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Does German poste restante (aka general delivery, "Postlagernd" in German) require you to show ID to receive package or you can use just password instead?

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    Since you can also send "poste restante" to a sort of password German Mail uses "password:flower69" as their example, I kid you not, I would assume that no ID is required to pick up the package (otherwise good luck identifying yourself). – mts Oct 10 '16 at 15:49
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    @mts Why not write that as an answer? It might be relevant, that the usage of a password or passphrase as recipient is not allowed for registered mail (in which case you would definitely need an id to pickup the delivery) or for cash/payment on delivery shipments. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Oct 10 '16 at 17:16
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    I honestly have never done that and I have 1% doubt that DeutschePost asks you for an ID even if you show up for a password letter. This is no common thing in Germany at all and lesser internet forums give wrong/confusing info, so I'd like to try before posting as an answer @Tor-EinarJarnbjo. Of course someone with more experience is welcome to post an answer before I get around to try these things. – mts Oct 10 '16 at 17:22
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    Note that this is only for letters in the sense of their AGB Brief. You're talking about a package in the question. The terms of services for letters include all kinds of, well, letters and postcards as well as small parcels of up to 2kg and dimensions of a maximum of 60 x 30 x 15 cm and Büchersendungen which are the kind of parcel where Amazon sends you a single book. A typical DHL Paket like the average Amazon shipment that does not contain books is not covered by this. But it might work anyway. – simbabque Oct 12 '16 at 12:34
  • @mts are you going to send yourself a letter? – simbabque Oct 13 '16 at 15:52
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Seeing that the German "poste restante" allows specifying a password instead of a name on the package, it should certainly be possible to receive a package without an ID check. Rough Google Translate of the relevant page:

The receiver's address must be structured as follows:

Name of the addressee or - in ordinary shipments - even passwords / pseudonyms etc.

...

John Doe or password: Blume69
Postlagernd
Münsterplatz 17
53111 Bonn

So the answer is yes, as long as a password is specified on the package address, rather than a specific name.

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