First Time Application for Adults
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.
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 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.
· 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.
Last German passport or other German ID (If applicable)
Birth certificate (If you were born in Canada, the “Registration of Live Birth” / “Declaration de naissance” is required.)
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 (If born in Canada, the “Registration of Live Birth” / “Declaration de naissance” is required.)
German Passports of your German parent/s issued before and after the time of your birth
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
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 Record
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 (“Abmeldebescheinigung”)
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.
|If you want the new passport to be sent by mail:|
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 (part of the information package in the right column)
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.