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Please take the following Information into account when applying for a German passport.

For German Citizens only

Please book an appointment to file your passport application in the online appointment system. Make sure to choose the correct German mission! To find out which German mission is responsible for handling your passport application, please consult our Consulate Finder.

We ask for your understanding that due to the limited capacity we have, we cannot accept applications from citizens who appear without an appointment.

Only some of our Honorary Consuls can accept passport applications. To find out whether your local Honorary Consul can process such applications, please consult the Honorary Consul Finder.

Please see our additional information for applying through an Honorary Consul.


Important Information

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.

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 will expedite processing. In some cases, additional information and/or documentation may be required, especially if the old passport expired several years ago. 

Passport applications requiring a name declaration cannot be processed until the appropriate declaration has been submitted. It is therefore essential that you check whether or not you are required to submit a name declaration. For example, a name declaration is required if you have married since your last passport was issued and you changed your surname.

A name declaration is also required if this is the first time you are applying for a passport for your child and you and your spouse do not share the same surname. Additional information can be found on our website at:

 Information on Naming Law

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