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Applying for a temporary passport

If a passport - even "express" (within 3-4 days) - can no longer be issued in time before departure, you can obtain a temporary passport.

The temporary passport is generally issued only in connection with the application for a "normal" passport.


Since 12.12.2005, this must be machine-readable. As a rule, a temporary ID card is only issued if a new passport (ePassport) is applied for at the same time or has already been applied for. In very exceptional cases (for example, if a person who is older than life can prove that the passport is only needed for a one-time trip abroad), only a temporary passport can be issued.

If the applicant is under 18 years of age or if a guardian has been appointed for him or her (for the purpose of determining the child's place of residence), all legal guardians must consent to the issuance of the temporary passport, but in any case the custodial parent with whom the child has his or her habitual residence legally (with the consent of the other parent or on the basis of a court decision).

Important: This is a service under municipal jurisdiction. Therefore, you can only go to a service that is located in your place of residence.

What documents do I need?

  • Proof of identity

    e.g. old or invalid identity card, valid (child) passport or birth certificate in the case of infants or young children who do not yet have a (child) passport or identity card.

  • 1 current biometric passport photo according to the photo sample board (not older than three months)
  • Important information about the photo booths in all offices of the Citizen's Office:
    • The machines are operated by outside companies and often do not work. It cannot be guaranteed that passport photos can be taken on site. We advise you to bring passport photos to the appointment.
  • Declaration of consent by the person with custody

    as well as their identity cards (also copies) and, if applicable, proof of custody

  • Proof of custody

    with a single guardian