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Apply for an identity card due to name change

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If your name has changed, your ID card is invalid. Therefore, in this case, you must 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 identity card, which will be introduced from 2 August 2021, will not cause ID cards without this logo to become invalid.
The validity period depends on your age at the time of application:

  • under 24 years: Identity card is valid for 6 years.
  • from 24 years: Identity 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' office at your main residence. Applications to any other citizens' office are possible if an important reason is explained. This incurs a non-competence surcharge, i.e. the costs of the exhibition increase.

In the event of a name change, request the new personnel information as follows:
You must apply for your identity card in person at the Bürgeramt. If you do not apply for your identity card at your main residence, you will need an important reason and there will be a surcharge for the fee. If you contact the Bürgeramt you have selected in advance, you can find out whether and to what extent the Bürgeramt acknowledges your reason.

  • At many citizens' offices, you can make an appointment online, by e-mail or by telephone. You can find out what options your Citizens' Office offers, for example, on its website.
  • Your Citizens' Office will inform you when you apply when you can pick up your identity card.
  • Your identity card is produced centrally by Bundesdruckerei GmbH.
  • At many citizens' offices, you can arrange a pick-up appointment online, by e-mail or by telephone. 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 the name.

Contact the Citizens' Office of your municipality or city.

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

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

For applications outside your main residence:

  • You must be able to explain an important reason why you do not apply for the identity card at the Bürgeramt 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 from 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 passport photo: The photo must
    • 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 the age of 24
  • EUR 10.00 for the temporary identity card
  • EUR 13.00 surcharge for applications outside working hours or in the case of a non-competent authority
  • EUR 30.00 surcharge for issuance by consular or diplomatic mission abroad

Fee reduction or exemption is 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.

From the time of application, it usually takes at least 2 weeks until you can pick up your identity card at the Bürgeramt.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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