Which documents do I need?

If you do not have school qualifications from Germany, you generally need the following documents to apply for German citizenship:

  • Proof of German language skills at level B1: The Foreigners‘ Office (Ausländerbehörder) accept the Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer (DTZ) graded at B1 and the Goethe-Zertifikat B1 as proof of language ability.

    For details of these tests (registration, exam dates, etc.) please click here.

  • The citizenship test (Einbürgerungstest), demonstrates knowledge of living conditions, the social and legal systems in Germany.

If you have successfully completed the integration course required by the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge), this qualifies you for citizenship.

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Who decides which documents I need?

Once you have applied for citizenship, your Amt für öffentliche Ordnung, Einbürgerung und Staatsangehörigkeit office will inform you which documents you need.  Further details can be found on

How can I register?

Registration for the citizenship test needs to be done in person at the information counter on the ground floor:
TREFFPUNKT Rotebühlplatz 28, 70173 Stuttgart
(Public transport stop: Rotebühlplatz/Stadtmitte S1-S6, U2, U4, U14),

What should I bring when I register?

Your passport or national ID card.

What should I bring to the test?

Your passport or national ID card, your registration confirmation, and a ballpoint pen.

How can I prepare for the test?

In the test, you will be given a test booklet with 33 questions. You have 60 minutes time to answer the questions. For each question, you need to choose the correct answer from four possible options. If you answer at least 17 questions correctly, you have passed the test. Once you have taken the test, you will receive your results from the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge within a few weeks.

The 310 question used in the citizenship test can be found on the following internet sites: or

You can also practise taking the test on:

Can I retake the test?

Yes, the test can be taken as often as you like.

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