Applying for an Australian passport
Please carefully follow the steps and read the the advice under further information. Due to an increase in demand, please allow 6-8 weeks to receive your new passport after successful lodgement.
Passport application step-by-step
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.
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 before your interview. Passport staff cannot witness signatures.
Date: Signatures are valid for six months only. An application signed more than six months ago cannot be accepted.
4. Photographs and Guarantor
We recommend that you have your photos taken by a photographer showing them the photograph guidelines. Photos taken in photo booth will likely be rejected.
A guarantor must sign the application and endorse the back of one photo for all new (PC8) applications. The guarantor cannot be related to the applicant.
5. Book an appointment or send the application by post (PC7 only)
For child applications, one parent must lodge the application in person. The lodging parent does not have to be Australian.
Children aged 16 and 17 years old must attend the interview accompanied by one parent. Children aged 15 years and younger are not required to attend the interview.
6. Processing time
Due to an increase in demand, please allow 6-8 weeks to receive your new passport after lodgement. You should factor these timeframes into your travel plans. It is your responsibility to keep your Australian passport valid.
You can keep your current passport while your new one is being processed.
You can either pick up your passport in Frankfurt or Berlin or it will be sent to you by registered mail. A postage fee applies.
Ensure that you have all the relevant documents and that you have filled in the form correctly before booking an appointment with us.
If you have a general interest in upcoming appointments for passport or notarial services in Hamburg or Munich, please email: [email protected] to be placed on our mailing list.
If you are interested in passport or notarial services in Cologne or Stuttgart, please email [email protected].
Please advise of your full name, date of birth, passport number, the service you require and the city you are interested in:
As soon as an event is scheduled, you will be sent an email. It will also be advertised on this website.
For more information on outreach events, click here to see our guide.
Emails requesting information on potential upcoming dates will not be answered.
Should you need the new passport urgently, please book a regular appointment in Berlin or Frankfurt.
In special circumstances an Emergency passport can be issued to Australian citizens where either they cannot complete all requirements (other than identity, citizenship and entitlement) for the issue of a full validity passport or they can complete all requirements but there is an exceptional need to travel urgently.
The Emergency passport can be issued within 2-business days, contains only 4 visa pages and its validity is usually limited to a period of seven months. A full validity passport may be applied for simultaneously, utilising the same application as for the Emergency Passport.
It is the responsibility of the holder to ensure the travel document is suitable for entry, transit and exit for any ongoing travel including visa requirements.
If you need to travel within the next 48 hours, please contact the Australian Embassy Berlin on +49 30 88 00 88 0 (Option "2" for consular and passports) or the Australian Consulate-General in Frankfurt on +49 69 905580 0 immediately.
Ordinary passport (34 pages):
10 - year validity for persons aged 16 and over
5 - year validity for children under 16 years and optional for persons aged 75 years and over
Replacement Passport (34 pages):
Only available to overseas applicants with full visa pages or minor damages but more than 2 years validity remaining on their current passport. A replacement passport will be issued with the same expiry date as the passport being replaced.
Entry, exit and transit requirements
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for six months after you plan to leave that country. It can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. If you’re not sure your passport will be valid for long enough for your journey, consider getting a new passport.
Original documents located overseas
If your original documents are located in another country, you can have a friend or relative present them on your behalf instead of having the originals sent to you in Germany.
Report a lost or stolen passport
If your passport is lost or stolen, you have to tell us. Phone us on +49 30 88 00 88 0 (Berlin) or +49 69 905580 (Frankfurt).