Passport and ID card

Help, special characters! – Special characters in passports and ID cards

A service of special characters help

The Bundesdruckerei AG uses the character set String.Latin (formerly LA8 Passport), which includes a Latin subset of the Unicode character set (ISO/IEC 10646). (The font is UnicodeDoc).

Thus, all latin characters (José, Paweł, François…) can be displayed in names in passports, identity cards, children's passports, and provisional identity documents.

Do not let yourself be put off with a That is not possible!

  • If the application is handled electronically (via the DIGANT module), you can call a special character menu.
  • If the application is made still by paper form, you must tick the “S/D” field at the top right. The request is then passed through a separate process to prevent the special characters from being overlooked.

 

Here feedback that I received from a visitor of this page:

"Hello,

My Croatian surname contains a so-called Haček above the initial letter.

I am now 31 years old, and so far it has not entered into any passport. The registration in the civil status book existed.

As at my wedding 2 years ago my wife took my surname, it was said that the registration of the special character on her identity card was not possible.


Your site was the only one
in which I could get information on this subject and which has encouraged me to write to the Bundesdruckerei directly.

The Bundesdruckerei contacted immediately the
competent municipality and the registration was no longer a problem.

Today I hold in my hands for the first time our identity cards with the correct spelling of our name.

For your website and the information contained in it thank you
very much.

 

Small print…

Passport:

General Administrative Regulation for the implementation of the Passport Act

4.1.1.1

The family name and optionally the name at birth are generally to enter complete and unabridged. For the spelling […] of names, entries in the civil registers are decisive; proof of this can be done by civil status records.

4.1.2.1

The first names are generally to enter complete and unabridged. […] For the spelling […] of first names, entries in the civil registers are decisive; proof of this can be done by civil status records.

21.4.3

When storing data, the dataset for reporting (Uniform Federal/Länder part) can be used.

(dataset for reporting: also Unicode-compatible)

 

Regulation implementing the Passport Act

Appendix 11 Formal requirements for entries in passports within the meaning of § 1 Paragraph 2 of the Passport Act

Preliminary note:

2. The passport authorities use for personalizing stickers personal data of children's passports, provisional passports, preliminary diplomatic and service passport, stickers extension/modification of children's passports, and stickers place of employment change and title change the font “UnicodeDoc”. […]

3. As character set, the in the current version of the Technical Directive of the Federal Office for Security in Information Technology, BSI: Technical Guideline TR-03123, XML data exchange format for official documents (TR XHD), published character set String.Latin” is to use.

 

ID cards:

Regulation on Identity Cards and and Electronic Identification

Appendix 3 - Section 1 - Formal requirements on the entries in statements within the meaning of § 2 paragraph 1 of the Identity Card Law

Preliminary note:

2. The identity card authorities use to personalize the provisional identity cards and the stickers for the change of address and to personalize the replacement identity cards and to change data of the replacement identity cards the font UnicodeDoc”. […]

3. As character set, the in the current version of the Technical Directive of the Federal Office for Security in Information Technology, BSI: Technical Guideline TR-03123, XML data exchange format for official documents (TR XHD), published character set String.Latin” is to use.