Typical services offered by our office are: certification of copies of original documents, simple notarials of signatures (the Honorary Consul does not provide 'full' notarials which is the stronger form of notarization including giving advice to the person signing the document about the legal meaning and consequences of the declaration to be notarized), renunciation of German citizenship, proof of life (Lebensbescheinigung) document certifications, witnessing/certifying signatures on power of attorney documents (Vollmacht), rejection of inheritances (Ausschlagung der Erbschaft), notarials of signatures on real estate transactions or other contracts of value, relaying of official retention of German citizenship documents (Genehmigung zur Beibehaltung der deutschen Staatsangehoerigkeit). We do not accept passport applications, but passport applications may be made in person, by appointment only, at either the Consulate in Houston or the passport offices at Fort Bliss, 512 Fanner Rd. in El Paso, TX. The telephone numbers at Fort Bliss are 915/201-5815, 915/201-5816, 915/201-5817, 915/568-2133, 915/568-2601 or 915/568-8923. For more information on German citizen services, contact the Consulate or log on to the official German Government website at www.germany.info
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