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Extract from commercial register of Germany

Schmidt & Schmidt provides extracts from the commercial register of Germany with a translation and an apostille.

Commercial register in the Federal Republic of Germany is called Company Register of Germany. It is a public information source administered by the Ministry of Justice, as well as district courts. All business entities in Germany, both local and foreign, are required by law to be present in the Company Register.

Company Register of Germany is divided into two parts. Part A contains information about unincorporated businesses, part B provides data on legal entities. There are no entries on individual entrepreneurs and simple partnerships.

An extract from the Commercial Register of Germany is an official document issued by district courts and containing publically available corporate information.

Since 2007 the register has only been administered online. Both entering data in the register and obtaining extracts from it are carried out online, via electronic document management system.

An extract from the Company Register of Germany can be used in order to:

  • Obtain detailed information about potential business partners
  • Negotiate foreign trade agreements
  • File legal claims
  • Register legal entities with foreign participation
  • Apply for a work visa to Germany
  • Get verified information about potential employer

The data from the business register of Germany is provided in the form of a PDF-file with a translation. Original documents can be sent by post, in a notarised or apostilled form.

To get a required document, we will need the following information about a company:

  • Full legal name
  • Full legal address
Current extract from commercial register of Germany

Current extract is an official document that contains up-to-date information about a company registered in the Federal Republic of Germany, including name, legal status, type of business, key management, registered capital and procedures of bankruptcy and dissolution. This is the most requested document.

Current extract from commercial register of Germany contains following information:
  • Full Name
  • Type of business
  • Legal address
  • Company branches and subsidiaries
  • Main activity
  • CEO
  • Registered capital
  • Type of ownership
  • Date of latest changes in the register
  • Other activities (eg. change of business type, bankruptcy and dissolution procedures)

NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable. Information about founders is not available in extracts, but can be obtained in a separate document.

Inquiries are processed from 30 minutes.


Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an Electronic Extract from 17,85 from 15,00
Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping from 214,20 from 180,00


Chronological extract from commercial register of Germany

Chronological extract is a document that presents the full record of changes in a company that happened since the moment of registration, eg. amendments to the charter, change of address or management. It is also possible to get data on inactive businesses, for instance, those that went bankrupt.

Chronological extract contains following information about:
  • Full legal name
  • Charter
  • Management and stakeholders
  • Address
  • Bankruptcy

NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable. Information about founders is not available in extracts, but can be obtained in a separate document.

Inquiries are processed from 30 minutes.


Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an Electronic Extract from 17,85 from 15,00
Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping from 214,20 from 180,00

Historical extract from commercial register of Germany

Historical extract contains information that had been available in the register before it switched to its current digital form in 2007.

Historical extract from commercial register of Germany contains following information:
  • Full legal Name
  • Type of business
  • Legal address
  • Main activity
  • Registration date
  • CEO
  • Shareholders

NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable. Information about founders is not available in extracts, but can be obtained in a separate document.

Inquiries are processed from 30 minutes.


Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an Electronic Extract from 17,85 from 15,00
Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping from 214,20 from 180,00

Annual accounting statements from commercial register of Germany

Annual accounting statements are applicable to German legal entities. Based on this data you can get an idea about financial state of a company.

Annual accounting statements from Germany contain following information:
  • Full legal name
  • Accounting statements

NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable, or available for a fee.

Inquiries are processed from 30 minutes.


Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an Electronic Extract from 17,85 from 15,00
Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping from 214,20 from 180,00


List of founders from commercial register of Germany

List of founders is a document about founders and their shares.


Inquiries are processed from 30 minutes.


Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an Electronic Extract from 17,85 from 15,00
Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping from 214,20 from 180,00

Copies of corporate documents from commercial register of Germany

Copies of corporate documents are documents such as charters and protocols of meetings.


Inquiries are processed from 30 minutes.


Service Price incl. German VAT 19% Price excl. VAT
Price for an Electronic Extract from 17,85 from 15,00
Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping from 214,20 from 180,00

Main types of businesses in Germany

Legal entities:
AG – joint-stock company
GmbH – limited liability company
UG – entrepreneurial company with limited liability
e. V. – registered non-profit organization
InvAG – investment joint-stock company

Unincorporated:
e. K./e. Kfm./e. Kffr. – registered individual entrepreneur
e. G./eG – registered partnership
GbR – simple partnership
KG – limited partnership
KGaA – joint-stock partnership in commendam
OHG – registered trading partnership
PartG – partnership uniting people of liberal professions

Besides, there are also plenty of mixed types of businesses in Germany that combine the aforementioned two categories (eg. AG & Co. KG; AG & Co. KGaA; GmbH & Co. KG; GmbH & Co. KGaA; GmbH & Co. OHG; UG & Co. KG). These are usually a type of a limited partnership, where a legal entity is fully responsible for a company’s debts.

We provide extracts from the register in strict compliance with the legislation of Federal Republic of Germany and the General Data Protection Regulation.

Inquiries are processed within one working day. Courier delivery of apostilled documents is paid separately by courier service tariffs.

You can order free preliminary availability check of required information on our website.

Apostille for extracts from commercial register of Germany

Germany acceded to the The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents on 15 December 1966.

Therefore, the documents issued in Germany are subject to a simplified apostilling procedure, thus the documents gain full legal value in Convention member states after notarised translation.

Apostilling usually takes about two weeks.

In addition, you can order notarised translation from the German language.

Do you have any questions about the offer? Contact us and arrange a free of charge consultation!

In our video we explain the definition and function of a commercial register and how you can verify the reliability and solvency of your foreign business partner.

Should you wish to check the sincerity of your foreign business partner’s request, Schmidt&Schmidt will gladly assist you.

We offer extracts from the commercial registers of more than 100 different registers in countries spread all around the globe. Additionally, we offer annual statements for a variety of companies. The original extract from any commercial register can be sent to you by mail or as a pdf-file via e-mail. Besides that, commercial register extracts can be authenticated with an apostille.

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