Honorary Consuls

Two German Missions and seventeen Honorary Consuls throughout the United Kingdom offer consular services. Each Mission covers a specific geographic region. To find out which Mission can assist you, what the hours of operation are and how to reach it please use our interactive Consulate Finder.

  • Find out more about the work of Honorary Consuls

    The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of as many as 361 Honorary Consuls worldwide, eighteen of whom serve in the United Kingdom.

    Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not necessarily have to be German citizens. They do not receive a salary for their services and may well combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London and the German Consulate General in Edinburgh in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

    Below you can find the names and contact details, as well as the consular services provided, of all German Honorary Consuls in the United Kingdom.

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  • German Embassy London

    Address:

    Embassy of the Federal Republic Germany

    23 Belgrave Square

    London, SW1X 8PZ

    Tel: 020 7824 1300

    Fax: 020 7824 1449

    E-Mail: Contact Form

    Opening times: Monday - Friday only with appointment

    Consular district: Avon, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Clwyd, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devon, Dyfed, Dorset, Essex, South Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, West Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Gwent, Gwynedd, Hampshire, Hereford and Worcester, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Greater London, Merseyside, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Powys, Salop, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

    Visa, Passport, ID card and Consular Services

  • Consulate General Edinburgh

    Address:

    Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

    16 Eglinton Crescent

    Edinburgh, EH12  5DG

    Tel: 0131 337 2323

    Fax: 0131 346 1578

    Web: www.edinburgh.diplo.de

    Opening times: Monday to Friday: 9:00 - 11:30 am

    Consular district: Scotland and the following counties in North England: Cumbria, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton on Tees, Tyne and Wear (Tyneside), as well as North Yorkshire with the exception of Selby and York.

  • Honorary Consul Aberdeen

    Mr Graeme Edward

    Ledingham Chalmers LLP, Solicitors

    Johnstone House

    52-54 Rose Street

    Aberdeen, AB10 1HA

    Tel: 01224 408 608

    Fax: 01224 408 403

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,aberdeen

    Consular district: City and port of Aberdeen

    Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

  • Honorary Consul Barrow-upon-Humber

    Mr Sascha Kripgans

    Wood Lea

    Westoby Lane

    Barrow upon Humber, DN19 7DJ

    Tel: 01469 531388

    Mobile: 07793 204890

    Fax: 01469 531648

    Email:  hk-diplo%27%de,barrow_upon_humber  

    Consular district: East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire und Nottinghamshire, Nottingham

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior apppointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Birmingham/ Coventry

    Mrs Kirin Kalsi

    c/o E.ON UK plc

    Westwood Way

    Westwood Business Park

    Coventry, CV4 8LG

    Tel: 02476 193000

    Fax: 02476 425248

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,coventry

    Consular district: West Midlands

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Belfast

    Angela Vaupel-Schwittay Enlarge image Angela Vaupel-Schwittay (© Angela Vaupel-Schwittay) Mrs Angela Vaupel-Schwittay

    3 Apollo Road

    Portstewart BT55 7PX

    Co. Londonderry

    Northern Ireland

    Tel: +44 (0)7906 672175

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,belfast

    Consular district: Northern Ireland

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is necessary.


    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Bristol

    Mr Timothy Mark Illston

    Burges Salmon LLP

    One Glass Wharf

    Bristol BS2 0ZX

    Tel: +44 (0)117 939 2284

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,bristol

    Consular district: Avon, Gloucestershire, Somerset

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Cardiff

    Mrs Helga Rother-Simmonds

    Helga Rother-Simmonds, honorary consul in Cardiff Enlarge image Helga Rother-Simmonds, honorary consul in Cardiff (© Helga Rother-Simmonds)

    c/o Berry Smith Solicitors

    Haywood House

    Dumfries Place

    Cardiff, CF10 3GA

    Tel: 029 20345511

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,cardiff

    Consular district: Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Monmouthshire, Breconshire/Powys, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Undertaking German Public Notarisations

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

  • Honorary Consul Dover

    Mr John Ryeland John Ryeland, Honorary Consul in Dover Enlarge image John Ryeland, Honorary Consul in Dover (© John Ryeland)

    C/O Dover South Services

    Limekiln Street

    Dover, CT17 9EF

    Tel: 079 70564091

    Fax: 01304 240374

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,dover

    Consular district: Counties Essex, Kent, East- and West-Sussex

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    More information from the Honorary Consul for Dover, Mr John Ryeland

    Dear readers,

    From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany in Dover within my consular district, which includes the counties of Essex, Kent, East- and West Sussex.

    Firstly, some background.  The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom.  Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens.  Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom/Channel Islands and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom/Channel Islands, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London (and the Consulate General in Edinburgh) in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

    The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

    • Passport and visa applications

    It is NOT possible to apply for a German passport or visa from my Dover office. Applications should be directed to the Embassy in London, as detailed in the relevant section of this website.

