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Here you can find information on the application process for a German passport for adults.

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Please note that only completed applications will be accepted. In order to ensure that your application may be processed without delay, please submit the following documents in original and one copy (no certification needed). All applicants must check the categories listed below.

Required documents

  • A duly completed passport application form (please ensure that you sign the form)
  • One recent passport photograph according to biometric specifications
  • Current passport
  • South African ID-book or temporary/permanent residence permit
  • Unabridged Birth Certificate / Full Birth Certificate
  • Unabridged Marriage Certificate (if your name changed through marriage or if you wish to change it)
  • if applicable, a Name Declaration
  • Deregistration certificate from the German registration office (“Abmeldebescheinigung“ vom Einwohnermeldeamt), if German residency is registered in the previous passport
  • if applicable, German Certificate of Naturalisation (“Einbürgerungsurkunde“) or the German “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung“ and South African Certificate of Naturalisation
  • If you possess a citizenship certificate (even if expired), please submit it with your application
  • further documents as per your category listed below

Processing a passport can be facilitated if you possess any of the following documents which prove the citizenship of family members or ancestors, from whom you derive your German citizenship:

  • Citizenship certificates (even if expired)
  • previous German passports or IDs
  • “Vertriebenenausweise“ according to §15 of the Bundesvertriebenengesetz (old version untill December 31, 1992) or
    “Spätaussiedlerbescheinigung“ according to §15 of the Bundesvertriebenengesetz (newest Version)
  • Naturalisation certificate

Processing a passport can take from six to eight weeks. Please submit your application approximately three months before your current passport expires. If there are compelling reasons (valid proof needed, eg. flight tickets, medical certificate) for you to receive a passport on short notice, a temporary passport can be issued when you apply for a new passport.

Please note: Please check the applicable category to ascertain which additional documents you must submit. In individual cases you may be asked to submit further documentation.


In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

1. South African ID-Book, not older than 10 years, or a recently issued letter "Determination of Citizenship Status" from the Department of Home Affairs to prove that South African citizenship was never acquired.

2. If applicant acquired South African citizenship through automatic naturalisation (according to Section 11 A of the South African citizenship law), please submit the applicable certificate by the Department of Home Affairs (application form: BI 529).

In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

1. Birth certificate of the German parent.
2. Parents' unabridged marriage certificate.
3. If applicable: Determination of Citizenship Status from the Department of Home Affairs, to prove that the German parent never applied for or acquired South African citizenship.
4.If the German parent applied for and acquired South African citizenship, the South African naturalisation certificate must be submitted to prove that naturalisation occurred after the applicant's birth or that permission to retain German citizenship (Beibehaltungsgenehmigung) was granted before South African citizenship was acquired.

Please note:
The documents under 3 and 4 are generally not necessary if the parent can produce a certificate of citizenship (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis) that was issued after the applicant's birth.

In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

1. Father's birth certificate.
2. Parents' unabridged marriage certificate.
3. if applicable: Determination of Citizenship Status from the Department of Home Affairs, to prove that the father never applied for or acquired South African citizenship.
4. If the father applied for and acquired South African citizenship, the South African naturalisation certificate must be submitted to prove that naturalisation occurred after the applicant's birth or that permission to retain German citizenship (Beibehaltungsgenehmigung) was granted before South African citizenship was acquired.

Please note:
The documents under 3 and 4 are generally not necessary if the father can produce a certificate of citizenship (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis) that was issued after the applicant's birth.

In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

1. Certificate of the acquisition of German citizenship through declaration.


In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

1. Grandfather's birth certificate.
2. Grandparents' unabridged marriage certificate.
3. Unabridged birth certificate, or full birth certificate, of the parent from whom the applicant derives German citizenship.
4. Parents' unabridged marriage certificate.
5. If applicable: Determination of Citizenship Status from the Department of Home Affairs, to prove that the German grandfather never applied for or acquired South African citizenship.
6. If the grandfather applied for and acquired South African citizenship, the South African naturalisation certificate must be submitted to prove that naturalisation occurred after the birth of the parent from whom the applicant derives German citizenship or that permission to retain German citizenship (Beibehaltungsgenehmigung) was granted before South African citizenship was acquired.

Please note:
The documents under 5 and 6 are not necessary if the grandfather, or the parent from whom the applicant derives German citizenship, can produce a certificate of citizenship (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis) that was issued after the parent's or applicant's birth.

