Australian Embassy
Germany

Passport Application Overseas

When you fill out your application form online, you will automatically be directed to the correct form.  If you are unsure whether you qualify for a renewal form, please check the criteria below.    

 

Australian Passport Overseas Renewal Application (PC7)

The following conditions must be met in order to qualify for a PC7 form:

·         you are an adult (18 years or older), AND

·         your most recent passport was issued when you were 16 years or older, AND

·         you are not changing any of your personal details on the passport, AND

·         your most recent passport is/was valid for over 2 years at the time of issue, AND

·         your most recent passport has not been reported lost/stolen AND

·         your most recent passport has not been expired for more than three years (or is still current), AND

·         you are successfully able to answer the security questions on the website.

Documents to provide for a PC 7 application:

·         The form, two passport photos and your current passport

·         If you were 16 or 17 years of age when your current passport was issued, you also need to provide: Original valid photo ID (foreign passport, driver’s license or residence permit, health insurance card) and original valid other ID (credit card, bank card or Social Security card). You may also provide two photo ID

 

If you do not qualify for a PC7 form you will be required to lodge your application for a new Australian passport using the Application for an Australian Passport Overseas (PC8) form.

 

Application for an Australian Passport Overseas (PC8)

 

·       you are applying for a first ever Australian passport

·       you are applying for a child passport (under 18 years of age)

·       you are applying for a first adult passport and your child passport was issued to you at 15 years or younger

·       you are replacing a lost or stolen passport

·       you are changing your name or personal details on the passport

·       you are applying to replace a limited validity passport, emergency passport, or other temporary travel document

·       your passport has been expired for more than 3 years

·      you cannot answer the security questions for the renewal form.

 

Documents to provide for a PC8 application

It is important that you bring the correct documents to your passport interview so your application can proceed.  All documents must be original.  We do not accept copies of any kind, including copies made by Notaries Public and Justices of the Peace.

Adult Passport: 

Minor Passport Applications

Minor Passport Applications (Children aged 16-17)

List of Guarantors/Referees

 

Please bring the following original documents to your appointment:

  • Completed PC8 application form. Make sure all sections are signed by yourself and the guarantor before your interview.  Passport staff cannot witness signatures.  You can find a list of who can be a guarantor below.  

  • Proof of citizenship:

    Born in Australia
    Your full Australian birth certificate issued by an Australian state or territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages plus, if you were born on or after 20 August 1986, additional documentation to confirm your citizenship.

    Born overseas
    Your Australian citizenship certificate issued by the Commonwealth of Australia and your original full birth certificate (showing your parents' details). The birth certificate must be either an international version or must be accompanied by a translation from a certified translator.

  • Proof of ID documents – one document from each category, A, B and C:
    A. Original valid photo ID (foreign passport, driver’s license or residence permit)
    B. Original valid other ID (health insurance card, credit card, bank card or Social Security card)
    C. Proof of residential address – Original utility/phone/medical bill or bank statement

  • Expiring/expired passport

  • Two compliant passport photos: One photo must be correctly endorsed and signed on the back by the guarantor. Please do not attach the photos with paperclips, tape or glue. Leave them loose and we will attach them. It is advisable to present the general photograph guidelines to a photographer when you have your passport pictures taken as the German and Australian photograph guidelines for passports differ.

Additional documents required for the following types of applications:

 

Minor Passport Applications

Please bring the general documents required for all PC8 applications.
Unmarried children under the age of 18 will be issued with individual Australian passports. Inclusion in another person's passport (e.g. parent) is not possible. Children under the age of 16 are not required to attend the appointment. Applicants are required to additionally provide:

  • the passport or identification card showing the name, signature and address of the lodging parent. If the address is not shown on the ID, please bring other proof of residential address (Original utility/phone/medical bill or bank statement); The child does not need to provide proof of ID documents as outlined above
  • written consent, duly witnessed, of all persons having custody, guardianship or access rights.

Minor Passport Applications (16-17 years)

Please bring the general documents required for all PC8 applications.

10-year validity passports will be issued for children aged 16 or 17. In addition to the usual requirements for a child passport application, the  applicant must attend the interview along with the lodging parent. The issue of a 10-year passport is not optional.

