Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Kapstadt

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Family matters



Family matters: 

  •   Name declarations
  •   Registration of a marriage abroad
  •   Registration of a birth abroad


German citizens are subject to German law with respect to their use of a name. The possible names which may be used under German law may deviate from those entered in South African certificates or identification documents. Also, name changes of German citizens in their South African documents do not always have an immediate effect to the name used in Germany and in German official documents. Please read the information provided on the following pages carefully in order to find out if a name declaration is required, especially after birth, marriage or divorce abroad.

Before booking an appointment, please read the information on the joint website of the German Missions in South Africa:

and make sure to provide the  relevant form duly completed as well as the required documents listed on the website as originals including two full sets of copies.

Kindly take note that we can process several applications (e.g. birth registration and declaration of a name in marriage) of one family in one time slot. Should you wish to hand in more than three applications, kindly book two consecutive time slots in order to allow for sufficient time.  Appointments are not transferable.  A new appointment is required after a delay of more than 10 minutes.

Please note: This is not a passport appointment!

 Safety information:

For security reasons, it is not permitted to bring mobile phones, laptops, tablets or similar electronic devices into the Consulate General. Visitors carrying unauthorized items are not permitted to enter.


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