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Two German missions and seventeen Honorary Consuls throughout the United Kingdom offer consular services. Each mission covers a specific geographic region. To find out which mission can assist you, what the hours of operation are and how to reach it please use our interactive Consulate Finder.

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United Kingdom

Name

German Embassy London

Head

Dr Peter Wittig

Tel.

020 7824 1300

Fax

020 7824 1449

Postal address

23 Belgrave SquareLondon, SW1X 8PZ

Opening hours

Monday - Friday only with appointment

Administrative / consular district

Avon, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Clwyd, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devon, Dyfed, Dorset, Essex, South Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, West Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Gwent, Gwynedd, Hampshire, Hereford and Worcester, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Greater London, Merseyside, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Powys, Salop, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Website

http://www.uk.diplo.de

Contact

Name

Consulate General Edinburgh

Head

Jens-Peter Voß, Consul General

Tel.

0131 337 2323

Fax

0131 346 1578

Postal address

16 Eglinton CrescentEdinburgh, EH12  5DG

Administrative / consular district

Scotland and the following counties in North England: Cumbria, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton on Tees, Tyne and Wear (Tyneside), as well as North Yorkshire with the exception of Selby and York.

Website

http://www.uk.diplo.de

E-Mail

info@edinburgh.diplo.de

Name

Honorary Consul Aberdeen

Head

Mr Graeme Edward

Tel.

01224 408 608

Fax

01224 408 403

Postal address

Ledingham Chalmers LLP, Solicitors, Johnstone House, 52-54 Rose Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1HA

Administrative / consular district

City and port of Aberdeen

Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

E-Mail

aberdeen@hk-diplo.de

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of biometric passports


Passport application with Honorary Consuls PDF / 293 KB

Name

Honorary Consul Barrow-upon-Humber

Head

Mr Sascha Kripgans

Tel.

01469 531388

Mobile phone number

07793 204890

Postal address

Wood Lea, Westoby Lane, Barrow upon Humber, DN19 7DJ

Administrative / consular district

East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire und Nottinghamshire, Nottingham

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

barrow_upon_humber@hk-diplo.de

A prior apppointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of biometric passports

Passport application with Honorary Consuls

Name

Honorary Consul Birmingham/Coventry

Head

Mrs Kirin Kalsi

Tel.

02476 193000

Fax

02476 425248

Postal address

c/o E.ON UK plc, Westwood Way, Westwood Business Park, Coventry, CV4 8LG

Administrative / consular district

West Midlands

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

coventry@hk-diplo.de

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

Please note that the Honorary Consul can not advise on passport or visa issues. Please contact the Embassy in London directly regarging such queries.

Name

Honorary Consul Belfast

Head

Mrs Angela Vaupel-Schwittay

Tel.

07906 672175

Postal address

32 Agherton Drive, Portstewart, BT55 7JQ, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Administrative / consular district

Northern Ireland

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

belfast@hk-diplo.de

Angela Vaupel-Schwittay
Angela Vaupel-Schwittay© Angela Vaupel-Schwittay

A prior appointment is necessary.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of biometric passports

Passport application with Honorary Consuls

Name

Honorary Consul Bristol

Head

Mr Timothy Mark Illston

Tel.

0117 939 2284

Postal address

Burges Salmon LLP, One Glass Wharf, Bristol, BS2 0ZX

Administrative / consular district

Avon, Gloucestershire, Somerset

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

bristol@hk-diplo.de

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of biometric passports

Passport application with Honorary Consuls

Name

Honorary Consul Cardiff

Head

Mrs Helga Rother-Simmonds

Tel.

029 20345511

Postal address

c/o Berry Smith Solicitors, Haywood House, Dumfries Place, Cardiff, CF10 3GA

Administrative / consular district

Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Swansea, Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Monmouthshire, Breconshire/Powys, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

cardiff@hk-diplo.de


Helga Rother-Simmonds, Honorarkonsulin in Cardiff
Helga Rother-Simmonds, Honorarkonsulin in Cardiff© Helga Rother-Simmonds

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of biometric passports

Undertaking German Public Notarisations


Passport application with Honorary Consuls PDF / 293 KB

Name

Honorary Consul Dover

Head

Mr John Ryeland

Tel.

