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The electronic residence permit

Musterabbildung des elektronischen AufenthaltstitelsSource: BAMF

The electronic residence title (e-residence title) with a certified chip was introduced on 1 September 2011.

The existing residence permit (adhesive label), the residence card and permanent residence card, and the substitute paper identity card, are superseded by the electronic residence permit in credit card format.

The electronic residence permit has a contactless chip inside the card on which biometric characteristics (photo and two fingerprints), supplementary conditions (requirements) and personal data are stored. In addition, the chip can store electronic proof of identity. 

All EU Member States are obliged to introduce the electronic residence permit. The basis for this is EU Regulations no. 1030/2002 and no. 380/2008.

The aim is to design a uniform residence permit for the European Union and, by using biometric data, to increase the connection between the document holder and the document, as well as to protect the cards from being misused. A personal electronic residence permit will be issued for every third-country national.

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Existing residence permits in passports and substitute identity papers will remain valid until 31 August 2021 at most. This is regulated by section 105b of the Residence Act in conjunction with the latest version of the Directive Transposition Act (Richtlinienumsetzungsgesetz).

Just as the new identity card for Germans, the electronic residence permit will enable foreign nationals to communicate with authorities and administrative offices online, thus helping to save time and money.

The use of the online identity functions (electronic proof of identity and electronic signature function) is voluntary and can be switched on and off on request.

The new document will be produced by Bundesdruckerei GmbH in Berlin.

Date 1 December 2017

At a glance

Find out here about the most important changes to the electronic residence title.

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Fact sheet

The electronic residence title is in ID-1 format. This is the 8.6 cm x 5.4 cm size you may already know from many other plastic cards encountered in daily life.

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Data protection and data security

The electronic residence title offers a very high level of security for your data. It improves protection from identity theft and ensures that your personal data are secure.

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If you have lost your electronic residence title or it has been stolen, find out here how to cancel the online identification function immediately.

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The online ID card function

Logo the on-line identity function

The online ID card function provides new features for the electronic residence title. This proof of identity allows users to identify themselves securely and unambiguously on the Internet or at vending machines. It's a way of saying "Here I am".

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Special functions

The electronic residence title is equipped with special functions in order to guarantee that no more personal data are transmitted than absolutely necessary.

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Required equipment

Using both the online identification function and the signature function is voluntary. You may decide if you wish to use these functions. For use at home, you will need the following components.

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