Loss of Nationality

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION**

The U. S. Consulate General in Frankfurt, is currently unable to accept appointments for Loss of Nationality applications in Germany. Under guidance from the U.S. Department of State, we are currently unable to process Loss of Nationality applications and cannot provide a timeframe for when this service will resume. We recommend that you periodically check this website for updates on resumption of this service. Please do not email documents or send by mail until normal services resume.

Renunciation of U.S. citizenship is a serious and irrevocable act which deserves your thoughtful consideration.  It is imperative that you fully understand the nature of its consequences prior to requesting a Certificate of Loss of Nationality.

Before beginning this process you need to review the legal requirements as well as the consequences and ramifications of renouncing U.S. citizenship.

For questions related to possible tax implications, please contact the Internal Revenue Service and review the Joint Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) FAQ.

For questions related to Social Security or other federal benefits, please contact the Federal Benefits Unit..

If you decide that this is the course of action you wish to pursue, there are several steps you need to take including an interview at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt.  At the in-person interview you must demonstrate to the consular officer that you fully understand the nature and consequences of the oath of renunciation, that you are not subject to duress or undue influence, and that you are voluntarily and intentionally seeking to renounce your U.S. citizenship.

If you wish to renounce your U.S. citizenship under Section 349(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA),  you may follow this process only if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • you are at least 18 years old;
  • you are able to read or speak English;
  • you do NOT have any developmental or intellectual disabilities, and
  • you do NOT have a legal guardian appointed to you.

If you do not meet all these requirements, or if you want to submit an application for relinquishment because you have committed an expatriation act of U.S. citizenship, please contact us at FrankfurtPassports@state.gov

To initiate the process, scan and submit the following documents to FrankfurtPassports@state.gov (Subject: Renunciation – Last name)

  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship: the bio-page of current U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificate or Report of Birth Abroad, and/or Certificate of Naturalization.
  • Evidence of any name change (if applicable):  marriage or divorce certificates, court orders, or other legal documents regarding a change of name.
  • Evidence of foreign citizenships (if applicable): the bio-page of your most recent foreign passport(s) and/or foreign nationality certificate.
  • Completed DS-4080 Oath/Affirmation of Renunciation of Nationality of United States.
  • Completed DS-4081 Statement of Understanding Concerning the Consequences and Ramifications of Relinquishment or Renunciation of U.S. Citizenship, plus a copy of any written statement you wish to provide.
  • Completed DS-4083 Certificate of Loss of Nationality of the United States.

Once we receive your scanned documents, we will notify you to schedule a phone consultation.  Once the phone consultation is completed, we will schedule your  interview at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Appointments are scheduled approximately 3-6 weeks in advance, on a first-come, first-served basis.

On the day of your appointment, you must bring all original documents. Your U.S. passport, Report of Birth Abroad, and Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship will be retained by the U.S. Consulate during the entire renunciation process. You will be asked to reschedule if you do not have the required documents at the time of your appointment.

You must pay the non-refundable fee of $2,350.  The fee is payable in cash (dollars or euros) or by credit card (credit card holder must be present).  If you wish to pay with your credit card, please contact your credit card provider beforehand to make sure that your card can be charged (no PIN terminal) in U.S. dollars.  If your card is rejected, you will need to reschedule your appointment.

You will meet with a consular officer and be given another opportunity to review the Statement of Understanding prior to taking the Oath of Renunciation.

Your completed packet will be sent to the Department of State in Washington, DC for review and approval.  It is important to note that this process may take several months to complete.

If your loss of nationality is approved, you will receive the Certificate of Loss of Nationality, accompanied by your  annotated passport and report of birth.  The Certificate is the sole legal document establishing your loss of nationality. Pending approval of the Certificate, you remain a U.S. citizen and cannot travel to the United States on a foreign passport.

If you have any questions, please contact our office by email: FrankfurtPassports@state.gov.

Last updated: October 28, 2020