German Passport and ID Card
For German Citizens only
Please note that you need to book an appointment for your passport application in the online appointment system of the appropriate German mission that is responsible for your home state.
We ask for your understanding that due to the limited capacity we have, we cannot accept applications from citizens who appear without an appointment.
In order to find out which German mission is responsible for accepting your passport application, please go to the link
Some Honorary Consuls can also accept your passport applications. Please contact the appropriate Honorary Consul directly to schedule an appointment
Passport application via the Honorary Consul
Honorary Consul Finder
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. The passport cannot be renewed.
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 would expedite the processing time. In some cases, additional information is required, for example when the passport has already expired for years.
Passport applications for which a name declaration still needs to be done cannot be processed.It is therefore essential that you check whether you have to make a name declaration or not. This is for example necessary if you got married since your last passport was issued and you use the last name of your spouse.
A name declaration also needs to be done when you apply for a passport for the first time for your child, and both parents do not have the same last name. More information can be found on our website:
Information on Naming Law
For any questions regarding the naming law, you can contact the appropriate German mission that covers your home state via
Scheduling an Appointment
Every German mission in the US requires that you schedule an appointment for the application of a passport or an identification card. If you would like to apply for both a passport and an identification card, you need to book two appointments, one for each documents.
Please note that for the time being the Safari browser is incompatible with the appointment booking system.
Please inquire about the right appointment procedure at the appropriate German mission that is responsible for your home state:
If you do not know which German mission is responsible for your home state, go to the following link:
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.
Passport for Adults
There are two different types of passports for children and adolescents: 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.
Passport for Minors
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.
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
Passport through an Honorary Consul
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:
Change of Residence
Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.