Unmarried children under the age of 18 will be issued with individual Australian passports. Inclusion in another person's passport (e.g. parent) is not possible. Applicants are required to additionally provide:

  • the passport or identification card showing the name, signature and address of the lodging parent. If the address is not shown on the ID, please bring other proof of residential address (Original utility/phone/medical bill or bank statement); The child does not need to provide proof of ID documents as outlined above
  • written consent, duly witnessed, of all persons having custody, guardianship or access rights.


Change of name after marriage, divorce or death of a spouse

Please bring the general documents required for all PC8 applications.

If you change your surname by marriage or revert to a previous surname because of divorce or death of a spouse, you may apply for a gratis replacement of the passport that was current at the time of the event. The replacement passport will be issued in your new surname and will have the same expiry date as the current passport. To qualify for a gratis replacement, your current passport must have more than two year’s validity remaining.

Applications who wish to change their surname on their passport are required to additionally provide:

  • Proof of name change

Marriage:
Born and Married in Australia - Original marriage certificate issued by the Register of Births Deaths and Marriages
Born Overseas and Married in Australia - Original marriage certificate issued by the Register of Births Deaths and Marriages
Born in Australia and Married Overseas - Original name change certificate or revised birth certificate issued by the Register of Births Deaths and Marriages  and the original foreign marriage certificate stamped with an apostille. The foreign marriage certificate  will need to be an international version or an official certified English translation is required.
Born and Married Overseas - Original foreign marriage certificate stamped with an Apostille. The marriage certificate will need to be an international version or an official certified English translation is required.


Divorce:
Born and Married in Australia - Original name change certificate issued by the Register of Births Deaths and Marriages
Born in Australia and Married Overseas - Original name change certificate or revised birth certificate issued by the Register of Births Deaths and Marriages and the Original divorce papers. If the documents are in a foreign language then an official certified English translation of all pages is required.
Born and Married Overseas - Original divorce papers stamped with an Apostille. If the documents are in a foreign language then an official certified English translation of all pages is required. 

 

Lost or Stolen Passports

To report your passport lost or stolen, please follow this link and fill in the form.

To replace a lost ot stolen passport, you will need to apply for a new passport and provide the general documents required for all PC8 applications (and additional documents for minors if applicable).

 


Guarantor

Who needs a guarantor?

If you are using the Australian Passport Renewal Application form (PC7), a guarantor is not required.

If you are using the Application for an Australian Passport Overseas form (PC8) you must provide a guarantor.  Your guarantor must complete Section 11 of the application form.  He/she must also endorse the back of one photo by writing "This is a true photo of [your full name]" and signing underneath.  A guarantor is not optional. 

General guarantor criteria

You should ensure that your guarantor:

  • is not related to you by birth or marriage
  • is not in a de facto relationship with you
  • does not live at the same address as you
  • is 18 years of age or older
  • has known you for at least 12 months
  • is willing and available to discuss your application with us during normal business hours
  • meets the guarantor qualifications below.

Guarantor qualifications

There are two types of guarantors you can choose from:

1.   A current Australian passport holder

OR

2. A non-Australian who is currently employed in one of these occupation groups:

· Chartered Accountant

· Chartered Engineer

· Judges

· Attorney/Barrister/Solicitor/Court Clerk/Bailiff/Sheriff

· Bank Manager

· Military officer

· Medical Doctor

· Dentist

· Pharmacist

· Veterinary Surgeon

· Registered Nurse

· Elected Government Representative

· Police Officer (with five years continuous service)

· Marriage Celebrant/Minister of Religion

· Public Servant (with five years continuous service with current employer)

Teacher (full-time, who has been teaching for more than five years)

What if I can't find a guarantor in Germany?

Some applicants find it difficult to obtain a guarantor in Germany.  Usually this is because they have recently relocated to Germany and do not know anyone here who has known them for longer than 12 months.

If you are unable to obtain a guarantor in Germany, you should obtain a guarantor from a country where you previously lived - eg. Australia.  You will need to send them Section 11 of the PC8 form, together with one of your passport photos, for them to sign.  Once they have signed the documents, they must send the originals back to you so that you can submit them when you lodge your application.  We cannot accept faxes or emails from your guarantor.  They must send the originals back to you for lodgement.