apply for a licence to carry letters Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you want to transport letters commercially, you need a postal licence. You can apply for one from the Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway.

If you want to carry letters, i.e. addressed written messages of no more than 1,000 grams, commercially for others, you need a postal licence.

Carriage means

  • collect,
  • forwarding or
  • deliver

of mail.

To obtain the licence, you must submit an application to the Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway.



  • Certificate of good conduct for submission to an authority of the management
  • Information from the commercial register of the management
  • Information from the debtors' register of the management
  • Declaration of criminal and investigative proceedings of the management board
  • Balance sheet documents
  • Copy of the business registration
  • Registration certificate of the statutory accident insurance institution
  • Proof of business premises and business premises

Depending on the applicant and the type and scope of business activity, you may have to submit further documents and evidence.

  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

Related Links

  • Elektronisches Antragsverfahren
  • Lizenzantrag in Papierform "Antrag auf Erteilung einer Postlizenz gemäß § 6 Postgesetz (PostG)"
  • Hinweise zum Lizenzantrag in Papierform

Preconditions

  • They possess the necessary capability, reliability and expertise.
  • The commencement of an activity subject to licensing does not endanger public safety or order.
  • You comply with the essential working conditions that are customary in the licensed sector.
  • You provide assurance that you have the means of production necessary to set up and operate the licensed activity.
  • You are reliable, meaning that you will comply with the law.
  • You have professional competence, i.e. you guarantee that the persons working in the exercise of the licence rights will have the necessary knowledge, experience and skills.

Related Links

  • § 6 Absatz 1 Postgesetz (PostG)
  • § 7 Postgesetz (PostG)

Related Links

  • Informationen zur Lizenzpflicht auf der Internetseite der Bundesnetzagentur

You can submit the application electronically or in paper form.

Electronic application procedure:

  • Open the electronic application procedure on the website of the Federal Network Agency.
  • Follow all the steps and complete the form.
  • Attach the necessary attachments. You can upload the attachments as a file.
  • Submit the application electronically.
  • The Federal Network Agency will review your application.
  • You will receive a written decision.

Paper procedure:

  • Open the website of the Federal Network Agency and download the "Application for a postal licence pursuant to Section 6 of the Postal Act (PostG)".
  • Fill out the application. This can be completed directly on the computer.
  • Print out the completed application, sign it and send it together with the required documents to the Federal Network Agency for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway. You can send the application to the Federal Network Agency by e-mail, fax or letter.
  • The Federal Network Agency will examine your application.
  • You will receive a written decision.

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Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Last update or date of publication
13.07.2021