Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration
Bank Account, Insurance & Taxes Setting Up a Current Account (Girokonto)
A current account is necessary and useful for many important matters (in particular to pay your bills without using cash).
Hamburg Welcome Portal – Living - Bank Account, Insurance & Taxes – Current Account
To set up a current account, in general you need the following documents:
- your passport
- your residence registration confirmation
- a salary certificate from your employer
- your residence permit
The bank will accomplish an identification check. Setting up a current account is a personal affair (exception: persons with parental responsibility filling in for underaged children).
Please ask several banks for further details (e.g. bank charges) and specific offers.
In addition, most banks offer online banking.