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Register, records and directories

As part of the business establishment, you need to get your company registered in registers, records or directories, which are specific to the industry.

The object of the registers, records and directories is to provide legal safety.

You will find access to the relevant Rheinland Pfalz registers below:
Bundeszentralregister (Federal Central Register)

The Federal Central Register lists decisions passed by the courts, law enforcement and administrative authorities, who must be notified according to the Federal Central Register Act. The so-called criminal record certificate, extended criminal record certificate or official (extended) criminal record certificate may be requested from the Federal Central Register.
(This link leads to a range of information that is available in German and English)

Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt-Register (German Patent and Trade Mark Office Register)

In the German Patent and Trademark Office Register you can search for applied, registered and granted intellectual property rights and receive the current legal and administrative status.
(This link leads to a range of information that is available in German and English)

Gewerbezentralregister (Central Trade Register)

The Central Trade Register is managed as a special section of the Federal Central Register at the German Federal Office of Justice.
(This link leads to a range of information that is available in German and English)

Unlike suggested by the name, not all traders in the Federal Republic of Germany are stored here. Instead, it contains administrative decisions (commercial bans, withdrawal of licences, franchises, etc.), waivers of permission for a trade or other economic enterprise during withdrawal or revocation proceedings, decisions imposing fines for offences committed in the context of business operations (if the fixed fine exceeds € 200.00) and specific, legally binding criminal court convictions against traders.

Commercial, Cooperative and Partnership Register

In the common register portal of the German states you will find the Commercial, Cooperative and Partnership Register and partly, the Register of Associations of all German states as well as the register notices (publications).
(This link leads to a range of information that is available in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish)

Rechtsdienstleistungsregister (Legal Services Register)

The Legal Services Register provides the state administration of justice departments with a platform for information on the provision of legal services. The notification platform is divided into the areas of registrations and prohibitions.
(This link leads to a range of information that is available in German and English)

In the area of registrations, legal services in the areas of collection services, pension counselling, legal services in a foreign jurisdiction and registered licensees are notified.

In the area of prohibitions, people, who are prohibited from further provision of legal services are notified.

The following links give you access to the relevant records of the State of Rheinland Pfalz:
Handwerksrolle (Register of qualified craftsmen)

If you want to operate a registrable trade as a fixed trade, you must be registered in the register of craftsmen. The registration is possible for individuals and legal entities as well as partnerships. However, there is also a directory for non-registrable trades.

The registration is done at the concerned Chamber of Crafts and Trade. You can find the Chamber of Crafts and Trade responsible for you in Germany on the central website of the Chambers of Crafts and Trade.
(This link leads to ranges of information that are only available in German)

The following links give you access to the relevant directories of the State of Rheinland-Pfalz:
Architektenliste (List of architects)

All architects in Germany, who may hold this protected designation are professionally organised compulsory members in the Chambers of Architects of the respective states.

The Rheinland-Pfalz Chamber of Architects maintains a corresponding list of its members. It allows search of architects by town, region or subject.

In addition, the Rheinland-Pfalz Chamber of Architects maintains a list of foreign professionals and foreign professional companies, , which are based in other EU countries and perform their services in Rheinland-Pfalz based on EU Directives, 85/384/EEC (Architects Directive) and 89/48/EEC (Graduation Directive).

(These links lead to ranges of information that are only available in German)

Ingenieurlisten (Lists of engineers)

The Chamber of Engineers maintains lists of consulting engineers, engineers authorised to provide the required construction documentation, competent persons in accordance with Section 110 subsection 2 sentence 2 State Water Act and publicly appointed surveyors.

The Rheinland-Pfalz Chamber of Engineers also maintains other specialised lists (e.g. engineers specialising in energy efficiency, acoustic and thermal insulation, fire protection).

Persons, who are established in another Member State of the European Union or an equivalent State under the law of the European Communities and are authorised to provide construction documents there or are entitled to provide proof of stability analysis must notify the Rheinland-Pfalz Chamber of Engineers of their first-time operation. In this case, the chamber maintains a separate directory.

(These links lead to ranges of information that are only available in German)