What “National Identification Number” to enter in an ESTA application, for a German?

What “National Identification Number” to enter in an ESTA application, for a German?

10/12/2016 3:41:40 AM

According to the US Visa Service this number refers to the ID number on the German Personalausweis:

Die “National ID Number” bzw. nationale Identitätsnummer ist für
deutsche Staatsangehörige ein Pflichtfeld. Die “National ID Number”
bezieht sich auf die Personalausweisnummer (= Nummer des vom Land
ausgestellten Identitätsdokuments). Diese Nummer ist in der rechten
oberen Ecke des deutschen Personalausweises zu finden. Wenn kein
gültiger Personalausweis vorhanden ist, sollte an dieser Stelle am
besten “UNKNOWN” oder “DOES NOT APPLY” angegeben werden.

(emboldening added) which Google translates as:

The “National ID Number” or national identity number is a compulsory field for German nationals. The “National ID Number” refers to the identity card number (= the number of the identity document issued by the country). This number can be found in the upper right corner of the German ID card. If a valid ID card is not available, “UNKNOWN” or “DOES NOT APPLY” should be specified at this point.

German ID card
(image courtesy Wikipedia)

8/19/2015 2:32:35 PM

Wiki has a page on National Identification Numbers.

It specifically mentions Germany:

In Germany, there is no national identification number in the full
meaning of the term.

So as a German citizen, you’d be putting down Unknown.


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