Passports for Minors


Children require their own travel documents when traveling to other countries. All passport applications must be filed in person, this includes children.

General information

The German Consulates in Toronto and Vancouver issue passports for children.

A passport issued for a child will be valid for a maximum of 6 years.

Passport applications must be filed in person at the Consulate or certain Honorary Consuls office responsible for your consular district.

Do I need a Name Declaration for my child?

Please be aware that the surname on a non-German birth certificate is not always valid for German jurisdiction.

If one of the following statements applies to your child, you will have to declare your child's surname for the German jurisdiction by submitting a Name Declaration before you apply for a German passport.

  • Your child is born after August 31, 1986, the parents were married at the time of birth, and have different surnames, or one of them uses a hyphenated or compound surname.
  • the child's parents were not married at the time of birth and you would like to use the surname of the father.
  • the child was born in Québec or the parents got married in Québec.

  • Due to the complexity of the German name law, we advise you to get in touch with the consulate beforehand to determine whether your child needs a name declaration, even if it does not fall under these categories.

More about name declaration for a child

Who has to apply for my child's passport?


Both parents / all legal guardians and the child must be present at the consulate during the passport application.

If a parent / legal guardian cannot be present, the signature on the application form has to be verified by one of the following authorities ONLY: A German authority in Germany, a German diplomatic representation (embassy, consulate or honorary consulate), a German notary public (Notar) or a Canadian notary public.

If a parent has sole custody of the child, a court order is required as proof.

How long does it take to get my passport?

It may take 8 to 10 weeks (up to 12 weeks for first time applications) for the passport to be sent to you, as passports are printed in Berlin by the Bundesdruckerei. Please note that it is not possible first time applicants to apply for an Express passport, as the citizenship verification takes longer in those cases.

Biometric passport or child's passport (“Kinderreisepass”)?

As an alternative to the biometric passport, children can be issued a special child's passport (Kinderrreisepass) up to the age of 12. A child's passport is cheaper and can usually be issued within 2 to 3 weeks. It is also possible to update the photo in a child's passport which is not possible with a biometric passport.

However, please bear in mind that the child’s passport is not recognized by all countries. Among others entry to the U.S. is not possible with only a child's passport. Before embarking on foreign travel, you should duly inquire whether the child’s entry and transit is even possible with a child’s passport.

An application for a child's passport is only possible in person at the Consulates General in Toronto and Vancouver.

What documents do I need?

All documents have to be handed in as original + one copy.

Copies certified by a notary public or a German public authority can take the place of an original for most documents. Passports and Canadian PR Cards or visa have to be presented as originals.

All birth certificates must state the names of the parents (no „short form“)!

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

Please submit the following documents when you apply in person:


Completed application form signed by both parents / legal guardians

Information regarding passport application for a minor PDF / 296 KB

Passport application form for minors PDF / 559 KB


One passport picture, good contrast. Starting at the age of six, the picture must conform to biometric Standards.

Photo requirements for German passports PDF / 404 KB

Photo requirements for children under the age of 10 PDF / 368 KB


Last German passport or other German ID (If applicable)


Birth certificate (If child was born in Canada, a “Registration of Live Birth” / “Certified Copy of Birth Registration“ / ”Declaration de naissance” is required.)


If applicable: marriage certificate of parents (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.)


Birth certificate of German parent/s (If born in Canada, a “Registration of Live Birth” / “Certified copy of Birth Registration” / “Declaration de naissance” is required.)


Valid passports of both parents (German parents have to present a valid German passport or “Personalausweis”)

valid Canadian Permanent Resident card OR valid visa OR Search of Citizenship Records OR Canadian passport of both parents
If the German parent/s and/or the child were naturalized in Germany: certificate of naturalization (“Einbürgerungsurkunde”) OR “Registrierschein” (for late repatriates)

If the German parent/s and/or the child were naturalized in Canada: Canadian certificate of citizenship + “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung”, permit to retain German citizenship


If the child lives in Canada as a foreigner: valid Canadian Permanent Resident card OR valid visa OR Search of Citizenship Records


If applicable: child's Canadian passport


If applicable: a certificate of name issued by a German civil registry (to find out whether the name of the child might not yet be established according to German law, please see our website.)


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



1. biometric passport for applicants under the age of 24: approx. CAN $ 105,- (depending on the exchange rate). An additional fee of approx. CAN $ 100,- will apply for applications submitted with an Honorary Consul.

2. child's passport: approx. CAN $ 50,- (depending on the exchange rate).


If you want the new passport to be sent my mail:
(Please note that personal pick-up of passports is available in Toronto and Vancouver only!):

XPresspost prepaid envelope (Standard size)

Shipments within ON or BC require XPresspost prepaid envelope – regional.

Shipments to other provinces require XPresspost prepaid envelope – national


Signed notice on the use of mail Services

Use of mail services form PDF / 99 KB

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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20 Canadian Dollars
20 Canadian Dollars © Bank of Canada
applicants above 24 years
ca C$140,-*
applicants under 24 years
ca C$105,-*

*depends on currency exchange rate.

Fees are payable in cash in C$. We cannot accept cheques or debit cards. Only the Consulates in Toronto and Vancouver accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard).

The office of the Honorary Consuls may charge additional fees.

Please book an appointment for all consular services offered at the German Consulates in Toronto and Vancouver online in advance.

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