GwG-Identification for bank account in Germany

Identification and legitimacy verification for opening a bank account in Germany

If you want to open a bank account in a German financial institution, you are required to provide the appropriate identification and legitimacy verification. According to the German Money Laundering Act (Geldw√§schegesetz (GwG)), every natural person or legal entity wishing to open a German bank account (e.g. current account, deposit, and safe deposit box) needs to undergo an identity verification. Furthermore, in conformity with the German Tax Code (Abgabenordnung (AO)), a legitimacy verification is also demanded. According to an agreement between the German Banking Industry and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag (DIHK)), we are glad to be able to offer this service in China. 

Our service for you:

  • GwG-Identification and legitimacy verification of natural persons or authorized representatives of legal entities within one working day
  • Transmission of records and forwarding of copies of the necessary documents (Passport, ID) to the relevant banking institution in Germany

Important Reminder:

  • Due to the specific requirements of each banking institution, it is necessary to arrange an appointment in advance.
  • Costs for the GwG-Identification and legitimacy verification are usually covered by the German banking institution. Please contact the bank of your choosing in advance to clarify the exact terms.

Contact

Beijing

Contact

Maren Petry

Head of Sourcing & Sales Support;
Head of Fairs, Events and Delegations

+86-10-6539-6636
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Shanghai

Contact

YU Ling

Head, Visa Services

+86-21-3858-5201
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Qingdao

Contact

SHI Yunlin

Administration Officer and Marketing Manager

+86-532 6677-7509
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Guangzhou

Contact

Christian Engels

General Manager of German Industry & Commerce - Guangzhou

+86-(0)20 8755 2353
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