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Apply for a temporary identity card

With the provisional identity card, you can, for example, bridge the time until a regular identity card is issued. Your provisional identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months. You must return the old temporary ID card when you are...

With the provisional identity card, you can, for example, bridge the time until a regular identity card is issued. Your provisional identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.
You must return the old temporary ID card when you are issued with the new temporary ID card. You can get the regular old ID card back canceled.

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 provisional identity card; this is obtained from the customer center.

Important notes

Prerequisites

You can apply for a temporary identity card if
  • you have German citizenship,
  • are registered in Germany
  • do not have a valid identity card
For the application outside of your main place of residence:
  • You must be able to demonstrate an important reason why you are not applying for a provisional identity card at the Citizens’ Registration Office at your main place of residence. The customer center will obtain the approval of the identity card authority at the location of the main residence.
  • If you are registered in Hamburg with a secondary residence, the approval of the identity card authority at the place of your main residence is required for the issuance of the ID document. When applying, a non-responsibility surcharge applies, which means that the costs of the issuance increase.
  • 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 photo requirements for electronic ID cards.
  • If available and not yet validated: old ID card or passport or provisional ID card or children's passport (valid or already expired)
  • If you do not have a valid passport or identity card: birth certificate, marriage certificate
  • for children under the age of 16: if necessary, a declaration of consent from the parent who is not present and who has custody
    • if there is only one legal guardian, proof of custody is also required

Please note

There are the following hints:
  • Since the temporary identity card is only valid for a short period of time, we recommend that you apply for a permanent identity card or passport at the same time.
  • People without a permanent address or the homeless should contact the customer center in Hamburg-Mitte.

Deadlines

Deadline Type: Application Deadline

You are obliged to apply for a provisional identity card if you


  • have German citizenship,

  • have reached the age of 16,

  • are registered in Germany and

  • do not have a valid identity card or passport.

Procedure & Fees

Processing time

You will receive the provisional identity card immediately.

Fees

Cost type: fixed

Cost: EUR 10.00



Note: Surcharge when applying outside of working hours or not at the main residence

Cost type: fixed

Cost: EUR 13.00

Legal notes

Legal basis

§ 9 Personal Identity Card Act (PAuswG)


https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/pauswg/__9.html

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