Passport application for adults

Please note that only completed applications will be accepted. In order to ensure that your application may be processed without delay, please submit the following documents in original and one copy (no certification needed). All applicants must check the categories listed below.

Required documents

  • A duly completed passport application form (please ensure that you sign the form)
  • One recent passport photograph according to biometric specifications check here for further details regarding biometric specifications of photos [pdf, 550.79k]
  • Current passport
  • South African ID-book or temporary/permanent residence permit
  • Unabridged Birth Certificate / Full Birth Certificate
  • Unabridged Marriage Certificate (if your name changed through marriage or if you wish to change it)
  • if applicable, a Name Declaration
  • Deregistration certificate from the German registration office (“Abmeldebescheinigung“ vom Einwohnermeldeamt), if German residency is registered in the previous passport
  • if applicable, German Certificate of Naturalisation (“Einbürgerungsurkunde“) or the German “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung“ and South African Certificate of Naturalisation
  • If you possess a citizenship certificate (even if expired), please submit it with your application
  • further documents as per your category listed below

Processing a passport can be facilitated if you possess any of the following documents which prove the citizenship of family members or ancestors, from whom you derive your German citizenship:

  • Citizenship certificates (even if expired)
  • previous German passports or IDs
  • “Vertriebenenausweise“ according to §15 of the Bundesvertriebenengesetz (old version untill December 31, 1992) or
    “Spätaussiedlerbescheinigung“ according to §15 of the Bundesvertriebenengesetz (newest Version)
  • Naturalisation certificate

Processing a passport can take from six to eight weeks. Please submit your application approximately three months before your current passport expires. If there are compelling reasons (valid proof needed, eg. flight tickets, medical certificate) for you to receive a passport on short notice, a temporary passport can be issued when you apply for a new passport.

Please note:
Please check the applicable category to ascertain which additional documents you must submit. In individual cases you may be asked to submit further documentation.

Categories

  • The applicant was not born in South Africa (e.g. in Germany)

    In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

    1. South African ID-Book, not older than 10 years, or a recently issued letter "Determination of Citizenship Status" from the Department of Home Affairs to prove that South African citizenship was  never acquired.

    2. If applicant acquired South African citizenship through automatic naturalisation (according to Section 11 A of the South African citizenship law), please submit the applicable certificate by the Department of Home Affairs (application form: BI 529).

  • The applicant was born in South Africa after January 1, 1975, but the parent from whom he/she derives German citizenship, was not born in South Africa (eg. Germany)

    In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

    1. Birth certificate of the German parent.
    2. Parents' unabridged marriage certificate.
    3. If applicable: Determination of Citizenship Status from the Department of Home Affairs, to prove that the German parent never applied for or acquired South African citizenship.
    4.If the German parent applied for and acquired South African citizenship, the South African naturalisation certificate must be submitted to prove that naturalisation occurred after the applicant's birth or that permission to retain German citizenship (Beibehaltungsgenehmigung) was granted before South African citizenship was acquired. 

    Please note:
    The documents under 3 and 4 are generally not necessary if the parent can produce a certificate of citizenship  (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis) that was issued after the applicant's birth.

  • The applicant was born in South Africa before January 1, 1975 (NOT OUT OF WEDLOCK), but his/her father, from whom he/she derives German citizenship, was not born in South Africa (e.g. Germany)

    In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

    1. Father's birth certificate.
    2. Parents' unabridged marriage certificate.
    3. if applicable: Determination of Citizenship Status from the Department of Home Affairs, to prove that the father never applied for or acquired South African citizenship.
    4. If the father applied for and acquired South African citizenship, the South African naturalisation certificate must be submitted to prove that naturalisation occurred after the applicant's birth or that permission to retain German citizenship (Beibehaltungsgenehmigung) was granted before South African citizenship was acquired.

    Please note:
    The documents under 3 and 4 are generally not necessary if the father can produce a certificate of citizenship (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis) that was issued after the applicant's birth.

  • The applicant was born in South Africa before January 1, 1975 (NOT OUT OF WEDLOCK) but his/her mother, from whom he/she derives German citizenship, has German citizenship.

    In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

    1. Certificate of the acquisition of German citizenship through declaration.

  • The applicant's grandfather, from whom he/she derives German citizenship, was not born in South Africa (eg. Germany)

    In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

    1. Grandfather's birth certificate.
    2. Grandparents' unabridged marriage certificate.
    3. Unabridged birth certificate, or full birth certificate, of the parent from whom the applicant derives German citizenship.
    4. Parents' unabridged marriage certificate.
    5. If applicable: Determination of Citizenship Status from the Department of Home Affairs, to prove that the German grandfather never applied for or acquired South African citizenship.
    6. If the grandfather applied for and acquired South African citizenship, the South African naturalisation certificate must be submitted to prove that naturalisation occurred after the birth of the parent from whom the applicant derives German citizenship or that permission to retain German citizenship (Beibehaltungsgenehmigung) was granted before South African citizenship was acquired.

    Please note:
    The documents under 5 and 6 are not necessary if the grandfather, or the parent from whom the applicant derives  German citizenship, can produce a  certificate of citizenship (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis) that was issued after the parent's or applicant's birth.

