Parental allowance; application

You can apply for parental allowance if you primarily want to care for your child yourself after the birth and are therefore not employed or not employed full-time.

Description

Prerequisites

You can apply for parental allowance if you

  • have your residence or habitual abode in Germany,
  • live in a household with your child and care for and raise it yourself,
  • after the birth you do not work or do not work full time (for births from September 1, 2021 max. 32 hours per week, for births up to and including August 31, 2021 max. 30 hours per week),
  • did not have a taxable income exceeding 250,000 euros in the last completed assessment period. For parent couples, the limit is €300,000 (for births up to and including August 31, 2021, the limit is €500,000).

Procedure

Parental allowance can be applied for in writing or online. Each parent can apply for parental allowance once. The respective application can be changed until the end of the parental allowance, but only for the future or for monthly amounts not yet paid out.

Months in which ElterngeldPlus was already drawn can also be subsequently converted into basic parental allowance months.

Special notes

Changes to personal data must be notified to the responsible office using the forms provided (see under "Forms").

Deadlines

Parental allowance can be claimed from the birth of the child at the earliest. It is paid according to months of life.

Payment is made retroactively only for three months of life before the month of application.

Processing time

approx. 4-6 weeks

Required documents

  • Birth certificate or birth certificate of your child

  • Proof of income

  • Certificate of receipt of maternity benefit

  • Certificate of the employer's allowance

  • Confirmation of working hours in the event of employment during parental allowance receipt

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Elterngeld
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Änderungsmitteilung Elterngeld/Familiengeld
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

Online procedures

  • Elterngeld online

    The procedure offers you the possibility to apply for parental allowance online at the Zentrum Bayern Familie und Soziales.

Remedy

Opposition proceedings

Links to more information

Status:20.06.2023

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

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