Apply for a new identity card when it expires
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Wenn Ihr Personalausweis abläuft, müssen Sie einen neuen beantragen, sofern Sie über 16 Jahre alt sind und kein gültiges Passdokument besitzen.
In Germany, identification is required for persons over the age of 16. From the age of 16 you must therefore apply for a new identity card in good time before your old one expires. This applies if you are over 16 years old and do not have a valid passport document, i.e. passport, temporary passport.

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. In this case, a non-responsibility surcharge applies, which means that the costs of the issuance increase.

The period of validity depends on your age:
  • under 24 years: identity card is valid for 6 years.
  • 24 years and older: ID card is valid for 10 years.
It may happen that the new ID card cannot be issued within the remaining period of validity. In this case, it may also be necessary to apply for a temporary identity card for the transitional period. A provisional identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.
  • Biometric passport photo: The photo must
    • be up to date and
    • meet the photo requirements for electronic ID cards.
  • old identity card or valid passport
  • if no valid passport or identity card is available: birth certificate, marriage certificate (marriage certificate)
  • for children under the age of 16: if necessary, a declaration of consent from the parent who has custody of the child who is not present
    • if there is only one legal guardian, proof of custody is also required


The obligation to apply for an identity card applies to you if you
  • have German citizenship,
  • have reached the age of 16,
  • are registered in Germany and
  • do not have a valid passport document, i.e. passport or provisional passport.
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 responsible for 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.
  • Persons without a permanent address 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 must apply for the identity card in person at the customer center. If you do not apply for your 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 customer center recognizes 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.
  • 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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