Identity card, registration of a religious or artist name

Since November 1st, 2010, names of orders and artists can be entered in the identity card / passport again. In the period from November 1st, 2007 to November 1st, 2010 the entry was not possible. The name of the order or artist must be proven.
  • 1 recent biometrically readable passport photo (35x45 mm without border, background light and monochrome. Sample - see link Federal Ministry of the Interior).
  • identity card
  • Proof of the authority for interior and sports - office for migration - about the right to use a religious or artist name (see link)
  • When registering a doctoral title - proof of the doctoral title (certificate of ownership from the university/college or award certificate)


Religious or pseudonymous name on identity card, passport or population register, otherwise certificate from the Ministry of the Interior and Sport, Office for Migration.


The entry of a religious or artist name or a doctorate is always associated with the issue of a new identity card.

The doctorate can be entered as the only academic degree in official documents.

Identity Card Act (PAuswG), Passport Act (PassG), Ordinance on the Implementation of the Passport Act (PassV)

Related Links

  • Office for migration
  • 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)
  • ID cards, as electronic proof of identity
  • 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
  • Make an appointment online, all customer centers
  • ID cards, new applications after loss, theft or name change
  • Customer centers Hamburg - overview
Personal application required. The application will be forwarded to Bundesdruckerei for further processing.

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