Obligation to prove one’s identity

The legislator does not generally require the voter to present an identification paper when casting his or her vote in Bundestag and European elections. In the normal case, the presentation of the voter’s notice will suffice.

Only upon demand – in particular when the voter’s notice is missing – he or she must produce some means of personal identification.

Legal bases

Bundestag election:

Section 56 (3) of the Federal Electoral Regulations (BWO)

European election:

Section 49 (3) of the European Electoral Regulations (EuWO)

Last update: 1 May 2014