Renew registration of prostitution activity

Anyone who pursues prostitution in Germany is obliged to register with the authorities. The registration must be extended or renewed for persons between 18 and 21 years of age after one year; for persons older than 21 years, after two years.

Since the entry into force of the Prostitute Protection Act on 1 July 2017, binding regulations for the practice of prostitution have applied nationwide. Anyone who pursues prostitution in Germany is obliged to register with the authorities and to seek health advice in advance. The registration must be extended or renewed for persons between 18 and 21 years of age after one year; for persons older than 21 years, after two years.  

The obligation to register and provide advice applies without exception to all people who provide sexual services for remuneration.

Health advice and registration must be provided in person. A certificate will be issued for the registration. This is valid nationwide.

  • Certificate of health advice (not older than 3 months)
  • Identity card, passport, passport or ID substitute
  • If you have a foreign nationality and are not entitled to freedom of movement, you must prove that you have permission to pursue employment or self-employment in Germany.
  • 2 passport photos

Hints

Both certificates - registration certificate and certificate of health advice - must always be carried with you when practicing prostitution. Anyone who is unable to present any or invalid certificates during inspections must expect fines.

Related Links

  • ยง 3 Prostitute Protection Act - ProstSchG
  • In Lower Saxony, free health advice is provided by the lower health authorities or health authorities. A consultation appointment should be arranged here.
  • An appointment should also be made for the renewal of the registration certificate at the regulatory authority of the district or district-free city.

Related Links

  • The responsible health authority or the responsible regulatory authority for the registration can be found at

Responsible for the content
Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

Last update or date of publication
25.05.2021