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Apply for a new identity card at the end of its validity

In Germany, persons aged 16 and over are obliged to have a valid identity card. From the age of 16, you must therefore apply for a new identity card in good time before the validity of your old one expires. This applies if you are over 16 years old and do not have a valid passport document, i.e. passport, temporary passport.
The application is possible at the Bürgeramt at your main residence. If you submit the application for good cause to another citizens' office, a surcharge of EUR 13.00 will be charged to the fee.
The validity period depends on your age:

  • under 24 years: Identity card is valid for 6 years.
  • from 24 years: Identity card is valid for 10 years.

It may happen that the issuance of the new identity card is not possible within the remaining period of validity. In this case, the application for a temporary identity card may also be required for the transitional period. A temporary identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.

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

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