Apply for a passport

Service Description

In many countries outside the European Union (EU), you will need a passport to enter and leave the country. You must carry this with you and show it on request. -

The electronic passport (ePassport) is an official photo ID for Germans that entitles them to cross the border of the Federal Republic of Germany. The holder of a valid German passport satisfies the statutory identification requirements, so that no identity card is required.

The period of validity of the passport depends on the age of the applicant, whereby an extension of the validity is not possible:

  • 6 years before the age of 24
  • 10 years from the age of 24
  • Temporary passport: maximum 1 year


  • Since November 1, 2007, fingerprints have also been included in the passport chip (from the age of six).
  • Since November 1, 2010, the names of religious orders and artists have been included in passports again.
  • No person may hold more than one passport issued by the Federal Republic of Germany unless a legitimate interest in the issue of more than one passport can be proven.
  • A temporary passport may only be issued in justified, time-limited individual cases if it is not (or no longer) possible to issue a passport using the express procedure (see also under "Processing time").
  • Since 01.03.2017, the third generation passport has been issued with new security features and materials.


Temporary passport: In urgent cases, a temporary passport can be applied for at the same time as the (final) passport.

Multiple passports: If there is a legitimate interest, it is possible to issue multiple passports for the same person (for example, if there is a risk of difficulties entering other countries due to certain visa entries in the passport).

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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