    • Certifications

    The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds)

    When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

    The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies  (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds)

    • Name Declarations

    Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

    For all questions related to Name Declarations please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Embassy at: 

    http://www.london.diplo.de/Vertretung/london/en/07/04__Name-Declarations/0-Namensrecht-Personenstandswesen.html

    • Pension matters

    Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

    • Renunciations of Inheritance

    From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00

    After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form.  In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

    The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

    • If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post.

    Honorary Consul Ryeland looks forward to your visit.

  • Honorary Consul Glasgow

    Mr Michael J. Dean

    c/o Maclay Murray & Spens LLP

    1 George Square

    Glasgow, G2 1AL

    Tel: 0 330 222 1713

    Fax: 0330 222 0053

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,glasgow

    Consular district: City and port of Glasgow

    Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Kirkwall (Orkneys)

    Mr Sinclair Robertson

    Dunkirk

    Shore Street

    Kirkwall, KW15 1LQ

    Tel: 01856 872 961

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,kirkwall

    Consular district: Orkney Islands

    Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Leeds/ Manchester

    Mark Green Enlarge image Mark Green (© Mark Green ) Mr Mark Green

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,leeds

    Consular district: York, Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield, Rotherham, Manchester, Districts: Selby of North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

    More information from the Honorary Consul for Leeds and Manchester, Mr Mark Green

    Dear readers,

    From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany within my district, which includes the conurbations of both Leeds and Manchester.

    Firstly, some background. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens. Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London and the Consulate General in Edinburgh in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

    Please note that I am not able to take in/ process visa applications. For all visa related questions please contact the German Embassy in London.

    The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

    • Passport applications

    It is possible to apply for a German passport in my Leeds office.

    Passport applications are dealt with in Leeds on Wednesdays, strictly by prior appointment. Please note that, due to the high number of enquiries, appointments might sometimes be given for a date that is up to two months after the date of request.

    The applicable fees, including an additional consular fee for applications processed in Leeds, have to be paid in British Pounds. As they depend on various circumstances (e.g. type of passport, age of applicant) they will be determined upon request or once an application has been filed.

    During the appointment, all copy documents produced by the applicant are compared against all the original documents brought by the applicant and then certified. All relevant personal data is taken digitally, including finger prints and a facial photograph, and forwarded to the Embassy in London within 24 hours. Normally, a new passport is issued in Germany within 6 weeks. The time needed for processing applications depends entirely upon the German authorities and cannot in any circumstances be influenced by the Honorary Consul or the German Embassy in London.  Following receipt by the Embassy, new passports are then forwarded directly to applicants by special delivery post.

    • Certifications

    The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds)

    When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

    The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies  (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds)

    • Name Declarations

    Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

    For all questions related to Name Declarations please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Embassy at:

    http://www.london.diplo.de/Vertretung/london/en/07/04__Name-Declarations/0-Namensrecht-Personenstandswesen.html

    • Pension matters

    Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

    • Renunciations of Inheritance

    From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00

    After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form.  In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

    The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

    If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post to the consular assistant as follows:

    Please contact the Honorary Consul by one of the following means:

    email: hk-diplo%27%de,leeds

    post: to Mrs Sue Mageean, Consular Assistant, German Honorary Consul Mark Green, c/o Gateley PLC, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS

    phone: 0113 204 1173

    Please note that calls will only be answered during the hours of 9am till 12 noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (other than on Public Holidays and annual /sick leave days). At all other times you are recommended to contact us by email.

    Appointments for passport applications take place only by prior appointment, normally on Wednesdays c/o Gateley PLC, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS, other than on Public Holidays and annual leave days.

    Appointments for all non-passport consular matters take place by prior appointment at Gateley PLC, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS normally on Thursdays between 11am to 3pm, other than on Public Holidays and annual leave days.

    Honorary Consul Green and consular assistant Mageean look forward to your visit.

  • Honorary Consul Liverpool

    Dr med Ulrich Pfeiffer

    35 Rodney Street

    Liverpool L1 9EN

    Tel: 07757 372641 (Mo-Fr: 10am-4pm)

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,liverpool

    Consular district: Cheshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Man, Isle of Anglesey, Wrexham, independent districts Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

  • Honorary Consul Newcastle upon Tyne

    Mrs Josephine Valerie Chexal

    Josephine Valerie Chexal, Honorary Consul in Newcastle upon Tyne Enlarge image Josephine Valerie Chexal, Honorary Consul in Newcastle upon Tyne (© Josephine Valerie Chexal)

    c/o Newcastle Civic Centre

    Registrar's Entrance

    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8PS

    Tel: 0191 233 6317

    Fax: 0191 284 9107

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,newcastle-upon-tyne

    Consular district: Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire excluding Selby, Tyne and Wear

    Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services (also for residents from Teesside and North Yorkshire):

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

    More information from the Honorary Consul for Newcastle upon Tyne, Mrs Josephine Valerie Chexal

    Dear readers,

    From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany within my district for biometric passport applications.

