Digital application of the sales tax identification number

Mini series: All about the VAT ID number – part 10.

In this multi-part series of articles, we would like to introduce you to what a VAT ID (USt-ID) is. In addition, we would like to cover interesting and worth knowing topics around the topic of USt-ID and shed some light on the subject.

We hope you enjoy reading!

Digital application for the VAT ID.

The application for the USt-ID can be made electronically via the pages of the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt). In principle, it should be noted independently when submitting the application that the VAT ID is only issued upon written application.

The application must contain the following information:

    • Name and address of the applicant,
    • Tax office where the company is registered,
    • Tax number under which the company is kept,

The contact form of the BZSt for electronic application can be reached at the following link: “Vergabe der USt-IdNr.”. In order to speed up processing and facilitate queries on the part of the BZSt, we recommend that you provide your telephone number.

If the application is submitted electronically, it will be processed within 48 hours.

The prerequisite for successful processing of your application is that you are listed as a VAT entrepreneur with your responsible tax office.

Alternative application.

In addition to the electronic application, directly via the BZSt website, an application can also be submitted non-electronically as before. The application form can be downloaded from the form management server of the tax authorities.

The form management system with the “Application for issuance or resending of an already issued
VAT identification number” can be found at the following link:

What to do in case of incorrect information?

A change to the data stored for your VAT ID can only be initiated via your responsible tax office. As soon as your tax office has changed the data, it will automatically transmit the changed data to the BZSt.