This article is about the design of the Federal German passport, but you will also learn exciting facts about passport history.
The Federal Republic of Germany was founded on 23 May 1949. However, the less known fact is that the young Republic was still under occupation of the allied forces and became a sovereign country only on 5 May 1955.
Passport applications in the first several months still had to be made at the offices of the allied forces. On 1 January 1950, the government office “Deutsche Amt für Ein-Ausreiseangelegenheiten” (German Office for Entry and Exit Affairs) became the primary issuing authority according to the occupation laws this office was still under the control of the High Commission for Germany.
Federal Germany finally gained full rights from the allied forces to issue passports by 1 February 1951 .
One of the first Federal German passports was issued on 13 November 1950 at the German Consulate General in New York, USA. Although in reality, this passport was issued almost three months before the Passport Act became valid.
Let’s take a closer look at the number code printed on the back cover of the passport, which states “1 10010 50000 5.50”. What does it mean? The first six digits, “1 10010” specify the passport template. “50.000” is the number of the printed copies, while “5.50” signifies the printing date – May 1950.
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