    Firstly, some background. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens.  Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London and the Consulate General in Edinburgh in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

    The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

    • Passport applications

    It is possible to apply for a German passport in my Newcastle office.

    Passport applications are dealt with in Newcastle generally on Thursdays, strictly by prior appointment. Please note that, due to the high number of enquiries, appointments might sometimes not be available for several weeks after the date of request.

    The applicable fees, including an additional consular fee for applications processed in Newcastle, have to be paid in British Pounds. As they depend on various circumstances (e.g. type of passport, age of applicant) they will be determined upon request or once an application has been filed.

    During the appointment, all copy documents produced by the applicant are compared against all the original documents brought by the applicant or copies are taken at the appointment and then certified.  All relevant personal data is taken digitally, including finger prints and a facial photograph, and forwarded to the German Consulate General in Edinburgh within 24 hours. A photographer is usually available to take the German specification photograph at the time of the appointment – cost £10. Normally, a new passport is issued in Germany within 6/7 weeks. The time needed for processing applications depends entirely upon the German authorities and cannot in any circumstances be influenced by the Honorary Consul or the German Consulate General in Edinburgh.  Following receipt by the Consulate General, new passports are then forwarded directly to applicants by special delivery post.

    • Certifications

    The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for Certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds)

    When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

    The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies  (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds).

    • Name Declarations

    Applications regarding name declarations (birth, marriage, divorce) can be undertaken by the Honorary Consul in Newcastle, including certification of all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents, unless the matter is of extreme complexity. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

    For all questions related to Name Declarations please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Consulate General at: www.edinburgh.diplo.de or the Embassy at: http://www.london.diplo.de/Vertretung/london/en/07/04__Name-Declarations/0-Namensrecht-Personenstandswesen.html

    • Pension matters

    Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

    • Renunciations of Inheritance

    From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00

    After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form.  In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

    The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

    • Visas

    Visa applications are not dealt with in Newcastle. Applicants should apply through the Consulate General in Edinburgh via the website www.edinburgh.diplo.de

    If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post to the consular assistant as follows:

    German Honorary Consul: Mrs. Josephine Chexal

    Address: c/o German Consular Office, Registrar’s Entrance, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8PS; Tel: 0191 233 6317; Email: hk-diplo%27%de,newcastle-upon-tyne

    Honorary Consul Chexal looks forward to your visit.

  • Honorary Consul Plymouth

    Mrs Angela Spatz

    The Business Centre

    2 Cattedown Road

    Plymouth, PL4 0EG

    Tel: 07582 228976

    E-Mail: hk-diplo%27%de,plymouth

    Consular district: Devon and Cornwall

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

  • Honorary Consul Southampton

    Mr Richard Cutler

      Richard Cutler, Honorary Consul in Southampton Enlarge image Richard Cutler, Honorary Consul in Southampton (© Richard Cutler)

    Totton & Eling Tennis Centre

    Aikman Lane

    Totton, Hampshire, SO40 8FT

    Tel: 023 8066 7532

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,southampton

    Consular district: Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Wiltshire

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

    More information from the Honorary Consul for Southampton, Mr Richard Cutler

    I am very proud to serve as the Honorary Consul for the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset and Wiltshire area, and have been in post since 2012. I was lucky to succeed a very well-respected and experienced Honorary Consul in Mr Roger Thornton, who fulfilled the role with grace and expertise for 37 years!

    My appointments take place on Fridays at the Totton & Eling Tennis Centre, which is the home of my business, Serving Tennis. As Honorary Consuls generally fulfil other employment alongside their role for the Federal Republic of Germany, appointments normally take place at the individual’s place of work. The role of Honorary Consul is essentially a voluntary position, and therefore duties often fit in alongside day-to-day work. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of more than 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls do not necessarily need to be German citizens.

    I often get asked about my own background and how I came to be an Honorary Consul. As a very brief summary, I studied German / Business Administration at Aston University, and then worked in Germany for a number of years as a contract manager in the logistics industry. This time took me primarily to Hamburg and Offenau (Stuttgart) and was a fascinating and immersing experience. My lifelong love has always been tennis, so when the opportunity came along to create a business in community tennis development, it did not take much thinking about! Although this meant that I did not have many opportunities to use my German language, I maintained links with the country through organisations such as the Southampton Anglo-German Society, Totton & Eling Twinning Association and British German Association. By 2012, as my business had become established and I had a little more time, I was therefore looking for a role that would allow me to both build on my links with Germany, and give me the opportunity to use my language. The Honorary Consul vacancy was therefore perfectly timed!

    Please note that I am not able to take in/ process visa applications. For all visa related questions please contact the German Embassy in London.

    The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

    • Passport applications

    It is possible to apply for a German passport at my Southampton office.  Unfortunately I cannot accept ID card applications.

