In my first post about moving to Germany and the administrative procedures involved, I looked at getting an Anmeldebestätigung, or residency registration.
In this post I’ll tell you how I got my social security card, or Sozialversicherungsausweis.
Step two: Sozialversicherungsausweis
My company asked me to provide a Sozialversicherungsnummer to get me on payroll. Thankfully getting this was really straightforward. Here’s what you need to do and what you’ll need to take with you:
- Take your Anmeldebestätigung document and passport along to the Deutsche Rentenversicherung (DRV) office at Wallstrasse 9-13, Berlin. Nearest U-Bahn station is Spittelmarkt on line 2.
- Here’s a link to a website with the office’s opening times: http://www.oeffnungszeitenbuch.de/filiale/Berlin-Deutsche%2BRentenversicherung-197243A.html
- When you get to the office take the lift to the 3rd floor and turn left out of the lift. When we went to the DRV the reception was empty and there was a sign telling us to go to one of the rooms round the corner. If there’s someone at reception tell them you’ve come for a social security number, ‘Ich würde gerne eine Versicherungsnummer haben bitte’. They’ll probably direct you to one of the rooms on that floor.
- When I went to the right room I told the official I needed a social security number. They asked for my Anmeldebestätigung and passport and entered my name, address and nationality into the system. They then printed out a document, a ‘Beantragung eines Sozialversicherungsausweises’ (an application for a social security number). This had my social security number on the top left, my name, nationality, gender, place and date of birth, address in Berlin, and a tick against the type of ID I had brought along. Finally, below this there was a tick in the box to say it was the first time I had been issued with a social security card.
- The official asked me to sign my form and hey presto I had my Versicherungsnummer. Easy! This document isn’t your actual social security card but it does give you your social security number. I received my social security card by post about 3 days later. It even came with some guidance notes in French! German efficiency strikes again.
In my next bog post I’ll tell you how I got my PAYE income tax certificate, the ‘Bescheinigung für den Lohnsteuerabzug 2012’.