Applying for a German Passport or ID Card in Los Angeles

German Passport

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01.07.2022 - Article

This page contains important information on passport applications for German citizens.

General Information

  • All 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 slot; this includes members of the same family.
  • German passports and ID cards are biometric, which means that fingerprints will be stored in the chip of the passport/ID card.
  • Please make sure that you complete the application form and prepare all necessary documents (+ 1 set of copies) BEFORE you come to the Consulate. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.
  • Before booking an appointment for a passport application, please clarify if you need to submit a name declaration beforehand. Information about name declarations is available 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 book a new appointment.
  • Booking an appointment at a specific time (e.g. 10 AM) does not guarantee that your application will be processed at that exact time. Delays are possible and sometimes unavoidable. Please be patient and allow for some waiting time when you plan your visit.

Additional information and a list of documents necessary for passport applications is available here.

Appointments for Applicants Living 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.

Click here to schedule your appointment.

Appointments for Applicants Living in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah

Applicants who reside in the states listed above 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.

Contact information is available here.

German Identity Card

You can apply for a German Identity 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:

  • 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.

Additional information is available here.

Passport Photos

Each application must include two recent identical biometric passport photos (please do not trim the photos yourself!). Further information on the requirements for passport photos is available here.

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

A user-friendly photo booth is located in the Consular Section waiting room for your convencience. The cost for four (4) photos is $5, payable by credit card only. Please allow extra time before your appointment slot in order to take your pictures.
Please note that this service is provided by a private company and the Consulate does not assume responsibility for this service.

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