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Applying for an identity card for the first time

German citizens aged 16 and over are obliged to have a valid identity card or passport.
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 three months. You can apply for your identity card at your citizens' office at your main residence. Applications to any other citizens' office are possible if you explain an important reason. In this case, a non-jurisdiction surcharge ensers.

Process flow

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.

  • Young people aged 16 and over can apply for their identity card themselves.
    • If young people from the age of 16 do not comply with their duty, persons with legal power of representation must submit the application together with the young person up to the age of 18. A parent with custody may be represented at the time of application by proxy of the other parent.
  • For children and adolescents under the age of 16, all parents with custody submit the application together. The children and young people must always appear in person, as the Bürgeramt checks their identity. They must also sign if they are 10 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • When applying, you must explain whether your fingerprints should be stored on the ID chip. From 2 August 2021, the declaration for the submission of fingerprints will no longer apply, as fingerprints will be taken for storage in the document with every identity card application.
    Exception: No fingerprints are taken from children under the age of 6.
  • The 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.

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.

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 photo requirements for electronic passports.
  • if available and not yet devalued: old passport or children's passport (valid or already expired)
  • if no valid passport or children's passport is available: birth certificate or marriage certificate
  • 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?

If you have just turned 16 years old, have German citizenship and are registered in Germany, the application must be made immediately, unless you have a valid passport document, i.e. passport or temporary passport.

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

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.