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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

Tel.

020 7824 1300

Fax

020 7824 1449

Postal address

23 Belgrave Square

London, 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

Dr Andreas Zimmer, Consul General

Tel.

+44 131 337 2323

Fax

+44 131 347 9873

Postal address

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, 16 Eglinton Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 5DG, United Kingdom

Street

16 Eglinton Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 5DG

Administrative / consular district

Scotland and the following counties in northern 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

Contact

Name

Honorary Consul Aberdeen

Head

Mr Graeme Edward

Tel.

01224 408 608

Fax

01224 408 403

Postal address

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

Administrative / consular district

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

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

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

The office of the Honorary Consul will be temporarily closed after 23 December 2022. For urgent matters please contact the Embassy in London directly.

A prior appointment is required.

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 regarding such queries.

Name

Honorary Consul Bristol

Head

Kai von Pahlen

Postal address

VWV, Narrow Quay House, Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, England

Administrative / consular district

Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

bristol@hk-diplo.de

Bild des Honorarkonsuls in Bristol, Kai von Pahlen
Kai von Pahlen© Kai von Pahlen

A prior appointment is mandatory.

To ensure a quick response, please email Mr von Pahlen at bristol@hk-diplo.de. In case of emergencies, please call +44 (0)7825 472 167.

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: Information on applying for a passport through an Honorary Consul

Name

Honorary Consul Canterbury

Head

Mrs Stephanie Barwick

Tel.

(+44) 07513 827683

Postal address

Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, c/o Ellenor Hospice, Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 7HQ

Administrative / consular district

Counties Essex, Kent, East- and West-Sussex

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

canterbury@hk-diplo.de

Stephanie Barwick, Honorarkonsulin in Canterbury
Stephanie Barwick, Honorarkonsulin in Canterbury© Stephanie Barwick

A prior appointment is required.

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 Cardiff

Head

Mrs Helga Rother-Simmonds

Tel.

07967 442268

Postal address

42 St Margaret's Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 7AB

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.

All enquiries either by e-mail or telephone (strictly Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00 hrs).

Appointments for passports by telephone only! Visa enquiries in London only (see visa pages).

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: Information on applying for a passport through an Honorary Consul

undertaking German Public Notarisations

Name

Honorary Consul Glasgow

Head

Mr Michael J Dean

Tel.

0141 271 5730

Fax

0330 222 0053

Postal address

c/o Dentons UK & Middle East 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 Leeds

Head

Regina Rosenthal

Tel.

+44 7485 713 620

Postal address

Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, c/o Gateley Plc, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 5PS, Großbritannien / Vereinigtes Königreich

Administrative / consular district

West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Lancashire, Blackburn (with Darwen and Craven), Selby and Blackpool.
Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

leeds@hk-diplo.de

Regina Rosenthal
Regina Rosenthal© Regina Rosenthal

Prior appointment is required.

Consular services:

Applications for the issue of biometric passport

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

Authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

Authentication of copies

Further information from the Honorary Consul for Leeds, Ms Regina Rosenthal

Dear readers,

From time to time I am asked what administrative acts I can undertake in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany in Leeds within my consular district.

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 and 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 or professional activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom and cultivating good 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. 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 possible to apply for a German passport at my office. However, I am not able to handle national ID card applications.

Passport application with Honorary Consuls

Detailed information on passport applications can be found on the website of the German Embassy: Passports and ID cards

Please note that I cannot accept/ process visa applications.

All questions on visa-related matters should be directed to the German Embassy in London.

Certifications

The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on documents intended to be used in Germany or on applications for Certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions).

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

Name declarations

Due to their complexity, name declarations are handled by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul.

Information on name declarations can be found on the relevant section of this website.

Pension matters

Recipients of a statutory pension from Germany must submit an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The pensioner’s signature on the form can be certified by the Honorary Consul free of charge.

Renunciation of inheritance

From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance. Under German law, the heirs can declare their renunciation to the competent German probate court within six weeks of being informed of the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months if either the heir was staying outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death, or the deceased had his/her sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the declaration of renunciation can be certified by the Honorary Consul.

After certification of the signatures, the form must be sent to the competent German probate court (Nachlassgericht). If the heir has children, the right of inheritance usually passes to them under the rules of intestate succession. If they also wish to renounce the inheritance they have to sign a separate renunciation form and have their signatures certified.

In the case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval of the family court is necessary when renouncing on behalf of underage children. The approval has to be submitted to the competent probate court within the time periods mentioned above.

The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases where the minor becomes an heir when the parents legally representing the minor have renounced the inheritance.

The Honorary Consul cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the effect and legal consequences of renouncing an inheritance.

You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted by the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

Booking an appointment with the Honorary Consul

To arrange an appointment, please contact me by email, telephone or post.

I look forward to your visit.

Name

Honorary Consul Liverpool

Head

Mrs Dorothea Mücke-Herzberg

Tel.

+44 (0) 7404 659 214

Postal address

Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, PO Box 189, Neston, CH33 9FE

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 required.

