Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Chicago

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German passports / German identity cards

Due to the high demand for appointments for passport applications, it is possible that there are no available appointments listed. Appointments can be scheduled a maximum of 4 weeks in advance; new dates are added daily.

In case of an emergency where travel is imminent, please contact the Consulate General using our online contact form, at In exceptional cases, appointments can be added manually.


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Passports, German ID-Cards, Birth Registration and Name Declaration

Passport through the German Consulate General in Chicago

If you want to apply for a passport or German ID-Card at the German Consulate General in Chicago you are required to book an appointment through this system.

For detailed information on how to apply for a passport or ID-card and what documents to bring, visit our website on Please familiarize yourself with the procedures before making an appointment for your passport application. For every family member an individual appointment is required.

For payments up to an amount of EUR 1.000,-, the consulate accepts credit cards issued by Visa and MasterCard. Please note that all payments will be processed in Euro.

Passport through an Honorary Consul

In the area covered by the German Consulate General in Chicago our Honorary Consuls in Cincinnati/OH, Kansas City/KS, Minneapolis/MN and St. Louis/MO are also authorized to accept passport applications. To schedule an appointment at Honorary Consuls please contact them directly. Further information regarding passports through an Honorary Consul can by found here.



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Thank you for your interest in visiting Germany and welcome to the appointment system of the German Consulate General in Chicago!

On the next page, you will be asked if you want to apply for a “Schengen Visa” or a “Residence Visa” or would like to sign a "Formal Obligation Letter"

  • A "Schengen visa" is for short trips, including tourism and business trips, visits to friends or family in Germany or Austria, and airport transit.
  • A "Residence visa/permit" is the correct visa if you intend to stay in Germany in order to work or study there, or to live there with your spouse or other family member
  • A "Formal Obligation Letter" may be required as proof of sufficient financial means for a visa application.

Please make sure that you choose the correct category, as we can not honor appointments that have been booked in the wrong category. If you are unsure, please visit our website at or send us an email to visa(at) before booking a wrong appointment by mistake.

Please be aware that you need to book one appointment for every person in your party. In order to avoid waiting times for our customers, please book only one appointment per person. Please note that the German Consulate General will delete all your appointments, in case you book more than one appointment and that in this case we will not accept your application.

The German Consulate General can only accept applications for Schengen visa if you are traveling to Germany or Austria as your main destination.

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

You should apply for a Schengen visa 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) usually have a processing time of 4-12 weeks.

All applicants are kindly asked to take note of these important regulations concerning travel documents/passports:

(a) its validity has to exceed the duration of the intended stay in the Schengen states by at least 3 months;

(b) it has to contain at least two blank pages;

(c) it must have been issued within the previous 10 years.

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


Consular Certificates and Certification of Signature/Photocopies

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Certification of Signature and Photocopies

Other Consular Certifications (e.g. Certification of Driver's License)

Please note, that for a full notarization (e.g. applications for a certificate of inheritance or acknowledgement of paternity) an appointment has to be booked separately. Please contact the Consulate General by email (info(at)

If you do not find your concern in the list above, please contact the Consulate General for assistence.


Citizenship Matters

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Application and pick-up of certificates in citizenship matters