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Applying for permission for an insurance company


You are an insurance intermediary if you are:

  • insurance agent or
  • Insurance brokers.

For this you need a permit from your locally responsible IHK. In addition to obtaining permission, you must also be entered in the register of insurance intermediaries. With the application for permission, you can simultaneously submit an application for entry in the register of intermediaries.

As an insurance agent:

  • broker insurance contracts for one or more insurers on a professional basis and
  • as its administrator, you are on the side of the insurance company on the basis of an agency agreement.

As an insurance broker:

  • independently broker insurance contracts on behalf of customers and
  • stand on the side of the customer as the guardian of the customer's interests.

Special features for foreign nationals:

If you are a foreign national and have a branch in another Member State of the European Union (EU), you must register in that country. You do not need a permit in Germany, nor can you be entered in the German insurance intermediary register.

For foreign nationals from non-EU countries, the same provisions apply as for German nationals. These also apply to EU nationals who register a corresponding trade exclusively in Germany.

You can apply for permission to operate as an insurance intermediary in writing:

  • Download the application form from the website of your local IHK. Fill it out completely.
  • Then send it with the necessary documents to your responsible IHK.
  • As soon as you have provided all the information and the documents are complete, the IHK will decide on your application.
  • After a positive examination, you will receive permission and, if necessary, be entered in the register of insurance intermediaries.
  • The permission granted is valid for an indefinite period. It does not end until you renounce it. Under certain conditions, the IHK can revoke or withdraw the permission and have you deleted from the register of intermediaries.

Note: As a rule, your locally responsible IHK also offers an online procedure.

The responsibility lies with the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).

  • They have the reliability necessary for commercial operations. You are not considered reliable if you have been convicted of any of the following violations in the last 5 years:
    • Crime
    • Theft
    • Embezzlement
    • Blackmail
    • Fraud
    • Unfaithfulness
    • Money laundering
    • Forgery of documents
    • Fencing
    • Usury
    • Insolvency offences
  • They live in orderly financial circumstances. You do not meet this requirement if:
    • opens insolvency proceedings against your assets, or
    • has been rejected for lack of assets, or
    • you are entered in the register of debtors.
  • You have the necessary expertise. Proof of the required expertise is possible by:
    • an examination of competence before the Chamber of Industry and Commerce or
    • equivalent training qualifications and possibly corresponding professional experience.
  • You have taken out professional indemnity insurance. Currently, there is a minimum cover amount of:
    • EUR 1,276,000 for each insured event and
    • EUR 1,919,000 for all claims in one year in total.
  • Copy of your valid identity card or passport
  • for proof of entrepreneurial legal form:
    • if the company is based in Germany:
      • Extract from the commercial register or the partnership register, in the case of companies entered in a register, otherwise
      • a copy of the articles of association
    • in the case of the company's registered office abroad: documents from the country of residence proving the legal form
  • for proof of personal reliability:
    • if you are resident in Germany:
      • Certificate of good conduct (document type O) and
      • Excerpt from the Central Trade Register
    • if you reside abroad: Corresponding documents from your home country that prove your personal reliability
  • for proof of orderly financial circumstances:
    • if you are resident in Germany:
      • Extract from the list of debtors
      • Certificate from the insolvency court
      • Certificate from the tax office in tax matters
    • if you reside abroad: Corresponding documents from your home country proving your orderly financial circumstances
  • Certificate of competence of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce on existing necessary knowledge and legal regulations of the insurance industry
  • Proof by an insurance undertaking of the existence of professional indemnity insurance for the insurance industry

For legal entities, you only need to complete the application form for the legal entity itself. You must submit all personal documents for all persons authorized to manage the company. For the legal entity, you also need an extract from the Central Trade Register.

As such, partnerships are not eligible for approval. Therefore, every managing partner needs permission. For each of these persons, you must submit a completed application form and all personal documents.

Attention: To check personal reliability, your IHK may request further documents. Some of the documents submitted may not exceed an expiry period at the time of the decision (not only at the time of submission). Inquire about this at your IHK.

  • The fees for the licensing procedures for insurance intermediaries and the registration in the insurance intermediary register vary depending on the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Note: There may also be costs when requesting documents that you must provide during the procedure.

  • Decision on the application: within 3 months

Note: You may not start the activity until permission has been granted.

Varies depending on the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Forms: can be obtained from your competent Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Online procedure possible: partially, depending on the IHK

Written form required: no

Personal appearance required: no

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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