079 70564091

Fax

01304 240374

Postal address

c/o Dover South Services, Limekiln Street, Dover, CT17 9EF

Administrative / consular district

Counties Essex, Kent, East- and West-Sussex

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

dover@hk-diplo.de

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

More information from the Honorary Consul for Dover, Mr John Ryeland

Dear readers,

John Ryeland, Honorarkonsul in Dover
John Ryeland, Honorarkonsul in Dover© John Ryeland

From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany in Dover within my consular district, which includes the counties of Essex, Kent, East- and West Sussex.

Firstly, some background. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens. Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom/Channel Islands and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom/Channel Islands, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London (and the Consulate General in Edinburgh) in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

  • Passport and visa applications

It is NOT possible to apply for a German passport or visa from my Dover office. Applications should be directed to the Embassy in London, as detailed in the relevant section of this website.

  • Certifications

The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds)

When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds)

  • Name Declarations

Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

For all questions related to Name Declarations please click here

  • Pension matters

Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

  • Renunciations of Inheritance

From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00

After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form. In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

  • If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post.

Honorary Consul Ryeland looks forward to your visit.


Name

Honorary Consul Glasgow

Head

Mr Michael J Dean

Tel.

0330 222 1713

Fax

0330 222 0053

Postal address

c/o Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, 1 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1AL

Administrative / consular district

City and port of Glasgow

Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

E-Mail

glasgow@hk-diplo.de

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

Name

Honorary Consul Kirkwall (Orkneys)

Head

Mr Sinclair Robertson

Tel.

01856 872 961

Postal address

DunkirkShore StreetKirkwall, KW15 1LQ

Administrative / consular district

Orkney Islands

Responsible mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

E-Mail

kirkwall@hk-diplo.de

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

Name

Honorary Consul Leeds/Manchester

Head

Mr Mark Green

Tel.

0113 204 1173

Postal address

c/o Gateley PLC, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 5PS

Administrative / consular district

York, Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield, Rotherham, Manchester, Districts: Selby of North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

leeds@hk-diplo.de

 A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of biometric passports

Passport application with Honorary Consuls


More information from the Honorary Consul for Leeds and Manchester, Mr Mark Green

Dear readers,

Mark Green
Mark Green© Mark Green

From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany within my district, which includes the conurbations of both Leeds and Manchester.

Firstly, some background. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens. Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London and the Consulate General in Edinburgh in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

Please note that I am not able to take in/ process visa applications. For all visa related questions please contact the German Embassy in London.

The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

  • Passport applications

It is possible to apply for a German passport in my Leeds office.

Passport applications are dealt with in Leeds on Wednesdays, strictly by prior appointment. Please note that, due to the high number of enquiries, appointments might sometimes be given for a date that is up to two months after the date of request.

The applicable fees, including an additional consular fee for applications processed in Leeds, have to be paid in British Pounds. As they depend on various circumstances (e.g. type of passport, age of applicant) they will be determined upon request or once an application has been filed.

During the appointment, all copy documents produced by the applicant are compared against all the original documents brought by the applicant and then certified. All relevant personal data is taken digitally, including finger prints and a facial photograph, and forwarded to the Embassy in London within 24 hours. Normally, a new passport is issued in Germany within 6 weeks. The time needed for processing applications depends entirely upon the German authorities and cannot in any circumstances be influenced by the Honorary Consul or the German Embassy in London. Following receipt by the Embassy, new passports are then forwarded directly to applicants by special delivery post.

  • Certifications

The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds)

When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds)

  • Name Declarations

Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

For all questions related to Name Declarations please click here.

  • Pension matters

Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

  • Renunciations of Inheritance

From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00

After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form. In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post to the consular assistant as follows:

Please contact the Honorary Consul by one of the following means:

email: leeds@hk-diplo.de

post: to Mrs Sue Mageean, Consular Assistant, German Honorary Consul Mark Green, c/o Gateley PLC, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS

phone: 0113 204 1173

Please note that calls will only be answered during the hours of 9am till 12 noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (other than on Public Holidays and annual /sick leave days). At all other times you are recommended to contact us by email.

Appointments for passport applications take place only by prior appointment, normally on Wednesdays c/o Gateley PLC, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS, other than on Public Holidays and annual leave days.

