Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Washington

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Name declarations / Registration of birth and marriage /Recognition of a divorce decree / Acknowledgement of paternity

In order to make a declaration of name, register the birth of a child born outside Germany or make an entry in the German Register of Marriages or Civil Union, you may book an appointment here to have the applications and required documents notarized at the Consulate.

One appointment per family is sufficient, even if you wish to file several applications (for example: registering your marriage abroad and the birth of your children abroad in one appointment). Please keep in mind that both spouses must be present for a marriage name declaration and both parents entitled to custody must be present for the name declaration for a child. Children over the age of 18 years depose name declarations on their own.

If you also wish to apply for a German passport or require any other additional consular service, please make sure to book an additional, separate appointment in the respective category.

You will find elaborate information about name declarations on our website.


Safety note:

Visitors of the Consular Section may bring one bag into the waiting room with a maximum size of 35 cm (14 inches) x 30 cm (12 inches) x 20 cm (8 inches). Bags larger than this size are not allowed.

Also prohibited in the waiting room are

  • electronic devices such as cell phones*, tablet computers, smart watches, laptops, cameras or any other wireless devices
  • sealed envelopes or packages
  • sharp objects such as scissors, knives or nail files
  • weapons or explosive material of any kind are also prohibited.

This list is not exhaustive. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of the security staff.

*You may store your cell phone (free of charge) in one of the Embassy’s lockers that are located in front of the Consular building.

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