    The applicable fees, including an additional consular fee for applications processed in Southampton, have to be paid in British Pounds. As they depend on various circumstances (e.g. type of passport, age of applicant) they will be determined upon request or once an application has been filed. Please note that the passport fees payable to the Embassy in London must be made via Postal Order. The additional consular fee for applications processed in Southampton is payable in cash.

    During the appointment, all original documents brought by the applicant are copied and then certified. All relevant biometric data is taken digitally, including finger prints and a facial photograph, and forwarded together with the paperwork to the Embassy in London within 24 working hours.

    A new passport is issued in Germany within 4-6 weeks for a standard application, or 2-4 weeks for an express. The time needed for processing applications depends entirely upon the German authorities and cannot in any circumstances be influenced by the Honorary Consul or the German Embassy in London.  Following receipt by the Embassy, new passports are then forwarded directly to applicant by Special Delivery post.

    • Certifications

    The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for Certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (or the comparable amount in British Pounds).

    When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany, the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, related to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

    The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies, as compared against original documents, is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (or the comparable amount in British Pounds).

    • Name Declarations

    Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is Euro 25.00 for certifying the signature and Euro 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

    For all initial questions related to Name Declarations, and to organise preparation of the document, please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Embassy at:

    http://www.uk.diplo.de/Vertretung/unitedkingdom/en/07/Naming-Law/Naming-Law-Civil-Status.html

    • Pension matters

    Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

    • Renunciations of Inheritance

    From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his / her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is Euro 20.00

    After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form.  In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

    The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

    If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply as follows:

    Appointments are available on Fridays only, strictly by prior appointment. Please note that, due to the high number of enquiries, appointments are usually being booked around 4-6 weeks ahead. For emergencies, I will always do my best to find the earliest possible appointment.

    In the first instance, please send an email to hk-diplo%27%de,southampton , containing full details of your enquiry, and including your full name and contact telephone number. I will attempt to reply to all enquiries (or call back) within 2-3 working days, and often on the same day.

    If you need to speak to me personally, please leave a message at my office on 023 8066 7532. Please note that due to other work commitments, it is often difficult for me to take consular phone calls, and therefore an email will result in the quickest possible response.

    N.B.Please be aware that my email responses sometimes fall into Spam / Junk folders (especially with Gmail). Please check these folders regularly, and if affected, mark the reply as "Not Spam". It also helps to add hk-diplo%27%de,southampton  to your address book / contacts.

    Honorary Consul Richard Cutler is looking forward to your visit!

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  • Honorary Consul Lerwick (Shetland)

    Mr Dieter Glaser

    43 Kantersted Road

    Lerwick

    Shetland Islands, ZE1 0RJ

    Tel: 01595 695956 or 0845 644 8658 (local rate)

    Fax: 01595 695956

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,lerwick

    Consular district: Shetland Islands

    Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul St Helier/ Jersey

    Mr Kenneth Soar

    Kenneth Soar, Honorary Consul in St Helier/ Jersey Enlarge image Kenneth Soar, Honorary Consul in St Helier/ Jersey (© Kenneth Soar)  

    Braeside

    St Peter's Valley

    St Lawrence

    Jersey, JE3 1EZ

    Tel: 01534280858

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,st-helier

    Consular district: Jersey (Bailiwick of Jersey)

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of emergency travel documents

  • Honorary Consul St Peter Port/Guernsey

    Mr Christopher Nicholas Betley Christopher Nicholas Betley, honorary consul in Guernsey Enlarge image Christopher Nicholas Betley, honorary consul in Guernsey (© Christopher Nicholas Betley)
     

    55 Le Bordage

    St Peter Port

    Guernsey, GY1 1BP

    Tel: 01481 723456

    Fax: 01481 724934

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,st-peter-port

    Web: www.GermanConsulinGuernsey.com

    Consular district: Guernsey, Alderney, Sark (Bailiwick of Guernsey)

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of emergency travel documents

    More information from the Honorary Consul for St Peter Port, Mr Christopher Nicholas Betley

    Dear readers,

    From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany within the Bailiwick of Guernsey (including the islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm).

    Firstly, some background. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 18 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens. Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom/Channel Islands and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom/Channel Islands, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London (and the Consulate General in Edinburgh) in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

    The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

    • Passport and visa applications

    It is NOT possible to apply for a German passport or visa from my Guernsey office. Applications should be directed to the German Embassy in London, as detailed in the relevant section of this website.

    However and in cases of emergency (e.g. lost or stolen passport), I can issue a German Emergency Travel Document which enables the holder to return to Germany.

    • Certifications

    The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds).

    When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

    The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds).

    • Name Declarations

    Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

    For all questions related to Name Declarations please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Embassy at: http://www.london.diplo.de/Vertretung/london/en/07/04__Name-Declarations/0-Namensrecht-Personenstandswesen.html

    • Pension matters

    Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

    • Renunciations of Inheritance

    From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00.

