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Establishment number Allocation

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.

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

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