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permit (adhesive label), the residence card and permanent residence card, and the substitute paper identity card, are superseded by the electronic residence permit in credit card format.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

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 17 December 2015

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