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Application for a severely disabled person's pass

If you have a significant condition due to illness, accident or birth that limits your participation in life in the community, you can have these limitations officially determined as a disability. The disability must not be temporary, but must last longer than six months.

Before a severely disabled person's card can be issued, the degree of disability must be determined. To obtain a severe disability card, a degree of disability of 50 or higher must be determined.

The determination establishes the overall impact of one or more disabilities.

The degree of disability and other health characteristics (marks) are then entered on the severely disabled person's ID card.

The ID card with the respective characteristic (characteristic sign) is a prerequisite for claiming disadvantage compensation, such as free travel on local public transport.


  • Residence in Bremen/Bremerhaven
  • The habitual residence is in Germany

Foreign jurisdiction of the AVIB

The AVIB is responsible for the following non-European countries for applications in the severe disability procedure according to the Social Code Book IX (SGB IX):

Latin America/South America; Canada, Caribbean, USA.

In which cases does the AVIB become active?

According to § 2 of the Ninth Book of the Social Code (SGB IX), people are severely disabled if they have a degree of disability of at least 50 and if they are legally resident, ordinarily resident or employed in the area covered by this Code.

According to the will of the legislator, the SGB IX should thus only apply to persons in the Federal Republic of Germany.

There are two exceptions to this rule:

  1. You are liable to pay tax in the Federal Republic and require proof to claim a so-called severely disabled person's lump sum under income tax law
  2. Claiming the early retirement pension for severely disabled persons from the statutory pension insurance - but only for nationals of a member state of the European Union or a contracting state of the European Economic Area.

In this case, a special interest in a determination would have to be made credible.

Should the examination then show that a severe disability exists, a certificate would be issued as proof for submission to the tax office or the pension insurance.

A severely disabled person's certificate cannot be issued.

What documents do I need?

  • Examination documents of the doctor(s)/clinic(s)/nursing opinion,

    if available (the documents should not be older than 2 years) or complete addresses as well as the last date of treatment

  • Passport/replacement passport/residence status for non-EU citizens
  • Passport photo

    The passport photo can also be scanned and sent by email.