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Register prostitution activity for the first time

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

The obligation to register and counsel applies without exception to all people who provide sexual services for a fee. The health consultation and registration must be done in person.

A certificate of registration shall be issued. This is valid nationwide.

Persons between 18 and 21 years of age 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. Here a consultation appointment should be arranged.
  • An appointment should also be made for the subsequent registration of the activity with the regulatory authority of the district or independent city.

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


  • Certificate of health advice (not older than 3 months)
  • Identity card, passport, passport or ID card replacement
  • If you have a foreign nationality and are not entitled to freedom of movement, you must prove that you have permission to work 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 when practicing prostitution. Anyone who cannot present any or only invalid certificates during inspections must expect fines.

Further information for prostitutes

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Gesundheit
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993
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)