Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — New York

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If you wish to submit in person at the Consulate General an application for permission to retain German citizenship, for a German certificate of citizenship or naturalization/ restoration of German citizenship or if you want to submit in person a declaration on the renunciation of German citizenship, please make an appointment here.

Please note that you may also send in these kinds of applications by mail to the Consulate General to the following address:

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

871 United Nations Plaza

New York, NY 10017


For the pick-up of permissions to retain German citizenship, certificates of citizenship, certificates of naturalization and certificates of renunciation appointments are not necessary.



Thanks for your interest in visiting Germany!

On the next page, you will be asked if you want to apply for a “Schengen Visa” or a “Residence Visa”.

  • A Schengen visa is for short trips, including tourism and business trips, visits to friends or family in Germany, and airport transit.
  • A residence visa is the correct visa if you intend to move to Germany in order to work or study there, or to live there with your spouse or other family member.

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 send us an email to before booking a wrong appointment by mistake.

Please be aware that you need to book one appointment for every person in your party. With Schengen visa you have the option to book up to four appointments with one inquiry, if there are still appointments avaible in the same time slot.

In order to avoid waiting times for our customers, please book only one appointment. Please note that the German Consulate 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 can only accept applications for Schengen visa 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 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 extend the duration of the visa you are applying for 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 it has been issued before that, your passport can not be accepted. That even applies in cases where the validity has been extended by the authorities of your home country.

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

Additional important information will be sent automatically to you via email after you have successfully booked an appointment.


Signature Certifications / Authentications and Matters relating to Driver´s Licenses

Certification of Signatures (e.g. for Powers of Attorney, Commercial Register Applications), Authentication of Photocopies

You will find elaborate information about signature certifications (including an explanation how it differs from a full notarization) on the joint website of the German Missions in the US at,CertificationsandApostille.

You may book an appointment here if

  • you need to have your signature certified for the use in Germany
  • you need one or more certified true copies of documents for the use in Germany


The German Consulate General is not allowed to certify signatures or perform identity verifications to open a new account, for loan applications or similar cases. Read more


You require different legal services from the German Consulate General?

If -apart from having your signature certified or a photocopy notarized - you would like to apply for a passport or a visa on the same day, please make two separate appointments: one for the certification and one under category "German Passports" or "Visa" (see above)


German passports / German identity cards

Online appointment system for German passports and German ID-Cards

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

Applicants for German passports and German ID-Cards are required to arrange an appointment in order to hand in their application. This online appointment system provides our customers with the opportunity to choose an appropriate date and it avoids long waiting time at the counter.

For detailed information on the German passport and German ID-card application procedures as well as a list of required documents, visit our website . Please familiarize yourself with the procedures before making an appointment for your passport application.

At each appointment only one application can be processed. Therefore, for every family member an individual appointment is required. Should you wish to apply for a passport and an ID-card at the same time, please book two successive appointments.

Due to high demand for passport application appointments, waiting times for an appointment may be increased. Please consider this while arranging your personal travel plans.

For your convenience, there’s now the possibility to have your biometric passport pictures taken at the consulate at a fee of USD 5. Therefore, a photo booth is located at the entrance hall of the consulate.

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.


Name declarations/ Registration of birth and marriage

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.

You will find elaborate information about name declarations on the joint website of the German Missions in the US.

Before booking an appointment, please check exactly what kind of declaration of name you would like to make by visiting our website and provide the the relevant form duly completed as well as the required documents listed on the website in original or certified copy plus a set of simple copies.

Information regarding the registration of a birth or marriage in Germany is also available on our website.

Please provide the relevant application form duly completed and the required documents listed on the website.

Please be informed that you may also send the applications by mail if the application forms and copies are certified by a notary public. Please send the applicaitons to the following address:

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

871 United Nations Plaza

New York, NY 10017