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See here what is required for a passport and how you can apply.
Read the information carefully - by being well prepared you can avoid having to come to the German Mission a second time.

How Do I Apply?

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  • Compile the necessary documents. If you lack any of the listed documents in the original, read here about how to obtain it.
  • Complete the application form
  • Book an online appointment at your German Mission.
    If a name declaration is necessary you can get two appointments on the same day.
  • Bring all documents in the original plus one simple (non-certified) copy. Incomplete applications cannot be submitted.

What are the Required Documents?

  1. Application form
  2. 1 passport photo - ATTENTION: The photo must meet biometric specifications, see here
  3. Fee
  4. Current passport and if applicable current German ID card
  5. If you were residing in Germany or elsewhere at any time since the last passport was issued to you: Deregistration letter if applicable, or proof of relocation in case of countries without registration system.
  6. South African ID or Visa (temporary or permanent residence permit)
  7. Birth certificate (South African: unabridged/full)
    A birth certificate in which your parents are not listed cannot be accepted.
  8. Proof of surname: Were you born abroad after 01.09.1986? In order to establish your surname, a German birth certificate or name certificate must be submitted. If you possess neither, read here whether a name declaration is necessary.
    Exception: Is your father is a German citizen and your mother has South African citizenship only and does she carry your father's surname? Then a name declaration is usually not necessary, instead her South African ID or passport must be presented.
  9. Do you wish to carry a married name? Please submit your marriage certificate (South African: unabridged/full) and if applicable name certificate. If you do not possess a name certificate, read here whether a name declaration is necessary.
  10. Proof of German citizenship: If you have a certificate of citizenship (even if expired), a naturalisation certificate, or letter of retention, this document must be submitted.
    If you possess neither of these documents, the following documents must be submitted, depending on which case applies to you:

    You have not become a South African citizen?

    Proof:

    1. South African ID, not older than 10 years or
    2. valid South African visa or
    3. letter “determination of citizenship status”, recently issued by the Department of Home Affairs, confirming non-acquisition of South African citizenship

    You became a South African citizen by “automatic naturalisation”?

    Proof through certificate “determination of citizenship status” issued by the Department of Home Affairs, confirming automatic naturalisation according to sec. 11A of the former South African Citizenship Act and date thereof.

    You became a South African citizen by descent?

    Proof:

    1. Your South African birth certificate and South African passport/ID of your parent or
    2. letter issued by the Department of Home Affairs confirming South African citizenship by descent/birth

    1. Birth certificate of your German parent
    2. Marriage certificate of your parents (South African: unabridged/full): always required if your mother was not German and you were born before 01.07.1993

    3. 

    South African ID of your German parent stating “non-citizen”, issued after your birth or

    letter “determination of citizenship status” for your German parent, issued by the Department of Home Affairs after your birth or

    South African death certificate of your German parent, reflecting a “non-citizen” ID number or

    South African naturalisation certificate of your German parent (if applicable with German letter of retention) or

    German naturalisation certificate of your parent, issued before your birth

    Note:
    Can you present a certificate of citizenship for your parent, which was issued after your birth? Then documents under 3. will not be required.

    1. Birth certificate of your father

    2. Marriage certificate of your parents (South African: unabridged/full)

    3.

    South African ID of your father stating “non-citizen”, issued after your birth or

    letter “determination of citizenship status” for your father, issued by the Department of Home Affairs after your birth or

    South African death certificate of your father indicating a “non-citizen” ID number or

    South African naturalisation certificate of your father (if applicable with German letter of retention) or

    German naturalisation certificate of your father, issued before your birth

    Note:
    Can you present a certificate of citizenship for your father, which was issued after your birth? Then documents under 3. will not be required.

    1. Birth certificate of your mother

    2. Marriage certificate of your parents (South African: unabridged/full) if they got married after your birth

    3.

    South African ID of your mother stating “non-citizen”, issued after your birth or

    letter “determination of citizenship status” for your mother, issued by the Department of Home Affairs after your birth or

    South African death certificate of your mother indicating a “non-citizen” ID number or

    South African naturalisation certificate of your mother (if applicable with German letter of retention) or

    German naturalisation certificate of your mother, issued before your birth

    Note:
    Can you present a certificate of citizenship for your mother, which was issued after your birth? Then documents under 3. will not be required.