  • The applicant's great-grandfather, from whom he/she derives German citizenship, was not born in South Africa (eg. Germany)

    In addition to the above-mentioned documents, you must submit the following documents:

    1. Great-grandfather's birth certificate.
    2. Great-grandparents' unabridged marriage certificate.
    3. Grandfather's unabridged birth certificate or full birth certificate.
    4. Grandparents' unabridged marriage certificate.
    5. Unabridged birth certificate, or full birth certificate, of the parent from whom the applicant derives German citizenship.
    6. Parents' unabridged marriage certificate.
    7. If applicable: Determination of Citizenship Status from the Department of Home Affairs, to prove that the German great-grandfather never applied for or acquired South African citizenship.
    8. If the great-grandfather applied for and acquired South African citizenship, the South African naturalisation certificate must be submitted to prove that naturalisation occurred after the birth of the grandparent from whom the applicant derives German citizenship or that permission to retain German citizenship (Beibehaltungsgenehmigung) was granted before South African citizenship was acquired.

    Please note:
    Should any of the relatives possess a German certificate of citizenship (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis), the matter will be processed as if the relative was born in Germany.  If that is the case, please refer to the applicable category (e.g. the great-grandfather was born in Germany, but the father possesses a certificate of citizenship, Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis; the applicant would refer to the category “Father was not born in South Africa“). It is sufficient to submit the documents listed in the applicable category, but only if the certificate of citizenship (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis) is also submitted.

Passport application for adults

German passport

Opening hours, appointments and contact details

Consular/Passport Section Pretoria

Passport Section

The Consular and Passport Section will be closed 

on 25 May and 5 June 2017

Online appointments (no fee)

Appointment required for application          

Passport collection (no appointment required):

Monday - Friday

08:00-11:30

Telephone enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

08:00-14:00

Friday
08:00-13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Public Holidays 2017

Reception

Opening hours for consular matters (excluding passport and visa issues):

No appointment required for:

- Certification of signatures and copies
- Translation of drivers licenses
- "Lebensbescheinigung"

Please make an appointment for the following consular services:

- Registration of births
- Name declarations
- other civil status matters (e.g. adoption, divorce)
- Notarisation (e.g. certificate of inheritance, acknowledgement of paternity)

Monday - Friday

08:00-11:30

Enquiries via telephone and e-mail: 

Monday - Thursday

08:00-14:00

Friday

08:00-13:00

Telephone

+27 (0)12 427 8900

Contact via e-mail

Address

201 Florence Ribeiro Avenue, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0181

Phone:
+27 (0)12 427 8900

Consular/Passport Section Cape Town

Further information

Passport Section

Online appointments (no fee)
Application by appointment only
Passport collection (no appointment required):
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 12:00
Telephone and email enquiries:

Monday - Thursday only

14:00 - 16:00

Telephone
+27 (0)21 405 3052
Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)
Public Holidays 2017
Directions to our office
Enquiries via e-mail
Further information on passports

OTHER CONSULAR SERVICES (No passport or visa

applications)

No appointment required for:

- Certification of signatures and copies

- Name declarations

- Registration of births or marriages in Germany

- Translation of drivers licenses

- "Lebensbescheinigungen"

- Confirmation of residence

Please make an appointment for the following

consular services:

- Citizenship matters (e.g. retention of German citizenship,

  naturalisation, determination of German citizenship)

- other civil status matters (e.g. adoption, divorce)

- notarisation )e.g. certificate of inheritance, acknowledge-

  ment of paternity)

Please make the appointment via e-mail

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday       09:00 - 12:00
Telephone and e-mail enquiries:

Monday - Thursday

08:00 - 16:00
Friday
08:00 - 13:00
Telephone
+27 (0)21 405 3000
Fax

+27 (0)21 421 0400 (South Africa)

+49 (0) 30 1817 67209 (Germany)

Enquiries via e-mail

Further information on consular services

Address

Physical address:

Roeland Park / e-tv Building

4 Stirling Street

Entrance: top end of Stirling Street

Zonnebloem 7925 (District Six)

Postal address:

P.O. Box 4273

Cape Town, 8000

Honorary Consul, Durban

Enlarge image For the KwaZulu-Natal province, please contact the liaison office below.

Contact the Honorary Consul, Durban

When applying at the Honrary Consul's office in Durban applicants must fill in their visa-application online and bring the printed version with them.

Application in Durban

Organization
Honorary Consul: Horst Achtzehn
Address

Office hours

Mon - Fri

08:30 - 12:00

Consultation with Honorary Consul (only with appointment)

Mon - Fri
12:00 - 13:00

9 Kensington Drive, 
Westville, 
Durban 3629

Postal address:
P.O. Box 1166, 
Westville,
Durban 3630

Phone:
+27 (0)31 266 3920
Fax:
+27 (0)31 266 3925

Biometric specifications for photos

Biometric passport photo

High-quality photos are essential for the perfect reproduction of the image and are a prerequisite for using facial biometrics in ID documents. These sample photos show the features which ensure that photos are suitable for use in ID documents.

Passport fees

South African Rand

The following fees must be paid cash in South African Rand (converted by the current exchange rate) when you submit an application. Credit cards are also accepted (Master and Visa cards only). In this case the amount will be debited from your credit card account.

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