Germany’s children’s passport is set to be abolished from January 1, 2024 with the option for parents to choose an electronic passport for their child in the future.

Until now, there have been two types of passports in Germany for children and adolescents under 18 years old: a biometric-enabled passport and the children’s passport, which a parent or legal guardian was required to submit at the Embassy or Consulate General of their home state. The children’s passport was a much simpler document with non-biometric security features. 

The biometric European passport could be issued to applicants from birth until 12 years and was valid for 6 years across all countries outside of the European Union.

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