URGENT COVID-19 UPDATE
The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and consulates in Germany have suspended all routine appointments for passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services. We are not able to offer call-in hours at this time but will answer your email promptly. If you need an emergency passport for immediate international travel or for reasons relating to immigration, please contact the embassy or consulate nearest you.
Passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19. They are no longer printing non-emergency passports or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad received from overseas U.S. embassies and consulates. If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, you should expect significant delays receiving your passport and your citizenship evidence documents. You may contact the Embassy or your local consulate to check on the status of your application.
Given the ongoing situation, we do not have an estimate for when regular passport operations will resume. In the meantime, please hold on to your passport for routine renewal. We will update our information as soon as U.S. passport processing centers are operational again.
U.S. embassies and consulates are still able to print emergency passports. If you have an immediate need to travel and have a confirmed flight to the United States, please email Berlin, Frankfurt, or Munich and request an emergency passport appointment.
Please visit this website for further updates.
1. Complete Passport Application Form DS-11
Prior to your arrival, complete the application by entering your personal information on Form DS-11 using the online passport wizard. The form is available at Travel.State.Gov. Note: You cannot currently list a “Country” when completing the “Emergency Contact” section on our forms. Please list an emergency contact in the United States. Be sure to answer all questions accurately. Print the application and bring it with you to your appointment.
- Do not sign your application until instructed to do so by the acceptance agent.
- You must provide a Social Security number, if you have been issued one. If you were never issued a Social Security number, you must submit a signed and dated statement that includes the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.”
If you have questions regarding this requirement, please see our FAQs here. Information on how to apply for a Social Security Number at the U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt is available here and here.
2. Present Proof of U.S. Citizenship (original and photocopy)
You may prove U.S. Citizenship with any one of the following (please bring with you the original AND one photocopy):
- an original U.S. Birth Certificate,
- an original U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad,
- an original U.S. Certification of Birth,
- an original U.S. Certificate of Citizenship, or
- an original U.S. Naturalization Certificate.
3. Present Proof of Identity (original and photocopy)
The applicant may prove his/her identity with one of the following (provide original AND one photocopy):
You must submit one of the Primary Identification Documents:
- an original valid passport of any country,
- an original national identity card with photograph, or
- an original valid U.S. or State government ID card
4. Include Name Change Documents (if applicable) (original and photocopy)
If the name you are currently using is different from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must provide an original copy of the legal name change document. Examples include:
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce decree
- Court-ordered name change document
5. Provide Passport Photo
6. Calculate Fees and Forms of Payment
The adult passport book fee is a non-refundable processing fee and is retained by the Department of State whether or not the passport is issued.
There is no expedited service outside the United States. In general, overseas service is already faster than U.S. service.
To determine the correct fee, please see the Fee Chart from Travel.State.Gov which is found here.
Accepted payment methods are:
- Cash in U.S. Dollars or Euros (for payments in cash local currency is preferred)
- Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover; no EC Cards are accepted
- Cashier’s Check:
Cashier’s check issued by an American bank in dollars payable to “U.S. Department of State”(Barscheck ausgestellt durch eine amerikanische Bank auf den Namen „U.S. Department of State“)
- Bank Check or Counter Check:
Bank check issued by a German bank in dollars drawn on a U.S. bank
(Bankscheck ausgestellt von einer deutschen Bank bezogen auf eine U.S. Bank in US-Dollar auf den Namen „U.S. Department of State“)
All checks must be machine-readable (i.e., have a coded line running along the bottom of the check). Checks cannot be older than 30 days from issuance to submission for passport renewal. No personal checks will be accepted.
7. Delivery of Passport
Frankfurt and Berlin: If you are applying in Frankfurt or Berlin, to avoid delay and increase security, please submit a prepaid traceable commercial courier envelope, such as the DHL Express Easy envelope, FedEx, TNT, DPT, etc. when mailing in your application package. As of January 2020, you cannot purchase the DHL ExpressEasy envelope at your local German post office. You now need to purchase this online. Please click here and follow the process online. Please make sure to submit the waybill with all other documents.
Munich: For applications in Munich, please submit a pre-paid self-addressed envelope. To avoid delay and increase security, the pre-paid envelope should include a traceable delivery service (e.g. Deutsche Post Einschreiben, or any courier service).
Please note: Record your tracking number and keep it in a safe place as the Passport Units do not maintain this information. You may use the tracking number to track the return delivery of your passport.
8. Additional Requirements and Information for All Minors Age 16 & 17
Minors ages 16-17 with their own identification can apply for a passport by themselves. However, the minor must show at least one parent or guardian knows that the minor is applying for a passport. It is recommended that in order to show parental awareness at least one parent appear in person with the minor to identify him/her or to provide a signed, notarized statement consenting to the issuance of a passport (document must be accompanied by a photocopy of that parent’s ID).
NOTE: Although the two-parent consent requirement does not apply to minors aged 16 or 17, per Department regulations a passport generally will not be issued to a minor if a parent or legal guardian who has custodial rights over a minor has notified the Department in writing that he or she objects to issuance of the passport.
9. Schedule an online appointment
The online appointment calendar displays times for all available consular services, therefore, please make sure you schedule your appointment for the appropriate time AND service. Please make a separate appointment for each individual requiring service. If all the slots for the time you want are already taken, you will need to either choose another day or another time. If you do not schedule the correct service or select an available time, we will be unable to assist you effectively.
To schedule an online appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, please click HERE
To schedule an online appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Frankfurt, please click HERE
To schedule an online appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Munich, please click HERE
Emergency Appointment Required?
Contact your Embassy/Consulate via email after a regular appointment has been scheduled and clearly explain the nature of the emergency and your travel dates.
If you use a wheelchair or motorized chair and need assistance, please have someone accompany you to your appointment.
10. Processing Times & Return of Passport
Processing time for your U.S. passport is approximately 2-3 weeks from the day of your appointment. Your passport will be returned to you with your return envelope once processing has been completed. Please ensure you submit a pre-paid, self-addresses return envelope on the day of your appointment.
Please note: Make a note of your tracking number as the Passport Units do not maintain this information. You may use the tracking number to track the return delivery of your passport.
If you are also applying for a passport card, you should be aware that they take approximately 8-10 weeks to process. If you are applying for a passport card and book, please enclose two return delivery envelopes with your application.