Application for an AUG-license in Germany

An AUG (AÜG)-license is required in order to oper­ate a labour leas­ing agency in Ger­many. This applies to indi­vid­u­als, asso­ci­a­tions with­out legal per­son­al­i­ty and com­mu­ni­ties of heirs, i.e. so-called groups of per­sons, part­ner­ships, such as gen­er­al part­ner­ships (‘OHG’) and lim­it­ed part­ner­ships (‘KG’) as well as legal enti­ties, such as pub­lic lim­it­ed com­pa­nies (‘AG’) or pri­vate lim­it­ed com­pa­nies (‘GmbH’).

In short: All staff leas­ing agen­cies and all sup­pli­ers occa­sion­al­ly assign­ing employ­ees from or with­in Ger­many need an ANÜ-license.

The Fed­er­al Employ­ment Agency (Bun­de­sagen­tur für Arbeit) issues the licenses.

The appli­ca­tion must be accom­pa­nied by the fol­low­ing doc­u­ments (in German):

  • Com­plet­ed appli­ca­tion form for a license to oper­ate a tem­po­rary employ­ment agency
  • Up-to-date extract from the com­mer­cial register
  • Part­ner­ship agreement
  • Busi­ness registration
  • Evi­dence of appli­ca­tion for an extract from police records for sub­mis­sion to the pub­lic authority
  • Infor­ma­tion from the cen­tral busi­ness register
  • Cer­tifi­cate from the employer’s lia­bil­i­ty insur­ance com­pa­ny (acci­dent insur­ance company)
  • Cer­tifi­cates of the health insur­ance com­pa­nies where the major­i­ty of employ­ees are ensured
  • Proof of liq­uid funds, such as imme­di­ate­ly avail­able cred­it bal­ances or bank con­fir­ma­tion of exist­ing cred­it facil­i­ties. Proof of min­i­mum funds of €10,000.00 must be sub­mit­ted to prove cred­it­wor­thi­ness. This applies to cas­es where up to five tem­po­rary employ­ees are to be employed. If more than five tem­po­rary employ­ees are to be employed, proof of liq­uid funds of €2,000.00 must be fur­nished for every employee.
  • Work con­tract model
  • Tem­po­rary employ­ment con­tract model

If the appli­cant agency does not have its reg­is­tered place of busi­ness in Ger­many, fur­ther doc­u­ments must be sub­mit­ted from case to case, such as police records from the home coun­try or a license to oper­ate a tem­po­rary employ­ment agency under the laws of the home coun­try or infor­ma­tion that such a license is not required there.

Term of validity of the AÜG-license

The term of the ger­man AUG license is lim­it­ed to one year (sec. 2 (4) sen­tence 1 of the Ger­man Law on Tem­po­rary Employ­ment (AÜG, Arbeit­nehmerüber­las­sungs­ge­setz). The appli­ca­tion for renew­al must be sub­mit­ted no lat­er than three months before the license expires (sec 2 (4) sen­tence 2 AÜG).

Dur­ing the first three years, the Fed­er­al Employ­ment Agency (Bun­de­sagen­tur für Arbeit) audits the agency reg­u­lar­ly, often once a year.

If the tem­po­rary employ­ment agency has oper­at­ed cor­rect­ly and with­out com­plaints for three years, the Fed­er­al Employ­ment Agency can issue an open-end license (sec. 2 (5) sen­tence 1 AÜG).

Notwith­stand­ing the fact that minor vio­la­tions of legal oblig­a­tions do not oppose this, the Fed­er­al Employ­ment Agency pur­sues a more restric­tive practice.

Practical tip

It is often a mat­ter of luck whether an open-end license is grant­ed at the first attempt since there is no such thing as com­plete­ly unob­jec­tion­able work. In the event of dis­putes, it is often advis­able to sub­mit a detailed state­ment before the hear­ing rather than rely­ing on the out­come of appeal pro­ceed­ings after an open-end license was denied. If good rea­sons are giv­en in the hear­ing, there is still a chance that some offi­cials may change their mind which is usu­al­ly no longer pos­si­ble in appeal pro­ceed­ings. A law­suit is not an alter­na­tive, because a new appli­ca­tion for an open-end license after anoth­er year has expired is a much faster option.

The sup­pli­er is not oblig­ed to apply for an open-end license after three years. For cost rea­sons alone, many com­pa­nies do not apply for an open-end license. How­ev­er, an open-end license is also an indi­ca­tion of the agency’s good stand­ing for many cus­tomers, so that most agen­cies con­sid­er such a license to be desirable.


The open-end license expires if the tem­po­rary employ­ment agency has not made use of it for three years (sec. 2 (5) sen­tence 2 AÜG).


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Our ser­vices:

  • Cor­re­spon­dence with the “Bun­de­sagen­tur für Arbeit” as the com­pe­tent licens­ing authority
  • Sup­port in obtain­ing the nec­es­sary appli­ca­tion doc­u­ments and require­ments in Germany
  • Sup­port in set­ting up a com­pa­ny with regard to labor leas­ing leasing
  • Pro­vi­sion of sam­ple con­tracts, cus­tomised on request
  • Advice on spe­cif­ic indus­try-relat­ed issues (health, IT, engi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion, security)
  • Han­dling of the entire appli­ca­tion procedure