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Germany - Obtain Electronic Residence Permit

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  • You must submit your application for a residence permit in person at your local foreigners authority four to six weeks before your current permit expires.
  • Have your biometric information collected (photo, fingerprints etc.)
  • The Bundesdruckerei will then produce the electronic residence permit.

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Required Documents[edit]

Inquire at your local foreigners authority about documents you will need to submit.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Federal Ministry of Interior
Public enquiry service: +49 228 99 681 0 or +49 30 18 681 0
From Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 8:00pm
Email: [email protected]

The Bundesdruckerei
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 25 98 - 0
Fax: +49 (0) 30 25 98 - 22 05
E-mail: [email protected]

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Provide eligibility criteria's for going through this procedure.


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

Please attach documents which can be used by people who would like to follow this procedure.    

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Sample Documents[edit]

Sample Electronic Residence Permit

Processing Time[edit]

Please explain the processing your application.    

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 

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The electronic residence permit is produced by Bundesdruckerei on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Interior.

Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

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Need for the Document[edit]

Electronic residence permit for nationals of non-EU countries (third-country nationals) replaces the residence permit stickers in passports and travel documents.

An electronic residence is in a credit card form, it has an electronic chip which stores the holder's personal data, biometric features (digital photograph and two fingerprints) and any residence or employment restrictions. The biometric data may be read only by official authorities such as foreigners authorities or the police. These features prevents it from being forge or used in fraudulent activities, helping the government fight illegal immigration and residence in the country.

Following are procedures on how to obtain an electronic residence permit.

Information which might help[edit]

An electronic residence permit is very similar to a German national ID, both have the same format and are made of the same materials. However, other or additional information is stored on the integrated chip, e.g. the validity of the residence permit and the type of work permit. The electronic residence permit also contains two digital fingerprints (mandatory) for persons aged six and over as well as the so-called additional provisions.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

The card also be used online:

  • It can be used to identify the permit holder online
  • Prove someone's age

External Links[edit]

  • Federal Ministry of Interior:
  • Bundesdruckerei (Federal Printer):

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More information which might help people.