Airport identity cards

General information

Access to the security areas at the airport is subject to the provisions of the German Aviation Security Act. The requirements for admission vary depending on your place of work and the hours you work here. Anyone who is regularly employed by a company located at the airport requires a permanent identity card; anyone who requires admission to the airport security areas for a short time only requires a visitor identity card.

For detailed information about access rules and regulations, please consult Berlin Brandenburg Airport's identity card regulations.

What documents are required when applying for an airport security identity card?

To apply for an airport identification card, the following documents must be submitted:

  • Company registration by the employer, if not already based/active at the airport
  • Application for an airport identification card
  • Application for a background check
  • Copy of European identity card (front and back) or passport (including all pages with entries as well as current extended registration certificate no more than 4 weeks old)
  • For foreign nationals: a translated certificate of good conduct from your home country as well as a declaration of exemption from punishment abroad
  • Proof of employment in the last 5 years (e.g. copies of references, social insurance certificates or employment contracts)

Applications for obtaining an airport identification card and for carrying out the background check must be completed in full, signed and stamped by both the applicant and the employer and submitted to the identification card service or the security service centre.

Loss of an Airport identity card

• The loss of an identification card must be reported to the identification card service or the control centre for airport security immediately.

Contact for blocking the identification card
BER identification card service tel.: +49 30 - 6091 77500
BER airport security control centre tel.: +49 30 6091 10200

After the identification card has been blocked, please also submit the form provided for reporting the loss.

Background checks

• Permanent access to security-restricted areas is subject to a valid background check pursuant to Section 7 Aviation Security Act. You can submit the application for this directly to our identification card service; it will be forwarded to the responsible aviation security authority. The authority runs checks on the applicant and confirms their background where applicable. Doubts may arise, for example, due to past convictions or ongoing criminal proceedings.

A confirmed background check is valid for five years. It is not possible for Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH to influence the decision on the background of the persons checked by the aviation security authority.
A background check obtained in another federal state can be submitted and recognised for the application. Recognition requires the approval of the responsible aviation authority.

Please note that in the case of longer-term stays or a place of residence abroad within the last ten years, corresponding proof of exemption from punishment there will be required by the authority. In contrast to domestic proof, it is the applicant who is obligated in these cases.

Furthermore, corresponding proof of employment must be submitted for employment contracts from the last 5 years. These are copies of employment contracts, references or social insurance certificates, for example.

You will find more detailed information on the application form for a background check or via the identification card service.

Aviation security training

Before you can be admitted to airport security areas, you must successfully complete an aviation security training programme in accordance with the Aviation Security Training Regulations. The training takes the form of an e-learning course. When you apply for an  identity card you will automatically receive the information required to access this course online.

Application period

Keep in mind that the time required to process an application for a permanent identity card will be between four and six weeks due to the time required to complete the background check. The processing period is, of course, shorter if you submit a valid background check certificate.


Applications for airport identification cards, the associated background check and aviation security training programme are subject to charge. Please see the current Berlin Brandenburg Airport “fee schedule for miscellaneous services” for details, which is available via the links.

Collecting security passes

As soon as all conditions have been fulfilled you will receive notification by email or by phone that your pass is ready to be picked up. To collect your pass, please bring a valid ID card (EU citizens only) or a passport and your residence permit as applicable. You do not have to bring a passport photo as your photo will be taken here.

Returning identity cards

Holders of airport security identity cards must return the card or have it ammended by the identity card service if they change employers, terminate their employment contract or change their name. The loss of an identity card must be reported to the identity card service or the control centre for security immediately. All identity cards remain the property of the Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB).

Visitor identity cards

If you work intermittently for a company located at the airport, but need access to the security areas of Berlin Brandenburg Airport, you may apply for a visitor identity card.

Admission is limited to twelve days a year (thereof a maximum of five consecutive days and seven days in any one month) and, as a visitor, you must be accompanied by the holder of a permanent identity card.

The application must be submitted no later than 24 hours before admission to the identity card service or, outside of its opening times, to the control centre for security by the company receiving the visitor. The identity card must be returned to the access checkpoint when you leave the airport security area.

The issue of a visitor identity card is subject to charge. Please see the Berlin Brandenburg Airport fee schedule for “Other Services” for details.

If you will be driving a vehicle in the airport security areas, note that you must apply for a one-day driving permit as well as a visitor identity card.


ID Service Berlin Brandenburg Airport

+49 30 6091-77500

  • Address
    Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH
    Hugo-Eckener-Allee 7
    D-12521 Berlin