Passport applications for persons under the age of 18

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Passport applications for persons under the age of 18

There are two types of passports for minors:

1) Biometric passports: biometric passports can be issued from birth onwards and are mandatory from the age of 12. We recommend applying for a European passport since some countries do not accept the simpler (non-biometric) children’s passport (Kinderreisepass). The biometric passport for minors is valid for 6 years and are printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin.

2) Children’s passports (Kinderreisepässe): Children’s passports are simpler (non-biometric) types of passports which will be issued by the Mission on the day of application. Children's passports have replaced the older, green version of paper travel documents (Kinderausweise) and are valid for 6 years but will not be issued beyond the child’s 12th birthday. With this passport you will not be able to enter the US without a visa.

Both types of passports can only be applied for in person (parents and child) upon appointment. Extensions of existing documents are no longer possible. Since 26 June 2012 every child needs their own German travel document. Entries in their parents’ passports are not valid anymore and will not allow them to travel. You can keep your existing passport during processing time, if you need to travel and the passport is still valid.

ID cards can be applied for without parents’ consent from the age of 16 onwards.

Important for FIRST TIME APPLICATIONS: Sometimes it is necessary to do a name declaration before you can apply for the first passport for your child. Please read the information provided further down on this page.

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]
  • Signatures are required as follows:
      - Children born to married parents: both parents
      - Children born out of marriage, if both parents have custody: both parents
      - Children of separated parents: the parent who has custody. Please provide the court custody order.
      - Children for whom a guardian has been appointed: the guardian.
  • If one parent cannot be present, the application can still proceed with just one parent attending, provided the signature of the absent parent has been certified on the 2nd page of the passport application and the original passport or a certified passport copy is enclosed. Important: Certifications must be done either by a German Honorary Consul, a German Mission Abroad or a notary public (with seal).

    Custody holders who are not in the UK can give their written consent which should include a copy of their ID / passport. The signature should be authenticated by a German authority or mission abroad.

  • Child’s current passport/ID card, if applicable
  • Child’s birth certificate - the full birth certificate (‘unabridged’) containing details of parents is required. if in another language, please also provide a translation into German or English.
  • for children who were born after 01/01/2000 in Germany to foreign parents and who became German automatically by law (§ 4 Abs 3 of the German Nationality Act (Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz) please provide a certificate from the German registry office where the child was born confirming the German citizenship(‘Auszug aus dem Geburtenregister’).
  • Valid passports/ identity cards of both parents.
  • Marriage certificate/extract of family book if applicable (if in another language, please provide a German or English translation of the certificate)
  • If parents are not married, please provide: birth certificate of mother.
  • If applicable: child’s German naturalisation certificate or parent’s naturalisation certificate
  • If the child or one of the parents has made a name declaration, please bring the confirmation of name declaration.
  • Most recent German local authority de-registration form (‘Abmeldebestätigung’) – only if the last place of residence was in Germany or if a German place of residence is shown in the passport. Not applicable if the child was born abroad.)
  • Recent proof of address in the UK (e.g. council tax/ utility bill or bank statement)
  • Two recent, identical, passport photos with a bright background. From the age of 6, biometric photos are required. Please check information sheet for our requirements.
  • A self-addressed Special Delivery envelope (pre-paid up to 500g - obtainable at any post office), if postal delivery is preferred.
  • Fingerprints (for European passports of children aged 6 and over), to be provided at the time of application at the Embassy.
  • Signature of the child (from age 10 onwards)

Fees

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

IMPORTANT: If you want to apply for your child’s first passport and one of the following statements is applicable to you, you may have to do a name declaration before you can apply for the passport:

  • You are married but you do not bear the same married name in your passports
  • You are not married and want to apply for your child’s passport in the father’s name

For more information and appointment booking please contact the department for name declarations by clicking here.

Passport/ID card application for persons under the age of 18

Click here for an information sheet regarding passport/ID card application for persons under 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 application for persons under the age of 18

Click here for an information sheet regarding passport/ID card application for persons under the age of 18.

Important notice

Since 26 June 2012 every child needs their own German passport. Entries in their parents passports are not valid anymore and will not allow them to travel. Please find more information here (in Germany only).

Contact us

Passport and ID card Section LONDON

23 Belgrave Square

London

SW1X 8PZ

Phone: 020 7824 1426

Phone times

Mon – Thu

8:15am - 12:00 noon

1:30pm - 4pm

Fri

8:15am - 12.00 noon

Passport and ID card collection (no appointment):

Mon – Thu

8:15am – 10.45am

1:15pm – 2:30pm 

Fr

8:15am – 10:45am

Contact us via email

Passport and ID card Section EDINBURGH

16 Eglinton Crescent

Edinburgh

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.