Yes, you need a permanent, personal Airport ID Card if you are working at Frankfurt Airport. If it’s just for a few days, however, you can also apply for a Visitor ID Card. The Visitor ID Card is a personal, but temporary ID Card.
Temporary Visitor ID Cards are available at the following locations: airport access gate Tor 3a, the Airport ID Card Service Center (main office) in Building 161, the Airport ID Card Service Center in Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall C, and airport access gates Tor 31 and Tor 32. Please note the respective opening hours.
Visitor ID Cards for the operational area (green):
Visitor ID Cards for the operational area can be issued for a maximum of five days per quarter. Submission of an EU ID card or passport (with a residence permit if applicable) is required as proof of identity.
Visitor ID Cards for the security-restricted area (blue, red, yellow):
Visitor ID Cards for accompanied visitors:
Visitor ID Cards for the security-restricted area can be issued once per month per person for a maximum of one day each time – with no background check or aviation security training. This type of Visitor ID is however is only issued under the condition that the person is constantly accompanied by a holder of a valid Fraport ID Card (of at least the equivalent color).Submission of an EU ID card or passport (with a residence permit if applicable) is required as proof of identity.
The accompanying person must also be present on site when the ID Card is collected.
Should your work assignment extend beyond the period stated above, please apply for an Airport ID Card.
Visitor ID cards are issued free of charge by the Airport ID Card Service Center.
Types of ID Cards/Application for Airport ID Cards
Applications for ID Cards must be submitted to the Airport ID Card Service Center in writing. To do so, please use the available electronic forms. You can send the fully completed and signed digital application including annexes (photocopy of your national ID card or passport and, where applicable, training documents) by e-mail in PDF format (combined in a single document) to email@example.com.
If you wish to send a password-protected file, please contact the stated e-mail address in advance.
Unfortunately, we do not process handwritten applications.
All stated details must match the officially registered details (e.g. multiple forenames as per national ID card) of the applicant.
To apply for an ID Card online, the company must register in the ID web portal (available in German only). A form is generated in this process, which you should please complete, sign, and return to firstname.lastname@example.org in PDF format. As soon as processing at the Airport ID Card Service Center is complete, you will receive an e-mail with the access data you need for the online application. Please note that, at present, only personal permanent ID Cards can be applied for via the web portal.
The airport has areas with different access requirements. The area for which an ID Card is valid is denoted by its color. This relates to Airport ID Cards as well as Vehicle ID Cards and Visitor ID Cards. The Airport ID Cards are granted various access rights in association with the color of the ID card.
Our map contains an overview of how the areas are distributed at the airport.
Entitles the holder to access
Aviation security training
Basic safety training
Operational terminal area (e.g. pre-security terminal areas, basement roads)
Airside terminal area + sensitive areas of the security restricted areas in the terminals + operational terminal area (e.g. departure lounge, post-security terminal areas)
Apron area and operational area
Includes the areas from the green, blue and red IDs
The ID Card you are issued with will depend on where you are working at the airport. Information on other types of ID Card and additional authorizations can be found in the ID Card Regulations.
Contact your company with regard to this. There are authorized signatories there who must sign the application form (Part C).
Anyone performing activities in the airside areas (ID Card colors green + L, red, blue, and yellow) must undergo a background check.
In the state of Hesse, the Frankfurt Police Headquarters is responsible for the performance of the background check. The personal details are checked by various government agencies. This requires the disclosure of residential addresses and periods of (non-)employment/periods of training in the last five years. The (non-) periods of employment or training must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documents.
Frankfurt Police Headquarters requires a certificate of good conduct for people who have lived and/or worked outside Germany during this period. This must be enclosed with the application.
As soon as you need access to the airside areas (green +L, red, blue and yellow ID Cards), you must pass a valid background check as per Section 7 of the Aviation Security Act. We can apply for a background check on your behalf at the responsible government agency.
For the purpose of the background check my personal data will be forwarded to the responsible aviation security authority, Police Headquarters Frankfurt am Main, processed and stored. In addition, a data alignment is performed for this purpose on the basis of the copy of my EU ID card or passport that was made available by me (see below).
