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Is this your first application for a German passport or did your last German passport expire more than 15 years ago? Please read the following information.

Is a Name Declaration required?

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 you, you will have to declare your surname for the German jurisdiction by submitting a Name Declaration before you apply for a German passport.

  • You are born after August 31, 1986, your parents were married at the time of your birth, and your parents have different surnames or one of your parents uses a hyphenated or compound surname.
  • Your parents were not married at the time of your birth and you would like to use the surname of your father.
  • You got married after March 28, 1991 and you would like to use the surname of your spouse.
  • You got married before March 28, 1991, you marriage has been divorced, and you would like to use your surname from before your marriage.
  • You are born in Québec or your parents got married in Québec.

More about the declaration of name change

Who can apply for a German Passport?

If you are a German Citizen residing in Canada, you can apply for a German passport at the competent German Foreign Mission. To determine if you have German citizenship, please read the following information:

Am I German?

How long is my passport valid?

For applicants under 24 years of age the passport will be valid for 6 years; for applicants over 24 years of age the passport will be valid for 10 years.

How long does it take to get my passport?

It might take 10 to 12 weeks 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.

You must submit your passport application in person at the German Foreign Mission.

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 visas 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 for your passport in person:

1.

Completed and signed application form (including "additional questionnaire for first time applicants (adults))"

List of documents required for first time passport application for adults PDF / 294 KB

Passport application form PDF / 614 KB

Additional questionnaire for first time applicants PDF / 29 KB

2.

One biometric passport picture, good contrast.

Photo requirements for German passports PDF / 404 KB

3.

Last German passport or other German ID (If applicable)

4.

Birth certificate (If you were born in Canada, the “Registration of Live Birth” / "Certified copy of Birth Registration" / “Declaration de naissance” is required.)

5.

If applicable: marriage certificate of your 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.)

6.

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

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Original German passports of your German parent/s issued before and after the time of your birth.

If you do not have at least one German passport of your German parent issued before your birth as well as one German passport issued after your birth either to your parent or to you, you will have to apply for a certificate of citizenship first.  )

8.
Valid passports or ID-cards of both parents (for Canadian citizens without a valid passport a valid driver's licence is sufficient). If one parent is deceased: last passport issued to said parent.
 9.

If your parents and/or you were naturalized in Germany: German naturalization certificate OR “Registrierschein” (for late repatriates)

10.

If your parents and/or you were naturalized in Canada: Canadian certificate of citizenship or commemorative certificate (letter-size format, not small plastic card issued before February 2002!)

11.

If your parents were never naturalized in Canada: current OR last Canadian Permanent Resident card of your German parent/s

12.

If you live in Canada as a foreigner: valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card OR valid visa OR Search of Citizenship Records

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If you are also a Canadian citizen: Canadian ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license)

14.

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.)

15.

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

16.

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

17.

Fees: applicants over 24 yrs: approx. CAN $ 140,- (depending on the exchange rate)

Applicants under 24 yrs: approx. CAN $ 105,- (depending on the exchange rate)

An additional fee of approx. CAN $ 100,- will apply for applications submitted with an Honorary Consul.

18.

XPresspost prepaid envelope "standard size" (personal pick-up is of passports is only available at the Consulates General in Toronto and Vancouver).
Shipments within ON or BC or between QC and ON require XPresspost prepaid envelope – regional. Shipments to other provinces require XPresspost prepaid envelope – national.

19.

Signed notice on the use of mail services

Use of mail services form PDF / 99 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.

If you are not registered in Germany you may apply at the German Foreign Mission that serves your area. 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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20 Canadian Dollars
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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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