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An identity card proves its holder's identity and nationality.
For Luxembourg nationals living abroad, the card is optional.
Luxembourg ID cards have an electronic chip.
The procedure for obtaining a Luxembourg ID card can be fast-tracked.
For Luxembourg nationals living abroad, the ID card is optional.
You are not allowed to hold more than one Luxembourg ID card.
Non-resident Luxembourg nationals who have a child:
The child will be registered in the National Registry of Natural Persons. The child will be able to obtain a Luxembourg ID card.
If the application is made to the eID applications service of the Government IT Centre (Centre des technologies de l'information de l'État - CTIE) in Luxembourg, the procedure for obtaining an ID card takes:
For applications made through a diplomatic or consular mission, a longer time period must be taken into account.
ID cards must be collected within 6 months of applying. The competent authorities reserve the right to destroy the identity card after this deadline has passed.
The cost depends on where the application is submitted.
If the application is submitted to the eID applications service of the Government IT Centre (Centre des technologies de l'information de l'État - CTIE) in Luxembourg, the fee is:
If the application is made through a diplomatic or consular mission, the fee is increased by EUR 20, i.e.:
For a fast-track application, the fee is set at EUR 45, regardless of how long the card is valid for.
The fee must be paid:
The fee may be paid:
For applications submitted to the CTIE's eID applications service, payment may also be made directly on the spot.
Luxembourg nationals living abroad can apply for an ID card to:
Applicants must be listed in the National Registry of Natural Persons.
In the case of a minor, several different situations must be distinguished:
Adults without legal capacity must also be accompanied by their legal guardian.
For security reasons, the issuance of the ID card still requires the physical presence of the future holder during the registration process, even if the ID card is for a baby.
Applicants and, if applicable, their child, must attend in person at the CTIE's eID applications service or the Luxembourg diplomatic or consular mission when applying (registration process) and must bring proof of payment with them.
All applications must be accompanied by the following documents:
For applications submitted to the CTIE's eID applications service, photographs are usually taken on site. An applicant may nevertheless bring their own photograph, which must:
In the case of new-born babies, the parents may have the ID photo taken by a professional photographer. Following that, they may then go to the CTIE's eID applications service to apply for the ID card.
Persons applying for an ID card through a diplomatic or consular mission must also provide a recent photograph compliant with ICAO standards.
The last and first names indicated on the application must be those listed in the National Registry of Natural Persons. Only 3 first names at the most can be printed on electronic identity cards (eID cards).
Any person wanting the name of their living or deceased spouse indicated on the card must indicate this at the time of applying.
At the end of the registration process, applicants validate the data on the pre-completed form and sign it.
For anyone unable to sign and for children under 6 years of age, the word "DISPENSE" (exempt) is written in place of the signature.
The ID card can be collected after a period of 10 working days at the place of application. The applicant must bring the application receipt.
ID cards must be collected within 6 months of applying. Thereafter, the commune or the CTIE's eID applications service is entitled to destroy the ID card.
During the registration process, applicants may give the last and first name(s) of a third party who will collect the ID card in their place. This person is called a 'mandataire' (authorised representative). This third party must present the receipt mentioning their name and a valid identity document at the time of collection of the ID card.
Note: The name of the 'mandataire' is shown on the receipt. This means the name must be given at the time of the registration process and it cannot be changed subsequently.
The ID card is in the form of an 85 x 53 mm plastic card; it incorporates a number of security elements as well as secure printing features.
Applicants can also obtain an ID card using a fast-track procedure. When applying, the applicant must indicate the reason for the urgency.
Applications may be made at:
In this case, the application must be accompanied by documents proving the applicant's address abroad and a recent photo complying with ICAO standards.
ID cards applied for using the fast-track procedure can only be collected at the CTIE's eID applications service after 3 working days from the date of application.
ID cards must be collected within 6 months of applying. Thereafter, the CTIE's eID applications service is entitled to destroy the ID card.
The ID card contains:
Access to the electronic data is protected by cryptographic security mechanisms such as BAC (Basic Access Control), SAC (Supplemental Access Control) and EAC (Extended Access Control), defined by the ICAO.
The ID card provides its holder with 2 certificates:
To be able to provide authentication and sign electronically, adult holders may request the activation of the electronic certificates at the time of application for the card, and only at that time. They must:
For a child aged 15 and over, the certificates may be activated on request:
The parent or legal guardian also signs the request to activate the certificates and accepts the general terms and conditions of use of the certificates. In this case, both the card holder and the parent or guardian must:
These certificates cannot be activated for ID cards issued to children under 15 years of age and to adults without legal capacity.
The CTIE's eID applications service will send a secret code to persons who are eligible for the activation of the certificates, the authentication keys and the electronic signature.
The persons concerned may access the electronic certificates using:
The holder of an ID card may at any time request the suspension of their certificates, the reactivation of a suspended certificate, or the revocation (i.e. definitive deactivation) of their certificates. The suspension or deletion of authentication and signature certificates does not affect the validity of the ID card.
Anyone who, after activating their electronic certificates, changes email address or realises that the encoded email address is incorrect may ask to change the email address by contacting LuxTrust. They will receive their eID-related notifications at a valid address.
The validity period of the ID card depends on the holder's age:
Where it is temporarily impossible for the applicant to physically provide fingerprints, the identity card is valid for 12 months.
Applications to renew or replace ID cards must be made in person to the competent authorities, as soon as possible, by:
The renewal of the ID card is necessary in the following cases:
In the event of renewal of an ID card or loss of Luxembourg nationality, the old card must be returned to the authority where the registration process of the new card takes place:
The ID card will be invalidated.
The loss, theft or destruction of an ID card must be reported as soon as possible to the police and to the administration.
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