Child passport

Service Description

When traveling abroad, children must also show identification when crossing the border. For German children, a children's passport or a separate passport can be considered for this purpose. It is also possible to apply for an ID card for children (e.g. for travel within the EU).

The children's passport replaces the previous children's ID card. This has no longer been issued or renewed since January 1, 2006. The advantage of the children's passport is that it is more forgery-proof, which means that it is likely to be more widely accepted in other countries.

A child's passport is issued to minors up to the age of 12 and must contain a photograph regardless of the child's age. The child's passport is valid for six years, but no longer than until the child reaches the age of twelve. Children's entries in the parents' passport are invalid as of 26.06.2012 and no longer entitle the child to cross the border. As of this date, all children (from birth) must have their own travel document when traveling abroad. For parents as passport holders, however, the document remains valid without restriction.

The child passport can be extended until the child reaches the age of twelve. In this context, it must be provided with a current photograph.

The loss of the child's passport must be reported immediately.

special notes for kreisfreie Stadt Erfurt
  • Personal appearance at the time of application by at least one parent or guardian (identity card or passport must be presented)
  • personal appearance of children (regardless of age) also required
  • The issuance of a child passport is only possible until the child reaches the age of 12.
  • The validity period for children's passports is one year.
  • The child passport is only valid for a limited period of time. Please inform yourself in advance at about the entry requirements of the respective travel country. There you will also find further information about your travel country.
  • You can find further information at and on the corresponding page of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Landeshauptstadt Erfurt, Stadtverwaltung - Meldeaufgaben

Visiting address
Bürgermeister-Wagner-Straße 1
99084 Erfurt

99111 Erfurt
0361 655-7844
0361 655-6502
Transport connection
52, 61, 155, 234/235


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