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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 not to the identification requirement 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 by the Federal Foreign Office as identity card authorities or, under certain conditions, at any Citizens' Office in Germany.

Please inquire in advance with the foreign mission in whose district you are staying whether they can issue identity cards, as not all foreign missions are also identity card authorities.

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

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