Are you starting a job and your employer is asking you for your SVNR number? Well, if you don't speak German and you don't know what Sozialversicherungsnummer means, then you might be completely lost.
So, what's a Sozialversicherungsnummer?
Fortunately, it's not that difficult. Your Sozialversicherungsnummer (SVNR) is your German pension number. Everyone in Germany who is employed needs an SVNR. This number keeps track of what your employer is paying into your pension. This number is unique and will stay with you for all your life.
Anytime you start a new job, your employer will ask you for this number. Oftentimes, you will not be able to start at your new company until you give them your SVNR.
Read more about the SVNR on our blog.
As a dependent spouse or even as a child, one is able to receive an SVNR.
Even Mini Jobbers who choose to pay into pension insurance can get an SVNR by requesting it through the pension institution.
How do I get my SVNR?
Usually, people get their SVNR automatically when they sign up for public health insurance. But if you're signing up for private insurance, then the system is a little different. You or your employer will have to request the SVNR.
Luckily, if you’re signing up for private insurance, we’ve simplified this step for you. By using the link below, you can request the SVR directly from the officials. They will send it to you by post at your registered address. Please note that this can take up to 3 weeks.