Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Atlanta

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German Passports & Identity Cards

Welcome to the online appointment system of the German Consulate General in Atlanta.

This category is not for booking visa appointments!

To apply for a German passport or ID-card, you need an appointment. Appointments can only be booked online. Please book one appointment per person and per application even if you apply as a family (i.e. 1 adult, 2 children: 3 appointments). Make sure you appear on time at the beginning of your appointment. If you fail to arrive on time, you wil automatically lose your slot and need to book a new appointment.

You can find detailed information about how to apply for a German passport on our website. Please familiarize yourself with the procedures before making an appointment for your passport application.

You do not need to bring a prepaid return envelope to your appointment. Please be aware that you need to bring one copy per original document as well!

What you need to check before you book an appointment:

If your last name has changed after marriage or divorce, or if you apply for a German passport for a child for the first time, a name declaration might be necessary before the passport application.

Please read the link carefully before you book an appointment to make sure if you need a name declaration first or not! ONLY once the new name/the child's name has been registered and confirmed by the German registrar's office (Standesamt) you can book a passport appointment.


Appointments can only be booked for up to 28 days in advance. New appointment slots are made available daily. If you are not successful in obtaining an appointment right away, please try again later.

We kindly ask for your understanding that you can enter our waiting area only five minutes prior to your appointment. Only the applicant and persons who have legal custody for the applicant will be allowed to enter our waiting area.



Visa for Germany and the Schengen States

Welcome to the online appointment system of the German Consulate General in Atlanta.


Thank you for your interest in visiting Germany!

Please note that the date format for making an appointment is dd/mm/yyyy.

The German Consulate can o n l y accept applications if you are traveling to Germany as your main destination and live in our consular district.

If you are traveling to more than one of the Schengen States, and the main destination is not Germany but another Schengen State (for example France, Italy, Spain), you have to apply at the Consulate of that State.

You should apply for a visitor visa (tourism, business trips) at least 2 weeks before, but no longer than 3 months before your planned trip. If the time between your appointment and your planned trip is less than two weeks, your visa might not be ready in time.

Residence visa (study, employment, moving to Germany) have a processing time of 4 - 10 weeks.

Please go to our website for further information. The link is:

In case you did receive a Schengen visa within the last 5 years for which your fingerprints were taken, you may send in your Schengen visa application per surface mail. We accept complete applications only. Please see following link for further information:

Please ONLY use the application forms you find on our webside. Do NOT fill out just any application form you find through an internet search.

The link for the Schengen Visa application (for a stay of less than 90 days) is:

The link for the National Visa application (for a stay of more than 90 days) is:


Please note the following important regulations concerning your passport/travel document:


  • its validity has to extend beyond the duration of the visa you are applying for by at least 3 months
  • it has to contain at least two blank pages;
  • it must have been issued within the previous 10 years. If it was issued before that, your application can not be accepted. This rule also applies if the validity has been extended by the authorities of your home country.


If your passport/travel document does not meet all of these requirements, you will need to obtain a new passport before applying for a visa.

Please book only one time slot for your application. Each applicant needs one appointment. In case of multiple bookings, all of your reservation will be cancelled without giving notice!

Please note that the use of mobile devices may result in reduced functionality or wrong bookings. We therefore recommend using desktop computers or laptops when making online appointments.


Other consular services (no passports and no visa)

This category is not for booking visa appointments!

Also for other consular services e.g. consular certificates, certifications of signatures and copies as well as for the pick-up of a permit to retain German citizenship at the German Consulate General in Atlanta an appointment via this online appointment system has to be scheduled.

To apply for a German passport or for a visa for entry into German, please DO NOT use this part of the online appointment system and return to the previous menu.

Please book only one time slot per person for your application.


You can book an appointment for a certification of your signature for the following topics:

Requesting a certificate of good conduct

Declaration for renouncing an inheritance

Name declarations

Application for registering marriage or birth abroad

Application for acknowledgement of a US-divorce

Declaration of Consent, respectively authorizing a Power of Attorney (“Genehmigungserklärung” or “Vollmachtsbestätigung”): someone signed on your behalf a contract or declaration without having received the power of attorney from you. You are now asked to authorize this declaration retroactively, so that the contract will be legally binding.

Simple Power Of Attorney (“Vollmacht”): power of attorney for which the individual gives a lesser authorization, e.g. power of attorney for a single legal transaction that can be revoked , e.g. simple inheritance declarations


For all other signature certifications or notarizations please write an e-mail first to with the attached document you want to have your signature certified on so we can check if that certification can be done in the Consulate General.


After successfully booking an appointment you will receive an e-mail to your submitted e-mail-address. This email contains a link to re-confirm or cancel your booking.

Please print out that e-mail and bring it to your appointment.


We kindly ask for your understanding that you can enter our waiting area only five minutes prior to your appointment. Only the applicant and persons who have legal custody for the applicant will be allowed to enter our waiting area.

Please bring your own pen with you.

More information on consular matters can be found on our website.