This page is about how to apply for your new or first German passport from within Canada.
Note: Immigroup does not provide German passport services. This page is for your information only. To apply for a German Passport in Canada, see the German Embassy's website. Immigroup attempts to keep everything up to date but if you notice a mistake please comment below and we will fix it as soon as possible.
- Claiming German Citizenship by Descent
- German First or Renewal Passport Application in Canada
- Frequently asked Questions
The following guidelines explain the criteria needed to obtain dual German Canadian citizenship on the basis of descent (i.e. through your parent or ancestor).
German citizenship can no longer be inherited by descent abroad for children born as of January 1, 2000 if the German parent is a permanent resident or citizen who resides in the foreign country.
Descent from the father:
If you were born before 2000 to a father who was a German citizen at the time of your birth AND your father was legally married to your mother, you are a German citizen and can apply for your first German passport.
If you your parents were not legally married at the time of your birth you may still be entitled to a German passport but you will have to prove paternity:
If you were born prior to July 1, 1993, the rules are as follows:
- Your father must have acknowledged paternity officially (the acceptable method depends upon which country you were born in so consult your local German Embassy or Consulate for proof is required)
- Your parents must have subsequently married prior to July 1, 1998.
If you were born since July 1, 1993, to an unmarried German father who was a German citizen at the time of your birth, you can apply for your German passport.
Descent from the mother:
If you were born after January 1, 1975 but before 2000 to a mother who was a German citizen at the time of your birth, you are a German citizen and can apply for a passoprt.
If you were born before January 1, 1975 to a German mother you may still be eligible for a passport but the rules are more complicated: your mother must have registered your birth with the German Embassy responsible for your country of birth before your first birthday. If your birth was not registered, you are unfortunately unable to claim German citizenship through descent. If you believe your birth was registered but you do not have the proof, you need to contact the local German Embassy or Consulate for instructions on how to search the records for proof.
Descent from a Grandparent or older Ancestor:
If one of your grandparents was a German citizen at the time of your parent’s birth, you may still be eligible for a passport. The key thing is that the German grandparent cannot have given up their German citizenship at the time of your parent's birth. Theoretically, this claim of German citizenship by descent can go back as far as the Unification of Germany, or perhaps even further, provided you can conclusively prove that each ancestor was a German citizen at the time they had their son. Because Germans normally lose their citizenship when they naturalize in other countries, it's quite unlikely you can get citizenship through your ancestor, but if you believe you're eligible here's what you must do:
- Prove that your parent was still a German citizen (i.e. permanent resident of Canada or had proof to retain German citizenship when they became Canadian) when you were born
- Prove that your German parent's father was a German citizen at the time of your parent's birth
- Repeat with every generation you need to go back
You will need records from the Canadian government (or government responsible for the area where the birth occurred) proving the ancestor did not naturalize OR you will need records from Germany demonstrating the ancestor had permission to retain German citizenship.
Note: Children born abroad to German citizens not born in Germany must be registered with the German authorities within one year of their birth. If the birth was not registered, it is extremely unlikely the ancestor can be used to prove German citizenship by descent.
It takes about 8-14 weeks to get a German Passport if you qualify for German citizenship on the basis of descent or if you had a German passport before and wish to renew it. All you have to do is
- Submit your completed application form along with the supporting documentation to the Embassy.
- Make an an appointment at the nearest German Embassy, Consulate or Honorary Consulate
- Proceed to the nearest German Consulate or German Embassy.
The application for a German passport in Canada is a 3 step process:
STEP 1 - Completing the Application
A. Fill out the Application Form
Download and complete the appropriate application available at the German Embassy's website. Complete the application.
B. Supporting Documents
You will need to gather the following documentation for reference as you complete your application:
- Your long form birth certificate (showing both parents' names)
- Your German parent’s passport’s identity page
- Your German parent’s Permanent Resident card or their Certificate of Canadian Citizenship if they have become a citizen since you were born
- Your non-German parent’s passport
- Your driver’s license or the identity page of your Canadian passport.
