Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Houston

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German Passports and ID cards

Kindly refer to our website at to get all the necessary information to apply for a German passport, e.g. all documents that have to be provided (e.g. birth certificate, passport pictures, fee). Please check the information provided thoroughly before you make an appointment for the passport application. Make sure to have to a proof of your name according to German law.


In case you have any question, please contact the passport section by email: .




Due to the EU travel ban which is in force indefinitely for third-country nationals travelling from the US, visa applications can only be accepted in these exceptional cases:


-          Employment as qualified worker

-          Study (no language courses)

-          Family reunion

-          Transit


If you intend to enter Germany for one of the above mentioned purposes of stay, you can book an appointment to submit your visa application here.


Please note that applications for any other purpose of stay will not be accepted and you will be turned away. If you attend an appointment, your application will be refused. Please be aware that the consulate will check prior to your appointment if you qualify for one of the above mentioned exemptions.


Please note that a visa is not a guarantee that you will be allowed to enter Germany as this is at the discretion of the German border police.


If you are a US citizen and intend to move to Germany for studying or family reunion, please be aware that you are still allowed to enter Germany visa free and apply for your residence permit at your place of residence. A visa process is not necessary.


Information on our mail-in service (Schengen visas only!) can be found on our website.


Certifications of signatures (e.g. for declarations of approval, name declarations, etc)

If you need your signature certified on a document or application form, please schedule an appointment here. Please find further information, especially about name declarations, on our website at .

Please indicate the document that requires a certificate of signature to make sure the competent member of staff is available.


As notarizations require a certain preparation (e.g. acknowledgement of paternity, certificate of inheritance), please contact the consulat by email: .


If you need a certification of copies or a life certificate, book your appointment in that separate category.


Important: If in addition to the certification of the signature you are planning to apply for a passport or visa at the same time, please schedule two appointments, one for the signature verification and one in the category "German passports" or "Visa".


In connection with the COVID-19 virus the consulate has to restrict the number of clients in the waiting area. Therefore, please check if your case requires a personal appearance at the consulate or if it can be certified by a US notary public. Applications for birt registration, name change etc. can be mailed to the consulate.


Certification of copies/ Life certificates (pension)

In this category, appointments are available for:


- certification of copies

- life certificates (German pension)