In the event of an inconsistency between the data provided on the airport ID card application and the data specified on the copy of the valid EU ID card or passport accompanying my application, the data specified on the valid EU ID card or passport shall prevail and may be forwarded to the responsible aviation security authority. The copy of the valid EU ID card or passport will be destroyed within Fraport's area of responsibility at the latest after the notification about the results of the background check.
If a background check was performed via Fraport AG in the context of the ID Card application, it will be automatically initiated again in time before it expires. If the previous background check was performed directly in another German state or by the Hesse Aviation Security Authority and recognized in Frankfurt, an application to extend the individual’s background check must be made to us or instigated separately at the previous government agency. If initiation via Fraport AG is desired, please fill out the “Addendum to personal data for the initiation of the background check”. The form is available here.
Security training is required for entry into the airside areas (red, blue and yellow ID Cards). You will automatically receive the essential information when applying for an ID Card. The access details for online training will be sent to the applying company by mail. If you have any questions about “aviation security training,” please contact email@example.com.
Basic safety training is required for entry to the apron (red and yellow ID Cards). You will automatically receive the essential information when applying for an ID Card. The access details for online training will be sent to the applying company by mail. If you have any questions about “basic safety training,” please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Processing of an ID Card valid for the operational area usually takes around one to two weeks. For ID Cards that require a background check, processing takes approximately four weeks.
As soon as processing is complete, the applying company automatically receives a pick-up notification from the Airport ID Card Service Center by e-mail. Please refrain from inquiring about the status of your application.
For the extension of Airport ID Cards, the “Airport ID Card application” must be completed again. Companies can submit these ID Card applications online via the web portal for Airport ID Cards (available in German only).
Yes, this is possible. You will receive a separate Airport ID Card for each activity. For a “further activity,” the company that wishes to contract you must submit an “Airport ID Card application form.” In this case, application type “further activity” must be selected in “Section C” of the application form. Your company will be informed as soon as processing is complete.
Please bring your current Airport ID Card when you are issued the additional ID Card.
Please print out the digitally completed application form and send it with all required signatures including annexes (combined in one document) by e-mail in PDF format to email@example.com. If you wish to send a password-protected file, please contact the stated e-mail address in advance.
As soon as the processing of the application is complete, your company will receive a pick-up notification from us by e-mail. We need around one week to process an ID Card valid the operational area. For all Airport ID Cards that require a background check, please expect a processing time of around four weeks, as the background check is performed by the Hesse Aviation Security Authority. Unfortunately, we cannot speed up this process.
To collect your ID Card, you must show us your valid EU ID card or passport and, if applicable, your residence and work permit.
The ID Card photo will be taken directly when you collect the ID Card.
To collect a Vehicle ID Card, you need your original vehicle registration document.
It is essential to arrange an appointment to collect your ID Card.
The Vehicle ID Card is valid for five years. Before the five years expire, a new application for a Vehicle ID Card can be made so that the ID Card is extended for another five years. If you no longer need the Vehicle ID Card, please return it in promptly.
Please attach a copy of the vehicle registration document to the application for a Vehicle ID Card. Proof of technical or accident prevention inspection is not required.
You submit an application for a Vehicle ID Card and, when collecting the ID Card, you can choose between a Vehicle ID Card that is affixed to the windshield or a Vehicle ID Card that can be affixed to the metal of the vehicle body.
Your company pays for every full year (not calendar year) that you use the Vehicle ID Card. On the first day of the new year, you will be invoiced for the use of the Vehicle ID Card for another year.
Shipping companies and courier services that are not based at Frankfurt Airport can use a transferable Vehicle ID Card to enter airport access gates Tor 26, Tor 31, and Tor 32.
To ensure that Vehicle ID Card applications are processed quickly and properly, all the information required on the form must be entered digitally and in full. The form must then be signed and sent by e-mail in PDF format (combined in a single document) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this case, please hand in your change-of-name certificate or your current national ID card along with your Airport ID Card at the Airport ID Card Service Center. You will then receive an Airport ID Card with your new name. Please arrange an appointment.