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Apply for a volunteer card

In Lower Saxony, 3.2 million people work voluntarily for the common good. In this way, they make an important contribution to cohesion in our society and contribute to a livable Lower Saxony. Thanks are due to all civic activists for this commitment. It is priceless and deserves public appreciation.

The Lower Saxony Volunteer Card is an attractive award to honour outstanding commitment. This is to give something back to those who are committed to their neighbour in a special way, who enrich our coexistence and who promote solidarity in our society.

With the volunteer card, you can enjoy discounts in public institutions and with numerous providers. Whether it's sports, culture or leisure, the areas in which you can use the card are diverse.

Process flow

The volunteer card can be applied for on the Volunteer Server in a purely digital way. Another fundamental innovation is the possibility for clubs and organizations to apply for the volunteer card digitally for their volunteers. The option of an analogue (postal) application by entering the data in the online form, printing it out and sending it by post is still available.

Who should I contact?

The volunteer card is awarded and issued by the participating municipalities. The volunteers receive a personal card that is non-transferable. The application must be submitted in writing or digitally.


  • They carry out voluntary work for the common good without pay for at least five hours a week or 250 hours a year.
  • At the time of applying for a volunteer card, you have already been volunteering for at least two years (or since the organization was founded), and you want to continue your commitment to volunteering in the future.
  • If you are the holder of a Juleica (Youth Leader Card) and are under 21 years of age, your voluntary commitment must have existed for at least one year.
  • You carry out your commitment in Lower Saxony or live here and work on a voluntary basis outside Lower Saxony.
  • Active members of the volunteer fire brigades who have completed trooper training I as well as emergency personnel in disaster control and rescue services with completed basic training can apply for the Lower Saxony volunteer card without further proof - the generally necessary proof of the duration of the commitment no longer has to be provided by this group of people.

Which documents are required?

With the help of an online form, you can create your individual application as a PDF file. You will need to print this application on paper, sign it by hand, have it signed by the organisation you work for, and finally submit it on paper.

What are the fees?


What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The validity of the volunteer card is three years. Of course, this can be extended if the conditions continue to exist.

Processing duration

The processing time varies depending on the different award modalities in the respective municipalities. On average, you can expect a processing time of four to six weeks.

Technically approved by

State Chancellery of Lower Saxony


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)