Appointments for all non-passport consular matters take place by prior appointment at Gateley PLC, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds LS1 5PS normally on Thursdays between 11am to 3pm, other than on Public Holidays and annual leave days.

Honorary Consul Green and consular assistant Mageean look forward to your visit.


Name

Honorary Consul Liverpool

Head

Dr med Ulrich Pfeiffer

Tel.

07757 372641 (Mo-Fr: 10am-4pm)

Postal address

5th Floor Hanover House, Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ

Administrative / consular district

Cheshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Man, Isle of Anglesey, Wrexham, independent districts Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

liverpool@hk-diplo.de

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of biometric passports


Passport application with Honorary Consuls

Name

Honorary Consul Newcastle upon Tyne

Head

Mrs Manuela Wendler

Tel.

079 5403 4744

Postal address

c/o Newcastle Civic Centre, Registrar's Entrance, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8PS

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services (also for residents from Teesside and North Yorkshire):

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of biometric passports


Passport application with Honorary Consuls PDF / 293 KB

More information from the Honorary Consul for Newcastle upon Tyne, Mrs Manuela Wendler

Dear readers,

Honorarkonsulin Manuela Wendler
Honorarkonsulin Manuela Wendler© GK Edinburgh

From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany within my district for biometric passport applications.

Firstly, some background. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens. Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London and the Consulate General in Edinburgh in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

  • Passport applications

It is possible to apply for a German passport in my Newcastle office.

Passport applications are dealt with in Newcastle generally on Thursdays, strictly by prior appointment. Please note that, due to the high number of enquiries, appointments might sometimes not be available for several weeks after the date of request.

The applicable fees, including an additional consular fee for applications processed in Newcastle, have to be paid in British Pounds. As they depend on various circumstances (e.g. type of passport, age of applicant) they will be determined upon request or once an application has been filed.

During the appointment, all copy documents produced by the applicant are compared against all the original documents brought by the applicant or copies are taken at the appointment and then certified. All relevant personal data is taken digitally, including finger prints and a facial photograph, and forwarded to the German Consulate General in Edinburgh within 24 hours. A photographer is usually available to take the German specification photograph at the time of the appointment – cost £10. Normally, a new passport is issued in Germany within 6/7 weeks. The time needed for processing applications depends entirely upon the German authorities and cannot in any circumstances be influenced by the Honorary Consul or the German Consulate General in Edinburgh. Following receipt by the Consulate General, new passports are then forwarded directly to applicants by special delivery post.

  • Certifications

The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for Certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds)

When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds).

  • Name Declarations

Applications regarding name declarations (birth, marriage, divorce) can be undertaken by the Honorary Consul in Newcastle, including certification of all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents, unless the matter is of extreme complexity. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

For all questions related to Name Declarations please click here.

  • Pension matters

Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

  • Renunciations of Inheritance

From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00

After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form. In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

  • Visas

Visa applications are not dealt with in Newcastle. Applicants should apply through the Consulate General in Edinburgh.

If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post to the consular assistant as follows:

German Honorary Consul: Mrs. Manuela Wendler

Address: c/o German Consular Office, Registrar’s Entrance, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8PS; Tel: 079 5403 4744; Email: newcastle-upon-tyne@hk-diplo.de

Honorary Consul Wendler looks forward to your visit.


Name

Honorary Consul Plymouth

Head

Mrs Angela Spatz

Tel.

07582 228976

Postal address

The Business Centre, 2 Cattedown Road, Plymouth, PL4 0EG

Administrative / consular district

Devon and Cornwall

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

plymouth@hk-diplo.de

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of biometric passports

Passport application with Honorary Consuls

Name

Honorary Consul Southampton

Head

Richard Cutler

Tel.

023 8066 7532

Postal address

Totton & Eling Tennis Centre, Aikman Lane, Totton, Hampshire, SO40 8FT

Administrative / consular district

Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Wiltshire

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

southampton@hk-diplo.de

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of biometric passports


More information from the Honorary Consul for Southampton, Mr Richard Cutler

Richard Cutler
Richard Cutler© Richard Cutler

I am very proud to serve as the Honorary Consul for the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset and Wiltshire area, and have been in post since 2012. I was lucky to succeed a very well-respected and experienced Honorary Consul in Mr Roger Thornton, who fulfilled the role with grace and expertise for 37 years!

