The Legal and Consular Section
The legal and consular section assists German nationals with all legal matters such as passport replacements, public notarisations, legalisation of documents and acts as notary public and registrar office on their behalf.
Here you can find answers to your passport related questions
Registration of Marriage
Couples that got married in Ghana, Sierra Leone or Liberia may apply for the registration of their marriage in the German marriage registry and receive a German marriage certificate, if the wife or the husband has the German citizenship. Due to the number of cases at the central registrar’s office, processing time can take up to two years.
If you would like to adopt your partners family name, you can give a name declaration at the Embassy (see “name declarations” below)
For information about the necessary documents and to make an appointment, please write an email to the legal and consular section. Please note that the Embassy cannot legalize foreign marriage certificates. Instead, the registry office in Germany may request a document verification at an additional cost.
Please download the following information leaflet (only available in German)
Married name declaration
When contracting marriage in Ghana, Sierra Leone or Liberia, a couple does not have the possibility to choose a common family name. This choice can be made later through a name declaration at the embassy.
For information which documents need to be presented, please write an email to the legal and consular section or download the following information leaflet (only available in German).
Registration of birth
If your (German) child was born outside Germany, you may still register the birth in Germany to receive a German birth certificate. Due to the number of cases at the central registrar’s office, processing time can take up to two years.
For information about the necessary documents and to make an appointment, please write an email to the legal and consular section or download the following information leaflet (only available in German).
Name declaration for a child
If the parents have different last names, they must choose a last name for their child prior to the first issuance of a German passport or a German birth certificate. This is also necessary even if the Ghanaian birth certificate already contains the desired last name.
For information about the necessary documents, download the following information leaflet. To make an appointment, please write an email to the legal and consular section.
Paternity Acknowledgement in the German Embassy Accra
If a child is born out of wedlock, a legal paternity for the German law needs to be established through a paternity acknowledgement. This legal act consists of two declarations, one from the father and one from the mother. The declarations can be given in person at any German registry or notary or at the Embassy. Through this legal act, the child of a German father (must be German citizen at time of birth), born out of wedlock, receives the German citizenship. Please fill out the attached questionnaire and hand it in at the embassy (Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 11 am) or send it by email to the legal and consular section.
The attached leaflet tells you which documents need to be presented.
Please note there is another legal step before your child can apply for a German passport. You need to do a name declaration (for more information download the leaflet “name declaration”). Try to get an appointment for the paternity acknowledgement and the name declaration on the same day.
Name declaration after divorce or death of spouse
If a spouse after a divorce or death of partner, wants to revert to a former name, this can be done at the embassy through name declaration.
For information which documents need to be presented, please write an email to the legal and consular section.
Certification of signatures:
The embassy can certify signatures giving powers of attorney, declarations of consent etc. The fee depends on the value of the legal transaction (Minimum 20 €, Maximum 250 €). The contract in reference has to be presented to the consular officer in advance. The documents have to be written in either German or English. For an appointment please contact the legal and consular section.
Certification of photocopies:
The embassy can certify photocopies of legal documents. The fee is 10 € per certification, payable in GHS at the current exchange rate. You will be attended from Monday to Thursday 8 am to 11 am, no appointment is necessary.
Police clearance certificates
Applications for a certificate of good conduct are obtainable at the embassy or can be downloaded below. Applicants must have their signatures certified on the form by a consular officer for a fee of 20 €, payable in GHS at the current exchange rate. The application must be forwarded by the applicant to the Federal Office of Justice and their fee (13 €) paid through bank transaction. The police clearing certificate is then sent to the embassy, who will contact the applicant upon receipt. You will be attended from Monday to Thursday 8 am to 11 am, no appointment is necessary.
Antrag und Merkblatt Police Clearance [pdf, 312.67k]
You want to know wether you are eligible for the German citizenship?
In Germany the so-called“Jus soli”(law of soil) is not applicable, but instead the “Jus sanguinis”(law of blood). This means, being born in Germany (German birth certificate) does NOT entitle one to German citizenship. By birth a child becomes German, if one of the parents is German citizen at time of birth. If you were born out of wedlock and your father is German, he needs to legally acknowledge paternity.
However the law changed in the year 2000: If you were born in Germany after the year 2000 by Ghanaian/foreign parents and your parents have had legal residence in Germany for at least 8 years before your birth, you are entitled to the German citizenship.
Please direct further questions concerning German citizenship to the legal and consular section.
Please contact the Consular Section of the German Embassy via the contact form in all inheritance matters.