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Product-specific insurance brokers - Applying for a permit exemption

Insurance brokers in the area of product accessories can be exempted from the permit obligation on request.

The application can be made from a natural person or a legal entity (e.g. a Limited Liability Company). Partnerships require an individual license exemption for each managing partner.

N.B. Even if you are exempt from your license obligation you will still have to register yourself and be registered in the Register of Brokers.

Responsible authority

the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Industrie- und Handelskammer - IHK), in whose district the business has its premises

Prerequisite

  • You act as an agent for insurances only as an extension to other products or services. For example: You sell vehicles and at the same time you act as an agent for motor insurances.
  • You carry out your work on behalf of one or several insurance broker(s) with a license or on behalf of one or several insurance companies.
  • Your client issues a statement on your personal reliability, your qualifications and your orderly financial circumstances.

Procedure

To be exempt from the license obligation, you have to make an application to the responsible authority.

You can find a form on the Internet pages of the chambers of industry and commerce.

Required documents

  • completed application form
  • copy of the identity card or comparable identity documents
  • for proof of the corporate legal form
    • If the location of your company is in Germany, you will need:
      • for registered companies: an excerpt of the Commercial Register (Handelsregisterauszug) and the register of partnerships
      • if applicable a copy of the shareholders agreement (e.g. for a company constituted under civil law, (GbR)).
    • If your company is located abroad, you will need documents from the country where it is located which prove its legal form.
  • declaration from the client on your personal reliability, your qualification and your orderly financial circumstances

In the case of legal entities (GmbH, corporate companies, AG, registered cooperatives) the application form only has to be completed by the legal entity itself. All personal documents have to be submitted for all natural persons authorised to manage the company (e.g. personal documents).

In the case of partnerships, which as such are not capable of holding a licence (GbR, KG, OHG, PartG, GmbH & Co. KG), each of the managing partners requires the licence. I.e. an application form and all personal documents are required for each person.

Deadlines/Duration

None

Note: You may not start work until you have received the exemption.

Costs/Benefits

The relevant IHK will inform you of the amount of respective charges.

Release note

The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Wirtschaftsministerium released it on 18.08.2016. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.
In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.

 

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