Identity card; notification of loss and recovery

If your German ID card cannot be found or has been lost, you must report the loss. If you find the document again later, you must also report this.


Special notes

If a report is not made to the ID card authority or not made in time, an administrative offense is committed which can be punished with a fine.

In order to prevent misuse, the ID card holder must immediately report the loss (loss, theft) of the ID card to the blocking hotline (116 116) or to the ID card authority to block the online ID card function (see "Related topics").

If you have also applied an electronic signature to the ID card, you must have the signature function blocked separately. To do this, please contact the provider from whom you purchased the signature certificate and report the loss to them. Neither the revocation hotline nor the ID card authority can block the signature function.


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