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Apply for an identity card for the first time

As a German citizen aged 16 and over, you are required to have a valid identity card or passport. The period of validity depends on your age at the time of application: Applications under 24 years of age: ID card is valid for 6 years....

As a German citizen aged 16 and over, you are required to have a valid identity card or passport.

The period of validity depends on your age at the time of application:

  • Applications under 24 years of age: ID card is valid for 6 years.
  • Applications from the age of 24: ID card is valid for 10 years.
A temporary identity card is valid for a maximum of three months. You can apply for your identity card at any customer center in Hamburg.

Important notes

Prerequisites

The obligation to apply for an identity card applies to you if you
  • have German citizenship,
  • have reached the age of 16,
  • are registered in Germany,
  • do not have a valid passport.
For applications outside of your main residence:
  • You must be able to explain an important reason why you are not applying for an identity card from the identity card authority responsible for your main place of residence.
  • Exception: The provisional identity card cannot be applied for abroad.

Documents required

  • biometric passport photo: The photo must
    • be up to date and
    • meet the requirements for photos for electronic passports.
  • if available and not yet validated: old passport or children's passport (valid or already expired)
  • if no valid passport or child's passport is available: birth certificate or marriage certificate. In this case, your identity must be confirmed to the authorities by a parent or legal guardian
  • For children under 16 years of age: if necessary, declaration of consent from the parent who is not present
    • if there is only one legal guardian, proof of custody is also provided

Please note

  • It is not possible to extend or change the identity card. A new identity card is always issued.
  • People without a permanent address or homeless please contact the Hamburg-Mitte customer center.

Deadlines

If you have just turned 16, have German citizenship and are registered in Germany, the application must be submitted immediately unless you have a valid passport, i.e. a passport or temporary passport.

Procedure & Fees

Processing time

From the time you submit your application (approx. 15 minutes) it usually takes at least 4 weeks before you can pick up your ID card at the customer center.

Fees


  • EUR 37.00 for applicants aged 24 and over

  • EUR 22.80 for applicants under 24 years of age

  • EUR 10.00 for the provisional identity card

  • EUR 13.00 surcharge for applications outside of office hours or not at the main residence

  • EUR 30.00 surcharge for issuance by a consular or diplomatic representation abroad

Reduction or exemption of fees is possible for those in need. This is at the discretion of the identity card authority.

Legal notes

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Bergedorf district office
Residential department

Weidenbaumsweg 21

+49 40 42891-2891

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District Office Altona
Specialist Office for Residents

Ottenser Marktplatz 10

+49 40 42811-3636

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District Office Hamburg-Nord
Specialized Office for Residents

Poppenhusenstraße 6

+49 40 42804-5252

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