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Applying for an identity card due to name change after divorce

After a name change, your identity card is invalid. If, for example, you have had your family name changed after a divorce or the annulment of a civil partnership, you must apply for a new ID.
There is one exception: as long as you have a valid passport document, i.e. passport or temporary passport, with the new name, you do not have to apply for a new identity card.
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 validity period depends on your age at the time of application:

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

A temporary identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.
You can submit the application to your citizens' office at your main residence. Applications to any other citizens' office are possible if an important reason is explained. This incurs a non-competence surcharge, i.e. the costs of the exhibition increase.

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

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