Passport for Adults - Renewal

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German passports, © picture alliance / Arco Images


Do you still have a valid German passport or has your last German passport expired no longer than 15 years ago? Here you can find out how to apply for your new biometric passport.

German passports contain a chip with the holder's fingerprints, which will be taken electronically at the time of the application. It is required that every applicant appears in person at the German Foreign Mission.

It is no longer possible to extend passports. Instead you will be issued a new document.

First time application or renewal?

If your last German passport expired more than 15 years ago, your application will be treated as a first time application. For further Information please refer to: first time application

If your German passport is still valid or if your last German passport expired no longer than 15 years ago, please continue reading.

Who can apply for a German Passport?

Only German citizens may apply for a German passport. If you do not know whether you are (still) a German citizen and eligible to apply for a German passport, please read the following information on German citizenship:

How long does it take to get my passport?

Passports are printed in Berlin by the Bundesdruckerei.

The processing time for passports and ID-cards is at present approx. 8-10 weeks. If you submit your passport application at one of our Honorary Consul's offices, in Montreal (consular days) or at the Embassy in Ottawa the processing time will take approx. 2 weeks longer. You have the option to apply for an express passport, which can take up to 4 weeks (depending on the arrival of the diplomatic mail bag from Germany) for an additional fee of approx. 50,- CAD.

How long is my passport valid?

If you are younger than 24 years of age your passport will be valid for 6 years. If you are 24 years or older it will be valid for 10 years.

What documents do I need for a passport application?

Copies certified by a notary public or a German public authority can take the place of an original for many documents. However, passports, ID Cards, Canadian PR Cards or visas and all citizenship documents (incl. naturalization/citizenship certificates and so-called “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung”) have to be presented as originals!

Documents not issued in German, English or French have to be translated into German or English.

Please submit the following documents when you apply for your passport in person:
All documents have to be handed in as original + one copy!
The original documents will be returned to you after they have been compared with the copies.


Completed and signed application form:

Passport application form PDF / 614 KB


One biometric passport picture, good contrast. Please do not cut the passport pictures.

Photo requirements for German passports


Last German passport (If your last passport was lost or stolen, a police report documenting the loss is required.)


Birth certificate

Canadian birth certificates have to be birth certificates with parental information. The “Short-Form” birth certificate is not sufficient. The following birth certificate is required depending on the province:


Name of the birth certificate


Certified Copy of Birth Registration / Statement of Live Birth


Copy of an Act of Birth / Copie d’acte de naissance


Certified Copy of the Registration of Birth


Certified Electronic Extract of a Birth Registration (since 01.01.2000),
Certified Copy of Birth Registration (before 01.01.2000)


Certified Copy of the Original Birth Registration


Photocopy of a Registration of Birth


If you were naturalized in Canada: Canadian certificate of citizenship + “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung”, permit to retain German citizenship when adopting another citizenship


If you live in Canada as a foreigner: valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card OR valid visa OR Search of Citizenship Records (issued within the last 3 months)


If applicable: your marriage certificate (If married in Canada, the official certificate from the registrar’s office / Directeur de l’état civil is required. Documents issued by a church or other religious institution are not sufficient.)


If your name has changed since your birth: a certificate of name issued by a German civil registry OR (for late repatriates) “Angleichungserklärung” or “Registrierschein” showing the name change.


If the address in your last passport is still a German residence: proof of deregistration (“Abmeldebescheinigung”)


Fees: see Passport fees


XPresspost prepaid envelope “standard size” (personal pick-up of passports is only available in Vancouver).

Please note: Shipments within one province or between ON and Q or between BC, AB and SK can be XPresspost prepaid envelope regional, all others require XPresspost envelope national. We recommend to buy and affix the extra sticker for delivery against signature only.


Signed notice on the use of mail services:

Use of mail services form PDF / 345 KB

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Where can I apply for a German passport?

If you are not registered in Germany you may apply at the German Foreign Mission that serves your area.

You may also apply with one of our Honorary Consuls Offices. Additional fees may apply.

Please visit our service overview to find the mission that serves your area.

Please note that you must book an appointment:

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The fee is to be paid at the time of your application at the German Mission. Consular fees are fixed by law in EUROS. You may pay the fee by credit card (Visa & Mastercard, the amount will be…

Passport fees

Please book an appointment for the consular services at the German Consulates in Toronto and Vancouver online in advance for services that require a personal appointment and cannot be done via mail.

Book an appointment with the Consular Section

Please use this form to contact us in consular matters

Contact in consular matters

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