Identity card; notification of loss and recovery

If your German identity card is untraceable or lost, you must report the loss. If you find the document again later, you must also report this.


If you lose your ID card or temporary ID card, you are obliged to notify the ID card authority of your (place of residence) municipality immediately. An identity check is required there.

The identity card authority must also be notified if your identity card is found again and the previously lost identity card must be presented. Since a new document is usually issued, this is essential, also to prevent problems when using these identity documents.

If a criminal offense is involved, contact the local police station (see "Reporting a Criminal Offense to the Police; Reimbursement" under "Related Topics").

Special notes

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

To prevent misuse, the ID card holder must immediately report the loss or theft of the ID card to the revocation hotline (116 116) or to the ID card authority for revocation of 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. In this regard, please contact the provider from whom you purchased the signature certificate and report the loss to them. Neither the blocking hotline nor the ID card authority can block the signature function.


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