Child Entries in Passports of Parents To Become Invalid as of June 26, 2012
European requirements have resulted in a major change in the German passport law: Starting June 26, 2012, child entries in the passports of parents will become invalid and no longer entitle the child to cross the border to another country. Therefore, starting June 26, 2012, all children (from birth on) will have to have their own travel documents when traveling to other countries. This change, however, does not affect the validity of the parent’s passports. They will remain valid without any restrictions.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior urges parents, who are affected by the change, to apply in a timely manner for new travel documents for their children at the competent passport agency. Travel documents for children include children’s passports, passports and – depending on the travel destination – personal IDs.
Information for German citizens who do not speak German
The following webpages contain only the most important information about German passports and are meant for the very few German citizens who do not speak German. Please check the German version of this webpage for complete information about German passports.
German-Language Passport Information
The German foreign missions in the United States issue passports to German citizens residing there ("European passports"). For children under the age of 12 with German citizenship, a child’s passport may also be issued instead of a regular passport.
A new passport law has been in effect since Nov. 1, 2007. Under this new law, fingerprints also must be stored on a chip contained in German passports. This affects all passport applicants six years and older.
It is therefore absolutely necessary that you personally go to the foreign mission responsible for your consular district to apply for the passport. Passport applications received by mail can no longer be processed. Not sure which mission is in charge of assisting you? Please use our interactive Consulate Finder:
In addition certain Honorary Consuls can process passport applications. Please contact the Honorary Consul in your district to schedule an individual appointment.
Passport through an Honorary Consul
Honorary Consul Finder
Please keep in mind that you must thoroughly complete the application form, submit the proper passport photos, and include all the necessary documents. You will thus avoid unnecessary callback and help yourself and us to keep the processing time to a minimum.
In certain cases, e.g. when you wish to include a name change in your passport, when the name of your child has yet to be determined for the German legal sphere, or when your last passport has long expired, it may be necessary under the circumstances to present further documentation. In such cases, we will, of course, inform you accordingly. In the vast majority of cases, however, the cited documents will be sufficient.
Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.