Travel document - Reissue
Travel documents issued by the authority for non-residents include in particular
- travel document for foreign nationals
- travel document for refugees
- travel documents for stateless persons
Foreign nationals from non-EU countries can be issued with a German substitute passport in the form of a travel document for foreign nationals in the case that it is not reasonably possible to obtain from the authorities of the country of origin a passport or substitute passport.
If the state of non-possession of a passport is only temporary, then a travel document for foreigners can only be issued if compelling reasons exist for this.
The maximum period of validity of a travel document for foreign nationals is
- for children under 12 years: six years, at the latest until their 12th birthday
- for persons not having reached the age of 24 years at the time of issuance: six years
- for persons who are 24 years or older at the time of issuance: ten years
Travel documents for refugees and stateless persons can generally only be issued for a maximum of three years. Furthermore, a travel document may not be valid for a longer period than the residence permit that was issued or will be issued.
Travel documents are issued with biometric features and cannot be extended. Therefore, after their validity has expired, a new travel document must be issued. Only travel documents with a validity period of up to one year (temporary travel document) or for children under 12 years are issued without biometric features.
Average time to process request
Delivery of the travel documents, which are manufactured at the Federal Printing Office, can take from four to six weeks.
We recommend applying for reissuing of the travel documents at least ten weeks before expiry of the validity of the current travel document.