How it works
Keep your ID card with eID function and your smartphone handy.
Learn more about eID
Identify yourself online
Identify yourself online with your ID card using the free AusweisApp.
Learn more about the AusweisApp
Authenticate your OpenPGP public key
Check and authenticate your OpenPGP public key.
Learn more about OpenPGP
Take your OpenPGP key, authenticated by Governikus, from your e-mail inbox.
A certified OpenPGP key creates trust
With an OpenPGP key, you can securely encrypt your e-mail communications and ensure that your messages and files cannot be read by unauthorized third parties. By authenticating your public OpenPGP key via the eID function of your ID card, you can achieve additional trust for your e-mail communication: the e-mail address assigned to the OpenPGP key is provided with your real name and you actually have access to the associated e-mail mailbox.
What is OpenPGP?
More information at: openpgp.org.
Create an OpenPGP key
Please note that for a successful authentication, the stored name in the OpenPGP key corresponds to that of your credential!
To protect your private OpenPGP key from misuse, it is highly advisable to set a secure password for accessing the private OpenPGP key.
- For additional security, your OpenPGP key should not have an unlimited validity, but should have an expiration date of, for example, two years. This expiration date can be extended at any time - even if it has already been expired - via the private OpenPGP key!
- In the event that the private OpenPGP key has been compromised or the password has been forgotten, a revocation certificate should also be created for immediate revocation of the OpenPGP key.
Using the authenticated OpenPGP key
Public OpenPGP key from Governikus
Governikus provides the online service for authenticating your OpenPGP key on behalf of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). This online service compares the name read from your ID card, your electronic residence permit or eID card for citizens of the European Union with the name specified in your OpenPGP key. If the names match, your public key is electronically signed by Governikus, confirming the match. The Governikus public key can be used to verify the Governikus electronic signature.
Governikus public OpenPGP key
Key identifier: A4BF43D7
Easy and fast with the eID function
Your ID card with eID function serves as proof of your real identity in the digital world. With the online ID function, you can identify yourself securely on the Internet. This allows you to deal with official procedures or business matters simply, securely, quickly and at any time.
For this you will need:
Your online ID card
In this case, your ID card data will only be transmitted after you have successfully entered your self-selected, six-digit PIN.
More information at: personalausweisportal.de/en
More information at: ausweisapp.bund.de/en
Smartphone as card reader
New Field Communication (NFC) is a transmission standard for exchanging data wirelessly over short distances. This is also used, for example, when paying with a smartphone. Nowadays, almost all smartphones are equipped with this technology. You can find a list of NFC-enabled smartphones here.
Alternatively, you can also use a suitable card reader.