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Germany - Register a Business

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The application form is electronically filled.

  • Clear the name of company at the local chamber of industry and commerce.
  • A notary notarizes the articles of association and memorandum of association.
  • Notify the local office of business and standards of the establishment of the company
  • Notify the local labor office of the establishment of the company
  • Register employees for health and social insurance
  • Mail out the documentation to the Tax Office

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Certificate of registration
  • Identification documents.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Amtsgericht Hagen
Servicestelle Registerportal
Heinitzstr. 42
58097 Hagen (Germany)
Phone: +49 (0)2331 36748-0
Fax: +49 (0)211 87565 114 100
E-mail: [email protected]

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Businesses that are operating a commercial transaction or operation.


  • Minimum EUR 250
  • For GmbH, at least EUR 400
  • For AG minimum EUR 500


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use[edit]

Original certificate of registration

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Sample Documents[edit]

Processing Time[edit]

Maximum of 30 days

Related Videos[edit]

Doing Business in Germany

Germany business
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The application for registration in the commercial register is electronically filed in publicly certified form by a notary to the responsible commercial register..

Required Information[edit]

  • Names of owner or partners
  • Name/Company
  • Street Address
  • Zip code and City
  • Type of business

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Need for the Document[edit]

When starting a business and after starting operating a company or a business has to be registered in the public commercial/trade register.

Information which might help[edit]

Small businesses, freelancers, civil partnerships and branch offices do not have to to be registered.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Common register portal of the German federal states
German Company Register Research (Handelsregisterauszug)
Business Registration

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The costs and fees are not levied on an arbitrary basis but are regulated by law. They largely depend on the number of partners and the share capital. Further costs can be incurred by the provision of additional legal advice.