Identity card, electronic proof of identity

The new identity card is still proof of identity.

The following data is stored on the chip in the ID card:

  • photograph
  • First and last name, if applicable the name of a religious order and artist
  • birth date
  • address
  • nationality
  • last day of validity
  • Issuing authority
  • serial number
  • access number
  • fingerprints

The machine-readable zone does not contain any additional personal information.

From the age of 16 this function is automatically switched on. It is automatically switched off for people under the age of 16. A later activation is possible from the age of 16 personally by the owner.

The identity card can be used with activated electronic proof of identity (eID function) for secure registration on the Internet. Only the data required for the transaction on the Internet is transmitted.
In the future, the use of government services via the Internet (e-government) is to be increased. You can find out more about using the online ID function in the customer center.

You can obtain detailed information on online use by calling 0180-1-33 33 33 (3.9 ct/minute/landline) or on the Internet in the ID card portal (see links).

The identity card must be presented to activate the online identification function.


Presentation of the identity card.


Since 2017, ID cards have only been delivered with the eID switched on.
Identity Card Act (PAuswG)

Related Links

  • Federal Ministry of the Interior - Frequently asked questions about identity cards (external link)
  • Identity card portal
  • ID cards, apply for those who are 16 years of age or older
  • ID cards, apply until ID is required (up to 16 years of age)
  • ID cards, authorization to use a religious or artist name
  • 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
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