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Apply for an operating 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 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 notifications 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 one company number.
  • You need several company numbers if you have branches in several municipalities.
  • You also need several farm numbers if you are the owner or property of several establishments in the same municipality, each of which forms 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 employees or customer advisors 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 Minijob-Zentrale of the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Knappschaft-Bahn-See.
  • You are a miners' company (extraction of minerals, for example coal), employ employees in a miners' company or employ workers who carry out miners' work on mines or are used for rehabilitation work in opencast mining: Please contact the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Knappschaft-Bahn-See.
  • You are a maritime company (including coastal fishermen and coastal boatmen): Please contact the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Knappschaft-Bahn-See.

Please apply for your company number electronically. You can submit the application yourself or commission someone else to do so, for example a tax consultant.

  • Call up the online application on the website of the Federal Employment Agency.
  • Answer the initial questions in the selection fields 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 confirmation of the company number and the stored master data.

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

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

You must provide the following minimum information:

  • the designation used by the employment company in legal transactions, including any additions to the legal form,
  • Sole proprietorship / partnership under civil law: the first and last name of the owner or partners,
  • 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 company 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,
  • economic focus of the employing enterprise,
  • Contact person (name, function, telephone number) for queries about the reporting procedure - this can also be contact details of a commissioned service provider, for example a tax consultant,
  • if another employment establishment within the undertaking declares employees for social security: the name, address and establishment number of this body.

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

Special rule for companies subject to immediate reporting: If your company belongs to one of the following sectors, you need the company number for a declaration at the latest when the first employee starts work:

  • Building trade
  • hotels and restaurants, hotels and restaurants,
  • passenger transport,
  • forwarding, transport and related logistics industries,
  • fairgrounds,
  • Forestry
  • Cleaning of buildings,
  • companies involved in setting up and dismantling trade fairs and exhibitions,
  • Meat industry
  • prostitution,
  • Security and security industry

In most cases, the company number will be displayed immediately when you apply electronically.

Forms available: No
Written form required: No
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: Yes

In the social security declarations, please always use the company number of the employment establishment in which the worker concerned actually works. If there are changes to the company master data provided when submitting the application, please send the correct information to the Federal Employment Agency immediately by electronic means. An incorrect use of operating numbers or late/omitted change notifications may constitute an administrative offence.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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