GET A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER IN GERMANY

Sozialversicherungsnummer in Germany

The social security number / card is your proof that you are part of the German social security system. You do not automatically get this number. You must apply for it. You usually need the social security number before your first day at work. If you want to apply for your German social security number (Sozialversicherungsnummer) you must be registered in Germany. There are two ways of applying for the number. If you have public health insurance in Germany, then you can do so by using the application form on this page. If you are privately insured, please read the FAQ further below for instructions on how to get your German social security number.

THE PROBLEM

  • Your employer needs your social security number
  • You speak little or no German
  • You have no idea how to get your social security number

THE SOLUTION

  1. Fill out the form and pay 9,90€.
  2. Download and print the application letter.
  3. Post it to your public health insurance and get the social security number within two weeks.