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Apply for an identity card for the first time


German nationals aged 16 and over are required to hold a valid identity card or passport.

The new id card has a cheque card format. It can be used in the same way as before.

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

In addition, the chip offers two other functions:

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

The eID function is always switched on 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 by incorrect entries.

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

  • it does not permit a perfect identification of the identity of the proprietor, or
  • it has been modified, or
  • Entries are missing or incorrect (except for the address or size information)

When you turn 16, you must apply for an ID for the first time.

Contact the civic office of your municipality or city.

  • You have German nationality
Art. 116 sec. 1 Basic Law (GG)
  • 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
    • Consent of both legal guardians or proof of custody of only one person with parental rights
  • an up-to-date biometric passport photo. Only frontal shots are allowed, not half-profiles. The face must be visible centered on the photo. The eyes must be open and clearly visible.

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

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

Tip: Inquire in advance with the identity card authority 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 provisional identity card: EUR 10.00
  • Surcharge for exhibition by consular or diplomatic representation abroad: EUR 30,00
  • Fee reduction or exemption possible for the needy (at the discretion of the identity card authority)

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

Application Deadline: 6 Weeks
after the age of 16

Even if identity cards are issued for certain persons, they are the property of the Federal Republic of Germany. You must therefore issue or have old identity cards devalued upon receipt of a new identity card.

If entries in the id card have become incorrect, you must present the id card to the competent authority. In the event of a move or departure abroad, the address will be changed. It is not possible to change the name in the identity card. In this case, you must apply for a new IDENTITY card:

You are obliged to report the loss of your identity card to the municipality immediately. 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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