Documents to Bring

You won’t be in Germany long before you’ve acquired a tidy little pile of new official documents. Passports are, of course, absolutely essential, and you can’t do anything without them. It’s also advisable to include any academic records as well as letters of recommendation from previous employers. If you’re planning to drive a car while in Germany, there are some documents that are absolutely necessary. Don’t forget your personal driver’s license, without which you’ll be required to take expensive driving lessons that start from the basics. For automobile insurance purposes, it’s strongly advised that you get an official letter from your current insurer certifying how long you’ve been driving without an accident or major traffic violation. This will allow you to get the best deal on what can prove to be rather expensive insurance coverage over here.

If you have any pets you may need specific documents. Consult your local German embassy to check.  As Germany has established different requirements and regulations for different countries in allowing pets from those places into Germany, your best bet is to consult your local German embassy or consulate about the rules pertaining to your situation. They’ll tell you what specific documents might be required to make this possible.

This is the most important checklist, to go over multiple times before you move. Keeping your documents safe, organised, and easily accessible will save you a lot of time and stress during your move.


Appropriate Visa Options

Birth certificate

Marriage cert/ Divorce or Custody papers

Drivers Licenses.

Insurance Records

Income Tax

Medical / Dental Records