    After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form.  In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

    The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

    If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post.

United Kingdom

  • German Embassy London

    Address:

    Embassy of the Federal Republic Germany

    23 Belgrave Square

    London, SW1X 8PZ

    Tel: 020 7824 1300

    Fax: 020 7824 1449

    E-Mail: Contact Form

    Opening times: Monday - Friday only with appointment

    Consular district: Avon, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Clwyd, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devon, Dyfed, Dorset, Essex, South Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, West Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Gwent, Gwynedd, Hampshire, Hereford and Worcester, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Greater London, Merseyside, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Powys, Salop, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

    Visa, Passport, ID card and Consular Services

  • Consulate General Edinburgh

    Address:

    Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

    16 Eglinton Crescent

    Edinburgh, EH12  5DG

    Tel: 0131 337 2323

    Fax: 0131 346 1578

    Web: www.edinburgh.diplo.de

    Opening times: Monday to Friday: 9:00 - 11:30 am

    Consular district: Scotland and the following counties in North England: Cumbria, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton on Tees, Tyne and Wear (Tyneside), as well as North Yorkshire with the exception of Selby and York.

  • Honorary Consul Aberdeen

    Mr Graeme Edward

    Ledingham Chalmers LLP, Solicitors

    Johnstone House

    52-54 Rose Street

    Aberdeen, AB10 1HA

    Tel: 01224 408 608

    Fax: 01224 408 403

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,aberdeen

    Consular district: City and port of Aberdeen

    Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

  • Honorary Consul Barrow-upon-Humber

    Mr Sascha Kripgans

    Wood Lea

    Westoby Lane

    Barrow upon Humber, DN19 7DJ

    Tel: 01469 531388

    Mobile: 07793 204890

    Fax: 01469 531648

    Email:  hk-diplo%27%de,barrow_upon_humber  

    Consular district: East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire und Nottinghamshire, Nottingham

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior apppointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Birmingham/ Coventry

    Mrs Kirin Kalsi

    c/o E.ON UK plc

    Westwood Way

    Westwood Business Park

    Coventry, CV4 8LG

    Tel: 02476 193000

    Fax: 02476 425248

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,coventry

    Consular district: West Midlands

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Belfast

    Angela Vaupel-Schwittay Enlarge image Angela Vaupel-Schwittay (© Angela Vaupel-Schwittay) Mrs Angela Vaupel-Schwittay

    3 Apollo Road

    Portstewart BT55 7PX

    Co. Londonderry

    Northern Ireland

    Tel: +44 (0)7906 672175

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,belfast

    Consular district: Northern Ireland

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is necessary.


    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Bristol

    Mr Timothy Mark Illston

    Burges Salmon LLP

    One Glass Wharf

    Bristol BS2 0ZX

    Tel: +44 (0)117 939 2284

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,bristol

    Consular district: Avon, Gloucestershire, Somerset

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Cardiff

    Mrs Helga Rother-Simmonds

    Helga Rother-Simmonds, honorary consul in Cardiff Enlarge image Helga Rother-Simmonds, honorary consul in Cardiff (© Helga Rother-Simmonds)

    c/o Berry Smith Solicitors

    Haywood House

    Dumfries Place

    Cardiff, CF10 3GA

    Tel: 029 20345511

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,cardiff

    Consular district: Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Monmouthshire, Breconshire/Powys, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Undertaking German Public Notarisations

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

  • Honorary Consul Dover

    Mr John Ryeland John Ryeland, Honorary Consul in Dover Enlarge image John Ryeland, Honorary Consul in Dover (© John Ryeland)

    C/O Dover South Services

    Limekiln Street

    Dover, CT17 9EF

    Tel: 079 70564091

    Fax: 01304 240374

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,dover

    Consular district: Counties Essex, Kent, East- and West-Sussex

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    More information from the Honorary Consul for Dover, Mr John Ryeland

    Dear readers,

    From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany in Dover within my consular district, which includes the counties of Essex, Kent, East- and West Sussex.

    Firstly, some background.  The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom.  Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens.  Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom/Channel Islands and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom/Channel Islands, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London (and the Consulate General in Edinburgh) in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

    The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

    • Passport and visa applications

    It is NOT possible to apply for a German passport or visa from my Dover office. Applications should be directed to the Embassy in London, as detailed in the relevant section of this website.

    • Certifications

    The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds)

    When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

    The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies  (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds)

    • Name Declarations

    Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

    For all questions related to Name Declarations please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Embassy at: 

    http://www.london.diplo.de/Vertretung/london/en/07/04__Name-Declarations/0-Namensrecht-Personenstandswesen.html

    • Pension matters

    Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

    • Renunciations of Inheritance

    From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00

    After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form.  In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

    The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

    • If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post.

    Honorary Consul Ryeland looks forward to your visit.

