Activate your online ID card

You want to have the online ID card of your identity card activated later? You can do this at your identity card authority. When you can simply activate the online ID card yourself will be announced on www.personalausweisportal.de.

The online ID card allows you to perform digitally offered administrative and business services online. Online ID is possible through a chip in your ID card, provided that the online ID card is activated. Since 2017, this chip has been activated as standard in ID cards for citizens who were older than 16 years when applying.

If you are applying for a new identity card and you are older than 16 years, you can simply activate the online ID card yourself by setting your self-selected six-digit PIN. You will receive all information by post in your so-called "PIN letter". You can set your self-chosen, six-digit PIN when you pick up your ID card and later at the Bürgeramt or in apps for the online ID card, such as the AusweisApp2.

If the online ID card is not activated (IDs issued before July 2017 at the request of the applicant) or if you were not yet 16 years old at the time of issue, you will need the assistance of your competent authority with the activation. Please contact your authority for an appointment. You must bring your ID with you to the appointment.

With your online ID card, for example, you can:

  • Apply for BAföG online,
  • Activate your SIM card online,
  • Use online services of the German Pension Insurance around your insurance account and
  • identify with PostIdent via the PostIdent app
  • Identity card

Personal appearance: yes (substitution not possible)

Online procedure: no

Written form: no

Forms: no

Preconditions

You are in possession of a German identity card.

Related Links

  • § 10 Identity Card Act (PAuswG)

If you were at least 16 years old at the time you applied for your new identity document, your online ID is usually already activated. It becomes ready for use by setting the self-selected, six-digit PIN. To do this, proceed as follows:

  • After applying for a new identity card, you will receive the so-called "PIN letter" by post.
    • Follow the instructions in the letter to set your individual PIN for the online ID. The PIN can be set at your Bürgeramt directly when picking up the ID card and at any time via apps for the online ID card, such as the AusweisApp2.

If you want to activate the online ID function afterwards, proceed as follows:

  • Contact your local identity card authority for an appointment. You must bring your identity card with you to the appointment.
  • After you have set the self-selected, six-digit PIN for the online ID card in the authority, it is ready for use.

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