You're right here if you need support with digital identification with an AUTHADA solution:
To identify yourself digitally with the AUTHADA app, you only need a few minutes and the following things:
Your German identity card or
To identify yourself, you need a German electronic ID card or an electronic residence permit. For both, the online ID function must be activated.
An NFC-enabled Android or
The ID card contains a chip on which your data is stored. Your smartphone with NFC interface serves as a reader and transmits the data via an encrypted channel.
The PIN of your ID card
(5 or 6 digits)
After applying for your ID card, you received a PIN letter. This contains your 5-digit transport PIN and your PUK. You have a 6-digit PIN if you have already replaced the transport PIN.
We answer frequently asked questions about AUTHADA and our solutions:
With the online ID function of the ID card and the electronic residence permit, you can prove your identity digitally, securely and beyond doubt. For example, with the AUTHADA app, but also at (citizen) terminals or on site, for example at a bank branch.
To identify yourself digitally with AUTHADA, you need the German electronic identity card or residence permit in cheque card format and the corresponding PIN. This identity card has been issued since November 2010. The electronic residence permit has been issued since September 2011. If you have already issued a PIN at the local citizens' registration office or received a PIN letter by post, your ID card is ready for online use. If this is not the case, please contact your local authority (Residents' Registration Office or Citizens' Office). Your ID card can be subsequently activated within a few minutes. If you have forgotten your PIN, you can also set a new PIN at the Residents' Registration Office.
The following data is stored on the electronic identity card:
- Surname and first name(s)
- Date and place of birth
- Address and postcode
- If indicated: Orden or artist name
- If indicated: Academic degree
- Whether the identity card is still valid (this protects against misuse!)
- Digital photo (only for sovereign identity checks)
- Serial number (only for sovereign identity checks)
- If indicated: Fingerprints (only for sovereign identity checks)
The Federal Office of Administration decides which data fields may be read out, depending on the underlying purpose. Before the read-out process, you will always be shown which data will be read out.
Which data is read out for identification differs depending on the application or purpose of the ID card or residence permit. The Federal Office of Administration decides which data fields may be read out, depending on the underlying purpose. In principle, however, only the data that can be seen on the ID card or residence permit can be read out - with the exception of the electronic fingerprint.
5. What data does AUTHADA store when reading the ID card or residence permit and what happens to it?
Personal data is always encrypted - also for AUTHADA - and is deleted from our system after transmission to the service provider.
Unfortunately, we only offer our app solution for the German electronic identity card and the residence permit.
The PIN is a five- or six-digit sequence of numbers. When you identify yourself online with your identity card or residence permit, you must enter your PIN. If your PIN has five digits, it is the transport PIN, which you will find in your PIN letter that you received by post after applying for your ID card. If you have your five-digit transport PIN, you can use the AUTHADA app to set your secret six-digit PIN for the first time. If you do not have a PIN, please contact your local authority. Your ID card can be subsequently unlocked within a few minutes.
You will receive the five-digit transport PIN by post after you have applied for a new identity card or residence permit. It is also called the activation PIN. To use the online ID card function, replace the five-digit transport PIN with a secret six-digit PIN of your own choice. You can do this directly in the AUTHADA app using the "Change PIN" function.
The six-digit PIN is your individual, self-set and secret PIN that you need every time you want to identify yourself digitally with your ID card or residence permit.
You need your six-digit PIN for successful identification. If you have forgotten your PIN, please contact your local authority (Residents' Registration Office or Citizens' Office). There you can set a new six-digit PIN.
The ID card contains a NFC chip on which your data is stored. Your smartphone with NFC functionality serves as a reader and transmits the data via an encrypted channel. Before reading out the data, it is absolutely necessary to activate NFC in the smartphone settings. On most devices, the NFC interface is located on the back in the middle to upper area. On iPhones, the NFC interface is uniformly located on the upper edge on the back of the smartphone on all supported devices (iPhone 7 or newer).
First make sure that NFC is activated on your device in the device settings. On most devices, the NFC interface is located on the back in the middle to upper area. First, move the card slowly across the back of your device in an upright position. If the device does not respond, hold the card straight up against the back. If there is no reaction after a few seconds, briefly remove the badge from the back of the device and then hold the card against it again. Please find out (e.g. on the internet) where exactly the NFC interface of your device is located. Tip: Removing the protective cover of your smartphone can help.
