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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.

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

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