My appointments take place on Fridays at the Totton & Eling Tennis Centre, which is the home of my business, Serving Tennis. As Honorary Consuls generally fulfil other employment alongside their role for the Federal Republic of Germany, appointments normally take place at the individual’s place of work. The role of Honorary Consul is essentially a voluntary position, and therefore duties often fit in alongside day-to-day work. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of more than 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 17 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls do not necessarily need to be German citizens.

I often get asked about my own background and how I came to be an Honorary Consul. As a very brief summary, I studied German / Business Administration at Aston University, and then worked in Germany for a number of years as a contract manager in the logistics industry. This time took me primarily to Hamburg and Offenau (Stuttgart) and was a fascinating and immersing experience. My lifelong love has always been tennis, so when the opportunity came along to create a business in community tennis development, it did not take much thinking about! Although this meant that I did not have many opportunities to use my German language, I maintained links with the country through organisations such as the Southampton Anglo-German Society, Totton & Eling Twinning Association and British German Association. By 2012, as my business had become established and I had a little more time, I was therefore looking for a role that would allow me to both build on my links with Germany, and give me the opportunity to use my language. The Honorary Consul vacancy was therefore perfectly timed!

Please note that I am not able to take in/ process visa applications. For all visa related questions please contact the German Embassy in London.

The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

  • Passport applications

It is possible to apply for a German passport at my Southampton office. Unfortunately I cannot accept ID card applications.

The applicable fees, including an additional consular fee for applications processed in Southampton, have to be paid in British Pounds. As they depend on various circumstances (e.g. type of passport, age of applicant) they will be determined upon request or once an application has been filed. Please note that the passport fees payable to the Embassy in London must be made via Postal Order. The additional consular fee for applications processed in Southampton is payable in cash.

During the appointment, all original documents brought by the applicant are copied and then certified. All relevant biometric data is taken digitally, including finger prints and a facial photograph, and forwarded together with the paperwork to the Embassy in London within 24 working hours.

A new passport is issued in Germany within 4-6 weeks for a standard application, or 2-4 weeks for an express. The time needed for processing applications depends entirely upon the German authorities and cannot in any circumstances be influenced by the Honorary Consul or the German Embassy in London. Following receipt by the Embassy, new passports are then forwarded directly to applicant by Special Delivery post.

  • Certifications

The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for Certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (or the comparable amount in British Pounds).

When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany, the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, related to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies, as compared against original documents, is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (or the comparable amount in British Pounds).

  • Name Declarations

Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is Euro 25.00 for certifying the signature and Euro 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

For all initial questions related to Name Declarations, and to organise preparation of the document, please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Embassy at:

http://www.uk.diplo.de/Vertretung/unitedkingdom/en/07/Naming-Law/Naming-Law-Civil-Status.html

  • Pension matters

Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

  • Renunciations of Inheritance

From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his / her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is Euro 20.00

After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form. In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply as follows:

Appointments are available, strictly by prior appointment, on Thursdays and Fridays, although not necessarily both every week. For shorter appointments (for example signature/ photocopy authentications), appointments are usually available in 1-2 weeks. For passport applications the current waiting time is around 2-3 weeks. For emergencies, I will always do my best to find the earliest possible appointment.

In the first instance, please send an email to , containing full details of your enquiry, and including your full name and contact telephone number. I will attempt to reply to all enquiries (or call back) within 2-3 working days, and often on the same day.

If you need to speak to me personally, please leave a message at my office on 023 8066 7532. Please note that due to other work commitments, it is often difficult for me to take consular phone calls, and therefore an email will result in the quickest possible response.

N.B.Please be aware that my email responses sometimes fall into Spam/ Junk folders (especially with Gmail). Please check these folders regularly, and if affected, mark the reply as "Not Spam". It also helps to add to your address book/ contacts.

Honorary Consul Richard Cutler is looking forward to your visit!


Islands

Name

Honorary Consul Lerwick (Shetland)

Head

Dieter Glaser

Tel.

01595 695956 or 0845 644 8658 (local rate)

Fax

01595 695956

Postal address

43 Kantersted Road, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, ZE1 0RJ

Administrative / consular district

Shetland Islands

Responsible Mission: Consulate General Edinburgh

E-Mail

lerwick@hk-diplo.de

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

Name

Honorary Consul St Helier/Jersey

Head

Kenneth Soar

Tel.

