Identity card; application

Germans can apply for an identity card at their local authority.



  • German within the meaning of Article 116 (1) of the Basic Law;
  • Submission of a formal application to the relevant municipality by the applicant (from the age of 16) or legal representative (e.g. in the case of joint custody by both parents, if they are not only temporarily separated, usually by the parent with whom the child usually resides) or guardian;
  • Representation by an authorized representative is not permitted.
  • The identity card applicant (i.e. also the child or young person under the age of 16) must always appear in person at the identity card authority to verify their identity.

Processing time

According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, it usually takes at least two weeks from the date of application before you can collect your ID card from the Citizens' Registration Office. In some cases, however, it can take several weeks. Please contact your local ID card office for information on the current average production time.

Provisional ID cards can be issued immediately.

Required documents

  • Current biometric photo (front shot)

  • previous official identification document (passport, identity card or children's passport)

  • in the case of first-time issuance (this also includes new arrivals) or on occasion, as a rule further documents, e.g. civil status certificates, citizenship certificates

  • for identity card applicants under the age of 16:

    in the case of parents living together and having joint parental responsibility, the application may be made by one parent with the written consent of the other parent, the signature of the other parent being verified by the identity card authority

  • if there is only one legal guardian: proof of custody


  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Vollmacht zur Abholung des neuen Personalausweises [Dateiformat: pdf]
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.


  • Fees for the issue of identity cards since 01.01.2021

    • Applicants aged 24 and over: EUR 37.00
    • Applicants under the age of 24: EUR 22.80
    • Issuance of ID cards for people in need: fee reduction or exemption possible; due to the inclusion in the standard requirement, recipients of benefits according to SGB II and SGB XII are usually no longer in need
    • Temporary identity card: EUR 10.00
    • Fees increased by EUR 13.00 if the official act is carried out at the applicant's request outside official office hours or by a non-competent authority
    • Increase in fees by EUR 30.00 for applications made by so-called foreign Germans to domestic identity card authorities that are not competent.

    Further fee regulations since 01.01.2021

    • Activating the online ID function for the first time at the age of 16: free of charge
    • Subsequent activation of the online ID function for older ID cards: free of charge
    • Changing the PIN at the Citizens' Registration Office = resetting the PIN (e.g. forgotten PIN): free of charge
    • Changing the address when moving house: free of charge
    • Blocking the online ID function in the event of loss: free of charge
    • Unblocking the online ID function: free of charge
    • Costs for applying an electronic signature certificate: Determined by the respective provider


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