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Register prostitution activity for the first time

Since the entry into force of the Prostitute Protection Act on 1 July 2017, binding regulations for the practice of prostitution have applied nationwide. Anyone who pursues prostitution in Germany is obliged to register with the authorities and to seek health advice in advance.

The obligation to register and provide advice applies without exception to all people who provide sexual services for remuneration. Health advice and registration must be provided in person.

A certificate will be issued for the registration. This is valid nationwide.

Persons between the ages of 18 and 21 must have their registration certificate renewed after one year. For persons older than 21 years, the following applies: The registration must be renewed after two years.

Process flow

  • In Lower Saxony, free health advice is provided by the lower health authorities or health authorities. A consultation appointment should be arranged here.
  • For the subsequent registration of the activity with the regulatory authority of the district or district-free city, an appointment should also be arranged.

The responsible health authority or the responsible regulatory authority for the registration can be found here


  • Certificate of health advice (not older than 3 months)
  • Identity card, passport, passport or ID substitute
  • If you have a foreign nationality and are not entitled to freedom of movement, you must prove that you have permission to pursue employment or self-employment in Germany
  • 2 passport photos

What are the fees?

Emission: 15,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

What else should I know?

Both certificates - registration certificate and certificate of health advice - must always be carried with you when practicing prostitution. Anyone who cannot present any or only invalid certificates during inspections must expect fines.

Further information for prostitutes


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Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Gesundheit

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.