Since November 1, 2007, the Passport Act requires applicants, without exception, to appear in person in order to apply for a German passport with biometric features.  It is no longer possible to apply for a passport by mail.

Outside of Germany, only consular posts with career consular officers may issue passports; in the US, these are the Embassy in Washington and the eight German Consulates General.

To save you the sometimes very long and costly travel to the German Missions, Honorary Consuls of the Federal Republic of Germany have been assigned in certain states without consular posts and have been equipped with the necessary hardware and software to accept passport applications, including biometric data (fingerprints).

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Apart from the regular passport fees and reimbursement of expenses for mailing the passport, the applicant will incur additional fees for identity verification in the amount of 35.00 euros, 20.00 euros for authentication of the signature on the passport application, and an additional fee of 10.00 euros for any certification of up to 10 pages of photocopies. In addition, the costs for the Honorary Consul to send your application to the appropriate German Mission must be reimbursed for up to 21.00 US dollars.

Please note that even though all fees are calculated in euros, all payments with the Honorary Consul have to be made in cash in US dollars at the German Missions' current exchange rate. It is not possible to pay with credit card at the office of the Honorary Consul or in cash in euros.

The consular post reviews your passport application and processes it further; they will contact you directly if any questions arise (i.e. regarding nationality or your legal name).

Should a name declaration be required, a fee of 25.00 euros will have to be paid for authentication of the signature.

To find out whether the Honorary Consul in the district where you live offers this service, please check the contact data on this website:

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German Missions in the United States

Nine German Missions throughout the US offer consular services. Each Mission covers a specific geographic region. To find out which Mission can assist you, please use our Consulate Finder.

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