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 passport: Information on applying for a passport through an Honorary Consul

Name

Honorary Consul Londonderry/ Derry

Head

Mrs Marion Lübbeke

Tel.

07306 888 914

Postal address

Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, 28 Templeard, Ballynagard, Londonderry BT48 8FE

Administrative / consular district

Northern Ireland

Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

londonderry_derry@hk-diplo.de

Marion Lübbeke
Marion Lübbeke© Marion Lübbeke

A prior appointment is required.

Consular services:

applications for the issue of biometric passports

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 Manchester

Head

Mrs Sandra Morrison

Tel.

+44 (0)161 934 3996

Postal address

Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, c/o DAC Beachcroft LLP, 3 Hardman Street, Manchester, M3 3HF

Administrative / consular district

Greater Manchester, Country of Derbyshire and the towns of Congleton and Macclesfield.
Responsible mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

manchester@hk-diplo.de

Sandra Morrison 
Sandra Morrison © Sandra Morrison

A prior appointment is required.

Consular services:

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

Authentication of signatures in pension matters (life certificates)

Authentication of copies

Plus, at a future date: Acceptance of passport applications

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

Administrative / consular district

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham, Cumbria, Teesside and North Yorkshire (not Selby)

E-Mail

newcastle-upon-tyne@hk-diplo.de

Honorarkonsulin Manuela Wendler
Honorarkonsulin Manuela Wendler© GK Edinburgh

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

Passport application with Honorary Consuls

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

Dear readers,

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

6 Lanveoc Way, Modbury, PL21 0FW

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 8155 0065

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.

Richard Cutler
Richard Cutler© Richard Cutler

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: Information on applying for a passport through an Honorary Consul

More information from the Honorary Consul for Southampton, Mr 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 Mondays and 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.

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 Mondays 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 southampton@hk-diplo.de 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 telephone 023 8155 0065. 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

Robert Lütkehaus

Tel.

01534 280 858

Postal address

Haut Bois, La Grande Route de St. Laurent, St. Lawrence, Jersey, JE3 1NN

Administrative / consular district

Jersey (Bailiwick of Jersey)

Responsible Mission: German Embassy London

E-Mail

st-helier@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

Name

Honorary Consul St Peter Port/ Guernsey

Head

Chris 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

Chris Betley
Chris Betley© Chris Betley

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

Further information from the Honorary Consul for St Peter Port, Mr Chris Betley:

Dear readers,

From time to time I am asked what administrative acts I can undertake in my capacity as Honorary Consul for Germany within my consular district.

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 and 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 or professional activities. Aiming primarily at securing the interests of Germany and its citizens in the United Kingdom and cultivating good 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. 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: Passports and ID cards

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.

Please note that I cannot accept/ process visa applications.

All questions on visa-related matters should be directed to the German Embassy in London: Visa information

Certifications

The Honorary Consul can certify signatures on documents intended to be used in Germany or on applications for Certificates of Good Conduct (i.e. no criminal convictions).

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

Name declarations

Due to their complexity, name declarations are handled by the Embassy in London; nevertheless, signatures and copies of all original supporting documents can be certified by the Honorary Consul.

Information on name declarations can be found on the relevant section of this website: Naming law and civil status certificates

Pension matters

Recipients of a statutory pension from Germany must submit an annual life certificate to the pension provider. The pensioner’s signature on the form can be certified by the Honorary Consul free of charge.

Renunciation of inheritance

From time to time heirs wish to renounce their inheritance. Under German law, the heirs can declare their renunciation to the competent German probate court within six weeks of being informed of the death and their entitlement as heirs. The deadline is six months if either the heir was staying outside of Germany (irrespective of his/her actual residence) at the time of death, or the deceased had his/her sole residence outside of Germany. All signatures on the declaration of renunciation can be certified by the Honorary Consul.

After certification of the signatures, the form must be sent to the competent German probate court (Nachlassgericht). If the heir has children, the right of inheritance usually passes to them under the rules of intestate succession. If they also wish to renounce the inheritance they have to sign a separate renunciation form and have their signatures certified.

In the case of children who are underage, their legal representative(s) (i.e. usually both parents) will have to sign. In some cases the approval of the family court is necessary when renouncing on behalf of underage children. The approval has to be submitted to the competent probate court within the time periods mentioned above.

The family court’s approval is not necessary in cases where the minor becomes an heir when the parents legally representing the minor have renounced the inheritance.

The Honorary Consul cannot offer legal advice regarding inheritance matters including the effect and legal consequences of renouncing an inheritance.

You are therefore kindly asked to check with the German court directly whether the form has been received and accepted by the deadline. If necessary you may wish to avail yourself of a lawyer for detailed legal advice and further assistance.

Booking an appointment with the Honorary Consul

To arrange an appointment, please contact me by email, telephone or post.

I look forward to your visit.

The Federal Republic of Germany relies on a network of as many as 361 Honorary Consuls worldwide, sixteen of whom serve in the United Kingdom.

Honorary Consuls are volunteers who do not necessarily have to be German citizens. They do not receive a salary for their services and may well 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 German 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.

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