How does identification by AutoID work?

You will receive a link from your contractual partner for identification via AutoID, or you will be taken directly to the POSTIDENT portal

Download the POSTIDENT app and carry out the identification:

  • Start the identification by scanning the QR code that is displayed to you online.
  • Take a picture of the front and back of your ID card
  • Rotate and tilt the ID card in front of your smartphone's camera
  • Take a selfie video following the app's instructions

The following items are required:

An identity card or passport accepted in the AutoID procedure

Smartphone with iOS or Android operating system

Download and use the POSTIDENT app in the Play Store or in the App Store

Frequently asked questions about identification with AutoID

The information required for the purpose of identification must be present and legible on an acceptable identification document.

In the AutoID method valid identification documents from the following countries can be used:

  • ID cards: Argentina, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czechia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, USA
  • Residence permits: Canada, Germany
  • Passports: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Marocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay,  Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Vatican

Requirement is, that these documents contain a photograph and are accepted by Deutsche Post for the identification.

Please understand that due to the requirements for security features of the documents, not all available ID documents can be supported.

If your ID document is not accepted by POSTIDENT by AutoID, you are welcome to use an alternative procedure offered by your contractual partner, such as POSTIDENT by post office, or contact your contractual partner for further options.

  • Please pay close attention to the instructions in the app on how to proceed and on which is the correct ID card / passport page for each identification step.
  • Make sure that all information is legible. In the case of poor-quality recordings (e.g., blurred photo), please repeat the process.
  • Ensure there is sufficient lighting so that all information can be seen.
  • Avoid backlight and reflections (e.g., from windows in the background).
  • Fill in the image section with the motif (e.g., the document) as best as possible without cutting off areas of the document. Use the mask shown as a guide when positioning the motif.
  • Be careful not to cover any information with your fingers.
  • To check the security features during the second identification step, please wave your ID card (data page with your photo) clearly in front of the camera. Please keep your smartphone steady.

Identification via PC or Mac is currently not supported. Please use the POSTIDENT app on your smartphone or tablet to identify yourself.

After you have created the required images and video sequences, your identification process is complete. In the app and by e-mail you will be informed of the result of your identification and, if necessary, be given information as to why the identification process must be repeated and what needs to be done differently.

If you have any further questions, please visit our complete help section

Additional information on POSTIDENT by AutoID:

With POSTIDENT by AutoID, an automated and fast identification via app is offered around the clock. Reliable personal identification is carried out with the help of machine learning methods.