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Ser­vice point for found for­eign doc­u­ments

The Act Amend­ing the Res­i­dence Act and oth­er laws re­quires the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion to man­age a database (database on found doc­u­ments) con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion on found iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments of na­tion­als of coun­tries list­ed in An­nex I of Reg­u­la­tion (EC) No 539/2001 which are is­sued by for­eign pub­lic bod­ies (Ar­ti­cle 49 of the Res­i­dence Act).

Nu­mer­ous for­eign doc­u­ments are found in Ger­many each year. The ser­vice point re­ceives pass­ports, iden­ti­ty cards, driv­ing li­cences, stu­dent cards and all oth­er kinds of doc­u­ments and re­turns them to their own­ers in Ger­many via the com­pe­tent for­eign­ers au­thor­i­ty or a diplo­mat­ic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the coun­try of ori­gin.

Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments of na­tion­als of coun­tries re­quir­ing a visa are in­clud­ed in the database on found doc­u­ments. The in­for­ma­tion con­tained in these doc­u­ments and the pho­tographs are stored. The bio­met­ric iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of pho­tographs al­lows found doc­u­ments to be matched to pa­per­less for­eign­ers and their iden­ti­ty and cit­i­zen­ship to be es­tab­lished.

To this end, po­lice sta­tions and for­eign­ers au­thor­i­ties can check dig­i­tal pho­tographs of the peo­ple con­cerned against the database on found doc­u­ments us­ing the reg­is­ter por­tal of the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion or via an e-mail en­quiry.

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