apply for an ID card
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Wenn Sie die deutsche Staatsangehörigkeit besitzen, können Sie einen Personalausweis beantragen.
Any person of any age with German citizenship can apply for an identity card.
The identity card becomes invalid before the expiry of the entered period of validity if
  • Entries become incorrect or
  • the photo is no longer clearly suitable for identification. This can be the case in particular with ID cards for infants or young children.
There is one exception: changing the address does not invalidate it.
The EU logo on the front of the ID card, introduced from August 2, 2021, does not mean that ID cards without this logo become invalid.
The period of validity depends on your age when you apply:
  • 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.
A provisional identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.
You can submit the application to your identity card authority at your main place of residence, which is usually any customer center in Hamburg. Applications can be submitted to any other identity card authority outside of Hamburg if an important reason is given. A non-responsibility surcharge applies, which means that the costs of the issuance increase.
  • previous identity card, valid passport or children's passport or birth certificate
  • for children under the age of 16: declaration of consent and identification document of the legal guardian
    if there is only one legal guardian, proof of custody is also required
  • the presence of the guardian with whom the unmarried, minor child usually resides is mandatory.
  • Biometric passport photo: The photo must
    • be up to date and
    • meet the photo requirements for electronic ID cards.


You are required to provide ID if you
  • have German citizenship,
  • have reached the age of 16 and
  • are registered in Germany.
For the application outside of your main place of residence:
  • You must be able to demonstrate an important reason why you are not applying for an identity card from the identity card authority at your main place of residence.
  • If you are registered in Hamburg with a secondary residence, the approval of the identity card authority at the place of your main residence is required for the issuance of the ID document. When applying, a non-responsibility surcharge applies, which means that the costs of the issuance increase.


  • An ID card cannot be extended or changed. Therefore, a new identity card is always issued. Exception: change of address (in the chip and sticker with the new address)
  • In urgent cases, you can also apply for a temporary identity card (valid for a maximum of 3 months) at the same time. This will be given to you immediately.
  • People without a permanent address or the homeless should contact the customer center in Hamburg-Mitte.
  • § 9 paragraph 2 sentence 3 Personal Identity Card Act

Related Links

  • Children's passport, first issue
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland - sample photo board (external link)
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior - Frequently asked questions about identity cards (external link)
  • Query the status of the ID card processing
  • Identity card portal
  • ID cards, as electronic proof of identity
  • ID cards, apply until ID is required (up to 16 years of age)
  • ID cards, authorization to use a religious or artist name
  • Apply for an identity card without a domestic residence
  • ID cards, pick up
  • Make an appointment online, all customer centers
  • ID cards, have them blocked (if lost or stolen) or unblocked
  • ID cards, new applications after loss, theft or name change
  • ID cards, serial number
  • Customer centers Hamburg - overview
You apply for an identity card in person at the customer center or, if you have more than one place of residence, at the identity card authority at your main place of residence. You can also apply for your identity card at any other identity card authority. But you need an important reason for this. If you contact the identity card authority you have selected beforehand, you can find out whether and to what extent they will recognize your reason.
  • You can make an appointment online or by phone.
  • When you apply, your customer center will inform you when you can pick up your ID card.
  • Your identity card is produced centrally by Bundesdruckerei GmbH in Berlin.
  • You can arrange a pick-up appointment online or by telephone at the customer centers. You can find out what options your customer center offers on its website, for example.
  • A personal appointment is required.
  • When applying, fingerprints are taken for storage in the document.

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