Legal services based on special expertise: Debt collection services - Registration

Anyone wishing to provide business collection services must register this activity in the Legal Services Register.

If you wish to provide collection services on a business basis, you must register this activity in the Legal Services Register . Debt collection service is the collection of third-party debts or claims assigned for the purpose of collection for the account of third parties if the collection of receivables is operated as an independent business.

It can be registered who is personally suitable and reliable for the exercise of the activity as well as having a special expertise (theoretical and practical) and proving this accordingly. Important benchmarks for the required reliability are

  • the previous life (in particular any criminal offences) and
  • the economic conditions.

Registration may be subject to conditions or subject to conditions. Requirements can be arranged or changed at any time.

The application shall be accompanied in particular by:

  • Summary of the vocational training course and the previous exercise of the profession,
  • Certificate of good conduct pursuant to § 30 (5) of the Federal Central Register Act,
  • Declaration of whether insolvency proceedings are pending or whether an entry in a list of debtors has taken place in the last three years before the application was filed (§ 26 para. 2 of the Insolvency Code, § 915 of the Code of Civil Procedure),
  • a declaration as to whether registration or admission to the bar has been refused, withdrawn or revoked or whether an exclusion from the legal profession has taken place in the three years preceding the application and, if so, a copy of the decision,
  • documents proving theoretical and practical expertise,
  • Proof of professional indemnity insurance.

Application forms can be obtained via the Justice Portal "Announcement Platform for Out-of-Court Legal Services".

Related Links

  • Applications forms


Anyone who is legally established in another Member State of the European Union or in another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) for the purpose of practising a profession related to the provision of legal services may, under certain conditions, exercise this profession temporarily and occasionally in Germany.

General information on courts and judicial authorities can also be found on the website of the state government of Schleswig-Holstein.

  • Information on courts and judicial authorities
  • §§ 5, 10, 12, 13, 15 Act on Extrajudicial Legal Services (Legal Services Act - RDG),
  • §§ 4, 5 Act on Costs in Matters of Administration of Justice (Justice Administration Costs Act - JVKostG).

Related Links

  • Legal Services Act - RDG
  • JVKostG

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