Is a Name Declaration required?
Please be aware that the surname on a non-German birth certificate is not always valid for the German jurisdiction. Please inform yourself on our website whether a name declaration is necessary before you can apply for a German passport.
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:
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 may 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 since verification of citizenship and personal details may take 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 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!
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:
Completed and signed application form (including “additional questionnaire for first time applicants (adults))”
One biometric passport picture, good contrast. Please do not cut the passport pictures.
Last German passport or other German ID (If applicable)
Birth certificate (Canadian birth certificates must contain the parent’s information as well as information of the name – the birth certificate “birth certificate with parental information” is not sufficient, the birth certificate is required, which in Ontario, for example , is called a “Certified Copy of Birth Registration” or “Statement of Live Birth”).
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.)
Birth certificate of your German parent (Canadian birth certificates have to be birth certificates with parental information, so-called “Statement of Live Birth”.)
|German certificate of nationality (“Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis”) OR German passports of your German parent/s issued before and after the time of your birth. If you never had a German passport before, one of your German parent’s passports has to have been issued within the last 30 years.
( If you do not have the required original German passports of your German parent(s), you will have to apply for a certificate of nationality first.
|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.
If your parents and/or you were naturalized in Germany: German naturalization certificate OR “Registrierschein” (for late repatriates)
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!) OR Search of Citizenship Records (issued within the last 3 months)
If your parents were never naturalized in Canada: current OR last Canadian Permanent Resident card of your German parent/s
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 you are also a Canadian citizen: Canadian ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license)
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 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.)
If the address in your last passport is still a German residence: Proof of deregistration from Germany (“Abmeldebescheinigung”)
Fees: see Passport fees
XPresspost prepaid envelope “standard size” (personal pick-up of passports is only available in Vancouver).
Signed notice on the use of mail services
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.
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…
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.
Please use this form to contact us in consular matters