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Apply for an identity card as an under 16-year-old

Any person of any age with German citizenship can apply for an identity card. This also applies to children (from birth). As a person under the year of 16, you must be accompanied by your parents. Your parents or guardians will take care of the application for you.
Your identity card is valid for 6 years and must then be re-applied for. A temporary identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.
The identity card becomes invalid before the expiry of the registered period of validity if

  • Entries become incorrect, or
  • the photograph is no longer clearly suitable for identification. This can be the case in particular with ID cards for infants or toddlers.

There is one exception: changing the address does not invalidate.
The EU logo on the front of the identity card, which will be introduced from 2 August 2021, will not cause ID cards without this logo to become invalid.
The new identity card is equipped with the function of electronic proof of identity. For children and adolescents up to the age of 16 years, this function is automatically switched off. A later activation (from 16 years) is possible free of charge at the Bürgeramt at the main residence.
You can submit the application to your identity card authority at your main residence, which is usually the Bürgeramt. Applications to any other identity card authority are possible if an important reason is explained. This incurs a non-responsibility surcharge, which means that the costs of the exhibition increase.

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

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