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Apply for an identity card

Any person of any age with German citizenship can apply for an identity card.
The identity card becomes invalid before the expiry of the registered period of validity if

  • Entries become incorrect, or
  • the photograph is no longer clearly suitable for identification. This can be the case in particular with ID cards for infants or toddlers.

There is one exception: changing the address does not invalidate.

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:

  • Application under 24 years: Identity card is valid for 6 years.
  • Application 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 identity card authority at your main residence, which is usually the Bürgeramt. Applications to any other identity card authority are possible if an important reason is explained. This incurs a lack of responsibility surcharge, which means that the costs for your new identity card are higher.

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

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