Claiming an old-age pension for miners who have worked underground for many years Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you have worked underground in the mining industry for a long time, you can apply for an old-age pension for miners who have worked underground for many years under certain conditions.

There are special pension regulations for miners. These include the "old-age pension for miners who have worked underground for many years". This old-age pension includes a benefit supplement for many years of underground work and is calculated from all entitlements under the general pension insurance and the miners' pension insurance.

When you can apply for your pension depends on the year in which you were born. The age limit for retirement is being raised in stages:

  • Year of birth from 1964: from age 62
  • Year of birth before 1964: increased to 62 years of age

You can find out which age limit applies to you in detail using the pension calculator of the German Pension Insurance.

Under certain conditions, you can retire at the age of 60. The prerequisite for this is that you

  • were born before 1 January 1964 and
  • the adjustment allowance for dismissed employees in the mining industry or
  • have received the miners' compensation benefit.

The qualifying period (minimum insurance period) for the old-age pension for miners who have worked underground for many years is 25 years. This includes not only permanent underground work but also months during which you received an adjustment allowance.

If you receive the old-age pension for long-time underground workers, you may earn up to EUR 6,300 per year in addition without your pension being reduced. If you earn more than this, your pension will be reduced.

  • valid identity card or passport
  • Evidence that is not recorded in the insurance history, for example:
    • Offset certificates
    • Evidence of periods of training
    • Proof of unemployment
    • Proof of periods of illness
  • when another person makes the application:
    • Power of attorney or
    • Decision of the court

Forms: yes

Online procedure possible: yes

Written form required: yes

Personal appearance required: no

Related Links

  • Online-Antrag der Altersrente für langjährig unter Tage beschäftigte Bergleute (ohne Registrierung)
  • Online-Antrag der Altersrente für langjährig unter Tage beschäftigte Bergleute (mit Registrierung)
  • Zwischengespeicherten Online-Antrag öffnen

Preconditions

  • You are at least 60 years old.
  • You have worked underground for a total of at least 25 years and paid contributions to the miners' pension insurance.

Related Links

  • § 40 Sechstes Buch Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB VI)
  • § 238 Sechstes Buch Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB VI)

Related Links

  • Informationen zur Rente für Bergleute auf der Internetseite der Deutschen Rentenversicherung
  • Informationen zur Antragstellung Ihrer Rente auf der Internetseite der Deutschen Rentenversicherung
  • Informationen zu Fachbegriffen aus Rente und Rehabilitation auf der Internetseite der Deutschen Rentenversicherung
  • Rentenbeginn- und Rentenhöhenrechner auf der Internetseite der Deutschen Rentenversicherung
  • Übersicht: Online-Dienste auf der Internetseite der Deutschen Rentenversicherung

You can apply for a pension for long-time underground miners in writing, in person, or online.

Written pension application:

  • Download the application form for the old-age pension for miners employed underground for many years on the website of the German Pension Insurance. Fill out the form completely and gather the required documents.
  • You can submit your completed and signed application with the required documents either:
  • send it by post to the Knappschaft-Bahn-See or
  • hand it in at one of the local advice centres.
  • When your pension application has arrived, you will receive a confirmation of receipt.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See will check your application for completeness and, if necessary, request any missing documents.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See will check that the conditions for your pension entitlement and your insurance history are complete. If necessary, it will clarify gaps in your insurance history.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See will also clarify other matters, such as your health insurance relationship, whether you earn additional income or receive an accident pension.
  • If you are entitled to an old-age pension at the desired start date, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start date, the start of the current payment and the amount. You will also be informed of your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the old-age pension at the requested pension start date, you will receive a rejection notice with the reason for the rejection.

Pension application via online procedure:

  • Go to the online portal of the German Pension Insurance and log in. You can use your signature card, your identity card with electronic proof of identity or your electronic residence permit for this purpose.
  • Fill out the form for the old-age pension for miners employed underground for many years and upload the necessary documents. Then submit your pension application online.
  • When your pension application has arrived, you will receive a confirmation of receipt.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See of the German Pension Insurance will check your application for completeness and, if necessary, request any missing documents.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See checks the conditions for your pension entitlement and the insurance history for completeness. If necessary, it will clarify gaps in your insurance history.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See will also clarify other matters, such as your health insurance relationship, whether you earn additional income or receive an accident pension.
  • If you are entitled to an old-age pension at the desired start date, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start date, the start of the current payment and the amount. You will also be informed of your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the old-age pension at the requested start date, you will receive a rejection notice stating the reason for the rejection.

Personal application during the consultation:

  • Put together the documents you need to make your application and make an appointment at an information and advice centre of the Deutsche Rentenversicherung.
  • During the consultation, your pension application will usually be recorded electronically and forwarded online.
  • When your pension application has been received, you will receive a confirmation of receipt.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See of the German Pension Insurance checks the application for completeness and, if necessary, requests missing documents.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See checks the conditions for your pension entitlement and the insurance history for completeness. If necessary, it will clarify any gaps in your insurance history.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See will also clarify other matters, such as your health insurance relationship, whether you earn additional income or receive an accident pension.
  • If you are entitled to an old-age pension at the desired start date, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start date, the start of the current payment and the amount. You will also be informed of your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the old-age pension at the requested start date, you will receive a rejection notice stating the reason for the rejection.

A person you trust can also submit the pension application on your behalf. Please submit a corresponding power of attorney to the Knappschaft-Bahn-See. As long as the power of attorney is valid, the Knappschaft-Bahn-See will only contact your authorized person.

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Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Last update or date of publication
02.12.2019