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Forms and guidelines for first applications and replacements/updates

How to apply for proof of Canadian citizenship?

Please use form CIT 0001: Application for a citizenship certificate (Proof of citizenship) - adults and minors

  • if you were born outside Canada and at least one of your parents was:
    • born in Canada
    • naturalized in Canada before your birth


  • to replace your current certificate because of damage, loss, theft or change of name

On April 17, 2009, the rules changed for people born outside Canada. Citizenship by birth outside Canada to a Canadian parent (citizenship by descent) is now limited to the first generation born outside Canada.

Download the application

Where to send your application?

The complete application can be submitted by mail or in person:

Embassy of Canada
Consular Services Section
Leipziger Platz 17
10117 Berlin

After verification that your application is complete, we will return the original documents to you (within approx. 2 weeks if submitted by mail) and forward your application to the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia, for further processing.

When applying for a passport or a citizenship certificate at the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, Canadians have the following options to collect their documents:

  • Coming to the Embassy in person during our opening times.
  • Organizing and paying for a courier to come during our opening times. In this case it is important to inform the Consular Section beforehand, otherwise the documents will not be given to a third party.
  • Receiving the documents through the Deutsche Post registered mail service at no extra cost. Please note that the Embassy is not responsible in cases of loss.

How long does it take?

Processing times vary, please check the CIC website for current processing times.

Please advise us of any address change that might occur during this time.

Required documents

Items 1 and 2 apply to first time applicants only.

Certified copies can be obtained from a notary public, authorised German official (e.g. at a townhall) or in one of our offices.

  1. Applicant's birth certificate (certified copy or original)- if born in Germany, the international version, which can be obtained from the German Standesamt (registrar's office) that registered the birth
  2. Proof of one parent's Canadian citizenship (certified copy or original): Canadian birth certificate or Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
  3. Two pieces of ID (certified copies or originals) showing the exact name requested (required for every applicant)
    One ID has to show applicant's photo; for young children these can be health insurance cards, school ID, immunization cards, German tax ID letters or a passport issued by another country.
    The birth certificate is not accepted as ID.
  4. Two identical photographs as specified on the application form. Please make sure to put the photographer's details, name of applicant and date on the back of one photo.
  5. Proof of payment (payment via embassy's account or online payment)

Additional documents might be required; our office will notify you in this case.

Other citizenship services

The Embassy of Canada in Berlin also accepts applications for: 

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