Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Los Angeles

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Thank you for your interest in visiting Germany!

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

Carefully read the following information and visit our website for the visa application form and lists of necessary documents.    

Make sure to bring all necessary documents as listed in the visa requirements to avoid delays in the processing of your application.The German Consulate requieres O R I G I N A L Documents. Documents have to be hand signed.

Only applications filled out online from the Consulate/Embassy website will be accepted. Please fill out the application with all personal data exactly as it appears on your passport.
After completion, please print the form including the Annex page containing the barcode (only visible at time of printing). It is crucial that the barcode is not torn, folded or otherwise damaged at time of submission.

The German Consulate can o n l y accept applications if you are traveling to Germany as your main destination.

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, 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 (students, employment, family reunification etc.) have a processing time of 4 - 10 weeks, in some cases it may take longer.

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  a l l  of these requirements, you will need to obtain a new passport before applying for a visa.


German Passports and Identity Cards


Before applying for a passport, please ensure that you do not have to do a name declaration before.

A name declaration will most likely be necessary, if:

- the applicant was born abroad within wedlock but his/her/their parents did not have the same name
- the applicant got married abroad and changed his/her/their name but never registered the marriage in Germany

Please note that these are just examples. For more information on when name declarations are necessary and how to submit them please see our website. If a name declaration turns out to be necessary, we cannot accept passport applications until the German registrar has confirmed the name/name change. You can submit name declarations in person to the Consulate General (only after booking an appointment via our website) or send it by mail.

Please continue with booking an appointment only if you are sure, that you do not need to make a name declaration.


Notarization of signature and declarations related to your civil status

You need a simple notarization of your signature for

- Power of Attorney
- Renouncement of succession
- Declaration of approval ("Genehmigungserklärung"): declaration by which a person approves a declaration / contract signed earlier on his behalf by somebody else
- Application for a certificate of good conduct
- or other legal matters?

Book an appointment in the category "notarization of signature".

You need a qualified notarization of your signature for matters such as

- birth registrations
- registration of a foreign marriage
- name declaration

Please book an appointment in the category "declarations related to your civil status".

Please book one appointment per declaration.
Declarations that are somehow connected (e. g. birth registrations for sibblings) can be made within one appointment.  



Citizenship matters

Please book an appointment in this category if you have already fully completed an application for one of the following procedures:
- naturalization (§ 13 or § 14 of the German Citizenship Act)
- certificate of German cititzenship
- renunciation of German citizenship.

Be sure to read the information on the following page carefully.

Applications for retention permits are to be submitted by mail (not email) only. If necessary notarizations of documents may be obtained between 8:00 and 11:00 h am without appointment.