On iPhones, the NFC interface is located on the upper edge of the back. The best thing to do is to place your ID card on a flat surface such as a table. Then hold your iPhone at an angle to the badge so that the top edge of your iPhone rests on the name field of the badge. Tip: Removing the protective smartphone case can help. You need at least an iPhone 7 or newer and your smartphone must run at least iOS 13 or newer.
You need at least an iPhone 7 or newer and your smartphone must run at least iOS 13 or newer.
Um die AUTHADA-App nutzen zu können, benötigen Sie ein NFC-fähiges Smartphone.
Die benötigten Systemanforderungen finden sie unter → kompatible Geräte
Unfortunately, it is currently not possible to read the electronic ID card with an iPad because there is no NFC.
If your smartphone is not NFC-capable, there is a possibility that you identify yourself with another smartphone. Because the following generally applies when using the AUTHADA app: no data is stored on the smartphone used, which is why using a family member's or friend's device is completely harmless in terms of data protection. In addition, all data is encrypted at all times.
Um den Identifizierungsprozess abzuschließen, müssen Sie den Schritten der AUTHADA-App folgen. Nach Eingabe Ihrer PIN, werden Sie gebeten den dazugehörigen Ausweis an die NFC-Schnittstelle Ihres Smartphones zu halten.
Nach erfolgreichem Auslesen des Ausweises wird Ihnen die TAN angezeigt.
Die in der App generierte TAN geben Sie dann in das entsprechende Eingabefeld auf der Webseite des Dienstleisters ein, für den Sie sich identifizieren möchten. Eine bereits generierte TAN wird Ihnen in der App, unter "Mehr" -> "TAN Liste", angezeigt. Bitte beachten Sie, dass eine TAN nur zeitlich begrenzt gültig ist.
A QR code is displayed on the website of the service provider for whom you want to identify yourself. You have to scan this QR code in the AUTHADA app with your smartphone. This is the start of the identification process with the AUTHADA app. In the next step, you enter your PIN and then hold your ID card to the NFC interface of your smartphone. For the data transfer, please hold your ID card or residence permit against the NFC interface until you are shown that the process is completed. After completion, you are identified to your service provider and can enter the TAN displayed in the app on the website.
In vielen Fällen können Sie die Identifizierung auch via TapConnect starten. TapConnect stellt die Weiterleitung von einer mobilen Webseite eines Diensteanbieters in die AUTHADA-App dar.
Schließen Sie hierfür die AUTHADA-App und öffnen Sie auf Ihrem Smartphone die Webseite des Diensteanbieters für den Sie sich identifizieren möchten. Beginnen Sie dort den Identifizierungsprozess. Nachdem Ihnen angezeigt wurde die AUTHADA-App herunterzuladen, starten Sie die Identifizierung indem Sie auf der Webseite auf „App starten“ oder „TapConnect“ tippen. Mit dem Starten werden Sie automatisch mit AUTHADA verbunden, um sich auszuweisen.
The CAN is the Card Access Number. After entering the wrong PIN twice, you must enter it before you get a third and final entry attempt. The six-digit CAN can be found on the front of your ID card (to the right of the validity date).
If you have entered your six-digit PIN incorrectly three times, your ID card is blocked. To unblock it, you need your PUK, which you will find in the PIN letter you received by post. You can unblock your card with your ten-digit PUK in our app.
You will receive the PUK by post with the PIN letter after applying for a new identity card or residence permit. If you do not have your PUK at hand, please contact your competent authority (Residents' Registration Office or Citizens' Office).
AUTHADA has an authorisation certificate. The certificate guarantees secure data transfer between the user and the service provider through recognised encryption procedures. The Federal Office of Administration issues the certificate and decides which data fields may be read out, depending on the underlying purpose. Your read-out data is not stored on the smartphone used at any time. The NFC-enabled smartphone is only used to read out data for the respective business purpose. You will be shown what this data is before it is read out. Moreover, your data is not stored in the app or at AUTHADA - your data is always encrypted and secure!
In addition to modern encryption technology and our highly secure data centre, AUTHADA is also a multi-certified company.
The authorisation certificate is issued by the Federal Office of Administration. It guarantees secure data transfer between the user and the service provider through recognised encryption procedures. An access system regulates which ID card data may be accessed by third-party providers such as AUTHADA. The Federal Office of Administration decides which data fields may be read out, depending on the underlying purpose. Your data will not be stored on your mobile device at any time.
No, both the app and all services within the app are free of charge for you as an app user.
Because your data is not stored on your smartphone or in the app when you use the AUTHADA app, you only need to reinstall the AUTHADA app on your new smartphone in order to identify yourself digitally.