German citizenship Determination of existence on application

Service Description

You can file an application to determine the existence of your German citizenship if there is a justified interest in a declaratory judgment.

An interest in a declaratory judgment exists, for example, if

  • German authorities or courts demand that you have any remaining doubts about your German citizenship clarified by the citizenship authority following their own examination of existing evidence (e.g. German identity papers or birth certificates), or
  • in exceptional cases, despite presenting valid German proof of identity (e.g. passport or identity card) to German or foreign authorities or courts, you must prove your German citizenship with a special document.

If the citizenship authority determines upon your application that you have German citizenship, you will receive a special document (citizenship certificate).

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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