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Applying for exemption from the obligation to carry identification documents

Due to the current situation, please see the Information on the Citizens' Bureau home page.

Information on the exemption from the statutory ID requirement

In general, the identification requirement applies in Germany. Persons in need of care who cannot take part in public life or are not even looked after for reasons of illness can be exempted from this rule.

For this purpose, an informal application must be submitted to the registration office. The application can be submitted in writing to the Bürgeramt, Referat Meldeangelegenheiten, Pfalzburger Str. 69a, 28207 Bremen or handed in personally at a BürgerServiceCenter.

Nursing services and carers can also apply for this exemption for their customers.

Requirements

People,

  • who cannot participate in legal relations (e.g. because of bedriddenness) or
  • for which a supervisor has been appointed, or
  • who are incapable of acting or of giving consent and are represented by a person or a person holding a publicly certified power of attorney, or
  • who are likely to be permanently resident in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution
  • who are unable to move in public on their own because of a permanent disability,

may be exempted from the identification requirement.

The reasons for exemption must be documented in writing (e.g. a certificate).

What documents do I need?

  • Supervisor's identity card or publicly certified power of attorney if applied for by a supervisor or an authorised representative

    if no guardian has been appointed, the signature of the person concerned on the application is sufficient and a trusted person can submit the application

  • previous identity card or passport of the person concerned
  • Certificate of the hospital, nursing home

    or a similar institution from which it is clear that the person concerned cannot move about in public on his/her own

  • if necessary, a certificate