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Federal Council: fingerprint mandatory for identity cards | Free press

New ID cards will be introduced for the coming year. There is then a chip with two fingerprints on the ID card. Further innovations will follow from 2025.

Berlin (dpa) – New identity cards must contain a chip with two fingerprints from 2 August next year. After the Bundestag, the Bundesrat in Berlin also approved this EU-wide regulation.

From May 2025, new rules will also apply for the sending of passport photos. They then have to be created digitally only and sent securely to the passport authority or made on site. You can no longer easily get the printed photo from the machine or from the photographer yourself. The new security requirements are intended to prevent counterfeiting, for example by merging several photos into one artificial image (morphing).

People who do not assign themselves to a gender can in future have an “X” entered in their passport instead of “M” for men or “F” for women. This innovation should come into effect sooner. Anyone who has registered with the German authorities as diverse or genderless should still be able to keep the previous gender information in the passport. This is to protect against possible discrimination when crossing the border.

Child passports are only valid for one year in the future, but can be extended several times for one year at a time. If you prefer, you can apply for a six-year biometric passport instead. Photos suitable for biometrics were taken according to specifications that measure the proportions of the face.

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