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Apply for an identity card
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
As a person with German citizenship, you can have an identity card issued. If you have reached the age of 16 and do not have a valid passport, you must apply for an ID card.
The period of validity of your ID card depends on your age at the time of application:
- Application under the age of 24: ID card is valid for 6 years.
- Application from the age of 24: ID card is valid for 10 years.
Your ID card loses its validity before the expiry date entered on it if
- Entries no longer apply or
- your photo is no longer clearly suitable for identification purposes. This may be the case in particular with ID cards for infants or very young children.
There is one exception: changing your address or your height does not invalidate your ID card.
You also have the option of applying for a temporary ID card. This is valid for a maximum of 3 months.
The EU logo on the front of the ID card, which was introduced on August 2, 2021, does not invalidate ID cards without this logo.
You can submit the application to your ID card authority at your main place of residence, which is usually the Citizens' Registration Office.
If there is an important reason, you can also apply for your ID card at another ID card authority. This may result in additional costs, as the authority without jurisdiction has an increased administrative burden (it must obtain authorization from the competent authority).
- You can apply for an ID card at the citizens' office at your place of residence, or at your main place of residence if you have more than one residence.
- You can also apply for your ID card at any other citizens' office. However, you need an important reason for doing so.
- If you contact your chosen Citizens' Registration Office in advance, you can find out whether and to what extent the Citizens' Registration Office will accept your reason.
- You usually make an appointment to submit your application.
- At many citizens' registration offices, you can make an appointment online, by e-mail or by telephone. You can find out which options your local Citizens' Registration Office offers on their website, for example.
- When you apply for your ID card, your citizens' office will inform you when you can collect it.
- Your ID card is produced centrally by the ID card manufacturer.
- You can collect your ID card from your local citizens' office. You can arrange a collection appointment online, by e-mail or by telephone at many citizens' offices. You can find out what options your local Citizens' Registration Office offers on their website, for example. You can authorize another person of legal age in writing to collect your documents. You can find a sample power of attorney on the website of your citizens' office.
Who should I contact?
To the municipal, district or city administration (Citizens' Office, formerly: Residents' Registration Office).
To the diplomatic mission in whose district you are staying.
- You have German citizenship
For applications outside your main place of residence:
- You must be able to provide an important reason why you are not applying for the ID card at the ID card authority at your main place of residence.
Which documents are required?
- Proof of identity, for example
- old identity card,
- valid passport or children's passport
- Birth certificate, if applicable
- current biometric photograph
- if applicable. Certificate with current name, for example
- Birth certificate, marriage certificate, marriage certificate,
- family register
- Declaration of the name
- for children under the age of 16: Declaration of consent by the legal guardian
- if there is only one parent or legal guardian, additional proof of custody
What are the fees?
Fee: 10,00 - 37,00 EURPayment in advance: No• 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 submitted outside working hours or at a non-competent authority • EUR 30.00 surcharge for issuance by consular or diplomatic mission abroad The fee can be reduced for those in need. This is decided by the respective identity card authority.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
You must apply for an identity card at the latest when you turn 16. Exception: You have a valid passport document, i.e. a passport or temporary passport.
If you are over 16 years old, you must apply for a new ID card at the latest when your old one expires. Exception: You have a valid passport document.
It usually takes at least 2 weeks from the date of application before you can collect your ID card from the Citizens' Registration Office.
Complaints or appeals against decisions made by the ID card authority can be lodged with the superior authority or the State Ministry of the Interior. In all other respects, the administrative courts would be the relevant channel.
Applications / forms
Forms available: No.
Written form required: Yes.
Informal application possible: Yes.
Personal appearance required: Yes.
Online services available: No.
What else should I know?
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
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