Requesting an excerpt from the Central Trade Register

Content:

Past breaches of commercial law regulations, such as:

  • Rejection of a trade licence application, trade prohibitions, withdrawal of permits, concessions
  • Foregoing licensing for a trade
  • Imposition of fines in excess of 200 EUR in connection with the performance of a trade and
  • certain criminal rulings associated with the trade activities

Purpose:

Proof of your personal suitability for:

  • a trade which requires a permit, for example as a pub landlord, broker or
  • a trade which is subject to supervision, for example dealing in used vehicles or bicycles or a travel agency.

Note: The CENTRAL commercial REGISTER does not contain data relating to all the entrepreneurs in Germany. In a commercial REGISTER excerpt, you can find information concerning:

  • the business owner, e.g. name, date of birth and address, and
  • about the company, e.g. management, addresses and registered activities.

Onlineantrag und Formulare

Hinweis: Sobald Sie eine Postleitzahl oder einen Ort angegeben haben, können wir Ihnen an dieser Stelle den Onlineantrag und die Formulare der zuständigen Stelle anzeigen. Ort angeben

Zuständige Stelle

If you apply orally or in writing: the municipal council (Gemeindeverwaltung) or city council (Stadtverwaltung) in which your business headquarters are located

If you apply electronically: the Federal Office of Justice (Bundesamt für Justiz)

Hinweis: Sobald Sie eine Postleitzahl oder einen Ort angegeben haben, können wir Ihnen an dieser Stelle weitere Informationen zu der für Sie zuständigen Stelle anzeigen. Ort angeben
Warum soll ich einen Ort angeben?
Mit Hilfe der Ortsangabe können wir die für Sie passenden Informationen, Formulare, Dienste und Ihre zuständige Stelle anzeigen.
Welchen Ort soll ich angeben?
Zum Beispiel Ihren Wohnort, wenn Sie einen Reisepass beantragen wollen oder den Unternehmensstandort, wenn Sie ein Gewerbe anmelden möchten.

Service details

Prerequisite

You wish to engage in a trade for which a licence is required.

Procedure

Should you wish to apply for the information:

  • For the online information, you require:
    • a new personal ID document or residency title, both with the electronic ID function activated, as well as the AusweisApp2,
    • a card reader to read your ID document and
    • a digital recording device (for example scanner or digital camera) in order to upload the proof.
  • Visit the website of the Federal Office of Justice and follow the instructions.
  • The Federal Office of Justice sends the information to your postal address or to the authority for which you have submitted the request.

Should you wish to apply for the information personally:

  • Please contact your competent authority.
  • The application is then forwarded on to the Federal Office of Justice in Bonn, which issues the information.
  • The Federal Office of Justice sends the information to your postal address or to the authority for which you have submitted the request.

If you wish to apply in writing, you will need:

  • an informal written application
  • Please send the application to the competent authority. Your signature must be officially or publicly certified.
  • The application is then forwarded on to the Federal Office of Justice in Bonn, which issues the information.
  • The Federal Office of Justice sends the information to your postal address or to the authority for which you have submitted the request.
  • Note: You may not have an agent represent you. Only your legal representative in entitled to submit the application. If you are acting as a legal representative, you must provide evidence of your power of attorney.

Required documents

For natural persons

  • if applying in person: personal ID card or passport
  • if applying in writing: copy of personal ID card or passport
  • if applying electronically: personal ID card or electronic residence permit, each with activated online ID function.
  • in case of foreign citizens: additional proof of citizenship, officially certified personal data and signature
  • if applicable, a signature of the authority for which the information is intended, as well as the purpose of use of the file reference number.

For legal persons:

  • valid personal ID document or passport of the legal representative of the company (in case the passport is presented: also current proof of registration)
  • excerpt from the commercial register
  • if applicable, a signature of the authority for which the information is intended, as well as the purpose of use of the file reference number.

Release note

The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Bundesjustizministerium released it on 05.11.2018. 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.