Since March, 1st, 2017, the German biometric passport has changed its look. Passports issued on or after this date have added security features. The passport application process remains unchanged. All biometric passports issued before March 1st, 2017 that are still valid will remain so until their expiration date.
German passports contain a chip with the holder's fingerprints, which will be taken electronically at the time of the application. This applies to all passport holders above the age of six years.
It is required that the applicant appears in person at the German Foreign Mission.
The German passport for applicants under the age of 24 will be valid for six years; otherwise, it will be valid for 10 years. It is not possible to extend an expired passport. Instead we will issue you a new document.
For children under the age of 12 years, a "Child Passport" (Kinderreisepass) can be issued.