Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)

The electronic ID card

Content of the electronic ID card

The following data is recorded when an application is made for an electronic ID card:

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  1. Surname and name at birth,
  2. First name(s),
  3. Doctoral degree,
  4. Date and place of birth,
  5. Photograph,
  6. Signature,
  7. Height,
  8. Eye color,
  9. Address,
  10. Nationality,
  11. Serial number and
  12. Religious name, pseudonym.

All the data is printed on the electronic ID card.

A three lines machine readable zone (MRZ) is located on the back of the ID card, which can be read by optical character recognition (OCR).

It encloses the abbreviations „ID“ for ID card or „IT“ for provisional ID card, "D" for Germany, the surname, first name(s), serial number, the abbreviation „D“ for German nationality, date of birth, the last day of validity, check sums and blank spaces.

The RF chip contains all data of the machine readable zone, all printed data excluding height, eye color and signature and the fingerprints if desired by the card bearer.

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