In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

1. Great-grandfather's birth certificate.
2. Great-grandparents' unabridged marriage certificate.
3. Grandfather's unabridged birth certificate or full birth certificate.
4. Grandparents' unabridged marriage certificate.
5. Unabridged birth certificate, or full birth certificate, of the parent from whom the applicant derives German citizenship.
6. Parents' unabridged marriage certificate.
7. If applicable: Determination of Citizenship Status from the Department of Home Affairs, to prove that the German great-grandfather never applied for or acquired South African citizenship.
8. If the great-grandfather applied for and acquired South African citizenship, the South African naturalisation certificate must be submitted to prove that naturalisation occurred after the birth of the grandparent from whom the applicant derives German citizenship or that permission to retain German citizenship (Beibehaltungsgenehmigung) was granted before South African citizenship was acquired.

Please note:
Should any of the relatives possess a German certificate of citizenship (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis), the matter will be processed as if the relative was born in Germany. If that is the case, please refer to the applicable category (e.g. the great-grandfather was born in Germany, but the father possesses a certificate of citizenship, Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis; the applicant would refer to the category “Father was not born in South Africa“). It is sufficient to submit the documents listed in the applicable category, but only if the certificate of citizenship (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis) is also submitted.


Forms, Fees, Opening Hours and Contact Details

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1. Normal fees:

Biometric passport (Applicant over 24 years)
81,-- Euro
Biometric passport (Applicant under 24 years)
58,50 Euro
Temporary passport
39,-- Euro
Children's passport
26,-- Euro

2. If you are still registered in Germany an additional fee ("Unzuständikeitszuschlag") will be charged. The fees are:

Biometric passport (Applicant over 24 years)
141,-- Euro
Biometric passport (Applicant under 24 years)
96,-- Euro
Temporary passport
65,-- Euro
Children's passport
39,-- Euro

3. The biometric passport may also be issued with 48 pages, instead of 32 (recommended if frequent traveller), and/or as an express passport (processing time is about three weeks, compared to about eight weeks). The following additional fees will be charged for this service:

Biometric passport (48 pages)
22,- Euro
Express passport
32,- Euro

Name

Consular/Passport Section Pretoria

Postal address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

PASSPORT SECTION

Online appointments (no fee)

Appointment required for application

Passport collection (no appointment required):

Monday - Friday  08:00 - 11:30

Public Holidays 2018

RECEPTION

Opening hours for consular matters (excluding passport and visa issues):

Monday - Friday  08:00 - 11:30

Please make an appointment for the following consular services:

- Passport application

- visa application

- citizenship matters

- Registration of births

- Name declarations

- other civil status matters (e.g. adoption, divorce)

- Notarisation (e.g. certificate of inheritance, acknowledgement of paternity)

Contact via E-Mail


Name

Consular/Passport Section Cape Town

Postal address

Physical address: Roeland Park / e-tv Building 4 Stirling Street Entrance: top end of Stirling Street Zonnebloem 7925 (District Six) Postal address: P.O. Box 4273 Cape Town, 8000


Passport Section

Online appointments (no fee)
Application by appointment only
Passport collection (no appointment required):
Monday - Friday
8:30 - 11:30
Telephone and email enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00

Telephone
+27 (0)21 405 3052
Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)
Public Holidays 2018

Enquiries via e-mail
Further information on passports

OTHER CONSULAR SERVICES (No passport or visa

applications)

No appointment required for:

- Certification of signatures and copies

- Name declarations

- Registration of births or marriages in Germany

- Translation of drivers licenses

- "Lebensbescheinigungen"

- Confirmation of residence

Please make an appointment for the following

consular services:

- Citizenship matters (e.g. retention of German citizenship,

naturalisation, determination of German citizenship)

- other civil status matters (e.g. adoption, divorce)

- notarisation )e.g. certificate of inheritance, acknowledge-

ment of paternity)

Please make the appointment via e-mail

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 08:30 - 11:30
Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

08:00 - 16:00
Friday
08:00 - 13:00
Telephone
+27 (0)21 405 3000
Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on consular services

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Name

Honorary Consul

Head

Horst Achtzehn, Honorary Consul

Town

Durban

Tel.

+27 (0)31 266 3920

Fax

+27 (0)31 266 3925

Postal address

P.O. Box 1166,Westville,Durban 3630

Street

9 Kensington Drive,Westville,Durban 3629

Opening hours

Office hours

Mon - Fri

08:30 - 12:00

Consultation with Honorary Consul (only with appointment)

Mon - Fri
12:00 - 13:00


Contact Honorary Consul Durban



Languages

German, English

Website

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