  • Honorary Consul Glasgow

    Mr Michael J. Dean

    c/o Maclay Murray & Spens LLP

    1 George Square

    Glasgow, G2 1AL

    Tel: 0 330 222 1713

    Fax: 0330 222 0053

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,glasgow

    Consular district: City and port of Glasgow

    Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Kirkwall (Orkneys)

    Mr Sinclair Robertson

    Dunkirk

    Shore Street

    Kirkwall, KW15 1LQ

    Tel: 01856 872 961

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,kirkwall

    Consular district: Orkney Islands

    Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul Leeds/ Manchester

    Mark Green Enlarge image Mark Green (© Mark Green ) Mr Mark Green

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,leeds

    Consular district: York, Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield, Rotherham, Manchester, Districts: Selby of North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

    More information from the Honorary Consul for Leeds and Manchester, Mr Mark Green

    Dear readers,

    From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany within my district, which includes the conurbations of both Leeds and Manchester.

    Firstly, some background. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens. Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London and the Consulate General in Edinburgh in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

    Please note that I am not able to take in/ process visa applications. For all visa related questions please contact the German Embassy in London.

    The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

    • Passport applications

    It is possible to apply for a German passport in my Leeds office.

    Passport applications are dealt with in Leeds on Wednesdays, strictly by prior appointment. Please note that, due to the high number of enquiries, appointments might sometimes be given for a date that is up to two months after the date of request.

    The applicable fees, including an additional consular fee for applications processed in Leeds, have to be paid in British Pounds. As they depend on various circumstances (e.g. type of passport, age of applicant) they will be determined upon request or once an application has been filed.

    During the appointment, all copy documents produced by the applicant are compared against all the original documents brought by the applicant and then certified. All relevant personal data is taken digitally, including finger prints and a facial photograph, and forwarded to the Embassy in London within 24 hours. Normally, a new passport is issued in Germany within 6 weeks. The time needed for processing applications depends entirely upon the German authorities and cannot in any circumstances be influenced by the Honorary Consul or the German Embassy in London.  Following receipt by the Embassy, new passports are then forwarded directly to applicants by special delivery post.

    • Certifications

    The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds)

    When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

    The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies  (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds)

    • Name Declarations

    Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

    For all questions related to Name Declarations please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Embassy at:

    http://www.london.diplo.de/Vertretung/london/en/07/04__Name-Declarations/0-Namensrecht-Personenstandswesen.html

    • Pension matters

    Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

    • Renunciations of Inheritance

    From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00

    After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form.  In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

    The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

    If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post to the consular assistant as follows:

    Please contact the Honorary Consul by one of the following means:

    email: hk-diplo%27%de,leeds

    post: to Mrs Sue Mageean, Consular Assistant, German Honorary Consul Mark Green, c/o Gateley PLC, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS

    phone: 0113 204 1173

    Please note that calls will only be answered during the hours of 9am till 12 noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (other than on Public Holidays and annual /sick leave days). At all other times you are recommended to contact us by email.

    Appointments for passport applications take place only by prior appointment, normally on Wednesdays c/o Gateley PLC, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS, other than on Public Holidays and annual leave days.

    Appointments for all non-passport consular matters take place by prior appointment at Gateley PLC, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS normally on Thursdays between 11am to 3pm, other than on Public Holidays and annual leave days.

    Honorary Consul Green and consular assistant Mageean look forward to your visit.

  • Honorary Consul Liverpool

    Dr med Ulrich Pfeiffer

    35 Rodney Street

    Liverpool L1 9EN

    Tel: 07757 372641 (Mo-Fr: 10am-4pm)

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,liverpool

    Consular district: Cheshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Man, Isle of Anglesey, Wrexham, independent districts Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

  • Honorary Consul Newcastle upon Tyne

    Mrs Josephine Valerie Chexal

    Josephine Valerie Chexal, Honorary Consul in Newcastle upon Tyne Enlarge image Josephine Valerie Chexal, Honorary Consul in Newcastle upon Tyne (© Josephine Valerie Chexal)

    c/o Newcastle Civic Centre

    Registrar's Entrance

    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8PS

    Tel: 0191 233 6317

    Fax: 0191 284 9107

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,newcastle-upon-tyne

    Consular district: Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire excluding Selby, Tyne and Wear

    Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services (also for residents from Teesside and North Yorkshire):

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

    More information from the Honorary Consul for Newcastle upon Tyne, Mrs Josephine Valerie Chexal

    Dear readers,

    From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany within my district for biometric passport applications.

    Firstly, some background. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens.  Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London and the Consulate General in Edinburgh in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

    The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

    • Passport applications

    It is possible to apply for a German passport in my Newcastle office.

    Passport applications are dealt with in Newcastle generally on Thursdays, strictly by prior appointment. Please note that, due to the high number of enquiries, appointments might sometimes not be available for several weeks after the date of request.

