Apply for a passport

In many countries outside the European Union (EU), you will need a passport upon entry . You must apply for your passport in person. You apply for the passport at the Bürgeramt at your place of residence, in the case of several residences in the Bürgeramt at your main residence. You can also apply for the passport at any other citizens' office. In this case, you will have to pay a surcharge.

The passport can already be issued for children from 0 years of age. If you are planning to travel to another EU country with your child, you should apply for a normal biometric passport instead of a children's passport, as the child's passport or identity card is not recognized in some travel countries, such as the USA.

 To apply for a passport, you need the following documents:

  • a valid identity card (passport, identity card, children's ID card, children's passport),

  • a current photo in passport format (45 x 35 mm), portrait format, frontal shot without edge, without headgear and without covering the eyes (biometric photo),

  • if necessary. Your previous passport,

  • if necessary. Your birth certificate,

  • in the case of the application for a child: identification of the present guardian, if necessary the declaration of consent and a copy of the identity card of the non-present guardian, the proof of custody in the case of only one guardian.

When first issuing or moving to a 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

  • You are a German citizen.

  • There must be no grounds for refusal, such as the assumption that you want to evade criminal prosecution, execution of a sentence or a statutory maintenance obligation by leaving the country.

Requirements for applying for a temporary passport:

  • The temporary passport can be issued and handed over immediately if the regular passport cannot be completed in time before the start of the trip, even in the express procedure. The Bürgeramt may require appropriate proof, such as airline tickets or other travel documents.

  • The period of validity of the temporary passport is adapted to the purpose of the trip and may not exceed one year. The temporary passport does not contain any electronic storage medium (chip).

Hints

You must be present in person when applying 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 check must then be carried out when the document is issued, otherwise the temporary passport will not be handed over.

The temporary passport does not contain an electronic storage medium (chip).

In some countries, such as the United States, a normal, electronic passport is required for visa-free entry.

If entry into these countries is to take place with a temporary passport, a visa is also required.

Related Links

  • § 6 paragraph 1 Passport Act (PaßG)
  • § 1 Passport Ordinance (PassV)
  • § 15 Passport Ordinance (PassV)

You must apply for the passport in person. The application is completed on site with the processor. All you have to do is sign. For the application, the submission of fingerprints is legally mandatory (flat imprint of the left and right index finger).

The passport is sent by the passport producer to the applicant citizens' office after production. 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