Apply for an electronic residence permit (eAT)
You will receive the residence permit as a cheque card with additional electronic functions. Infants and children also receive their own card. The eAT has a contactless chip inside the card. It stores
- biometric features (photo, from the age of six two fingerprints),
- Ancillary provisions in connection with the residence permit (e.g. conditions) and personal data
- personal data.
The card offers the following additional functions
- electronic proof of identity and
- a qualified electronic signature (electronic signature function).
The competent authority can switch these functions on or off at your request.
The eAT covers the following residence titles:
- Residence permit
- EU Blue Card
- Settlement permit
- Permit for permanent residence EU
- Residence card for third-country nationals who are family members of nationals of an EU or EEA state
- Permanent residence card for third-country nationals who are family members of nationals of an EU or EEA member state
- Residence permit for Swiss nationals and their family members from third countries if they opt for an eAT
- ICT card
- Mobile ICT card
the Aliens' Registration Office
The foreigners authority is
- if you live in a city district or in a large district town: the city administration
- if you live in a municipality belonging to a district: the district administration office (Landratsamt)
Attention: A residence title as an adhesive label in your passport or passport replacement papers which already existed before 31 August 2011 must now be issued as an eAT.Adhesive labels are still possible in exceptional cases.
You must apply for the electronic residence permit in person at the competent office. It records your fingerprints on the spot. Children from the age of six must also give their fingerprints.
Apply for the electronic residence title in credit card format in good time before your previous residence permit or travel document expires.
- Passport or passport replacement papers
- a biometric passport photo
- other documents, depending on the previous procedures
Check with the relevant office beforehand to find out which documents you need to present.
- Issue of a residence permit or ICT card: EUR 100.00
- Extension of the residence permit or ICT card by up to three months: EUR 96.00
- Extension of residence permit or ICT card by more than three months: EUR 93.00
- Settlement permit: EUR 113.00
- Permit for permanent residence-EG: EUR 109.00
- Settlement permit for highly qualified persons: EUR 147.00
- Settlement permit for self-employment: EUR 124.00
- Issue of a Mobiler-ICT card: EUR 80.00
- Renewal of a Mobiler-ICT card: EUR 70.00
- Fee for new issuance (e.g. upon expiry of the previous passport or passport replacement document): EUR 67.00
You can use the electronic residence permit in the same way as the identity card for German nationals. Detailed information on the electronic use of the card can be found on the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
You can find all you need to know about the electronic residence title in various languages on the internet page of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
- Gesetz zur Anpassung des deutschen Rechts an die Verordnung (EG) Nr. 380/2008 des Rates vom 18. April 2008 zur Änderung der Verordnung Nr. 1030/2002 zur einheitlichen Gestaltung des Aufenthaltstitels für Drittstaatenangehörige vom 12. April 2011 (Bundesgesetzblatt, Teil I, 2011, S. 610)
- § 105b Aufenthaltsgesetz (AufenthG) in Verbindung mit der aktuellen Fassung des RL-Umsetzungsgesetzes (Gültigkeit bestehender Aufenthaltstitel)
- § 44 Aufenthaltsverordnung (AufenthV) (Gebühren für die Niederlassungserlaubnis)
- § 44a Aufenthaltsverordnung (AufenthV) (Gebühren für die Erlaubnis zum Daueraufenthalt-EU)
- § 45 Aufenthaltsverordnung (AufenthV) (Gebühren für die Aufenthaltserlaubnis, die Blaue Karte EU, die ICT-Karte und die Mobiler-ICT-Karte)
- § 45a Aufenthaltsverordnung (AufenthV) (Gebühren für den elektronischen Identitätsnachweis)
The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Ministry of Justice Baden-Württemberg released it on 10.07.2023. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.
In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.