Applying for an identity card because of a name change after a divorce
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Sie haben sich scheiden und danach Ihren Familiennamen ändern lassen? Dann müssen Sie einen neuen Personalausweis beantragen, wenn Sie kein gültiges Passdokument mit dem neuen Namen besitzen.
After a name change, your identity card is no longer valid. If you have had your surname changed, for example after a divorce or the annulment of a civil partnership, you must apply for a new ID card.

There is one exception: as long as you have a valid passport document, i.e. passport or provisional passport, with the new name, you do not have to apply for a new identity card.

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 at the time of application:
  • under 24 years: identity card is valid for 6 years.
  • 24 years and older: 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 any customer center in Hamburg. Applications can be submitted to any other identity card authority if there is an important reason. 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 identity card. This is obtained from the customer center.
  • old identity card or passport (with the old name) and, if available, a valid passport (with the new name)
  • Certificate of name from the registry office
  • final divorce decree
  • Biometric passport photo: The photo must
    • be up to date and
    • meet the photo requirements for electronic ID cards.

Preconditions

The obligation to apply for an identity card applies to you if you
  • have German citizenship,
  • have reached the age of 16 and
  • are registered in Germany,
  • do not have a valid passport or temporary passport with the new name.
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.

Hints

There are the following hints:
  • An ID card cannot be extended or changed. Therefore, a new identity card is always issued.
  • 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 Personal Identity Card Act (PAuswG)
    https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/pauswg/__9.html

Related Links

  • Children's passport, first issue
  • 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)
  • Authority finder Germany
  • 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
  • Information on the identity card on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland
  • Apply for a temporary identity card
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.
  • When applying, fingerprints are taken for storage in the document.
  • You can arrange the pick-up date online. You can find out what options your customer center offers when you apply for your identity card.

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