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Apply for an identity card due to a name change

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If your name has changed, your ID card is invalid. That is why in this case you will have to apply for a new one
There is one exception: as long as you have a valid passport document, i.e. passport or temporary passport, with the new name, there is no obligation to apply for a new identity card.
The EU logo on the front of the ID card, introduced from 2 August 2021, does not invalidate ID cards without this logo.
The validity period depends on your age at the time of application:

  • under 24 years: ID card is valid for 6 years.
  • from 24 years: ID card is valid for 10 years.

A temporary identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.
You can submit the application to your Citizens' Registration Office at your main residence. Applications can be submitted to any other citizens' registration office if an important reason is presented. In this case, there is a surcharge for lack of jurisdiction, i.e. the costs of the issuance increase.

The obligation to apply for an identity card applies to you if you

  • have German citizenship,
  • have reached the age of 16 and
  • are registered in Germany
  • do not have a valid passport or temporary passport with the new name.

To apply outside your main residence:

  • You must be able to explain an important reason why you do not apply for the identity card at the Citizens' Registration Office at your main residence.
  • old identity card, passport or children's passport (with the old name) and, if available, valid passport (with the new name)
  • Certificate of the registry office on the use of the name
  • for children under 16 years of age: Declaration of consent of the legal guardian
    • in the case of only one legal guardian, additional proof of custody
  • biometric-compatible passport photo: The photo must be
    • be up-to-date, and
    • meet the requirements for photos for electronic identity cards.
  • EUR 37.00 for applicants aged 24 and over
  • EUR 22.80 for applicants under 24 years of age
  • EUR 10.00 for the temporary identity card
  • EUR 13.00 surcharge for applications outside working hours or for non-competent authorities
  • EUR 30.00 surcharge for issuance by consular or diplomatic mission abroad

Fee reductions or exemptions are possible for those in need. This is at the discretion of the identity card authority.

You must apply for the new identity card immediately after the name change if you do not have a valid passport document (passport or temporary passport) with the new name.

It usually takes at least 2 weeks from the date of application before you can pick up your identity card at the Citizens' Registration Office.

Contact the Citizens' Registration Office of your municipality or city.

In the event of a name change, apply for the new identity card as follows:
You must apply for the identity card in person at the Citizens' Registration Office. If you do not apply for your identity card at your main residence, you need an important reason and a surcharge will be added to the fee. If you contact the Citizens' Registration Office of your choice beforehand, you can find out whether and to what extent the Citizens' Registration Office recognises your reason.

  • At many citizens' offices, you can make an appointment online, by e-mail or by phone. You can find out what options your citizens' office offers, for example, on its website.
  • When you apply, your Citizens' Registration Office will inform you when you can pick up your identity card.
  • Your ID card is produced centrally by Bundesdruckerei GmbH.
  • At many citizens' offices, you can arrange a pick-up appointment online, by e-mail or by phone. You can find out what options your citizens' office offers, for example, on its website.
  • When applying for the identity card, the authority checks the new name on the basis of the civil certificate of name.

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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