01534280858

Postal address

Wolf’s Lair, Le Clos Du Pont Marquet, La Route Des Genets, St BréladeJersey, JE3 8 DG

Administrative / consular district

Jersey (Bailiwick of Jersey)

Responsible Mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

st-helier@hk-diplo.de

Kenneth Soar, Honorarkonsul in St Helier/ Jersey
Kenneth Soar, Honorarkonsul in St Helier/ Jersey© Kenneth Soar

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of emergency travel documents

Name

Honorary Consul St Peter Port/ Guernsey

Head

Christopher Nicholas Betley

Tel.

01481 723456

Fax

01481 724934

Postal address

55 Le Bordage, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1BP

Administrative / consular district

Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, (Bailiwick of Guernsey)

Responsible Mission: German Embassy London

Website

http://www.germanconsulinguernsey.com/

E-Mail

st-peter-port@hk-diplo.de

A prior appointment is recommended.

Consular services:

authentication of signatures in matters relating to civil status/ civil law

authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

authentication of copies

applications for the issue of emergency travel documents

More information from the Honorary Consul for St Peter Port, Mr Christopher Nicholas Betley

Dear readers,

Christopher Nicholas Betley
Christopher Nicholas Betley© Christopher Nicholas Betley

From time to time I am asked what administrative acts are undertaken in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany within the Bailiwick of Guernsey (including the islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm).

Firstly, some background. The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of over 300 Honorary Consuls worldwide, 18 of whom serve in the United Kingdom. Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not have to be German citizens. Honorary consuls do not receive a salary for their services and may combine their official role with private activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom/Channel Islands and fostering the relations between Germany and the United Kingdom/Channel Islands, Honorary Consuls support and complement the work of the German Embassy in London (and the Consulate General in Edinburgh) in a broad way. They are responsible for consular duties, cultural cooperation, promotion of trade and commerce, as well as building a positive and modern image of Germany abroad.

The following list sets out my principal consular activities:

  • Passport and visa applications

It is NOT possible to apply for a German passport or visa from my Guernsey office. Applications should be directed to the German Embassy in London, as detailed in the relevant section of this website.

However and in cases of emergency (e.g. lost or stolen passport), I can issue a German Emergency Travel Document which enables the holder to return to Germany.

  • Certifications

The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on a document for its intended use in Germany or on applications for certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions). The consular fee is fixed at Euro 20.00 (to be paid in British Pounds).

When certifying signatures for powers of attorney and declarations of ratification in connection with the purchase or sale of property in Germany the consular fee is calculated by reference to a statutory fee table, by reference to the value of the underlying legal transaction.

The consular fee for certifying the authenticity of copies (as compared against original documents) is fixed at Euro 10.00 for up to 10 pages (to be paid in British Pounds).

  • Name Declarations

Due to its complexity, the completion of the form for a name declaration is undertaken by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, all signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 25.00 for certifying the signature and EURO 10.00 for certifying copies of up to 10 pages.

For all questions related to Name Declarations please refer to the information provided on the Homepage of the German Embassy at:

  • Pension matters

Recipients of a public pension from Germany must normally produce an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The signature of the pension recipient on the relevant form can be certified by the Honorary Consul, free of charge.

  • Renunciations of Inheritance

From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance in relation to German estates. As a general rule, the heirs can declare their renouncement to the competent German probate court within six weeks after being informed about the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months in case either the heir stayed outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death or if the deceased had his sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the relevant form must be certified by the Honorary Consul. The current consular fee is EURO 20.00.

After certification of the signature, the form has to be sent to the competent probate court (Nachlassgericht) in Germany. In case the heir has children, the right of inheritance would usually pass on to them under intestacy rules and they would have to sign a separate renouncement form. In case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval by the family court is necessary to renounce for children. The family court’s approval has to be submitted to the competent court of probate within the above mentioned deadline. The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases when the minor becomes an heir where the parent, who legally represents the minor, has renounced the inheritance.

The Honorary Consul unfortunately cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the legal consequences and validity regarding a renouncement. You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted within the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

If you require an appointment with the Honorary Consul please apply by email, telephone or post.


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