Welcome to the Consular Section
Did your German passport expire? Are you in need of any other Consular service? Here you will find all relevant information on German citizenship, German passports, other legal matters and further consular services offered by the German Missions.
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.
Report of birth to obtain German citizenship abroad
Going to Germany? Not only will this website help you find out whether or not you require a visa for Germany, but it will also guide you through the application process and allow you to download the relevant application forms free of charge. You can even fill in the forms electronically prior to printing them.
The following webpages contain only the most important information about German passports and are meant for the very few German citizens who do not speak German. Please check the German version of this webpage for complete information about German passports.
If you want to know how one obtains the German citizenship or what the reasons for a possible loss may be, have a look at the information provided in this section.
Do you want to register the birth of your child or do you want to change your name under the German law? Here you can find information on these and other family matters.
You have to sign a document in front of a German Consular Officer? Following information was compiled to illustrate the two different forms of notarial certification according to German law, signature certification and notarisation of documents.
Signature certification / full notarisation
According to German law, the estate (located in Germany) of a deceased person comes under the principle of 'universal succession,' meaning that the heirs become owners of the deceased person's estate upon his death. The succession is determined either by law or by disposition in contemplation of death. (The executor, under South African law, is basically unknown to German law)
The German Customs Authority "Zoll" may be contacted for all questions with regard to import and export of goods to and from Germany.