One of the great things about living in Germany is that if you are covered by public health care, then all of your dependents are covered for free. Signing them up is pretty simple.

Please keep in mind: Dependents are only covered for free if they are not earning an income of more than €470/month. This applies for both spouses and children. 


Update: If you received a TK log-in link via post, you can now sign up your dependents super easily by visiting the following link:

If you did not receive a link via post, then proceed to the article below.


Here's how it works.

Step 1: Sign yourself up for TK. You can do this easily and in English by using our online 2-minute TK signup. Keep in mind that you cannot sign up a dependent until after you've been successfully covered by TK.

Step 2: Receive your TK insurance number.

Step 3: Download and complete the dependents form.  Click the link below to download the PDF.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • The application must be signed, otherwise it will not be processed.

  • The person already insured must be entered in the right corner of the application. See image.

  • If you are insuring you spouse, then a marriage certificate is necessary. Please send a scan or high quality photo.

  • A birth certificate is required for insuring children. Please send a scan or high quality photo.

  • For children under 15 years old, an ID photo is not required.

Step 4: Send application and other documents (if necessary)

The last step is to send off all the documents to TK for coverage by sending an email to

Important: If you need to get coverage for your child or spouse urgently, it is best to go to a local TK office as they will be able to assist you quickly. 

To see an example of a dependent application, click below.

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