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.