Nationals of Germany must be issued passports for international travel. By serving as an indication of German citizenship, a passport also facilitates the process of seeking assistance from German consulates abroad. If you qualify as a German citizen in your country of residence, obtaining a passport is a simple process.
Things You'll Need
- Application form
- Travel documents
- 2 passport photos
Print and complete the German Passport Application Form (see Resources).
Locate the German Embassy or Consulate nearest you (see Resources) and set an appointment to apply for an application.
Submit the following documents: a certified copy of your birth certificate indicating the exact place of birth, a certified marriage or divorce certificate if applicable, and a certified copy the confirmation of deregistration as proof of German residency.
Provide two identical passport photos taken within the past six months. The color photos must be 2 by 2 inches in size and taken against a light blue or white background. The offices of the German Consulate also often provide a photo service for passport and visa applicants.
Submit your application materials and pay the processing fee, which will vary with each designated consulate and whether or not you require expedited service. Passports are processed within one working week and can be sent to you by post at an extra cost. Simply provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you'd like to receive your passport by mail.