Passport application for minors

Passport for minors Enlarge image Passport for minors (© picture alliance / ZB) Passports for applicants under the age of 24 are valid for six years. In general, biometric passports are issued for children. From the age of six, children must submit their fingerprints.

Upon request from the parents, a children's passport (“Kinderpass“) can be issued for minors under the age of 12.  From the age of 12, a biometric passport is compulsory. All minors must be present while submitting the application. When applying for a child's first passport, it may be required to submit a name declaration. 

Please note that we can only accept complete applications. In order to ensure that your application can be processed without delay, please submit the following documents in original and one copy (no certification needed).

Required Documents

  • A duly completed application form. The application form must be signed by both parents. If you have sole guardianship, please submit the applicable court order. If one parent cannot be present, a signed consent form (parent or legal guardian) for the application of a German travel document for the child is required. The signature must be certified by a German authority. Formular Zustimmung gesetzlichen Vertreter / consent form parents/guardian [pdf, 45.34k]
  • One recent passport photograph according to biometric specifications check here for further details regarding biometric specifications of photos [pdf, 550.79k]
  • “Unabridged Birth Certificate“ or “Full Birth Certificate“
  • Previous passport/children's passport
  • German passports of parents
  • Parents' South African ID-book or temporary/permanent residence permit
  • Parents' Unabridged Marriage Certificate
  • if applicable, Name Declaration
  • Deregistration certificate from the German registration office (“Abmeldebescheinigung“ vom Einwohnermeldeamt), if German residency is registered in the previous passport
  • if applicable, a German Certificate of Naturalisation (“Einbürgerungsurkunde Naturalisation Certificate“ or German “Beibehaltungsgenehmigung“ and South African Certificate of Naturalisation

Processing a passport can be facilitated if the minor or the parents possess any of the following documents which prove the citizenship of family members or ancestors, from whom he/she derives his/her German citizenship:

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

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

You are required to submit further documentation based on how the child's parents' citizenship determined. Please check the appropriate categories on the page
Passport application for adults
The required documents are those that the parent, from whom the applicant derives German citizenship, if he/she would apply for a passport.

Traveling minor

Note: Report of birth to obtain German citizenship abroad

Affected are those who were born outside of the limits of the Federal Republic of Germany and whose parents were also born abroad after the December 31st of 1999, if their habitual residence is not Germany. Children with these characteristics will not automatically obtain German nationality by birth anymore. Exceptions to this general rule are possible in cases of imminent statelessness.

Passport application for minors

Reisepass

Opening hours, appointments and contact details

Consular/Passport Section Pretoria

Passport Section

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 2016
Directions to our office
Enquiries via e-mail
Further information on passports

OTHER CONSULAR SERVICES
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

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.

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.

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