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Apply for an identity card for German citizens with permanent residence abroad


As a person with German citizenship and permanent residence abroad, you are not subject to the general obligation to register and therefore also not subject to the obligation to obtain an identity card within Germany.

However, it is possible for you to apply for an identity card in person at selected German missions abroad that have been designated as identity card authorities by the Federal Foreign Office or, under certain conditions, at any citizens' registration office in Germany.

Notice:
Please inquire in advance at the foreign mission in whose district you are staying whether it can issue identity cards, since not all foreign missions are also identity card authorities.

Process flow

You must apply for your ID card in person at the mission abroad responsible for you or at a citizens' registration office.
Details on how to apply abroad as well as the application form can be found on the websites of the respective mission abroad.
Overview of German missions abroad.

  • Please compile the necessary documents and make an appointment by telephone, e-mail or online via the appointment booking system at the mission abroad or citizens' registration office responsible for you.
  • When you apply in person, you must pay the fee - please inquire in advance about payment options (cash, giro or credit card).
  • Pick up your identity card at your local diplomatic mission or citizens' registration office, or clarify the procedure for handing over documents when you submit your application.

Requirements

An identity card can be applied for by:

  • Persons with German citizenship regardless of their age

Which documents are required?

When applying, you must submit:

  • biometric passport photo
  • if you have moved away from Germany (also: non-residents, world travelers):
    • De-registration certificate from the last German place of residence, if a German place of residence is still entered in the most recent identification document;
  • If your address abroad is to be entered in the ID card: additionally proof of your habitual residence abroad, e.g. foreigner's ID card, registration certificate of your host country, rental contract, telephone, electricity or gas bills.

In this respect, please note that the online function of an ID card can only be used if a foreign address is recorded.

  • Your previous identity card or passport or children's passport,
  • in case of loss of the old document: additionally a police report of loss;

in the case of a first-time application or changes that have occurred

  • Birth/parentage certificate, alternatively German marriage/partnership certificate, German family book;
  • If you are or were married/partnered:
  • Marriage/partnership certificate with note on name keeping or excerpt from the family register with note on name keeping if married abroad, if applicable, name certificate according to German law;
  • If applicable, certificate of acquisition of German citizenship (naturalization certificate in case of initial application);
  • if applicable, certificate of acquisition of a foreign nationality;
  • If applicable, doctoral degree certificate (in German or English, with name and date of birth), if the doctoral degree is not evident from a previous passport/identity card and the entry in the new passport/identity card is desired;

for children under 16 years additionally:

  • for birth in Germany after 01.01.2000, if at least one parent did not have German citizenship at that time: birth register extract;
  • for children of married parents: Marriage certificate of the parents;
  • for children of divorced parents and sole custody of one parent: Proof of sole custody by custody decree or divorce decree; if applicable, recognition of a foreign divorce decree for the German legal sphere;
  • for children born to parents who were not married at the time of birth: acknowledgement of paternity and custody agreement in accordance with the law of the child's country of residence;
  • if applicable, certificate of acquisition of German citizenship;

Please bring all documents with you in the original and with a copy. Please note that in individual cases the presentation of further certificates and documents may be necessary.

What are the fees?

  • for applicants under 24 years of age: EUR 52.80
  • for applicants over 24 years of age: EUR 67.00

Note
Fees may be waived or reduced for those in need.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

none

Processing duration

  • for processing the application: usually 4 weeks

Applications / forms

  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance: yes

The application for the issuance of an identity card in Germany is informal.

Please use the application forms provided by the German mission abroad responsible for you

Appeal

If your application for an identity card is rejected:

  • File a complaint with the Berlin Administrative Court

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Home Affairs (BMI)

Professionally released on

27.01.2021

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies


Einheitsgemeinde Haselünne, Stadt
Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne
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Postal address: Post Office Box 280 , 49735 Haselünne
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Telephone: 05961 509-0
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Ansprechpartner

Bürgerservice Stadt Haselünne
responsible for:
Address: Werderscher Markt 1, 10117 Berlin, Stadt
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Telephone: 030 18172000
Fax: 030 181751000

Data protection information


Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
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Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
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Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
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

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

Einheitsgemeinde Haselünne, Stadt
Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne
Timetable
Postal address: Post Office Box 280 , 49735 Haselünne
Timetable
Telephone: 05961 509-0
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Ansprechpartner

Bürgerservice Stadt Haselünne
responsible for:

Fachbereich Zentrale Steuerung und Finanzen
Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne
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Postal address: Post Office Box 280 , 49735 Haselünne
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Telephone: 05961 509-440
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
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Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

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