EU citizens* and Swiss nationals – Application for a photo ID card
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* In this text, the term ‘EU citizen’ does not always refer only to EU citizens, but also to other EEA citizens (from Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway) and Swiss nationals.
EUGerman text citizens who are in possession of a ‘registration certificate’ or ‘certificate of permanent residence’ can be issued with a ‘photo ID card for EEAGerman text citizens’, similar to a bank card, as an ID document in Austria.
The photo ID card is valid for five years and can be used as an identity document in Austria.
They must have already received a ‘registration certificate’ or ‘certificate of permanent residence’.
The application process is not subject to any time limits.
The settlement authority that is responsible locally for the main residence of the EU citizen is:
- the Governor or
- the district administrative authority authorised by the latter
- the District AuthorityGerman text
- in Chartered Cities: the Municipal AdministrationGerman text
- in Vienna: the MA 35, ‘EEA’ UnitGerman text
You must apply for the photo ID card from the competent settlement authority. The application form can be obtained from the authority or at the bottom of this page.
- ID card or passport
- recent photo (size: 35 x 45 mm to 40 x 50 mm)
- ‘Registration certificate’ or ‘certificate of permanent residence’
Costs and fees
Federal fee of 56 Euro
Other costs may be incurred for the approval of photographic and fingerprint data, among other things.
- section 9 (3) of the Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz (NAG)
- Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz-Durchführungsverordnung (NAG-DV)
Link to form
Application forms and explanations can be found on the BMI website.
Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of the Interior