Identity card or passport could soon be sent by post

It currently looks like this: If you want to renew your identity card or passport, you have to go to the responsible authority twice: once to apply for it and once to pick it up. At least the Ministry of the Interior now wants to abolish the second way. In the future, the documents could then be sent directly to the respective people’s homes by post.

When this option could start is still completely open. Unfortunately, as we know, the wheels of bureaucracy grind rather slowly. So one then refers directly to a “complex project” because many internal changes are necessary at Bundesdruckerei and there are strong effects on the previous practices of the passport, ID card and immigration authorities.

I myself have a rather limited understanding of this, because sending a document instead of handing it over personally should not normally amount to a forced march. The fact that you might almost drop coffee and cake in the office at the unfamiliar thought of it is not surprising, if you want to fall into the clich√© box. But let’s be serious again and without irony: Of course, in the long term it would be a relief for both the employees of the authorities and the citizens if ID cards and passports could be sent directly.

And indeed, there is always a lot of traffic at the registration offices, for example, and it is difficult to get appointments. So that sounds like a good plan.

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