Passports for children under the age of 18
There are two types of passports for minors:
1) Biometric passports: biometric passports can be issued from birth onwards and are mandatory from the age of 12. We recommend applying for a European passport since some countries do not accept the simpler (non-biometric) child passports (Kinderreisepass). The biometric passport for minors is valid for 6 years and are printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin.
2) Child passports (Kinderreisepässe): Child passports are simpler (non-biometric) types of passports which will be issued by the Consulate. Child passports have replaced the older, green version of paper travel documents (Kinderausweise) and are valid for 6 years but will not be issued beyond the child’s 12th birthday. With this passport you will not be able to enter the US without a visa.
Both types of passports can only be applied for in person (parents and child) upon appointment. Extensions of existing documents are no longer possible. Since 26 June 2012 every child needs their own German travel document. Entries in their parents’ passports are not valid anymore and will not allow them to travel. You can keep your existing passport during processing time, if you need to travel and the passport is still valid.
Important for FIRST TIME APPLICATIONS: Sometimes it is necessary to do a name declaration before you can apply for the first passport for your child. Please read the information provided:
Name declaration for children
Please note that your application can only be accepted if the documents below are complete. If the documentation is incomplete you might have to make a new appointment.
The following is required for an application:
(Please provide the original and one photocopy per document)
- Application form (see download at the right)
- Signatures are required as follows:
- Children born to married parents: both parents
- Children born out of marriage, if both parents have custody: both parents
- Children of separated parents: the parent who has custody. Please provide the court custody order.
- In exceptional cases only: If one parent cannot be present, the application can still proceed with just one parent attending, provided the signature of the absent parent has been certified on the form below (Einverständniserklärung) and the original passport or a certified passport copy is enclosed. Important: Certifications must be done either by a German Honorary Consul, a German Mission Abroad, Australian police or a notary public (with seal). Formblatt für schriftliche Zustimmung eines Elternteils zur Ausstellung eines Reisepasses für ein Kind [pdf, 263.11k]
- Child’s current passport/ID card, if applicable
- Child’s birth certificate -if in another language, please also provide a translation into German or English.
- For children who were born after 01/01/2000 in Germany to foreign parents and who became German automatically by law (§ 4 Abs 3 of the German Nationality Act (Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz) please provide a certificate from the German registry office where the child was born confirming the German citizenship (‘Auszug aus dem Geburtenregister’).
- Valid passports/ identity cards of both parents.
- Parent's Marriage certificate/extract of family book if applicable (if in another language, please provide a German or English translation of the certificate)
- If parents are not married, please provide: birth certificate of mother.
- Proof of citizenship: child’s naturalisation certificate or parent’s naturalisation certificate, including "Beibehaltungsgenehmigung" if applicable;
- required from the German parent and child if child does not have Australian citizenship: Printout (not older than four weeks) of the VEVO:
Visa Entitlement Verfication Online" (VEVO)
- If the child or one of the parents has made a name declaration, please bring the confirmation of name declaration.
- Most recent German local authority de-registration form (‘Abmeldebestätigung’) – only if the last place of residence was in Germany or if a German place of residence is shown in the passport. Not applicable if the child was born abroad. The child's status of registration affects the fee for the passport application and therefore has to be clarified before submitting the application!
- Recent proof of address in Australia (Australian driver's licence)
- Two recent, identical, passport photos with a bright background. From the age of 6, biometric photos are required.
- Prepaid registered mail envelope (large, for dispatch within Australia) with your address. Please note that the German Missions will not be held responsible for any loss or damage of passports due to postal or courier service delivery.
Please ensure that you have all documents with your at your appointment, as incomplete applications cannot be accepted and you will be required to make another appointment.
The information provided above referes to most routine cases presented to German Missions in Australia Due to the complexity of the German passport law and the multitude of conceivable case scenarios each individual case may have to be treated differently and further documents can be requested.