Apply for eID card

Service Description

The eID card is a chip card that allows you to prove your identity electronically. It is not an identity document in the classic sense, but enables electronic proof of identity in order to be able to use eGovernment services at the highest level of trust.

You can obtain the German eID card as a citizen of another member state of the European Union as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway (European Economic Area) - regardless of whether you live in Germany or not.

Since the eID card is designed exclusively for online use and does not serve as an identification document or travel document, the eID card lacks data such as a photograph, signature, size and eye color. Certain data (such as address and nationality) is stored only on the electronic storage medium (chip).

The online ID function of the eID card offers you, as a citizen of these states, the same electronic function as the German electronic ID card or the electronic residence permit in Germany. You can apply for the eID card regardless of whether your home state has an eID system or not. When you use the eID card, you can each decide for yourself and control whether and to whom you digitally transmit personal data.

The eID card can only be issued to applicants aged 16 and over. It is issued for a validity period of 10 years.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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