Voluntary insurance in the statutory pension insurance; application

If you are not already insured under the statutory pension scheme, you can also make voluntary provision.



You can pay voluntary contributions to the pension insurance if you

  • have reached the age of 16 and
  • are not subject to compulsory insurance in the statutory pension insurance.

This applies to any person who has their residence or habitual abode in Germany. The requirements also apply to Germans who have their habitual residence abroad.


You can submit your application online, in person, or in writing.

Online application:

  • Please use the direct link included in the "Welcome Letter" or go to the Deutsche Rentenversicherung website.
  • On the website of the German Pension Insurance (DRV) under "Online Services" you will find detailed information on the process.
  • If you follow the link "Submit application", you will be guided through the further steps and can select the desired application.
  • Alternatively, you can use the online services with registration. For example, you can see right away which insurance periods have already been recorded. You also save time and do not have to re-enter data you already know.
  • Complete the application in full and upload the required documents.
  • Submit your application online.
  • You will receive a confirmation of submission.
  • The responsible pension insurance institution will review your application.
  • You will receive a decision on your application.

In-person application:

  • Compile the necessary documents for your application and make an appointment with the DRV.
  • When making an appointment online, your personal data and, if possible, your insurance number are required.
  • You can select a desired counseling center and your preferred appointment time. Depending on the availability of free appointments, you will receive a proposal for a binding counseling appointment.
  • During your personal consultation, your application will be recorded electronically and forwarded online to the responsible pension insurance institution.
  • The responsible pension insurance institution will review your application.
  • You will receive a decision on your application.

Written application:

  • Go to the DRV's website.
  • Download the application form you need.
  • You can also pick up the form in person at the information and advice centers.
  • Complete and sign the application form and attach the required documents.
  • Send all documents
    • send it by mail to your pension insurance provider or
    • hand it in at one of the local advice centers.
  • The responsible pension insurance institution will review your application.
  • You will receive a decision on your application.

A person you trust can also submit your application on your behalf. For this purpose, please submit a power of attorney to the pension insurance company. As long as the power of attorney is valid, the pension insurance company will only contact the person you have authorized.

If you give your consent to electronic communication, all correspondence can be done online. Either use the electronic mailbox under online services with registration or De-Mail.


  • Voluntary contributions must be paid by March 31 of the following year - in relation to the period for which they are to apply.
  • If the 31.03. falls on a Sunday or German public holiday or on a Saturday, the payment deadline ends at the end of the next working day.
  • It should be noted that the contribution values may change for contributions paid in the period from 01.01. to 31.03. for the previous year.

Processing time

Processing usually takes 1 month.

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    • You do not need to submit any documents.


  • There are no costs for you.


  • Appeal.
    Detailed information can be found in the notice of admission to or rejection of voluntary insurance.
  • Action before the Social Court.
    Detailed information can be found in the notice of appeal.


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