There are two types of passports for minors:
1.) Biometric passports: Biometric passports can be issued from birth onwards and are mandatory from the age of 12. We recommend applying for a European passport since some countries do not accept the simpler (non-biometric) children’s passport (Kinderreisepass). The biometric passport for minors are valid for 6 years and are printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin.
2) Children’s passports (Kinderreisepässe): Children’s passports are simpler (non-biometric) types of passports which will usually be issued by the Mission within a few days. Children's passports have replaced the older, green version of paper travel documents (Kinderausweise) and are valid for 1 year but will not be issued beyond the child’s 12th birthday. With this passport you will, for example, not be able to enter the US without a visa.
Both types of passports can only be applied for in person (parents and child) upon appointment. Since 26 June 2012, entering the name(s) of the child(ren) in the passport of the parents has become invalid and does not entitle the child to cross the border. Every child needs their own German travel document.
Please note that you can keep a valid children’s passport during processing time for urgent journeys.
Important information for your child’s first time passport application: In some cases it might be necessary to do a name declaration before you can apply for the first passport for your child. Please read the information provided further down on this page.
If your child was adopted outside of Germany or in cases involving surrogacy, please contact us before booking a passport appointment: Email the passport department.
Please note that your application can only be accepted if the documents below are complete. If the documentation is incomplete you might have to make a new appointment.
The following original documents are required for an application:
- checklist Please print out the checklist and organise all documents according to the list. Checkliste Pass Perso
- Application form (please fill in as block letters) Passport-application-minor
For the application signatures are required as follows:
- Children born to married parents: both parents
- Children born out of marriage, if both parents have custody: both parents
- Children of separated parents: the parent who has custody. Please provide the court custody order.
- Children for whom a guardian has been appointed: the guardian.
- If one parent cannot be present, the application can still proceed with just one parent attending, provided the absent parent gives consent using the consent form: Einverständnis Eltern_Pass_FINAL
- In this case, the consent form needs to be filled in, signed and the signature of the absent parent as well as his/her passport copy certified by either an Irish notary or An Garda Síochána.
- If the absent parent is abroad the signature on the consent form and passport copy should be certified by a German Embassy or Consulate or, if in Germany, by an official local authority.
- The current children’s passport, travel passport or ID card, if applicable.
- In case of loss or theft of the above passport documents, please obtain a “report of loss” from the Irish police.
- Child’s birth certificate containing the details of parents. In case it is issued in another language than German or English, please also provide a translation into German or English.
- Valid passports/ identity cards of both parents.
- Marriage certificate if applicable (if in another language than German or English, please provide a German or English translation of the certificate)
- If applicable: child’s German naturalisation certificate or parent’s naturalisation certificate
- If the child or one of the parents has made a name declaration, please bring the confirmation of name declaration.
- Most recent German local authority de-registration form (‘Abmeldebestätigung’) – only if the last place of residence was in Germany or if a German place of residence is shown in the passport. Not applicable if the child was born abroad.
- Recent proof of address in Ireland (e.g. utility bill or bank statement)
- Two recent, identical, passport photos with a bright background. Passport Photos
- Self-addressed, prepaid large envelope (€ 8.30 for registered post)
- Fingerprints (for European passports of children aged 6 and over), to be provided at the time of application at the Embassy.
- Full signature of the child (from age 10 onwards)
Fees can be paid in cash or with credit card (Master-/ Visa card). We cannot accept Maestro- or American Express cards.
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To apply for a German passport or ID card in the German Embassy, you need to make one appointment per applicant. If you would like to apply for both a passport and an identification card, you need to book two appointments.
You can book an appointment via our appointment system.
For the protection of your privacy, please note that the Embassy only allows entry to the passport section five minutes before your scheduled appointment. For safety reasons, please refrain from bringing larger pieces of luggage such as suitcases of any kind or backpacks.
If you live in the administrative district of our Honorary Consul in Galway, please contact him via email if applicable.
Please note that he can offer the following service:
- applications for children’s passports
- applications for biometric passports for children up to the age of six
Passport applications of applicants living in Northern Ireland can be lodged with Honorary Consul, Dr. Vaupel-Schwittay. Please contact her via email to schedule an appointment.
A name declaration is most likely necessary if any of the following statements apply to you. Please note that the name declaration has to take place before you apply for a new passport document.
- You are married, but you both do not bear the same married name in your passports and want to apply for a passport for your child.
- You are not married and want to apply for a passport for your child.
- You and your spouse would like your new married name to be passed on to your child from a previous marriage.
Documents and Checklists