Identity documents

How can I get a new national identity card? How and where can I use the online identification function? Where can I apply for amendments? This section provides information and contact details for government services related to identity documents such as national identity cards and passports.

Services:

Apply for a passport

If you need a passport, you must apply for one.

Apply for a passport with 48 pages

Would you like to apply for a passport with 48 pages? You must submit an application in person.

Apply for a second passport

In principle, no one may hold more than one passport. However, if you can prove a legitimate interest, you may be issued with a second passport.

Apply for a severely disabled person's ID card with or without token

If you are severely disabled, you are entitled to free public transport or a vehicle tax reduction under certain conditions.

Apply for a severely disabled person's pass

If you have been determined to be severely disabled, then you can apply for the issuance of a severely disabled person's ID card.

Apply for an express passport

The delivery time for a passport is usually at least 2 weeks. If you need a passport at short notice, you can apply for a passport using an express procedure.

Apply for an identity card for the first time

Once you are 16 years old, you must have a valid identification document that can be used to establish your identity. As a rule, this is an identity card or passport.

Apply for eID card

If you are a citizen of the European Union or belong to the European Economic Area, you can apply for an eID card to identify yourself online.

Apply for European Firearms Pass

If you want to take your weapons within the European Union (EU) or to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, you need a European Firearms Pass.

Apply for exemption from identification as a permanently disabled person who cannot move in public

If you cannot move alone in public because of a disability, then you may be exempt from the requirement to have an ID card.

Apply for exemption from the ID card requirement for permanently housed persons

If you are expected to be permanently confined to a hospital, nursing home, or similar facility, then you may be exempt from the requirement to have an ID card.

Apply for identity card

If you have German citizenship, you can apply for an identity card.

Apply for identity card due to expiry

When your ID card expires, you must apply for a new one if you are over 16 years old and do not have a valid passport document.

Apply for identity card due to name change after divorce

You have divorced and then changed your family name? Then you must apply for a new identity card if you do not have a valid passport document with the new name.

Apply for identity card due to name change upon marriage

You got married and therefore changed your name? Then you must apply for a new identity card if no you have valid passport document with the new name. If the surname of your children has changed, their documents with the old name are also invalid.

Apply for identity card due to other name change

If your name changes, you must apply for a new ID card unless you have a valid passport document with the new name.

Apply for identity card for under 16s

If you are under 16 years old, your parents or legal guardians can apply for an ID card for you.

Applying for a new social security card

You may apply for a new social security card if you have lost your card, damaged it, or if it is no longer readable.

Applying for a temporary passport

Do you urgently need a passport and neither a regular nor an express passport can be issued in time? Then you can apply for a temporary passport.

Citizenship - Retention of German citizenship

Here you will find information on retaining German citizenship.

electronic proof of identity activation

Do you want to have the online ID card on your ID card activated at a later date? You can do this at your identity card authority. The date from which you can simply activate the online ID card yourself will be announced at www.personalausweisportal.de.

electronic proof of identity activation for the first time

You want to have the online ID card of your ID card activated? You can reset your PIN or activate the online ID card function free of charge. You can do this at your ID card office or online.

electronic proof of identity blocking

You can have your electronic identity card blocked if you have lost it or it has been stolen.

electronic proof of identity granting insight into readable data for providers on the Internet or vending machines

As part of the online ID card function, certain data can be read from your ID card by providers on the Internet or by vending machines. You can gain insight into which data can be read out.

electronic proof of identity storage

Here you will find information on the storage of your data in the chip of the ID card.

electronic proof of identity storage of signature certificates

You can also use your online ID card function for electronic signatures. To do this, you must purchase a corresponding signature certificate from a certified provider.

electronic proof of identity unblocking

If you recover your ID card, you can have the online ID card function unblocked at the ID card office.

Get identity card information

You can obtain information about the ID card on the Internet or from your local ID card office.

Have identity card address changed

If you move, you must notify the relevant office of this change of address.

Have parking permit and parking facilitation for severely disabled persons renewed

If you are severely disabled and have a parking permit, then you can have it renewed.

Have your identity card brought up to date

If the data in your ID card is no longer up to date, you must have this changed as soon as possible.

ID card Information on the ID card with online ID function

You can obtain information on the ID card with online ID function from your local ID card authority and on the Internet.

ID card obligation Request exemption

Under certain conditions, you can be exempted from the ID requirement.

ID card requirement Apply for exemption for assisted persons

If this is why a guardian has been appointed for you, then you may be exempt from the requirement to have an ID card.

Identity card Obtain information on the processing status

You will be informed as soon as your requested ID card is ready for collection at the ID card office.

Identity card report due to recovery

If you recover your ID card that has been reported lost, you must report it.

Make identity card messages

If anything changes with respect to your ID card or the data entered on it, you must report it immediately.

Online ID card function Change PIN

You can activate your online ID card function free of charge.

Organ Donation

If you wish to donate your organs after your death, you can indicate this on an organ donor card.

Out of force - applying for a child's passport for the first time

If you want to travel abroad with your child, they will need a travel document. Depending on the destination country, your child will need a child passport, identity card or a regular passport. The identity documents must be applied for in person.

Out of force - child passport extension

If the child's passport expires, you as the legal guardian can apply for an extension.

Out of force - children's passport change due to change of address

If you change your place of residence, you must arrange for your child's passport to be changed.

Parking permit - apply for reissuance of resident parking permit due to loss or damage (replacement).

If lost or damaged, you must reapply for your resident parking permit.

Parking permit - have resident parking permit renewed

You can have your resident parking permit extended upon application.

Parking permit - Resident parking permit application

If you wish to obtain a resident parking permit, then you must apply for it at the appropriate authority.

Parking permit and parking facilitation for severely disabled persons received

As a severely disabled person, you can receive a parking permit and parking facilitations under certain conditions. You must apply for these.

Passport issuance new due to change of other data

If you change your place of residence, you must arrange for your passport to be changed.

Passport issuance new due to name change in case of divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership

If your last name has changed (for example, due to marriage or divorce), you must immediately apply for a new travel document.

Passport replacement in the event of passport loss abroad

If you have lost your passport abroad or it has been stolen and you wish to travel home, you must have replacement travel documents issued. You can apply for these at the German diplomatic mission in the country you are traveling to.

Passport status query

You can inquire about the processing status of the passport at the relevant office.

Pick up identity card

Your new ID card is ready for collection from the relevant ID card authority. You can collect it in person or by proxy with a collection authorization.

Reapply for identity card due to loss

Have you lost your identity card? Then you must report this to the local identity card authority. In addition, you must apply for a new ID card if you are over 16 years old and do not have another valid passport document.

Report identity card theft

If your ID card has been stolen, you must report it.

Report loss of own identity card

If you lose your identity card, you must report it.

Request identity card for theft

Have you had your identity card stolen? Then you must report this. In addition, you must apply for a new identity card if you are over 16 years old and do not have a valid passport document.

Request qualified signature

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Requesting a temporary identity card

Your identity card has been lost or has expired and you need a new one? Then you can apply for a temporary identity card.

Retroactively activate online ID card function

If you want to activate your online ID card function at a later date, you can apply for this online or at the ID card authority.

Travel with pets (pets)

Here you will find information about traveling abroad with a pet or importing a pet from abroad.

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