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Passport and ID Card applications for persons over the age of 18 and 16 respectively

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Applicants for ID cards are required to apply in person after making an appointment at the Embassy in London or the Consulate General in Edinburgh.

General information

Please note the following points regarding applications:

  • The applicant must be present in person (for identification and fingerprints)
  • Each applicant must have booked an appointment in advance (more than one applicant = more than one appointment)
  • More than one document can be applied for at one appointment (e.g. passport and ID card)
  • Identity documents are sent by post (Royal Mail) when ready

Processing time

Biometric passports and ID cards are printed centrally by the Federal Printing Office in Berlin. Processing times are as follows:

Passport application, standard service 4-6 weeks
Passport application, express service (higher fee) 2-3 weeks
ID card 2-3 weeks

These are the processing times from the date the Embassy orders the documents from the Federal Printing Office. If there are any delays in the application process (e.g. due to missing documents, etc.), this will increase the processing time.

There can also occasionally be delays due to logistical problems, but these are out of our control (so, for example, it is not possible to claim back the extra fee paid for the express service).

Length of validity of identity documents

Biometric passports and ID cards are valid as follows (starting from the date of application)

Applicants aged 24 and older 10 years
Applicants younger than 24 6 years

Old identity documents

What happens to your old expired or unexpired identity documents:

  • Passport/ID card already expired at time of application
    • Documents are cancelled at your appointment and returned to you
  • Passport/ID card still valid
    • With your consent, document is cancelled at your appointment and returned to you
    • Document stays with application, and is cancelled and sent to you with your new identity document
    • You take the document away with you after filing your application (e.g. for forthcoming journey) and must then send it to the Embassy to be cancelled (even if it has expired in the meantime)

Documents required

Important: Please bring with you to your appointment the ORIGINAL and ONE PHOTOCOPY OF EACH DOCUMENT

  • Application form
  • Current German identity document
  • Full (unabridged) birth certificate (including parents’ details!)
  • German naturalisation certificate or Certificate of acquisition of German citizenship by declaration (if applicable)
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Confirmation of name change (if applicable)
  • Evidence of other nationalities held (if applicable)
    • Naturalisation certificates (e.g. UK naturalisation certificate)
    • Identity documents (e.g. British passport)
  • PhD certificate (if applicable and you want your academic title included)
  • De-registration form from Germany (required if your last identity document still shows a German place of residence)
  • Proof of address (e.g. utility bill, council tax bill, bank statement, etc.)
  • Biometric passport photos (further information can be found here)
  • Special delivery envelope (self-addressed and prepaid up to 500g)

Important: Please bring with you to your appointment the ORIGINAL and ONE PHOTOCOPY OF EACH DOCUMENT

Changes since last application

If, since your last application, there have been significant changes in your circumstances that are relevant to your application, we would ask you to check whether any further action needs to be taken in advance.

Example 1:

You have got married and would like to take your spouse’s surname. In this case you need to make a name declaration before submitting your application.

Example 2:

You want to be or have been naturalised in the United Kingdom. Make sure you receive(d) a retention permit beforehand. Otherwise you risk losing your German citizenship.

Here you can find further guidance on

If there have been no changes since your last application in London or through one of our Honorary Consuls, then you only need to present the following documents (original and photocopy of each)

  • Application form
  • Current German identity document
  • Proof of address (e.g. utility bill, council tax bill, etc.)
  • Passport photos
  • Special Delivery envelope (self-addressed and prepaid up to 500g)

Fees

Fee information can be found here

Please note the following regarding paying for your application:

  • Card payment only
  • Only VISA and Mastercard are accepted
  • Card must be physically present
  • Cardholder signature required
  • GooglePay/ ApplePay/ contactless payment NOT AVAILABLE
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