Apply for a temporary identity card
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Ihr Personalausweis ist verloren gegangen oder abgelaufen und Sie benötigen schnellstmöglich einen neuen? Dann können Sie einen vorläufigen Personalausweis beantragen.
With the provisional identity card, you can, for example, bridge the time until a regular identity card is issued. Your provisional identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.
You must return the old temporary ID card when you are issued with the new temporary ID card. You can get the regular old ID card back canceled.

Applications can be submitted to any other identity card authority if an important reason is given. In this case, a non-responsibility surcharge applies, which means that the costs of the issuance increase. The approval of the identity card authority at the main place of residence is required for the issuance of the provisional identity card; this is obtained from the customer center.
  • Biometric passport photo: The photo must
    • be up to date and
    • meet the photo requirements for electronic ID cards.
  • If available and not yet validated: old ID card or passport or provisional ID card or children's passport (valid or already expired)
  • If you do not have a valid passport or identity card: birth certificate, marriage certificate
  • for children under the age of 16: if necessary, a declaration of consent from the parent who is not present and who has custody
    • if there is only one legal guardian, proof of custody is also required


You can apply for a temporary identity card if
  • you have German citizenship,
  • are registered in Germany
  • do not have a valid identity card
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 a provisional identity card at the Citizens’ Registration Office at your main place of residence. The customer center will obtain the approval of the identity card authority at the location of the main 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.
  • Exception: The provisional identity card cannot be applied for abroad.


There are the following hints:
  • Since the temporary identity card is only valid for a short period of time, we recommend that you apply for a permanent identity card or passport at the same time.
  • People without a permanent address or the homeless should contact the customer center in Hamburg-Mitte.
§ 9 Personal Identity Card Act (PAuswG)

Related Links

  • Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland - sample photo board (external link)
  • Identity card
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior - Frequently asked questions about identity cards (external link)
  • Identity card portal
  • 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
  • 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 must apply for the provisional identity card in person at the customer center. If you do not apply for your temporary identity card at your main residence, you need an important reason and a surcharge will be added to the fee. If you contact the customer center you have selected beforehand, you can find out whether and to what extent the identity card authority will recognize your reason.
  • You can apply for the provisional and the new regular identity card at the same time.
  • The authorities will issue you with a provisional ID card on site.

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