Social secu­ri­ty num­ber and tax number

Social secu­ri­ty card

If you want to work in Ger­many, you need a Sozialver­sicherungsausweis (social secu­ri­ty card) with a Sozialver­sicherungsnum­mer (social secu­ri­ty num­ber).

Your health insur­ance com­pa­ny, the Bun­de­sagen­tur für Arbeit (Fed­er­al Employ­ment Agency) or your employ­er will reg­is­ter you with the Ger­man pen­sion scheme. You will then receive your insur­ance num­ber. Please inform the rel­e­vant peo­ple if you already have a Ger­man insur­ance num­ber.

Tax num­ber: You also need a Steuer­num­mer (tax num­ber). After you have reg­is­tered, the Bürg­er­büro (cit­i­zens’ office) will auto­mat­i­cal­ly trans­mit this data to the Finan­zamt (tax office). You will then receive your tax num­ber from the tax office by post.

Have you lost, mis­placed or for­got­ten your tax iden­ti­fi­ca­tion number?

👉🏽 You can apply for a tax iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber here

You will receive the tax iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber by post to your cur­rent reg­is­tra­tion address.
The pro­cess­ing time is up to four weeks

How can I find out my social secu­ri­ty number?

The social secu­ri­ty num­ber is not the insur­ance num­ber on your health insur­ance card. If you have not yet worked, you may not yet have a social insur­ance num­ber. Then you can apply for one from your health insur­ance fund.

Where can I get the social secu­ri­ty num­ber for my child?

If a young per­son is start­ing train­ing for the first time, you can obtain a social secu­ri­ty num­ber from the health insur­ance fund or pen­sion insur­ance fund. Employ­ees will receive a let­ter from the pen­sion insur­ance fund inform­ing them of their social secu­ri­ty number

Where can I find out my social secu­ri­ty number?

Ser­vice tele­phone of the Deutsche Renten­ver­sicherung Bund: 0800 1000 480 70.