Applying for an Australian passport
All applications must be lodged in person by appointment only. There are no exceptions, even if you have renewed by mail in the past or if you live a long distance from our offices. Please carefully follow the steps and read the the advice under further information.
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.
5. Book an appointment
All adult applications must be lodged in person by appointment 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
Allow up to 3 weeks to receive your new passport after lodgement.
You can keep your current passport while your new one is being processed. Please advise the passports officer that you would like to retain your passport.
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.
There are currently no outreach events scheduled. If you have a general interest in upcoming appointments for passport or notarial services in the following cities, please email: [email protected] to be added to our mailing list. 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 and it will be advertised on this website. Emails requesting information on potential upcoming dates will not be answered.
Only Australian citizens can be issued with an Emergency passport in circumstances 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 a need to travel urgently. The Emergency passport contains only 4 visa pages and its validity is limited to a period between seven and twelve months. The issue of the Emergency Passport is guaranteed within two working days once all requirements are fulfilled. 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).