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Applying for an identity card due to name change in case of marriage

After a name change, your identity card is invalid. So if your family name has changed, for example, after a marriage or the establishment of a civil partnership, you must apply for a new ID. The same applies to your children if their names also change with the marriage.

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 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. If you do not apply for your new identity card at your main residence, you need an important reason. In addition, a surcharge of EUR 13.00 will be charged to the fee. If you contact the Bürgeramt you have selected in advance, you can find out whether and to what extent the Bürgeramt acknowledges your reason.

If you need your new identity card immediately after marriage with a change of name or after establishing a civil partnership with a name change, for example for a trip abroad, you can apply for your ID with the new name at the earliest 8 weeks before the planned date of marriage or establishment of a civil partnership. As an exception, the Bürgeramt will then have the date of the planned marriage or the establishment of the civil partnership entered as the date of issue. The new identity card may only be handed over after the marriage or after receipt of the name declaration at the responsible registry office. Before handing over the identity card, the name must be checked on the basis of the marriage certificate or the certified marriage register printout or the certificate of the name.

When applying, the Bürgeramt draws your attention to the fact that in all cases in which the marriage date specified at the time of application is subsequently postponed to a later date and consequently the date of issue of the identity card with the new surname is before the new marriage date, the identity card is invalid. It may not be handed over. You may have to re-apply for your identity card for a fee.

Process flow

In the case of marriage or establishment of a civil partnership with a change of name, proceed as follows to apply for the new identity card:

You must apply for your identity card in person at the Bürgeramt. If you do not apply for your identity card at your main residence, you will need an important reason and there will be a surcharge for the fee. 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.
  • 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.
  • In the case of an early application, you will only receive the new identity card after the marriage or after receipt of the name declaration at the responsible registry office. Before handing over the identity card, the authority checks the use of the name on the basis of
    • the marriage certificate,
    • the certified marriage register expression, or
    • the certificate of use of the name.

Requirements

The obligation to apply for an identity card applies to you if you

  • have German nationality,
  • have reached the age of 16,
  • 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 to the identity card authority responsible at your main residence.
  • Exception: The temporary identity card cannot be applied for abroad.

Which documents are required?

  • Biometric passport photo: The photo must
    • be up-to-date and
    • meet the requirements for photos for electronic identity cards.
  • in case of early application:
    • valid identity card, passport, temporary passport or temporary identity card
  • for applications after marriage with name change:
    • if available: a valid passport or temporary passport with the new name
    • if there is no valid passport document with the new name: marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate or certified marriage or civil partnership register extract or certificate of name
  • in the case of children under the age of 16: if applicable, declaration of consent from the parent with custody who is not present
    • in the case of only one legal guardian, additional proof of custody

What are the fees?

  • EUR 37.00 for applicants aged 24 and over
  • EUR 22.80 for applicants under the age of 24
  • EUR 10.00 for the temporary identity card
  • EUR 13.00 surcharge for applications outside working hours or not at the main residence
  • EUR 30.00 surcharge for application to any citizens' office by Germans residing abroad

Fee reduction or exemption is possible for those in need. This is at the discretion of the identity card authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You must apply for the new identity card immediately after the marriage if there has been a name change and you do not have a valid passport or temporary passport with the new name.

Processing duration

From the time of application, it usually takes at least 2 weeks until you can pick up your identity card at the Bürgeramt.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

competent Bodies

Gemeinde Rhede (Ems) - Bürgeramt

Postal address: Post Office Box 1134

Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)

Telephone: 04964 9182-10
Telephone: 04964 9182-11
Telephone: 04964 9182-14
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 2, Fees: no
Parking Place: Number: 60, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE08266614940000164300
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE06266500010017000019

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Frau Monika Nee
Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)
Telephone: 04964 9182-11
Telephone: 04964 9182-10
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Department:
Bürgeramt
Room:
11
responsible for:
Frau Maria Dünhöft
Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)
Telephone: 04964 9182-14
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Department:
Bürgeramt, Standesamt
Room:
14
responsible for:

Data protection information

Gemeinde Rhede (Ems) - Ordnungsamt/Gewerbe/Feuerwehrwesen

Postal address: Post Office Box 1134

Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)

Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 2, Fees: no
Parking Place: Number: 60, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE08266614940000164300
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE06266500010017000019
payment methods:
Sepa Credit Transfer, Bank Transfer, Cash Payment, Sepa Direct Debit, Paypal

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Herr Holger Knak
Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)
Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Department:
Ordnungsamt, Sozialamt, Bürgeramt, Standesamt, Gewerbeamt
Room:
19
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

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

Further Links

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