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In many countries outside the European Union (EU) you need a passport when entering the country . You must apply for your passport in person. You can apply for a passport at the Bürgeramt in your place of residence or, if you have more than one residence, at the Bürgeramt in your main place of residence. You can also apply for a passport at any other Bürgeramt. In this case, you will have to pay a surcharge. Passports can be issued for children as young as 0 years old. If you are planning to travel to other EU countries with your child, you should apply for a normal biometric passport instead of a children's passport, as the children's passport or identity card is not recognised in some travel countries, such as the USA.

To apply for a passport you will need the following documents: a valid identity document (passport, identity card, children's identity card, children's passport), a recent photograph in passport format (45 x 35 mm), portrait format, frontal view without border, without head covering and without covering the eyes (biometric photograph), if applicable, your previous passport, if applicable, your birth certificate, if you are applying for a child: the identity card of the parent or guardian present, if applicable the declaration of consent and a copy of the identity card of the parent or guardian not present, proof of custody if only one parent or guardian is present. If you are applying for the first time or if you are moving to a new municipality, further documents such as civil status certificates or citizenship certificates may be required. Please inform yourself in advance at the responsible office.


Preconditions
The requirements for applying for a passport are as follows You are a German citizen. There must be no grounds for refusal, such as the assumption that you want to escape criminal prosecution, execution of a sentence or a legal obligation to support yourself by leaving the country. Requirements for applying for a temporary passport: The temporary passport may be issued and delivered immediately if the regular passport cannot be completed in time for travel, even by express delivery. The Citizen's Office may require appropriate supporting documents, such as airline tickets or other travel documents. The period of validity of the provisional passport shall be adapted to the purpose of the journey and shall not exceed one year. The temporary passport does not contain an electronic storage medium (chip).

Hints
You must be present in person when you apply for your passport so that your identity can be verified. If you cannot be present in person, only a temporary passport can be issued. The identity verification must then be done when the document is issued, otherwise the temporary passport will not be issued. The temporary passport does not contain an electronic storage medium (chip). In some countries, for example the USA, a normal electronic passport is required for visa-free entry. If entry into these countries is to be made with a temporary passport, a visa is also required.
You must apply for the passport in person. The application is filled out on the spot with the processor. You only need to sign it. For the application, the submission of fingerprints is required by law (flat print of the left and right index finger). After the passport has been produced, it is sent by the passport producer to the citizen's office making the application. You can then pick up the passport there.

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Federal Ministry of the Interior

Last update or date of publication
08.05.2017