Applying for a German Passport or ID Card in Los Angeles

German Passport

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26.01.2024 - Article

Here you will find the most important information on German passports for German citizens who do not speak German.

Please read this article BEFORE scheduling your appointment!

General information

  • All passport applicants must schedule an appointment through our FREE online system and submit their applications in person. Passport applications received by mail cannot be processed.
  • Each applicant needs a separate appointment, even if they are members of the same family.
  • German passports and ID cards are biometric and require fingerprints to be stored in the passport/ID Card.
  • Please make sure to complete the application form and to gather all necessary documents (+ 1 set of copies) BEFORE you come to the Consulate. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
  • Before booking any appointment for a passport application, please verify whether you need to submit a name declaration before hand or not. You can find information about name declarations here.
  • Please arrive on time. If you are late, we may not be able to process your application, in which case you may have to get a new appointment.
  • Booking an appointment at a specific time (e.g. 10 AM) does not guarantee that you will be able to come to the counter at exactly that time. Delays are possible, and in some cases, unavoidable. Please be patient and allow for some waiting time when you plan your visit.

For a list of required documents and additional information, please visit: Passports and ID Cards

Passport Appointment for Applicants in Southern California

All applicants residing in the California counties of Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura are required to personally apply for a passport at the Consulate General in Los Angeles. Please use our FREE online appointment system to schedule your passport appointment; a separate appointment is required for each family member.

Please schedule your appointment here: Online Appointment System

Passport Appointment for Applicants in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah

Applicants residing in the above states may apply for a passport through the German Honorary Consul responsible for their state. Please note that when applying for a passport through an Honorary Consul, additional fees will apply. Please contact the Honorary Consul directly to make your appointment.

List and contact information of our Honorary Consuls

German ID Card

You can now apply for a German ID card separately or at the same time you apply for a German passport or passport renewal. If you would like to apply for a German ID card:

  • ID Card
    Electronic ID Card© Bundesdruckerei GmbH
    schedule an appointment through our FREE online System (see above)
  • use the passport application form and check the box “Personalausweis”
  • submit all documents required for a passport application.

The fee for a German ID is approximately $80.00. For more information, please click here.

Passport Photos

Each application must include two recent identical biometric passport photos (please do not cut the photos yourself!). Specific requirements for passport photos are explained here.

Woman is using a photo booth
Photo Booth© Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Los Angeles

For your convenience, there is a user-friendly photo booth in the Consular Section waiting room. The cost for four (4) photos is $5, payable by credit card only. Please allow extra time before your designated appointment in order to take your pictures.
Please note that this service is provided by an external service provider and that the Consulate General does not assume responsibility for this service.

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