Please do not send us your current passport. It remains valid while the application is being processed and will be cancelled electronically 30 days after we have sent out your new passport.
Applications by post (PC8 - renewals for children under the age of 16 only)
Child passport renewal applications (PC8) can be mailed-in provided the applicant is:
- under the age of 16 (i.e. 15 or below);
- has previoulsy held an Australian passport
If you can answer yes to the above, complete a PC8 passport application online.
For first-time child applications and applicants aged 16 or 17, the application must be lodged in person by appointment only. Appointments can be made here: https://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Appointment_booking.html
If you have urgent travel, please contact the Embassy in Berlin at [email protected] or the Consulate-General in Frankfurt at [email protected] for further advice.
1. Get the form
Fill out the passport application at the global website and print it off. You will need to create an account first. When you fill out your application form online, you will automatically be directed to the correct form and a list of required supporting documents will be available.
You will need to send us the completed form, two passport photographs and copies of both parents' ID and both parents' proof of address.
Depending on your circumstances, we may require other documents. We will contact you upon receipt of your application to advise if any further documents were required.
2. Print, sign and date your form.
Print: You may need to adjust your print settings so that the top/bottom of the pages are not cut off.
Sign: Make sure all sections are signed and witnessed where required before you send the form to us.
Date: Signatures are valid for six months only.
Children 10 years or older must provide a signature unless there is a medical reason or disability that prevents them from signing.
Parental Consent is required for a child passport. Everyone who’s giving consent must sign section 15 of the form in front of a witness. Parents are not able to witness each other’s signatures. The witness must be an unrelated third party.
3. Parents' proof of identity
Please submit copies of both parents’ ID showing their name, photo and signature, as well as a copy of proof of address, such as a residency permit, utility bill or Anmeldung. Photocopies should be good quality, and black and white or colour photocopies are acceptable.
Name changes: If the current names of either parent are different to how they appear on the child’s birth certificate, please include certified copies of your IDs, your proof of address and documents explaining the change of name, such as a marriage certificate.
Certified copies can be taken by the guarantor (step 4). This is only necessary if there are any changes in parental circumstances, such as a name change.
4. Photographs and Guarantor
We recommend that you have your photos taken by a photographer showing them the photograph guidelines. Photos taken in a photo booth will likely be rejected.
A guarantor must sign the application and endorse the back of one photo for all PC8 applications. The guarantor cannot be related to the applicant.
Click on learn more for a full list of guarantors.
Certified copies: They should write on the photocopy; "this is a true copy of the original document presented to me", with their full name, occupation or Australian passport number and the date signed.
5. Posting your application and payment
Post your application to:
Australian Embassy Berlin
Please do not send us the previous passport or any other original documents. Send us only the completed form, two passport photos, copies of both parents' ID and both parents' proof of adress.
Once we have received the completed application, we will send you a payment link by email. Please ensure that your email address is legible on the form and that it is an email address you use regularly.
6. Processing time
Please refer to our ‘Passport Services’ page for the up-to-date processing times. PLEASE NOTE: incomplete applications will cause delays. You should factor these timeframes into your travel plans. It is your responsibility to keep your Australian passport valid.
Your passport remains valid while the application is being processed and will be cancelled electronically 30 days after we have sent out your new passport.
Updated: 25 November 2022