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How to get a German Passport

The Federal Government has created a website with information about The Path to a German Passport.

It provides lots of official guidance and key facts about naturalization, based on the new German Citizenship Act (Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz).

Main Topics on the Government Website

1. Requirements – What requirements are there before you can become a German? Find out what you need. Or go straight to the  ‘Quick Check‘ (in German) to look at your personal situation.

2. Procedure – How does the naturalisation process work?
Check out the overall process. Then you will need to contact your local nationality authority (Staatsangehörigkeitsbehörde). So you may want to use our links to get you started: Links to state (Land) web pages on naturalisation

3. Reasons – Not sure whether you really want to apply?
This page covers some of the main reasons why you might want to apply. If you are based in Germany, or if you want to move freely in the EU, there are advantages to a German passport.

4. FAQ – Some basic questions and answers about getting German citizenship.

All of the above except the ‘Quick Check’ are in English. Or there is a German version if you prefer:  Der Weg zum deutschen Pass

Over to You

What do you think of this new website? Are you planning to apply for German citizenship? You can join the discussion on our British in Germany Facebook group.

Plus lots British people in the group are considering applying or have already got German citizenship. So it is a good place for questions.

Additional Information on our Website

Links to State (Land) and Federal level information
A starting place for your next steps in your Bundesland/State.

Germany’s New Citizenship Law
Our article with background on the enactment of the law and what it means.

Thinking about applying for German citizenship? 
Our earlier article about some of the requirements and benefits.