    1. South African unabridged/full birth certificate of your German parent
    Were you born in wedlock before 1975, then only the South African unabridged/full birth certificate of your German father.
    Were you born out of wedlock before 1975, then only the South African unabridged/full birth certificate of your German mother.

    2. Marriage certificate of your parents (South African: unabridged/full): always required if you were born before 01.07.1993 and only your father was the German parent.

    3. Birth certificate of your German grandfather
    4. Marriage certificate of your grandparents (South African: unabridged/full)

    5.

    South African ID of your grandfather stating “non-citizen”, issued after the birth of your German parent or

    letter “determination of citizenship status” for your grandfather, issued by the Department of Home Affairs after the birth of your German parent or

    South African death certificate of your grandfather stating a “non-citizen” ID number or

    South African naturalisation certificate of your grandfather, issued after the birth of your German parent or

    German naturalisation certificate of your grandfather, issued before the birth of your German parent

    Note:
    Can you present a certificate of citizenship for your grandfather, which was issued after the birth of your parent? Then documents under 5. will not be required.
    Can you present a certificate of citizenship for your parent, which was issued after your birth? Then documents under 3.-5. will not be required.

    1.  South African unabridged/full birth certificate of your German parent
    Were you born in wedlock before 1975, then only the South African unabridged/full birth certificate of your German father.
    Were you born out of wedlock before 1975, then only the South African unabridged/full birth certificate of your German mother.

    2. Marriage certificate of your parents (South African: unabridged/full): always required if you were born before 01.07.1993 and only your father was the German parent

    3. South African unabridged/full birth certificate of your German grandfather

    4. Marriage certificate of your grandparents (South African: unabridged/full)

    5. Birth certificate of your great grandfather
    6. Marriage certificate of your great grandparents (South African: unabridged/full)

    7.

    South African ID of your great grandfather stating “non-citizen”, issued after the birth of your grandfather or

    letter “determination of citizenship status” for your great grandfather, issued by the Department of Home Affairs after the birth of your grandfather or

    South African death certificate of your great grandfather indicating “non-citizen” ID number or

    South African naturalisation certificate of your great grandfather, issued after the birth of your grandfather or

    German naturalisation certificate of your great grandfather, issued before the birth of your grandfather

    Note:
    Can you present a certificate of citizenship for your great grandfather, which was issued after the birth of your grandfather? Then documents under 7. will not be required.
    Can you present a certificate of citizenship for your grandfather, which was issued after the birth of your parent? Then documents under 5. will not be required.
    Can you present a certificate of citizenship for your parent, which was issued after your birth? Then documents under 3.-5. will not be required.

    All birth certificates (South African: unabridged/full) and all marriage certificates (South Africa: unabridged/full) back to the last ancestor born in Germany must be presented. For all ancestors born before 1975, only the fathers are of note.

    In addition, proof must be presented as to the fact that the last ancestor born in Germany did not acquire a foreign citizenship, or that he only did so after the birth of his children.

    Note:

    If you can present a certificate of citizenship for any of your ancestors, the case will be treated as if that ancestor was born in Germany. Check the matching case above (e.g. If a far removed ancestor was last born in Germany, but you possess a certificate of citizenship for your grandfather, then check the case “grandfather not born in South Africa (but for example in Germany)”. It will be sufficient to submit the certificate of citizenship and the documents listed there.


    Submitting the following documents of ancestors from whom you derive German citizenship may facilitate and speed up the application:
    - Certificates of citizenship (even after date of validity)
    - earlier German passports and/or ID cards
    - “Vertriebenenausweis gem. §15 Bundesvertriebenengesetz”
    - “Spätaussiedlerbescheinigung gem. §15 Bundesvertriebenengesetz”
    - German naturalisation certificates

Note: Not all possible cases and scenarios can be represented here. Further documentation might be required depending on your individual case.

What Happens after I submitted my Application?

If all required documents are submitted, we will take your fingerprints. After your appointment, we will process your application and order the printing of your passport.

It will take approximately 6-8 weeks for your passport to be produced and delivered to South Africa. Please make sure to apply at least 3 months before the end of validity of your previous passport. If you require a passport more urgently (proof required, e.g. flight bookings, medical certificates) you may apply for a temporary passport, the issuing of which depends on whether the above listed requirements are met.

Once your passport has arrived at the German Mission, you will be informed by email.

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