Passport applications for persons over the age of 18


Passport applications for persons over the age of 18

Biometric passports and ID cards can only be applied for in person upon appointment since fingerprints are required. It is no longer possible to extend existing passports or ID cards. Biometric passports/ID cards are printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin.

You can keep your existing passport/ID card during processing time, if you need to travel and the passport or ID-card is still valid

Biometric passports/ID cards issued to applicants under 24 are valid for 6 years; for applicants over 24 the validity is 10 years.

Please note that your application can only be accepted if the documents below are complete. If the documentation is incomplete you might have to make a new appointment.

The following is required for an application:

(Please provide the original and one photocopy per document)

  • Application form Download passport application form [pdf, 113.26k]
  • Current Passport and/or identity card
  • Full (‘unabridged’) Birth certificate (if in another language, please also provide a translation into German or English)
  • Marriage certificate/extract of German family book, if applicable (if in another language, please provide a German or English translation of the certificate)
  • Confirmation of name declaration, if applicable (see below for more information)
  • German naturalisation certificate, if applicable
  • PHD certificate, if applicable and if you wish to have your title (“Dr”) entered in the passport
  • De-registration form (‘Abmeldebestätigung’) from your last local authority (only applicable if the last place of residence was in Germany or if a German place of residence is still shown in the passport)
  • Recent proof of address in the UK (e.g. council tax/ utility bill or bank statement)
  • Two recent, identical, biometric passport photos with a bright background. click here for information on new passport photo regulations
  • Special delivery envelope (self-addressed and pre-paid up to 500g - obtainable at any post office), if postal delivery is preferred
  • Fingerprints for biometric passports, to be taken at the time of application


A list of up-to-date fees for our consular services can be found here.

Appointment booking

Applicants can file their passport application with the Embassy in London, the Consulat Generale in Edinburgh, as well as with the Honorary Consuls in Aberdeen, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Plymouth, Southampton and Newcastle.

Click here for further information.

Name declarations

If one of the following applies to you, you may have to do a name declaration before applying for a passport:

  • You got married and would like to apply for a passport in your new name
  • You got divorced and you would like to apply for a passport in your previous name

Please click here for information on the name declaration process.

Last passport issued in London or Manchester?

Even if your last passport has been issued in London or the former General Consulate in Manchester you will have to apply in person. If for medical reasons it is not possible to apply in person you might be entitled to apply for a temporary passport by post. In any case, please contact the passport section beforehand.

Since we are now filing all applications electronically we ask you to bring the above mentioned documents (apart from the de-registration form) with you again.

Request an application form by post

The application form and other information concerning a passport application can also be requested directly from the Embassy: 

Passport and ID card Section
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
1-6 Chesham Place, Belgrave Mews West
London SW1X 8PZ

Kindly note that documents can only be forwarded when the applicants send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Requests without a self-addressed, stamped envelope cannot be processed.

Passport & ID card applications for persons over the age of 18

Click here for an information sheet regarding Passport and ID card applications for persons over the age of 18

Please note:

The information provided above referes to most routine cases presented to German Missions in the United Kingdom. Due to the complexity of the German passport law and the multitude of conceivable case scenarios each individual case may have to be treated differently and further documents can be requested.

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Passport application Form

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Passport & ID card applications for persons over the age of 18

Click here for an information sheet regarding Passport and ID card applications for persons over the age of 18

Contact us

Passport and ID card Section LONDON

23 Belgrave Square



Phone: 020 7824 1426

Phone times

Mon – Thu

8:15am - 12:00 noon

1:30pm - 4pm


8:15am - 12.00 noon

Passport and ID card collection (no appointment):

Mon – Thu

8:15am – 10.45am

1:15pm – 2:30pm 


8:15am – 10:45am

Contact us via email

Passport and ID card Section EDINBURGH

16 Eglinton Crescent


EH12  5DG

Opening times

Mon – Fri

9:30am - 11:30am

Contact us via email

Please note: Please note that all passport applicants have to make an appointment and apply in person. Please click below to arrange an appointment.

Appointment booking

Passport photos

Passport Photos

Please read the passport photo requirements carefully before submitting your passport application.

Appointment Booking

Appointment booking

Appointments can only be booked online via the German Foreign Office. If you wish to apply for a passport and a German ID card at the same time, you do not need 2 appointments, one for both documents is sufficient.