German identity cards have a chip on them which allows you to interact with the authorities in a digital way, the #eID. But what if you are an EU Citizen living in Germany? Fear not! You too can get the eID card for EU citizens!
It has no picture, can only be used for digital transactions, costs 37€, is valid for 10 years and from applying for one to getting it only takes 4-5 weeks! https://www.personalausweisportal.de/Webs/PA/EN/citizens/id-card-for-eu-and-eea/eID-card-for-eu-and-eea-node.html
But so many things you can do with this card! Just follow the link that says "Much more applications you will find on the German site of the Personalausweisportal" https://www.personalausweisportal.de/SiteGlobals/Forms/Webs/PA/suche/anwendungensuche-formular.html?gts=14626016_list%253DunifiedDate_dt%2Bdesc
No, I'm not kidding. That link is actually written in that wonderful German English language! https://www.personalausweisportal.de/Webs/PA/EN/eid_applications/eid_applications-node.html
@jwildeboer Needs a YOLO option :D
Honest question... what does this actually get you? I've tried following all the links but I don't understand the benefit
@jwildeboer As a British person living in Belgium, I would say yes. eID cards were introduced here several years ago and, while it is (still, I think) technically optional, so many organisations assume you have one that it would quickly get very wearing without.
@jwildeboer I have that function enabled for my ID card, but I've never used it. And I can't really think of a scenario where I'd have to use it. The few times where I had to identify myself was done with WebID.
I don't see any real benefit in getting that card.
@jwildeboer I think you get the eID build into your normal Passport as well, so a additional eID Card seems unnecessary for me. Also it's really used anywhere. I would find it to be interesting to replace those PostIdent or VideoIdent methods, but nobody seems to care.I even got the Computerbild Edition where they bundled a Cardreader for the eID, because I thought it could become handy one day. What do you know never used it again
Does this have fingerprints like the Personalausweis?
In this case, the answer would be obvious.
That's nice. Can I get one too?
(I'm German and just had to get my new Personalausweis with photo and fingerprints.)
@silmaril It’s only for EU/EEA citizens that cannot get the German Personalausweis (which has eID). For non-EU/EEA foreigners there’s a similar card called the eAT (Elektronischer Aufenthaltstitel) which weirdly enough has a photo again.
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