Appointment-System of the German Foreign Office — Washington

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I. Visa Applications

Thank you 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 cannot 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.

If you book an appointment in the wrong category, it will be deleted without further notification.

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 applicant. Please note that the German Embassy will cancel your appointments, in case you book more than one appointment or the wrong category and that in this case we will not accept your application.

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


II. German Passport and ID Card

For detailed information on the German passport and 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.

During 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.

If you have any questions about the booking system, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail only at


III. Wohnortänderung

Wohnortänderungen nach Zuzug in den Amtsbezirk der Deutschen Botschaft Washington

Die Eintragung des neuen Wohnortes in Ihren Reisepass können Sie persönlich oder auf dem Postweg erledigen. Dazu schicken Sie und oder bringen Sie persönlich mit:

  1. hren Reisepass im Original
  2. Abmeldebescheinigung aus Deutschland (bei Zuzug aus Deutschland oder wenn der deutsche Wohnort noch im Pass steht)
  3. gültige Aufenthaltsberechtigung für die  USA (US Resident Alien Card, US-Aufenthaltsvisum)
  4. Adressnachweis für  die USA (z.B. council tax/ utility bill oder bank statement)
  5. Antrag auf Wohnortänderung (bitte hier herunterladen)

bei postalischer Zustellung: zusätzlich einen, mit Ihrer Adresse versehenen, Rückumschlag („Priority Mail“), vorfrankiert falls Postzustellung erwünscht wird oder eine Money Order zugunsten German Embassy Washington D.C. in Höhe von 25,- USD (bei bis zu 6 Pässen).

Die Wohnortänderung im Reisepass ist kostenfrei.

Sofern Sie Fragen haben wenden Sie sich bitte ausschließlich per Mail an


IV. Family Matters
  • Name declarations
  • Registration of a marriage abroad
  • Registration of a birth abroad
  • Recognition of a foreign divorce decree

Before booking an appointment, please read the information on the joint website of the German Missions in the US at and make sure to provide the the relevant form duly completed as well as the required documents listed on the website as originals including two full sets of copies.


Please note: This is not an appointment for applying for a German passport!


V. Citizenship Affairs
  • Certificate of citizenship
  • Naturalization
  • Restoration of German citizenship
  • Renunciation of German citizenship

Please consider the information on our website before booking an appointment and bring the required documents (originals + 2 sets of copies) as well as the duly completed application form with you for the appointment.

No appointment is required for the application for and collection of permissions to retain German citizenship ("Beibehaltungsgenehmigungen"). Please come by mondays between 1 and 3 pm as well as fridays between 8.30 and 11.30 am for this purpose.


VI. Other Consular Services

For all Consular Services other than those in the categories I to V, kindly book an appointment in this category:

  • Notarizations of signature on powers of attorney and declarations of consent
  • Notarizations of signature for the purpose of renunciation of an inheritance
  • Notarizations of signature for a certificate of good conduct
  • Notarizations of signature for opening a blocked account
  • Certification of copies for use in Germany
  • German Driver's license confirmation
  • export certificates for the purpose of VAT refund

Please consider the information on our website carefully before booking an appointment and bring all required documents, application forms and fees for the desired service.

No appointment is required for the issuance of life certificates for pension or compensation purposes. Applicants are welcome to walk in Tuesdays between 8.30 and 11.30 am as well as Wednesdays between 1.00 and 3.00 pm.


If you book in the wrong category, unfortunately, your appointment booking can not be considered. Your appointment will be deleted.