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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 identity 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 2 August 2021, will not invalidate ID cards without this logo. The period of validity depends on your age at the time of application: Application under 24 years of age: ID card is valid for 6 years. Application 24 years and older: Identity card is valid for 10 years. A temporary identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months. You can apply at the identity card office at your main place of residence, which is usually the Bürgeramt. Applications can be made to any other identity card authority if an important reason is given. There is a surcharge for lack of competence, which means that the costs for your new identity card are higher.

identity card, valid passport or children's passport or birth certificate for children under 16 years of age: Declaration of consent of the legal guardian in case of only one legal guardian additionally the proof of custody biometric passport photo


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Preconditions
You are subject to the identification obligation if you have German citizenship have reached the age of 16 and are registered in Germany. For the application outside your main residence: You must be able to show an important reason why you are not applying for the identity card at the identity card authority at your main place of residence.
You can apply for an identity card at the Bürgeramt in your place of residence, or at your main place of residence if you have more than one place of residence. You can also apply for your identity card at any other citizens' registration office. However, you must have an important reason for doing so. If you contact the Bürgeramt you have chosen beforehand, you can find out whether and to what extent the Bürgeramt recognises your reason. Many Bürgerämter allow you to make an appointment online, by e-mail or by telephone. You can find out what options your Bürgeramt offers on its website, for example. When you apply, your Bürgeramt will inform you when you can collect your identity card. Your identity card is produced centrally by the Bundesdruckerei in Berlin. You can make an appointment to collect your identity card online, by e-mail or by telephone at many Bürgeramt offices. You can find out which options are offered by your local Bürgeramt, for example, on its website.

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Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs (BMI)

Last update or date of publication
18.05.2021