Identity documents

Validity of your identity documents

The Community Administration Office (Bürgeramt) recommends that you check the validity of your identity documents before traveling and apply for a European passport, child passport and/or ID card if necessary.


You should also check the expiry date on other documents. According to section 1 para. 1 of the German Act on Identity Cards (Personalausweisgesetz), all Germans aged 16 and over must be in possession of a valid identity document. Section 32 of the German Act on Identification Cards states that failure to comply with this requirement is punishable by a fine.

Once your passport or ID card has expired, it cannot be extended; in this case you will have to apply for a new document.

The applicant must appear in person at the Community Administration Office. If your children require documents, they will need to show up in the office in person. Applications are processed via a modern online procedure in order to reduce the administrative workload. The signature and photo are scanned and forwarded electronically together with your personal data to the Federal Printing Office (Bundesdruckerei). In the case of European passports, fingerprints are also taken as a mandatory requirement; if you are applying for an ID card, finger prints are optional. At the Federal Printing Office, the applications are relayed to the production line for printing of the passports and ID cards.

You should allow 10-20 working days for your passport / ID card to be printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin using the DIGANT system (digitale Antragstellung = digital application). As a general rule, children’s ID cards and provisional documents are issued immediately at the Community Administration Office.

Required documents

If you wish to file an application, please bring the following documents with you:

  • Your existing identity papers and/or other proof of identity (birth certificate, Family Record Book)
  • A recent biometric photo


  • ID card: € 22.80 for applicants under the age of 24; € 28.80 for applicants aged 24 or over
  • Provisional ID card: € 10.00
  • European passport: € 37.50 for applicants under the age of 24; € 59.00 for applicants aged 24 or over
  • Provisional passport: € 26.00; child passport: € 13.00

The fees are payable immediately on submission of the application.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to find out what type of identity document is necessary to satisfy the entry requirements of the country of destination. The Community Administration Office accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any information it may provide with respect to matters of this kind. Nor does it accept liability for any possible damages incurred. If you have any doubts, we recommend that you contact the diplomatic mission or consular office of the country of destination.

Important note: Thursday afternoons are generally extremely busy from 3 pm onwards. Sometimes we have to stop issuing waiting line numbers before 6 pm. Long waiting times are also to be expected on Saturdays. We therefore recommend that you visit our office on a Tuesday afternoon instead and take advantage of the early morning opening hours.


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