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German electronic ID card for applicants over 16

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Applicants for ID cards are required to apply in person after making an appointment. Please note that ID cards are being printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin. Therefore the processing time can take up to 6-8 weeks.

ID cards issued to applicants under 24 are valid for 6 years; all other ID cards are valid for 10 years.

Applicants from the age of 16 can apply for German ID cards on their own and do not require the consent of their parents.

Required documents

The following documents are required in original and photocopy:

  • Completed application form - please type or use capital letters. (no photocopy necessary)
  • your ID card (if you already have one)
  • your passport
  • Birth Certificate (original and translation into German or English if born abroad)
  • Marriage certificate/extract of German family book (if applicable)
  • Confirmation of name change, if married abroad
  • PhD certificate if you wish to have your title entered in the passport
  • Most recent German local authority de-registration form (‘Abmeldebestätigung’ - only applicable if the last place of residence was in Germany or if a German place of residence is shown in the passport.
  • Recent proof of address in GB (e.g. council tax/ utility bill or bank statement)
  • Two recent, identical, biometric passport photos with a bright background. Information on passport photo regulations
  • A self-addressed Special Delivery envelope (pre-paid up to 500g - obtainable at any post office), if postal delivery is preferred. Please note that if you apply for an ID card and a passport you will need an envelope for each application as the documents will be sent out seperately.

Please note that your application can only be accepted if the above documents are complete. Should your documents be incomplete a new appointment will be necessary.

Even if your last passport or ID card was issued in London, Edinburgh or by our former Consulate General in Manchester, you will have to apply in person. Since we are now filing all data and documents electronically we kindly ask you to bring the above mentioned documents with you. Please do not forget your birth certificates, marriage certificates and name certificates. The application cannot be processed without them.

The information provided here applies for most routine cases presented to the German Missions in the UK. Due to the complexity of the German passport law and the multitude of conceivable case scenarios each individual case may have to be treated differently and further documents can be requested.

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