How to get a Sozialversicherungsausweis

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.

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  • Here’s a link to a website with the office’s opening times:
  • 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’.


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11 thoughts on “How to get a Sozialversicherungsausweis

  1. I love your blog and this post saved my life!! Also I´ve been looking the blog for the post about the Tax certificate, but I can´t find it. Could you send me the link?

    Danke schön!!

  2. Hey, thanks for posting this, I just had to go and get my Sozialversicherungsnummer.
    Unfortunately the original Deutsche Rentenversicherung office has moved to:
    Fehrbelliner Platz 5, 10707 Berlin, nearest U-bahn is on the Fehrbelliner on the U3.
    Hope this is of some help.

  3. Thankyou very much for the guidance… Do they require insurance copy or number with it. Because I don’t have a govt insurance. I have only a private insurance. Can you please inform me about any insurance requirement

  4. Hello, is there any other office that i can go without appointment? because google said that this one on Wallstrasse is not working any more. thanks

  5. I advice you to go to Fehrbelliner Platz 5 in 10707 Berlin, as it was mentioned before. It´s the most modern building there at this very huge square. The ground floor there is an open area. But you will come to an elevator with a stairs around which will lead you just to the first floor. There at the information desk and you will get your social security number – Sozialversicherungnummer. Usually it will take you between 15 and 30 minutes to get it.

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