Applying for an identity card due to name change after divorce
You divorced and then had your family name changed? Then you will need to apply for a new identity card if you do not have a valid passport document with the new name.
After a name change, your identity card is invalid. If, for example, you have had your family name changed after a divorce or the annulment of a civil partnership, you must apply for a new ID.
There is one exception: as long as you have a valid passport document, i.e. passport or temporary passport, with the new name, you do not have to apply for a new identity card.
The EU logo on the front of the identity card, which will be introduced from 2 August 2021, will not cause ID cards without this logo to become invalid.
The validity period depends on your age at the time of application:
- under 24 years: Identity card is valid for 6 years.
- from 24 years: Identity card is valid for 10 years.
A temporary identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.
You can submit the application to your citizens' office at your main residence. Applications to any other citizens' office are possible if an important reason is explained. This incurs a non-competence surcharge, i.e. the costs of the exhibition increase.
- old identity card or passport (with the old name) and, if available, valid passport (with the new name)
- Divorce certificate
- Certificate of name from the registry office
Biometric passport photo: The photo must
- be up-to-date and
- meet the requirements for photos for electronic identity cards.
The obligation to apply for an identity card applies to you if you
- have German nationality,
- 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 applications outside your main residence:
- You must be able to explain an important reason why you do not apply for the identity card at the Bürgeramt at your main residence.
§ 9 Identity Card Act (PAuswG)
You can apply for an identity card at the Bürgeramt at your place of residence, in the case of several residences at your main residence. You can also apply for your identity card at any other citizens' office. But you need an important reason for this. If you contact the Bürgeramt you have selected in advance, you can find out whether and to what extent the Bürgeramt acknowledges your reason.
- At many citizens' offices, you can make an appointment online, by e-mail or by telephone. You can find out what options your Citizens' Office offers, for example, on its website.
- Your Citizens' Office will inform you when you apply when you can pick up your identity card.
- Your identity card is produced centrally by Bundesdruckerei GmbH in Berlin.
- At many citizens' offices, you can arrange a pick-up appointment online, by e-mail or by telephone. You can find out what options your Citizens' Office offers, for example, on its website.
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Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport
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