ID cards for specific occupations
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To pursue the activities of a tourist guide or private detective, an identification (ID) card is necessary.
Traders as well as their employees have to carry these ID cards with them when pursuing their activities. Upon request, the ID card has to be shown and made available for inspection to the members of the public security forces.
This ID card with photo is issued by the competent authority to the person registering the trade when commencing business activities. It proves the official authorisation of the person to carry on the respective trade.
A request for issuing an ID card for employees may be filed by traders at any time.
An ID card, issued for example to tourist guides, provides information on
- regional restrictions or restrictions concerning the nature of the authorisation
- foreign language skills of the trader,
- if applicable, special skills in specific subject areas.
In general, these regulations also apply to business owners from EU-countries in Austria.
Any entrepreneur wishing to work as a tourist guide or as a professional detective.
Statement of reasons for applying for a trade license
No specific deadlines have to be met.
The trade authority with geographical competence for the trade premises:
- The District AuthorityGerman text [Bezirkshauptmannschaft]
- In cities with their own municipal law [Statutarstädte]: the Municipal AdministrationGerman text [Magistrat]
- In Vienna:
The application for issuing an ID card may be made – without meeting specific formal requirements or by using a form – personally, in writing or partly also electronically.
Informal applications have to include the following information:
- Name and full details of the company
- Principal place of business
- For each person to receive an ID card:
- Date of birth
The authority may refuse to issue an ID card for employees of the trader if they were convicted of a criminal offence (ground for ineligibility) – provided that the sentence has not been served – and if it is deemed likely that the respective employee will commit the same or a similar criminal offence.
When an employee or several employees is found to have committed a criminal offence after the ID card had been issued, the ID card will be withdrawn by the authority.
- Official photo ID card
- For each person to be issued a professional ID card:
- Two photos
- Written confirmation of the employment relationship by the social insurance institution
- For the trade of tourist guides: certificate of professional competence
Costs and fees
ID cards are also mandatory for travelling salespersons (traders and their employees) visiting private persons to collect orders. Special rules are applicable.
No expert information is available.
Link to form
Authentication and signature
Means of redress or appeal
Assistance and problem-solving services
There are no auxiliary or problemsolving services.
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