For Renewal Applications only, the requirements are slightly less strict:
- The identity page of your German passport
- Your German birth certificate or your Canadian long form birth certificate
- Your valid PR card (if you do not have a copy of a processed application for a Search of Citizenship Records is needed to show you are not a Canadian citizen)
- Your proof of Deregistration if the address on your German passport is a German one
C. German Passport Photos
See your local photographer and ask for 2 biometrically-compatible German passport photos. The dimensions must be 35mm wide by 45mm and your face in the photos must be between 32mm and 36mm tall. When you get your photos from the photographer, check the following:
- Photo size: 35 x 45 mm
- The length from chin to crown of head (natural top of head) 32mm -36 mm
- Head position and facial expression:
- Head should be positioned straight and directly facing the camera
- Nose should be on the marked centerline 4. Le nez doit être à l’endroit marqué au centre
- Photo must show full front view of the face
- Facial expression must be neutral
- Lips closed
- Eyes and line of sight Les yeux et le regard:
- Eyes should be within the marked area at the same level
- Eyes must be open and clearly visible
- Image definition & contrast Définition et contraste de la photo
- Photo should have high definition and proper contrast
- Photos must be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows
- Photos must be taken against a plain, uniform, white or light coloured background
- Photo Quality Qualité de la photo:
- Photo must reflect/represent natural skin tones
- No cracks or impurities
- Glasses may be worn as long as the eyes are clearly visible
Note: Photos must meet the specifications outlined by the application and must be taken with the last 6 months.
D. Original Documents
You must take the following original documents with you to the German Consulate or the German Embassy when you go for fingerprinting:
- Your long form birth certificate,
- your German parent’s passport,
- your German parent’s Permanent Resident card or their Certificate of Canadian Citizenship (or a certified copy NOTE: certified copies are acceptable for the Certificate of Canadian Citizenship only),
- your non-German parent’s passport,
- your Driver’s License or Canadian passport.
For Renewal Applications only, the requirements are less strict:
- Your German birth certificate or Canadian long form birth certificate,
- your old passport (Proof of Deregistration from Germany if the address on your passport is your last German address),
- your valid PR card (or your Canadian passport if you are a dual citizen),
- your Driver’s license.
If you have lost your German birth certificate, you will need to get a replacement. The process if very difficult.
If you are missing a Canadian document Immigroup might be able to help you obtain it. Please contact us at 1-866-760-2623 if you would like help obtaining a Canadian document. Immigroup no longer provides assistance with German passport applications.
E. Other Requests
- Adding a surname to your valid passport?
- Your previous passport is lost or stolen?
- You want to apply for a German passport on the basis of descent from a grandparent?
Each of these requests will require more information to be submitted to the German Embassy or Consulate.
- Adding or changing your name? You'll need your marriage certificate or legal name change.
- Replacing your lost or stolen passport? You will have to provide proof, including a police report if stolen.
- See above for additional requirements to prove descent.
Submit your application form and copies of your documents to the German Embassy in Ottawa
1 Waverley St
Or the German Consulates in the following cities:
- Montreal: 1250 Bd Rene Levesque O #4315, Montréal, QC H3B 4W8
- Toronto: 2 Bloor St E, Toronto, ON M4W 1A8
- Vancouver: 999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
You must make an appointment at the nearest German Consulate or German Embassy. Once the appointment has been made, you must proceed to the German Diplomatic Mission, with all your original documents, in order to be fingerprinted.
If you are far from the above cities, you can try to take advantage of the Honorary Consuls located across the country:
south of 52 degrees latitude
633-6th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2Y5
|Phone: +1 (403) 265-6266
Fax: +1 (403) 265-6244
|Tuesday 9 a.m. - 12 noon; 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 noon
by appointment only
north of 52 degrees latitude
|Edmonton||8005 - 102 Street
Edmonton, AB T6E 4A2
|Phone: +1 (780) 434-0430
Fax: +1 (780) 439-9950
|Tuesday to Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 noon
by appointment only
|Manitoba||Winnipeg||81 Garry Street
Mezzanine - Unit 58
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4J9
|email@example.com||Wednesday and Thursday
by appointment only
Prince Edward Island
|Halifax||1959 Upper Water Street
1100 Purdy's Wharf Tower One
Halifax, NS B3J 3E5
|Phone: +1 (902) 420-1599
Fax: +1 (902) 421- 3130 No Email
|Tuesday and Thursday
by appointment only
|Newfoundland and Labrador||St. John's||2 Winter Place
St. John's, NL, A1B 1J6
|Phone: +1 (709) 739-9727
|Saskatchewan||Saskatoon||105-111 Research Drive
Innovation Place, Atrium Building, Business Centre
|Phone: +1 306 491 4912
|Tuesday to Thursday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
by appointment only
The Honorary Consuls can only accept applications and cannot give you assistance. Their hours vary widely and there is an additional fee of $100.