    The applicable fees, including an additional consular fee for applications processed in Newcastle, have to be paid in British Pounds. As they depend on various circumstances (e.g. type of passport, age of applicant) they will be determined upon request or once an application has been filed.

    During the appointment, all copy documents produced by the applicant are compared against all the original documents brought by the applicant or copies are taken at the appointment and then certified.  All relevant personal data is taken digitally, including finger prints and a facial photograph, and forwarded to the German Consulate General in Edinburgh within 24 hours. A photographer is usually available to take the German specification photograph at the time of the appointment – cost £10. Normally, a new passport is issued in Germany within 6/7 weeks. The time needed for processing applications depends entirely upon the German authorities and cannot in any circumstances be influenced by the Honorary Consul or the German Consulate General in Edinburgh.  Following receipt by the Consulate General, new passports are then forwarded directly to applicants by special delivery post.

    • Certifications

    The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for Certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds)

    When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

    The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies  (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds).

    • Name Declarations

    Applications regarding name declarations (birth, marriage, divorce) can be undertaken by the Honorary Consul in Newcastle, including certification of all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents, unless the matter is of extreme complexity. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

    For all questions related to Name Declarations please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Consulate General at: www.edinburgh.diplo.de or the Embassy at: http://www.london.diplo.de/Vertretung/london/en/07/04__Name-Declarations/0-Namensrecht-Personenstandswesen.html

    • Pension matters

    Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

    • Renunciations of Inheritance

    From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00

    After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form.  In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

    The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

    • Visas

    Visa applications are not dealt with in Newcastle. Applicants should apply through the Consulate General in Edinburgh via the website www.edinburgh.diplo.de

    If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post to the consular assistant as follows:

    German Honorary Consul: Mrs. Josephine Chexal

    Address: c/o German Consular Office, Registrar’s Entrance, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8PS; Tel: 0191 233 6317; Email: hk-diplo%27%de,newcastle-upon-tyne

    Honorary Consul Chexal looks forward to your visit.

  • Honorary Consul Plymouth

    Mrs Angela Spatz

    The Business Centre

    2 Cattedown Road

    Plymouth, PL4 0EG

    Tel: 07582 228976

    E-Mail: hk-diplo%27%de,plymouth

    Consular district: Devon and Cornwall

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

  • Honorary Consul Southampton

    Mr Richard Cutler

      Richard Cutler, Honorary Consul in Southampton Enlarge image Richard Cutler, Honorary Consul in Southampton (© Richard Cutler)

    Totton & Eling Tennis Centre

    Aikman Lane

    Totton, Hampshire, SO40 8FT

    Tel: 023 8066 7532

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,southampton

    Consular district: Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Wiltshire

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of biometric passports

    Passport application with Honorary Consuls [pdf, 101.59k]

    More information from the Honorary Consul for Southampton, Mr Richard Cutler

    I am very proud to serve as the Honorary Consul for the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset and Wiltshire area, and have been in post since 2012. I was lucky to succeed a very well-respected and experienced Honorary Consul in Mr Roger Thornton, who fulfilled the role with grace and expertise for 37 years!

    My appointments take place on Fridays at the Totton & Eling Tennis Centre, which is the home of my business, Serving Tennis. As Honorary Consuls generally fulfil other employment alongside their role for the Federal Republic of Germany, appointments normally take place at the individual’s place of work. The role of Honorary Consul is essentially a voluntary position, and therefore duties often fit in alongside day-to-day work. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of more than 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls do not necessarily need to be German citizens.

    I often get asked about my own background and how I came to be an Honorary Consul. As a very brief summary, I studied German / Business Administration at Aston University, and then worked in Germany for a number of years as a contract manager in the logistics industry. This time took me primarily to Hamburg and Offenau (Stuttgart) and was a fascinating and immersing experience. My lifelong love has always been tennis, so when the opportunity came along to create a business in community tennis development, it did not take much thinking about! Although this meant that I did not have many opportunities to use my German language, I maintained links with the country through organisations such as the Southampton Anglo-German Society, Totton & Eling Twinning Association and British German Association. By 2012, as my business had become established and I had a little more time, I was therefore looking for a role that would allow me to both build on my links with Germany, and give me the opportunity to use my language. The Honorary Consul vacancy was therefore perfectly timed!

    Please note that I am not able to take in/ process visa applications. For all visa related questions please contact the German Embassy in London.

    The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

    • Passport applications

    It is possible to apply for a German passport at my Southampton office.  Unfortunately I cannot accept ID card applications.

    The applicable fees, including an additional consular fee for applications processed in Southampton, have to be paid in British Pounds. As they depend on various circumstances (e.g. type of passport, age of applicant) they will be determined upon request or once an application has been filed. Please note that the passport fees payable to the Embassy in London must be made via Postal Order. The additional consular fee for applications processed in Southampton is payable in cash.

