Identification and legitimacy verification for opening a bank account in Germany (Legitimations /Identitätsprüfung)

If you want to open a bank account, deposit bonds or use a safe deposit box in a German financial institution, you are required to provide the appropriate identification and legitimacy verification. According to the revised German Money Laundering Act (Geldwäschegesetz - GwG) of 2008, every person and legal entity needs to undergo an identity verification. The German Chamber of Commerce and industry in Japan (AHK Japan) provides the verification of necessary documents as a service for private and corporate accounts.

Required documents

Private accounts

  • Form for identity verification, provided by the financial institute you want to apply to
  • Valid passport
  • Japanese certificate of residence (Juminhyou), issued within the last 3 months 
  • Abstract from the Japanese family register (Koseki), issued within the last 3 months

Corporate account

  • Form for identity verification, provided by the financial institute you want to apply to
  • Japanese company registration, issued within the last 3 months
  • Valid passport of an authorized representative
  • Japanese certificate of residence of an authorized representative (Juminhyou), issued within the last 3 months 
  • Abstract from the Japanese family register (Koseki) of an authorized representative, issued within the last 3 months

In the case that there is more than one authorized representative at the company, please provide the passport, certificate of residence and abstract from the family register for all authorized representatives (up to five persons). 

Reservation slots

Every week on Thursday, except during holidays, 09:30-12:00

An appointment is necessary. 

The future account holder needs to come personally

Fee for private accounts

6,000 JPY (We cannot pay any change. Please bring the exact amount).

The German credit institutions often reimburse the fee for the identification and the legitimation check. Please check with your selected institution in advance.

Fee for corporate accounts

Charged according to effort (Please ask for an offer in advance)

Contact

Ms. OTSUKA, Chihaya (DEinternational)
+81 (0)3-5276-8824
cotsuka(at)dihkj.or.jp