Receive your German passport by DHL.
- Adult: approximately $140, depending on the exchange rate as the original fee is in Euros
- Child (under 24 years of age): approximately $150, depending upon the exchange rate
There is an additional fee for using an Honorary Consul, of $100.
1. For how long is my German Passport valid for?
It is good for 10 years unless you are 24 years old or younger and then it is good for 6 years.
2. How large must the German passport picture be?
It must be no larger than 3.5 cm wide by 4.5 cm tall. The pictures must be biometrically compatible.
3. What does “biometrically compatible” mean?
A biometrically compatible picture is a picture of the whole head with enough detail to record the irises. There are a number of specific requirements: your face must meet the camera straight on and your head cannot be tilted in any way; there must be sufficient contrast; there can be no shadows on the face; the head must be straight; you cannot smile; hair, headgear or glasses cannot obstruct the face (if glasses are worn they must be prescription and the picture cannot have glare; if headgear must be worn for religious reasons it must be sufficiently pulled back so that the whole face is visible); the photo must be recent and in brand new condition.
4. How long will it take to get my German passport?
This depends on how you apply. A regular application will take about 12-14 weeks AFTER you have been fingerprinted. An express applicationcan take as little as 4 weeks.
5. Why do I have to get fingerprinted to get a German passport?
This is a European Union regulation reflected in German law and all member states of the EU require their citizens to get fingerprinted. Since 2007, these fingerprints are contained in chips in the passport.
6. How much does it cost?
German passport fees are in Euros and so vary with exchange rates.
7. Do I have to present additional documents?
Yes. All applicants must provide proof of German citizenship by birth (German passport, German birth certificate, German parent’s passport) and German citizens born in Canada must also include proof of Canadian citizenship (long form birth certificate, Canadian passport or Driver’s License).
German-born applicants (or the German parents of Canadian applicants) must also provide proof of Canadian residency (Permanent Resident Card).
If you are a married woman applying under your married name, please provide your long form marriage certificate. Applicants seeking to obtain a German passport through their parents must also provide their non-German parent’s passport.
Those born in Germany whose last passport still shows their last German address must provide proof of Deregistration.
8. What if I lost my German passport or my German birth certificate?
What if my German parent has lost their German passport? You will have to apply for a Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis (Certification of Citizenship) from the Bundesverwaltungsamt (Federal Administration Office) in Cologne, Germany.
9. What if I don’t have a long form Birth Certificate or Marriage Certificate?
If you do not have one you can apply for one.
10. What if I have lost my Permanent Residency card?
What if my German parent has lost their Citizenship Card? If you have lost it, you need to get it replaced. You have a few choices, one, contacting the government directly, and two using us to help you get your document.
Contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada directly at 1-888-242-2100.
11. What is Deregistration?
What if I don’t have proof of Deregistration? When leaving Germany, you were supposed to deregister your address with a local authority. If you didn’t do this, you can still do it at your local German mission for a fee.
12. What if I am a naturalized German citizen living in Canada?
Can I still renew my passport? Yes you can but you need your Confirmation of Registration in order to do so. If you do not have your Confirmation of Registration you need to apply for a Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis (Certification of Citizenship) from the Bundesverwaltungsamt (Federal Administration Office).
13. What if I need my passport urgently?
The fastest possible delivery time for a German passport is 4 weeks. Simply attach the proof or urgency to your application.
You may send proof of
- Moving to Europe
- Medical treatment in Europe
- Buying or selling in Europe (example: Buying a home in Germany).
14. Can I mail my Passport application to the German Embassy or a German Consulate?
No. You must make an appointment to be fingerprinted and to submit your original documentation to the passport office.
17. If I am a German citizen, do I need a German passport to enter Germany?
If you are a dual German and Canadian citizen, you can use your Canadian passport (unless you would like to stay longer than 90 days and then you should have a German passport). If you just a German citizen and Canadian Permanent Resident, you need a German passport.