Germany to raise cost of ID card


After 10 years, the fees for a new German identity card are increasing from 28.80 euros, to 37 euros from next year.

As confirmed by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, a corresponding draft ordinance will pass the cabinet on August 26.

People aged 24 and over usually have to apply for a new ID card every ten years. The almost 30 percent increase in fees, which has yet to be approved by the Federal Council, is justified by the increased personnel and material costs in the municipal authorities. 

In return, however, there should be no additional costs for a subsequent activation of the online functions or the unblocking of the electronic proof of identity. So far, 6 euros have been charged for each.

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