Since November 1, 2010, the new ID card has been issued.
It has the convenient size of a credit card, and all data printed on the card is also stored digitally.
Additionally, the passport photo and, on request of the holder, also the fingerprints are stored
digitally. The new ID card also offers new functions and numerous possibilities of use in the online
Further information on the ID card and its functions
General information about the ID card
When traveling within the European Union, German citizens only have to carry their ID card with
them. For all other countries, travel agencies or the embassy of the relevant country provide
information on whether travelers need to carry a passport.
Issuance of ID card
The application for the issuance of an ID card is filed by a registry office staff member. It is therefore necessary to appear at the Citizens Advice Bureau in person.
For applicants younger than 16 years, the application has to be filed together with a legal guardian. In such case it is obligatory to submit the Statement of Consent filled in and signed by the other parent. The other legal representative's documents may be handed in later, or submitted directly when filing the application.
The following documents have to be submitted:
- a (long form) birth certificate or marriage certificate (incl. translation, if applicable)
- 1 up-to-date biometric photo (not older than 1 year)
- the current ID card or passport, child passport
The application is sent to the Bundesdruckerei (Federal Printing Office) in Berlin, where the ID card is manufactured. The processing period for an ID card generally is 2-3 weeks.
Please note the following information for the collection of the ID card:
- it is obligatory to submit the old ID document
- if it is not possible to collect the ID card personally, the person collecting the ID card has to submit the signed Authorization Letter to Collect Documents below
- the person authorized has to prove his/her identity by submitting a valid ID card or passport
|First-time issuance prior to 24th year of life (valid for 6 years)||22.80 EUR|
|First-time issuance as of 24th year of life (valid for 10 years)||28.80 EUR|
|Temporary ID card||10.00 EUR|
|First-time activation, each deactivation of the online ID card function||free|
|Subsequent activation of the online ID card function||6.00 EUR|
|Changing the PIN at the Citizens Advice Bureau (e.g. forgot the PIN)||6.00 EUR|
|Adapting the address information after change of residence||free|
|Blocking the online ID card function in case of loss||free|
|Unblocking the online ID card function||6.00 EUR|