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

Solar mirrors

Germany’s six word climate story: Proving that it can be done

On November 19th, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at UC Berkeley hosted an unlikely group of allies: In a night of art and conversation, Bay Area community leaders, thinkers and artists shared their insights around innovative ways to tackle climate change.

Images of the Fall of the Berlin Wall at University of Hawaii Main Library

University of Hawaii exhibits "Fall of the Berlin Wall" images in Main Library

The "Fall of the Berlin Wall" poster exhibit commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.

5k anniversary-run San Francisco

5k Anniversary Run San Francisco

 On November 9, 2014, staff of the German Consulate, their families and friends celebrated the 25th conmemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Kippah with Stars of David

Assitance for Jewish Child Survivors of Holocaust

The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) reached a landmark agreement with the German Finance Ministry under which the organization and the German government will together provide assistance to Jewish child survivors of the Holocaust.

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.

Kerstin Weidmann 1

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.

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.

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.

Closure Christmas Holidays

Frohe Weihnachten! Enlarge image (© picture-alliance/dpa) The Consulate will be closed on December 24, 25, 26  and December 31 as well as January 1, 2015.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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.

25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall - Economic Focus

25 years fall of the Berlin wall

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany Trade & Invest produced a short film in cooperation with the Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States, Iris Gleicke.

German presidency of the G7

Logo for the G7 summit in Germany

Germany assumed the presidency of the G7 at the G7 summit in Brussels at the beginning of June 2014. On 7 and 8 June 2015, Germany will host the meeting of the heads of state and government. The summit will provide an opportunity to discuss current international challenges and to make progress on new topics in the international context.

Further information is available on the following websites:

Career: Translation

Career: Translation

So you want to be a translator. Where do you start? What skills will you need? Which certifications are important? How do you get a job? This month Young Germany will walk you through the process of becoming a translator in Germany.