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Apply for an identity card due to other name change

If your name has changed, your identity card is invalid. Therefore, in this case, you must apply for a new one
There is one exception: As long as you have a valid passport document, i.e. passport or temporary passport, with the new name, there is no obligation to apply for a new identity card.
The EU logo on the front of the identity card, introduced from 2 August 2021, does not invalidate ID cards without this logo.
The period of validity 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 Bürgeramt at your main residence. Applications to any other citizens' office are possible if an important reason is presented. There is a non-jurisdiction surcharge, i.e. the costs of the exhibition increase.

Process flow

If you change your name, request the new identity document as follows:
You must apply for the identity card in person at the Bürgeramt. If you do not apply for your identity card at your main residence, you will need an important reason and a supplement will be added to the fee. If you contact the Bürgeramt you have selected beforehand, you can find out whether and to what extent the Bürgeramt recognises your reason.

  • At many citizens' offices, you can make an appointment online, by e-mail or by phone. You can find out what options your Bürgeramt offers, for example, on its website.
  • When applying, your citizens' registration office will inform you when you can pick up your identity card.
  • Your identity card is produced centrally by Bundesdruckerei GmbH.
  • At many citizens' offices, you can arrange a pick-up appointment online, by e-mail or by telephone. You can find out what options your Bürgeramt offers, for example, on its website.
  • When applying for the identity card, the authority checks the new name on the basis of the civil certificate on the use of the name.

Requirements

The obligation to apply for an identity card applies to you if you:

  • have German citizenship,
  • have reached the age of 16 and
  • are registered in Germany
  • do not have a valid passport or temporary passport with the new name.

For applications outside your main residence:

  • You must be able to explain an important reason why you do not apply for the identity card at the Bürgeramt at your main residence.

Which documents are required?

  • old identity card, passport or children's passport (with the old name) and, if available, valid passport (with the new name)
  • Certificate of the registry office on the use of the name
  • for children under 16 years of age: declaration of consent of the legal guardian
    • in the case of only one legal guardian, the additional proof of custody
  • Biometrics-compatible passport photo: The photo must
    • be up-to-date and
    • meet the photo requirements for electronic identity cards.

What are the fees?

Fee: 37,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
for applicants aged 24 and over Fee reductions or exemptions are possible for those in need. This is at the discretion of the identity card authority.

Fee: 22,80 EUR
Payment in advance: No
for applicants under 24 years of age

Fee: 10,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
for the temporary identity card

Supplement: 13,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
in the case of an application outside working hours or in the case of a non-competent authority

Supplement: 30,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
for application at any Bürgeramt by Germans residing abroad

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You must apply for the new identity card immediately after the name change if you do not have a valid passport document (passport or temporary passport) with the new name.

Processing duration

It usually takes at least 2 weeks from the date of application until you can pick up your identity card at the Bürgeramt.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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