Secure identification with the online ID function

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With the online ID function of the ID card, the electronic residence permit and the eID card, you can prove your identity securely and beyond doubt on the Internet and at citizen terminals.

In addition, this function can be used to reliably determine the identity of your counterpart on the network.

The AusweisApp is an application that Governikus is continuously developing on behalf of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

Further information on the AusweisApp can be found at

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3 good reasons for the AusweisApp


The transmission of the data always takes place with end-to-end encryption, so that no third party can read your personal data.

Two-factor authentication

This is used to prove the identity of users by combining possession and knowledge, in this case an ID card and PIN.


Identification is quick and easy - from the comfort of your own home. In companies, it ensures fast processes and high data quality.

What the AusweisApp can do

The AusweisApp is software that you install on your computer/smartphone/tablet to identify yourself online with your ID card, electronic residence permit or eID card. It is available for the most commonly used operating systems and runs with all common web browsers.

The AusweisApp offers you an integrated self-disclosure function where you can view the data stored on your online ID card. You can also use the Check device and ID card function to find out whether your smartphone meets the technical requirements for reading the ID card.

In the overview, you can also find your available services and manage your PIN. In addition, you can set up the app for your needs in the settings and manage your card readers. If errors occur during use, you have the option of saving an error log and sendingit to support.

All these functionalities are also included in the AusweisApp SDK.

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More flexibility with the online ID function

Thanks to the online ID function, the AusweisApp offers more flexibility as well as time and cost savings. For example, you can identify yourself online to deal with the authorities from home.

  • Proof of identity: Prove your identity online, e.g. to open a bank account on the Internet.
  • Login: Use your online ID card as an alternative to various user names and passwords on the Internet, e.g. in online stores.
  • Age verification: Prove your age online, e.g. when gambling online.
  • Form function: Use the online ID function to fill out forms and applications conveniently at home. By verifying your data, you can now also submit legally binding digital applications to the Citizens' Registration Office.
  • Anonymous login: With the anonymous login it is possible to log in to a service provider with the online ID and to be recognized without the service provider knowing your personal data.

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