Information on German Identity Card

ID card

German ID card

German ID cards can only be applied for in person at the Embassy or at a Consulate General, after scheduling an appointment. Applicants under 16 years of age must be accompanied by both parents or their guardian(s). Please bring the application form and all required supporting documentation to the appointment.

Please note as a general rule that a German ID card is not a sufficient travel document outside of the EU. It is, therefore, highly recommened to also be in possession of a valid German passport.

Scheduling an Appointment

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Every German mission in the US requires that you schedule an appointment for the application of a passport or an identification card. If you would like to apply for both a passport and an identification card, you need to book two appointments, one for each documents. 

Please note that for the time being the Safari browser is incompatible with the appointment booking system.

Please inquire about the right appointment procedure at the appropriate German mission that is responsible for your home state:





Los Angeles


New York

San Francisco


If you do not know which German mission is responsible for your home state, go to the following link:

Consulate Finder

More Information

German ID Card

German ID Card for Applicants over 16 years of age

Applications for ID Cards can only be submitted in person at the assigned appointment time.  The ID Cards are printed at the Federal Printing Office in Berlin. Please expect a processing time of 4-6 weeks.


German ID Card for Applicants under 16 years of age

ID Cards can also be issued for children (from birth onwards). The application for children under 16 years of age must be submitted by the parent/guardian. The child must be present when applying.

electronic ID card

Important Information on the new electronic German ID Card

Important information on the online ID function, PIN-letter and collection of the ID card. Please read the information before applying for an ID Card.

Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.