Honorary consuls are active in many places where there is no diplomatic or consular representation. They have good contacts, are familiar with local conditions and can therefore provide valuable assistance to Germans in need. Among other things, they can certify signatures (e.g. for life certificates), but they are not authorized to perform all official consular acts. For example, they cannot issue passports or visas. They are also not required to be present at all times.
If you are unsure whether an Honorary Consul can assist you with your specific request, please contact the Legal Department of the Consulate General New York.