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Apply for a citizenship card


You can submit an application for a declaration of the existence of your German nationality if there is a justified interest in establishing it.

An interest in making a determination exists, for example, if

  • German authorities or courts, after their own examination of already existing evidence (for example, German identity papers or birth certificates), require you to have any remaining doubts about your German nationality clarified by the nationality authority, or
  • As an exception, you must provide proof of your German citizenship with a special document despite presenting a valid German proof of identity (e.g. passport or identity card) to German or foreign authorities or courts.

If, at your request, the nationality authority determines that you have German nationality, you will receive a special certificate (citizenship card).

  • You must apply to the competent nationality authority for the determination of the existence of German citizenship and the issuance of a citizenship card.
  • If necessary, personal advice in the nationality authority may be required.
  • For your application, use the application form provided for download by the nationality authority or sent to you on request.
  • Submit the completed application form with all documents (see "Required documents") in legible copies (on white paper, DIN A4) to the nationality authority.
  • Upon receipt of the application documents, the nationality authority will contact you. Before that, you don't need to do anything else.
  • In the course of the procedure, the nationality authority will ask you to submit the original documents to it for verification; You will then receive the documents back immediately.
  • You have German citizenship or at least suspect it (for example, because you have German ancestors).
  • They usually stay in Germany.
  • They must demonstrate a legitimate interest in the finding. Such an interest is credible if you provide certain facts which make it predominantly likely to the nationality authority that the determination of the existence of German nationality is relevant for a purpose worthy of protection (for example, because a German public authority has doubts about your German nationality and expressly requires the presentation of a citizenship card).
  • Fully completed application form
  • Proof of identity (foreign passport, recognised foreign passport replacement document or other official foreign identity document with photo, such as an identity card or identity card)
  • Evidence that German citizenship was in any case once owned and, if necessary, is still possessed today:
    • German identity documents (e.g. passport, children's ID card, identity card),
    • naturalisation certificates,
    • certificates or documents of acquisition of German nationality by declaration or option,
    • Spätaussiedlerbescheinigungen,
    • identity cards for displaced persons,
    • registration certificates,
    • refugee identity cards,
    • certificates of appointment (for officials),
    • citizenship cards,
    • Heimatscheine,
    • documents or ID cards relating to legal status as German or German, or
    • Documents relating to membership of the group of persons to whom a collective naturalisation extended (e.g. proof of - former - homeland law, citizenship or residence in the relevant territories, certificates of waiver of the right of waiver).

The fee for the declaratory decision is EUR 51


For reasons of equity or public interest, fee reductions or exemptions may be granted where appropriate.

There are no additional costs for issuing the citizenship card.

For special shipping options (e.B. as registered mail or cash on delivery), additional cost-covering expenses are charged.

A nationality card will only be sent if the assessment fee and any expenses have been paid in advance or if cash on delivery is desired

The citizenship card is issued indefinitely.

The duration of the application process depends, among other things, on the factual accuracy of your information and the completeness of your application documents. In addition, it depends on which possibly difficult facts must be determined in order to be able to make the requested determination. Depending on the case, it may take a few weeks or even more than a year for a final decision on your application.

Personal appearance required: Yes

  • Citizenship cards are only issued if this is necessary to prove German citizenship to German or foreign public authorities or if it is at least specifically useful in individual cases (for example, for civil servants or adoption). If the existence of German nationality is not doubtful, applications for a declaration are generally not complied with.
  • The citizenship card is not proof of identity. It cannot be used for travel or as a substitute for ID.
  • As a rule, you do not need a citizenship card to prove that you have German citizenship. In principle, it is sufficient for you to present a valid German passport or a valid German identity card. You should therefore only apply for a citizenship card if you have been requested to do so in text form by an official body.

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Ministry of the Interior and Municipal Affairs of the State of Brandenburg

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