    During the appointment, all original documents brought by the applicant are copied and then certified. All relevant biometric data is taken digitally, including finger prints and a facial photograph, and forwarded together with the paperwork to the Embassy in London within 24 working hours.

    A new passport is issued in Germany within 4-6 weeks for a standard application, or 2-4 weeks for an express. The time needed for processing applications depends entirely upon the German authorities and cannot in any circumstances be influenced by the Honorary Consul or the German Embassy in London.  Following receipt by the Embassy, new passports are then forwarded directly to applicant by Special Delivery post.

    • Certifications

    The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for Certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (or the comparable amount in British Pounds).

    When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany, the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, related to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

    The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies, as compared against original documents, is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (or the comparable amount in British Pounds).

    • Name Declarations

    Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is Euro 25.00 for certifying the signature and Euro 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

    For all initial questions related to Name Declarations, and to organise preparation of the document, please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Embassy at:

    http://www.uk.diplo.de/Vertretung/unitedkingdom/en/07/Naming-Law/Naming-Law-Civil-Status.html

    • Pension matters

    Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

    • Renunciations of Inheritance

    From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his / her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is Euro 20.00

    After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form.  In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

    The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

    If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply as follows:

    Appointments are available on Fridays only, strictly by prior appointment. Please note that, due to the high number of enquiries, appointments are usually being booked around 4-6 weeks ahead. For emergencies, I will always do my best to find the earliest possible appointment.

    In the first instance, please send an email to hk-diplo%27%de,southampton , containing full details of your enquiry, and including your full name and contact telephone number. I will attempt to reply to all enquiries (or call back) within 2-3 working days, and often on the same day.

    If you need to speak to me personally, please leave a message at my office on 023 8066 7532. Please note that due to other work commitments, it is often difficult for me to take consular phone calls, and therefore an email will result in the quickest possible response.

    N.B.Please be aware that my email responses sometimes fall into Spam / Junk folders (especially with Gmail). Please check these folders regularly, and if affected, mark the reply as "Not Spam". It also helps to add hk-diplo%27%de,southampton  to your address book / contacts.

    Honorary Consul Richard Cutler is looking forward to your visit!

Islands

  • Honorary Consul Lerwick (Shetland)

    Mr Dieter Glaser

    43 Kantersted Road

    Lerwick

    Shetland Islands, ZE1 0RJ

    Tel: 01595 695956 or 0845 644 8658 (local rate)

    Fax: 01595 695956

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,lerwick

    Consular district: Shetland Islands

    Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

  • Honorary Consul St Helier/ Jersey

    Mr Kenneth Soar

    Kenneth Soar, Honorary Consul in St Helier/ Jersey Enlarge image Kenneth Soar, Honorary Consul in St Helier/ Jersey (© Kenneth Soar)  

    Braeside

    St Peter's Valley

    St Lawrence

    Jersey, JE3 1EZ

    Tel: 01534280858

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,st-helier

    Consular district: Jersey (Bailiwick of Jersey)

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of emergency travel documents

  • Honorary Consul St Peter Port/Guernsey

    Mr Christopher Nicholas Betley Christopher Nicholas Betley, honorary consul in Guernsey Enlarge image Christopher Nicholas Betley, honorary consul in Guernsey (© Christopher Nicholas Betley)
     

    55 Le Bordage

    St Peter Port

    Guernsey, GY1 1BP

    Tel: 01481 723456

    Fax: 01481 724934

    Email: hk-diplo%27%de,st-peter-port

    Web: www.GermanConsulinGuernsey.com

    Consular district: Guernsey, Alderney, Sark (Bailiwick of Guernsey)

    Responsible mission: German Embassy London

    A prior appointment is recommended.

    Consular services:

    authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

    authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

    authentication of copies

    applications for the issue of emergency travel documents

    More information from the Honorary Consul for St Peter Port, Mr Christopher Nicholas Betley

    Dear readers,

    From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany within the Bailiwick of Guernsey (including the islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm).

    Firstly, some background. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 18 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens. Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom/Channel Islands and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom/Channel Islands, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London (and the Consulate General in Edinburgh) in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

    The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

    • Passport and visa applications

    It is NOT possible to apply for a German passport or visa from my Guernsey office. Applications should be directed to the German Embassy in London, as detailed in the relevant section of this website.

    However and in cases of emergency (e.g. lost or stolen passport), I can issue a German Emergency Travel Document which enables the holder to return to Germany.

    • Certifications

    The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds).

    When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

    The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds).

    • Name Declarations

    Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

    For all questions related to Name Declarations please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Embassy at: http://www.london.diplo.de/Vertretung/london/en/07/04__Name-Declarations/0-Namensrecht-Personenstandswesen.html

    • Pension matters

    Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

    • Renunciations of Inheritance

    From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00.

    After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form.  In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

    The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

    If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post.

List of Honorary Consuls