Apply for an identity card if you are under 16 years of age
Any person of any age with German citizenship can apply for an identity card. This also applies to children (from birth). If you are under 16, you must be accompanied by your parents. Your parents or legal guardians will submit the...
Any person of any age with German citizenship can apply for an identity card. This also applies to children (from birth). If you are under 16, you must be accompanied by your parents. Your parents or legal guardians will submit the application for you.
Your identity card is valid for 6 years and must then be applied for again. A provisional identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.
The identity card becomes invalid before the expiry of the entered period of validity if
- Entries become incorrect or
- the photo is no longer clearly suitable for identification. This can be the case in particular with ID cards for infants or young children.
The EU logo on the front of the ID card, introduced from August 2, 2021, does not mean that ID cards without this logo become invalid.
The new identity card is equipped with the function of electronic proof of identity. This function is automatically switched off for children and young people up to the age of 16. Later activation (from the age of 16) is possible free of charge in the customer center at the main residence.
You can submit the application to your identity card authority at your main place of residence, which is usually the customer center.
Applications can be submitted to any other identity card authority if an important reason is given. In this case, a non-responsibility surcharge applies, which means that the costs of the issuance increase. The approval of the identity card authority at the main place of residence is required for the issuance of the identity card; this is obtained from the customer center.