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Identity card issuance

As a rule, you can pick up your identity card in person or through an authorised representative 5 days after receipt of the PIN letter with your personal identification number (PIN). The collection takes place at the identity card authority where the application was made. In addition to a transport PIN, the PIN letter contains an unlock number (PUK) and a lock password.

The letter will be sent directly to your registration address. If you do not have a registration address in Germany, the PIN letter can also be sent to the responsible identity card authority. If you have indicated that the PIN letter should be sent to the competent identity card authority, you will receive the PIN letter on the day of collection of the new identity card.

If you have not received a PIN letter, you can usually pick up your identity card about 4 weeks after application. In this case, a collection is only possible in person and not with power of attorney.

If a person is instructed to collect, they must identify themselves and present a written power of attorney for collection with the following declaration: "Received PIN letter from Bundesdruckerei".

To collect your child's identity card, you only need the power of attorney if the child is already 16 years of age or older.

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

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