How to get Social Security Number
Get your Sozialversicherungsnummer in Germany
What is the social security number?
1. How to get social security number / card?
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There is a lot of confusing information about Social Security Number. How do I know that I can rely on the answers provided on here?
Our information is based on the experiences of +5500 happy users, and personal interviews conducted with German Statutory Health Insurance providers all over Germany (last updated in Jan 2020).
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The guarantor is Expat Services UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Almstadtstr. 25, 10119 Berlin. The guarantee period is 45 days after dispatch of the letter with application to your german statutory health insurance; at the latest 60 days after purchase. The guarantee is valid in Germany. The payment will be refunded within 7 days, the credit on the account/credit card can take several weeks and depends on the payment processor. The legal rights of the consumer remain unaffected by the guarantee and are not limited by the guarantee.
2. How do I find the address of my statutory health insurance?
If you use our social security form form on this website, the address of your responsible German statutory health insurance office will be printed on the cover letter.
For the largest health insurance companies in Germany we have already provided the address. You can choose it easily.
The name of your health insurance as well as your health insurance number you have received in the insurance confirmation. You can also find this on your insurance card.
If we have not listed your health insurance, you can find it very quickly via Google. Google simply look for the “name + address”.
Once you google it, the address should immediately appear on Google, or in one of the first few search results.
If you are with the following statutory health insurance, we have the addresses already provided: A, B
We have already deposited the address for the following statutory health insurance companies.
3. Who need a social security number / card?
4. When do you need a social security number?
5. How to get the social security card, if you don’t speak German?
6. Why does my employer need my social security number?
7. I will soon have my first day of work and I do not yet have a social security number. Is it too late?
8. What information do you need for your social security number in Germany?
To successfully apply with our form for your social security number in Germany you need the following documents
Can i get my social security number without using the form?
This depends on your health insurance. It is best to call them. Sometimes the number can be requested directly over the phone. Please have the above information ready.
9. I have private health insurance or am not insured with any German statutory health insurance
From January 2011, however, the German Pension Insurance will send you a simple letter with your social security number when you start your first job. If you have lost your social security number, you must contact the Deutsche Rentenversicherung directly. They can issue you with a new identity card.
If you do not yet have a statutory health insurance but have already signed an employment contract, you can register here with the multiple test winner Techniker Krankenkasse (TK). You will receive your social security number there automatically after you start working.
What I really liked about this online form is that you are able to save the form and return to it later, in case you do not have time to fill it out in one session.
Little note: Filling in all the fields of the application-form took me a little longer than I thought. Why? I was not sure about, firstly, what is the name of my health insurance provider, and 2, which insurance number i have. And these information are necessary!
So my advice to other users would be: Be sure to have these details at hand when you fill out this form.
This website is the most extensive resource with regards to social security number in Germany I’ve come across. Big thumbs up for the research that went into this project, guys. In short, what happened: I filled out the social security number form on this website, made the payment, received the PDF with the application form via email, printed it, sent it off to the address that was provided on the letter. My opinion? Finally a project that serves a need!
My German skills are solid but I was happy to pay for this translation service anyway because you never know with bureaucratic language – sometimes you miss something important.
It all went extremely smoothly; it took me about 3 minutes to fill out the form. Then I sent it to the TK (my insurance provider) in Berlin, the address was printed on the cover letter.
In their accordion, they explain how you can get your social security number without using this paid online form – which I think is kind of awesome. You only pay, if you want to support the project and/or want to make use of the translation service.
As for my own experience with using the paid application form on here: After sending off the form, I received the social security card within less than two week. That’s what I call smooth sailing.
Being Dutch I always felt my German skills were alright. That being said, filling this application out in English was a great help. I was missing a printer though – important detail! Make sure you can print the form somewhere. I printed the form at work, signed it.
All in all, this is a fantastic website and I wish there were more projects like this, for other bureaucratic procedures, too.