 foreign ministers and heads of UN agencies to the “Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation – supporting stability in the region” due to take place in Berlin on 28 October 2014.

Bay Area Language Learning Opportunities

Bay Area German

Whatever plans you have for the future, knowledge of German will increase your options! We've put together a list of schools and institutions in the Bay Area where you or your children can learn German.

Fall of the Wall

Fall of the Wall

The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall - a monumental day in German history.