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Apply for company number according to DEÜV


As soon as you employ the first person subject to compulsory insurance, you must apply for a company number for the employment company in which the person works.

The company number is usually assigned by the Federal Employment Agency on electronic application. A customer data record is created for you in which your company master data is registered. Based on the company number, the social security institutions can then assign the reports to the health, pension and unemployment insurance to your employment company.

One or more company numbers?

  • As an employer of a company with only one location, you only need 1 company number.
  • You will need several company numbers if you have branches in several municipalities.
  • You need several company numbers even if you own several farms (as independent economic units).

Registered office abroad

If you are an employer based abroad, you may need a company number – if you have to register workers employed in Germany with the German social security system. These can be, for example, sales staff or customer service representatives in the home office.

Special rules for private households, miners' enterprises and maritime enterprises

  • You want to employ someone in your private household to a small extent (mini-job): Please contact the mini-job centre of the German pension insurance Knappschaft-Bahn-See.
  • You are a miner's business (extraction of minerals, for example coal), employ employees in a miner's business or employ workers who carry out miners' work on shafts or are used for renovation work in opencast mining: Please contact the German Pension Insurance Knappschaft-Bahn-See.
  • You are a maritime company (including coastal fishermen and coastal boatmen): Please contact the German Pension Insurance Knappschaft-Bahn-See.

As an employer, you must register your employees subject to compulsory insurance for social security. To do this, you need a company number.

Please apply for your company number electronically. You can submit the application yourself or commission someone from a third party, for example a tax consultant.

  • Access the online application on the website of the Federal Employment Agency.
  • Answer the initial questions in the drop-down boxes and follow the online form through the rest of the application process.
  • In most cases, the company number is assigned and displayed immediately.
  • In addition, the employer receives a postal notification of the company number and the stored master data.

Note: If there are changes in the master data or the company closes, you must immediately report this electronically to the Federal Employment Agency. As a rule, your payroll software automatically triggers a relevant report to the Federal Employment Agency as soon as you enter the corresponding changes in the master data there.

Online service for applying for a company number on the website of the Federal Employment Agency

For the first time, you are employing an employee subject to compulsory insurance or an employee subject to compulsory insurance in the relevant employment company.

You must provide the following minimum information:

  • the designation used by the employed company in legal transactions, including any additions to legal forms that may exist,
  • Sole proprietorship / partnership under civil law: the first and last name of the owner or the shareholders,
  • sole proprietorship not entered in the commercial register: first and last name of the employer,
  • Private household: first and last name of the head of household,
  • the employment address, i.e. the current address of the employment establishment under which the employees actually work,
  • if necessary, a different address to be used for postal delivery,
  • additional communication channels such as telephone number, fax or e-mail address,
  • the economic focus of the employment company,
  • Contact person (name, function, telephone number) for queries regarding the reporting procedure - these can also be contact details of a commissioned service provider such as .B tax consultancy,
  • if another employment company within the company registers the employees for social security: the name, address and company number of this office.

As a rule, however, the company number service of the Federal Employment Agency does not require any written evidence to process your application.


As an employer, you must report an employment subject to compulsory insurance within 6 weeks of the start. At the latest then you need a company number.

Special rule for establishments subject to immediate notification

If your company belongs to one of the following industries, you will need the company number for a report at the latest when the first employee starts work:

  • Building trade
  • Catering and accommodation
  • Passenger transport
  • Freight forwarding, transport and related logistics industry
  • Fairground trade
  • Forestry
  • Building cleaning industry
  • Companies involved in the set-up and dismantling of trade fairs and exhibitions
  • Meat industry
  • Prostitution industry
  • Security and security industry

None, the company number will be displayed to you immediately in most cases when applying electronically.

Forms: yes, electronic
Online procedure possible: yes
Written form required: no
Personal appearance required: no

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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