Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — San Francisco

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German Passports / German ID Cards

All applicants residing in the consular district of the German Consulate in San Francisco are now required to personally apply for a passport or ID card at the Consulate General. Passport appointments need to be made online (there is no fee). Appointments may be booked a minimum of one week and a maximum of nine weeks in advance.

If you are booking an appointment to activate or make changes to your new ID (Personalausweis), please contact us by e-mail ( prior to booking an appointment.


Citizenship Law

Citizenship and Naturalization Matters



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

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 (stays for up to 90 days per 180 day period)
  • 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 (stays longer than 90 days)

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 before booking a wrong appointment by mistake.



Family Law

Registration of marriage

Registration of birth

Name declarations

Acknowledgement of divorce


Please bring two copies of all documents that you submit (i.e. birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport etc.)


Notarization/ Certification

"Simple" Notarization/ Certification of signature (for formal notarizations please use the contact form)

Certification of photocopies

Certificate of Good Conduct

Power of Attorney/ Declaration of Consent

Registration to the Commercial Register

Rejection of an inheritance

Consular Certificates

Value Added Tax refund