Passport applications for persons over the age of 18
Biometric passports can only be applied for in person upon appointment since fingerprints are required. It is no longer possible to extend existing passports. Biometric passports are printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin.
You can keep your existing passport during processing time, if you need to travel and the passport is still valid
Biometric passports issued to applicants under 24 are valid for 6 years; for applicants over 24 the validity is 10 years.
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 (available for download at the right)
- Two recent, identical, biometric passport photos
- current/ last German passport (not applicable for first time applications)
- Full Birth certificate (if in another language, please also provide a translation into German or English)
- Marriage certificate, if applicable (if in another language, please provide a German or English translation of the certificate)
- Certificate of name change, if applicable
- German naturalisation certificate, if applicable
- If naturalized abroad: naturalization certificate and "Beibehaltungsurkunde"
- If applicable: Citizenship certificate
- If you are a resident in Australia (not a citizen): Current
VEVO (not older than 2 weeks)
Visa Entitlement Verification Online
- proof of residence in Australia (e.g. Australian driver's licence)
- 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.
- De-registration form (‘Abmeldebestätigung’) from your last local authority (only applicable if the last place of residence was in Germany or if a German place of residence is still shown in the passport)
Your status of registration affects the fee for your passport application and therefore has to be clarified before submitting your application!
In accordance with German registration law, German citizens who usually reside overseas have to notify their local registration office of their departure. Should you still be registered in Germany or is your current passport showing a German domicile you are advised to contact your responsible local registry office, clarify your status of registration and obtain a current registration or de-registration form. Please inform your responsible local registry office that this form is essential in order for you to apply for a new passport.
If you are still rightfully registered in Germany and apply for a new passport in Australia, an additional fee (for residence outside of our jurisdiction) applies.
In case you apply for a German passport for the first time and if you are German by descent, you need to add the following documents to your application (original and copy):
- current German and Foreign passports of your parents
- if existing: German passports or German ID-card of the German parent at the time of birth
- if applicable, marriage certificate of parents (if married in Australia, their Australian "registered marriage certificate" - issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages)
- if applicable, your certificate of naturalisation or the certificate of naturalisation of your parents
- if applicable, foreign certificate of naturalisation of your parents
- if applicable, certificate of acquisition of the German citizenship by declaration
Please note that your application can only be accepted if the documents as stated above are complete. If the documentation is incomplete you might have to make a new appointment.
The information provided above referes to most routine cases.. 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.