Passport: Temporary passport

A temporary passport is issued only in special individual cases. It is valid for a maximum of one year.

A temporary passport is issued only in special individual cases, such as when a passport is needed immediately and the issuance of a regular passport or an express passport is not possible until the time of first use. The passport authority may require the submission of suitable supporting documents (for example, a flight ticket for a trip to be made at short notice).
The period of validity of temporary passports shall be adapted to the intended use, but may not exceed one year. An extension of the validity period is not permitted. The loss of a temporary passport must be reported immediately.

  • Age/expired passport (if available) or children's passport/child ID (if available),
  • current photograph: frontal image according to international standards (biometric photograph),
  • where applicable, declaration of consent of the parent not present in the case of joint custody or proof of custody in the case of only one guardian in the case of persons up to the age of 18,
  • where applicable, the identity card or copy of the parent with custody who is not present,
  • Identity card and
  • Certificate with current name (birth, marriage, marriage certificate, family book, declaration of the name, etc.).


The temporary passport does not entitle you to visa-free entry into the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Up-to-date information on entry requirements for foreign countries can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

With the application for a temporary passport, a final passport should be applied for at the same time.

  • Foreign Office
  • Passport Act (PassG),
  • Ordinance on the Implementation of the Passport Act (Passport Ordinance - PassV),
  • General administrative regulation for the implementation of the Passport Act (Passport Administration Regulation PassVwV).

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  • Passport
  • PassV
  • PassVwV

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