Registering a branch office of a sole trader with a principal place of business abroad

A branch office can be considered for foreign sole traders whose main office would have to be entered in the commercial register under German law if it were located in Germany. The name can be the same as that of the main branch.

A completely independent company name would be inadmissible. Usually, an addition is made to the name of the main branch (example: "Musterhandel, Zweigniederlassung Dresden").

The registration is made by a notary public at the registry court in whose district the branch office is established by

  • the sole trader,
  • or the authorized signatory with power of attorney.

For the branch office, a trade must also be registered with the trade office of the respective city or municipality.

Single Point of Contact

For this procedure, you can use the service of the Single Point of Contact (Einheitlicher Ansprechpartner). They will guide you through the administrative procedure, take care of correspondence with all the offices responsible for your request and will be available to you as a competent advisor.

Contact point

A notary's office of your choice

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

Keine zuständige Stelle vorhanden.

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


Insofar as foreign law does not require any deviations, the provisions for principal establishments or branches at the registered office of the Company shall apply. This applies to

  • registrations,
  • announcements and
  • changes to facts to be registered that affect the branch office.

Please contact the notary or the single point of contact for more information.


To make the application, contact a notary public.

  • The notary will advise you on the formulation of the application.
  • The application is made exclusively by electronic means, for this purpose a publicly certified document is created.
  • The declaration is provided with an electronic signature (within the meaning of § 39a Beurkundungsgesetz / BeurkG) and sent to the electronic court and administrative mailbox of the registry court.

You will receive a notification of the registration made.


In the event of significant changes to the details of your partnership, the entry in the register should be corrected immediately by a notary.

Required documents

  • Proof of the existence of the principal place of business with a certified translation into German.

In addition, further details / evidence:

  • Company name and company suffix (if available)
  • Place and domestic business address of the branch office
  • First name, surname and date of birth of the sole trader
  • Business purpose
  • if applicable, power of attorney of the authorized representative (Prokurist/in)

Further documents may be required in individual cases.


  • Fee for registration according to the Law on Court and Notary Fees in connection with the Regulation on Fees in Commercial, Partnership and Cooperative Register Matters
  • Expenses for the public announcement

Release note

Saxon State Ministry of Justice. 29.12.2019