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Company Register 50% open


What data is expected?

List of registered (limited liability) companies. The submissions in this data category do not need to include detailed financial data such as balance sheet, etc. Open data from company registers may be used for many ends: e.g. enabling customers and businesses to see with whom they deal, or to see where a company has registered offices. This definition draws on the work of OpenCorporates.

  • Name of company
  • Company address
  • Unique identifier of the company
  • Register available for entire country

How open is the data?

no detailed information regarding updates

Company data are available online and free of charge on the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority website under "database of companies". Although there is a Search feature, if you leave the "Company / Institute" search field blank, you will get a complete list of all companies / institutes listed in the database, or all companies / institutes in a particular category. You can also use the letter fields to filter companies with their respective initial letters. "Other" filters companies that start with numbers, umlauts or special characters. Data are given in .HTML format once company name is selected, and include Name, Address, and ID number. The contents and documents accessible via the website of BaFin may in principle be stored, passed on and reproduced. If the contents or documents are different, the content is different. The transmission or duplication is only permitted with a clear indication of the source. Update frequency of data is not provided. Data are also found on the Common register portal of the German federal states. These are available through a search mask and one needs to know the name of an entity in order to find it. Selecting "UT – Entity" from the results, Company name, HRB number and address are given in .HTML format. One then has the option of buying further company information and documents in .PDF. It is stated that the relevance to the current situation of the data you can view in the register is guaranteed. You will receive authentic data from the official register, because a search is always performed among the real-time data of the register of companies. However, the data viewed and retrieved by the subscriber may be used only for informational purposes. Use of the data to create one's own register as a counterpart to the Trade Register is not permitted. The subscriber is bound to refrain from creating or maintaining his own register as a counterpart to the Trade Register and from providing the data retrieved to anyone for such purposes. The subscriber is also bound to limit the frequency of his recalls to 60 in the hour. He may otherwise expect a temporary block of his user ID. If the user is able to prove that he has a justified reason for accessing the data more frequently it is also possible upon prior consultation with the Register Portal service department to obtain permission for additional access time for a limited period. For data retrievals from federal states in which he is not charged the subscriber is additionally bound to use the retrieved data only for those purposes for which fees are not levied and not to pass on the data to third parties. Another source is the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia represented by the Ministry of Justice - Register notices website, under the "Find Announcement" feature. Again, data are available through a search mask where Company names, HRB numbers ("HR" means "Handelsregister" - the Commercial Register. Section B is the part of the register where records of limited companies are maintained) and address are given in .HTML in the Announcements. Update frequency and type of license is unknown. Lastly, it may be worth noting that the Company Register - The central platform for the storage of company data website provides only Name, District Court, HRB, Status, but no address:

Data location - Federal Financial Supervisory Authority - database of companies - Common register portal of the German federal states - Register notices - Find Announcement
Data licence
Data format   HTML
Reviewer   Evangelia Kampouri
Submitters   anonymous
Last modified   Sat Dec 17 2016 13:33:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)



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