Apply for identity card

Service Description

Any person of any age with German citizenship may apply for an identity card.

The identity card becomes invalid before the expiry of the registered period of validity if

  • entries become incorrect, or
  • the photograph is no longer clearly suitable for identification purposes. This can be the case in particular with ID cards for infants or very young children.

There is one exception: change of address does not lead to invalidity.

The EU logo on the front of the ID card, which will be introduced from August 2, 2021, will not invalidate ID cards without this logo.

The validity period depends on your age at the time of application:

  • Application under 24 years of age: ID card is valid for 6 years.
  • Application from 24 years of age: Identity card is valid for 10 years.

A temporary identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.

You can apply at your identity card authority at your main place of residence, which is usually the Bürgeramt. Applications can be submitted to any other identity card authority if an important reason is presented. In this case, an incompetence surcharge applies, which means that the costs for your new ID card are higher.

special notes for - kreisfreie Stadt Erfurt
special notes for - kreisfreie Stadt Erfurt

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Landeshauptstadt Erfurt, Stadtverwaltung - Meldeaufgaben

Visiting address
Bürgermeister-Wagner-Straße 1
99084 Erfurt
99111 Erfurt
0361 655-7844
0361 655-6502
Transport connection
52, 61, 155, 234/235
9, 51, 60
1, 3, 4, 5, 6