Applying for registration in the Register of Brokers
The Chambers of Commerce and Industry keep a Register of Brokers in which all non-tied, tied and ancillary insurance brokers must be registered.
The register contains the following data:
- for natural persons: surname, first name, date of birth and company name
- for legal entities: surnames and forenames of the natural persons in the company’s management organs who are responsible for brokerage activities
- type of permit
- address of the competent registration authority
- in which EU countries and contracting states the applicant will be working
- addresses of any foreign branches
- business address
- register number
- for tied and ancillary insurance brokers: the liable insurance company
This enables consumers and insurance companies to check who is registered as an insurance broker where and to what extent.
N.B. Anyone who violates the registration requirement may be penalised with a fine of up to 5,000 euros.
Tip: You can view the Register of Brokers free of charge at www.vermittlerregister.info. Written queries are subject to a fee.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry in whose district your business is located
In order to be entered into the Register of Brokers, you must either
- have an insurance broker’s licence or
- be exempted from the licence obligation.
Note: Tied insurance brokers can also have the contracting company apply to have them registered.
You must apply to the competent authority for registration.
Tied insurance brokers who do not apply for their own licence do not need to have themselves entered into the Register of Brokers. You must have your insurance company register you instead. In this case, the insurance company can register you online by contacting the German Insurance Association (GDV).
On being entered into the Register of Brokers, you will receive a registration number that is awarded automatically by the system.
N.B. If your data changes after registration, you must notify the competent Chamber of Commerce and Industry immediately.
- completed application form
- for tied and non-tied insurance brokers: evidence that you have been issued a licence
- for ancillary insurance brokers: evidence that you are exempt from the licence obligation
- business registration
- If you also want to work in other European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) member states, you will also need the form
- “Notice of activity in an EU member state”
The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Finanz- und Wirtschaftsministerium released it on 29.07.2016. 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.