As of 28th of June 2009 I am without any form of valid ID as the passport I had expired. Not only am I currently unable to leave the country, but I also can’t provide ID when prompted in banks or similar places. For example I was unable to trade a game for money the other day as that required ID.
As I am no longer registered in Germany I cannot apply for a ID card as that typically carries the German residence on the back and is only available for people registered in Germany. My ID card expired in 2008.
When I was in Germany for several months this year I was unable to apply for a new one as this was only granted to citizens registered in Germany which I neglegted to do as my stay was only ever intended to be a short one. In order to apply for a passport the applicant has to be registered for a minimum of two months at a single address making a quick registration for the sake of the application impossible.
So yes, as silly as it sounds even though I’m a German national I am unable to apply for a passport in my own country.
Upon my return to the UK at the end of May I contacted the embassy and set up an appointment at the earliest time – 12th of July. I contacted the registry office in my hometown for a copy of my birth certificate as I had never had a copy of it.
July12th came and went and no birth certificate was to be seen. “It must have gotten lost in the mail” which, judging by my excellent track record, is actually fairly likely..
I requested a new one, but was told there was a two months break between applications, presumeably to stop people from wasting the resources. Sure, this is something I can understand IF I had actually received the thing in the first place!
Two months later and my planned trip [although nothing yet booked, thankfully!] to PAX is edging ever closer. However, the two months block also expired, so today I have:
- Called the German embassy in London to request a passport application appointment. Time spent in the queue: 6:08 minutes. Earliest appointment secured for next week. Told that I will also need an additional piece of paper stating I have de-registered in Germany. This is something they have neglected to mention on all previous calls.
- Sent an email to the registry office in my hometown in Germany requesting two new copies to be sent out to me.
- Called the registry office in my hometown in Germany to make sure the email would get read speedily. Duration of call: 2:03 minutes, cost of international mobile call: £3.75.
- Called the registration office in my hometown in Germany to obtain a copy of the sucessful de-registration as I had lost it and at the time couldn’t imagine I would need it again. Was told today’s mail had gone out already. At 10.30am.. Asked to email details. Duration of call: 4:23 minutes, cost of international mobile call: I don’t even want to know..
- Emailed the registration office in my hometown.
- Called the registration office in my hometown to be told there is a fee that has to be paid in cash. Explained my situation until she probably had enough and waived the fee ‘just this one time’. Thanks!
The speediest passports from the German embassy [apart from an emergency one which would not grant me entry into the US] take ‘two, but most likely three weeks’. Passports are only received by the German embassy in London on Tuesdays. My appointment is on Monday, the 10th. The earliest date I could have my passport is the 25th. The likely date is the 1st.
So technically, if all goes to plan, I should have my two forms of ID on time before Monday. Technically everything could go smoothly with the application. Realistically I think I might as well give up on PAX..
I’ve now had emails from both places confirming it’s being sent out today/now. Hope? #
Mail arrived late and it only contained a letter for the previous tenant. That’s it then..
Birth certificate arrived this morning, including a request to pay 60Euros for it. Makes me feel even better!