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Applying for an identity card for the first time


German citizens aged 16 and over are obliged to have a valid identity card or passport.

The new identity card has credit card format. It can be used in the same way as before.

In addition, your personal data, photo and fingerprints are stored in the ID chip (biometric function). Photo and fingerprints are only accessible to public authorities such as the police, border guards and border guards.

In addition, the chip offers two other functions:

  • the electronic proof of identity (eID function) and
  • the signature/signature function

The eID function is always activated in identity cards issued since 15 July 2017.

The validity period depends on your age:

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

All old identity cards remain valid until their expiry date, unless they become invalid due to incorrect entries.

Even before the expiry of the period of validity, an identity card is invalid, among other things, if

  • it does not allow the identity of the holder to be properly established, or
  • it has been altered, or
  • Entries are missing or inaccurate (with the exception of address or size information)

Contact the Citizens' Office of your municipality or city.

  • You have German citizenship
  • valid identity card or passport
  • Current civil status certificate (e.g. birth certificate in the original)
  • in children and adolescents:
    • Children's passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Declaration of consent of both legal guardians or proof of custody in the case of only one legal guardian
  • a current biometric passport photo. Only frontal shots are allowed, no half profiles. The face must be recognizable centered on the photo. The eyes must be open and clearly visible.

Further documents may be required (e.B civil status certificates or nationality certificates).

In addition, as a German expatriate or a German abroad, you must also submit further documents when applying to an identity card authority in Germany (incompetent authority).

Tip: Ask the identity card authority in advance about the documents required in your individual case.

  • for applicants under 24 years of age: EUR 22.80
  • for applicants aged 24 and over: EUR 37.00
  • for the temporary identity card: EUR 10,00
  • Surcharge for issuance by consular or diplomatic mission abroad: EUR 30.00
  • Fee reduction or exemption possible for those in need (at the discretion of the identity card authority)

If you are 16 years old and apply for an ID card for the first time, you should apply for it 6 weeks before your birthday.

Application Deadline: 6 Weeks
after reaching the age of 16

Even if identity cards are issued to certain persons, they are the property of the Federal Republic of Germany. Old identity cards must therefore be handed in or validated when you receive a new identity card.

If entries in the identity card have become incorrect, you must present the ID card to the competent authority. When moving or moving abroad, the address will be changed. A name change in the identity card is not possible. In this case, you will need to apply for a new identity card:

You are obliged to report the loss of your identity card immediately to the municipality. If you use the electronic proof of identity or the signature function, you must have these functions blocked immediately.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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