Betriebsnummer: Where can I get my employer business number?

What is a Betriebsnummer (employer business number) and how can you apply for one? You’ve come to the right place.


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Applying for a Betriebsnummer

A Betriebsnummer (employer business number) is essential for identifying an Arbeitgeber (employer) for Sozialversicherung (social insurance purposes). It consists of an eight-digit number and must be applied for by all businesses that employ staff.

You can apply online here.

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Contact address

Betriebsnummer-Service der Bundesagentur für Arbeit
(Buiness number service of the federal employment agency)
Eschberger Weg 68
66121 Saarbrücken
Tel: 0800 4 5555-20
Fax: 0681 988429-1300

  1. The 10 stages of your start-up:

    1. Develop a business idea
    2. Consultation and preparation
    3. Select the right legal form
    4. Name check by IHK
    5. Notarisation
    6. Opening the business account
    7. Entry into the commercial register
    8. Trade registration
    9. Register with the tax office
    10. Start doing business 

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