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Using the German National ID Card for Electronic Business Transactions

Key technology: The electronic ID function

The electronic ID function of the German National ID Card offers improved business transactions for businesses and their clients when using the Internet, vending machines and self-service terminals. The chip in the ID card makes it possible to use the cardholder's personal data for electronic business processes. This function, known as electronic identity verification or eID, is based on a very effective principle: Data are shared only after both parties have been identified. Your clients can see exactly which data you will need from them to complete the desired transaction, and you can see exactly who you are dealing with.

Nationwide uptake sought

These advantages will have the greatest impact when the majority of the population is using the eIDD function. Currently, about 30% of the population uses the eID function; this figure is significantly higher where attractive applications are offered.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior wants the eID function to be used nationwide for both commercial and government applications. This is why the Federal Ministry of the Interior is helping to expand the options for using the eID function with federal, state and local government, for example through the e-government initiative for De-Mail and the German National ID Card, and with commercial services, especially those provided by trade and small businesses.

Information for the public

Two years after the first digital ID cards were issued in November 2010, all the public information about the ID card and eID function was completely updated based on experience with the previous information materials. A brochure, two posters, information cards and the national ID website explain the basics and advantages of the new ID card and its functions. The cards and website focus in particular on existing services. These information materials are available under Downloads.

Let others know!

Has your business already integrated the eID function in electronic services but is not yet represented on this website?
We invite you to publicize your application(s) for the ID card on the website, where you can also share your experience and insights from the integration phase.
To do so, please refer to

Information for businesses

On this website you can find extensive information on technical, legal and organizational aspects of eID integration for both commercial and government applications. Under the heading "Business", you can find examples of existing applications. To find out what you need to offer your clients and customers the advantages of the eID function, see the information on becoming a service provider.

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