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What you need to use the online identification function


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Online ID card and PIN

When you pick up your national identity card or your electronic residence permit, you can directly set a PIN in you citizen service center or decide to set the PIN later at home with AusweisApp2.

You have to select a six-digit personal identification number (PIN) that you have to enter each time you want to identify yourself online to allow your personal data to be transmitted over an encrypted connection. This ensures that data will never be transmitted without your knowledge and confirmation.

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The software establishes a secure connection between your card reader, your ID card and the service provider. This software provides an encrypted data exchange between the ID card and the service provider.

We recommend you to install the current version of AusweisApp2, which is available to download here.


Card reader / Smartphone for direct connection via NFC

You need a card reader in order to read out the data stored on your national identity card or electronic residence permit, so that it can be transmitted to the provider whose online service you want to use.

The card readers suitable for the online identification function have been tested and certified by the Federal Office for Information Security. Also suitable Smartphone can be used for the online identification function. You will find a list of the supported devices here.

Video: Requirements for using the online identification function (in german language)