Prostitutes; registration of activity

If you wish to work as a prostitute, you must register with the competent authority.


The registration of the activity as a prostitute or as a prostitute must be made prior to the commencement of the activity and in person at the authority in whose jurisdiction you primarily wish to carry out your activity.

Prostitutes are persons who provide sexual services. A sexual service is a sexual act performed by at least one person on or in front of at least one other person immediately present for remuneration or the allowing of a sexual act to be performed on or in front of one's own person for remuneration. Sexual services do not include performances of an exclusively performing nature in which no other of the persons present is actively sexually involved.

When you register, you will receive important information about and advice on working as a prostitute or as a prostitute in an information and counselling interview.

The information and counselling interview must include at least:

  1. Basic information on the legal situation under the Prostitute Protection Act, under the Prostitution Act and on other regulations relevant to the practice of prostitution that apply to the practice of prostitution in the territorial jurisdiction of the authority,
  2. basic information on insurance in the event of illness and social security in the event of employment,
  3. information on health and social counselling services, including pregnancy counselling services,
  4. information on the availability of help in emergency situations, and
  5. Information on the existing tax liability of the activity taken up and the obligations to be fulfilled in this connection under turnover and income tax law.

You will receive a certificate of registration (registration certificate). The registration certificate is valid for two years for persons 21 years of age or older who are required to register, and for one year for persons under 21 years of age who are required to register. It can be renewed after its validity has expired.

You can also have an alias certificate issued. Instead of your first and last name, this contains an alias of your own choice, i.e. a name you have chosen to use in your work.

You must always carry the original registration certificate with you when carrying out your activities. You may not operate as a prostitute or prostitute without a registration certificate. Anyone who engages in prostitution without a registration certificate or with an invalid registration certificate is committing an administrative offence. This can be punished with a fine of up to 1,000 euros.


The obligation to register exists irrespective of whether the activity is carried out on a self-employed basis or as part of an employment relationship.

The registration certificate may not be issued if

  1. the required information and evidence are not available, in particular evidence of health consultation having taken place,
  2. the person is under 18 years of age
  3. the person is an expectant mother in the last six weeks before childbirth at the time of registration,
  4. the person is under 21 years of age and there are indications that he or she is being or will be induced by third parties to engage in or continue prostitution, or
  5. if there are indications that the person is being or is to be induced into prostitution by third parties by taking advantage of a situation of coercion, of his or her helplessness connected with his or her residence in a foreign country or of his or her personal or economic dependence, or that the person is being or is to be exploited by third parties.


You must register in person with the authority in whose area of responsibility you primarily wish to carry out your activity.

The personal registration and the information and counselling interview should be conducted in a confidential setting.

During the counselling interview, the competent authority shall provide the prostitute with information on the practice of prostitution in an appropriate form. The information should be written in a language that the prostitute understands.

As proof that registration has taken place, the competent authority shall issue a certificate of registration to the person required to register.


You must register your activity before starting it.

Processing time

Pursuant to Section 5 (1) of the Prostitution Protection Act (ProstSchG), the competent authority shall issue a certificate of registration to the person subject to registration within five working days as proof that registration has taken place.

Required documents

  • Identity card, passport, substitute passport or substitute identity card
  • two photographs

    (recent photographs without border, 45 mm high and 35 mm wide)

  • Evidence of health counselling provided
  • where applicable, proof that you are entitled to pursue an activity as an employed or self-employed person

    (only foreign nationals who are not entitled to freedom of movement)


    • 35 euros for the issue of a certificate of registration
    • 35 Euro for the issue of an alias certificate


Administrative court proceedings; information

administrative claim

Links to more information

  • Prostituiertenschutzgesetz

    DDie Internetseite des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Familie, Arbeit und Soziales enthält neben grundsätzlichen Informationen zum ProstSchG auch eine Übersicht über die in Bayern für die Erlaubnisausstellung zuständigen Stellen.

Status: 20.08.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Familie, Arbeit und Soziales

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