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Apply for a negative certificate (on nationality)


If you need official proof that you do not have German citizenship, you can apply to the nationality authority for a declaration of non-existence of German citizenship. If it can be determined that you do not have German citizenship, a so-called negative certificate will be issued.

You will need a negative certificate, for example, if you have been requested by an authority abroad (for example in your country of origin or in the country of origin of your parents) to provide official proof of non-possession of German citizenship or if this is necessary for the use of consular services of the diplomatic mission of another state in Germany.

A negative certificate is often required, for example, if you were born in Germany, are descended from German ancestors or have lived in Germany for a very long time.

  • You must apply to the competent nationality authority for a declaration of non-existence of German nationality and the issuance of a negative certificate.
  • 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

the competent German nationality authority at the place of habitual residence (centre of life) of the applicant

  • You do not have German citizenship.
  • They usually stay in Germany.
  • You must demonstrate a legitimate interest in a negative assessment and certificate. Such an interest is credible if you provide certain facts which make it predominantly likely to the nationality authority that the negative finding is relevant for a purpose worthy of protection.
  • 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)
  • Proof that German citizenship has not been acquired or previously possessed, but has since been lost, for example by:
    • German visas, residence permits, other residence permits and certificates of residence rights in Germany,
    • if German citizenship used to be possessed: old German identity documents (for example, German passport, identity card; children's ID card),
    • documents relating to the acquisition of another nationality (e.g. foreign naturalisation certificate),
    • documents relating to voluntary membership in the armed forces of a foreign state,
    • adoption documents,
    • Certificates and certificates of a name change.

(for the declaratory decision) 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 a negative certificate.

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

A negative certificate will only be sent if the determination fee and any expenses have been paid in advance or if cash on delivery is desired.

Additional costs may arise for the procurement of documents, translations and certifications.

The negative certificate shall be issued for an indefinite period.

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

  • Negative certificates are only issued if this is necessary to prove the non-existence of German citizenship in foreign public authorities or at least useful in individual cases. In the absence of justified reasons, applications for a declaration of non-existence of German nationality shall not be granted.
  • The negative certificate is not a certificate of nationality, but an informal certificate, provided with an official official seal. Experience has shown that these certificates are recognised in other countries.
  • The negative certificate certifies that you do not have German citizenship on the day of issue.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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

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