Money Laundering Prevention - Apply for Exemption from the Duty to appoint a Money Laundering Officer

As an obligated party under the Money Laundering Act (GwG), you may be obliged to appoint a money laundering officer at management level and a deputy.

Under certain conditions, you can be exempted from the obligation to appoint a money laundering officer upon application. It must be ensured that even without a money laundering officer, all obligations specified in the Money Laundering Act are complied with.

In the "Fact sheet: Risk-based organisational measures" (under "More information") you will find further detailed advice and practical examples on risk management.

  1. As an obliged party, you apply for exemption from the obligation to appoint a money laundering officer to the relevant competent authority.
  2. Your application will be examined by the competent authority.
  3. You will first receive a fee notice and must pay the administrative fee.
  4. After payment, you will receive the final decision from the competent authority.


  • Obliged parties according to the Money Laundering Act
    Only natural or legal persons who are active as:
    1. financial enterprises
    2. insurance intermediaries domiciled abroad, insofar as they maintain branches in Germany
    3. service providers for companies and for trust assets or trustees, if they provide the services specified in § 2 section 1 no. 13 GwG to third parties
    4. real estate agents
    5. bookmakers
    6. casinos
    7. operator of a betting agency
    8. commodity dealers, art brokers and art warehouse keepers, insofar as the warehousing takes place in duty-free zones
    are authorised to apply.
  • Clear internal communication
    The flow of information regarding the issue of money laundering prevention must be ensured within the company, especially with a structure based on the division of labour. The staff must be adequately informed and instructed.
  • Other safety measures
    Other precautions must be taken in accordance with the risk analysis to prevent business relationships and transactions that may be related to money laundering or terrorist financing.

Documents required

  • Application for exemption from the duty to appoint an anti-money laundering officer
    Online possible; or you submit an application in text form by post.
    • For the online application: Please have all required documents and evidence ready to upload in PDF, JPG, JPEG or PNG format.
  • Evidence of eligibility to submit an application
    Applicants for exemption are:
    • Members of the management level: With proof of the extract from the commercial register or shareholders' agreement or.
    • Current money laundering officers, if applicable: With proof of their appointment or.
    • Externally commissioned third parties: With submission of the contract on the outsourcing of internal safeguards or.
    • Legal advisors: With presentation of an original power of attorney of the representative relating to the individual case.
  • Risk analysis
    assessment of the individual company and product-related risk; internal safety measures derived that make the appointment of an anti-money laundering officer dispensable.
  • Up to date excerpt from the Trade Register, if applicable
    Registered companies are required to submit an up to date excerpt from the Trade Register when applying. Legal entities that are in the process of being established (GmbH, AG) are required to submit their partnership agreement or statutes.


EUR 158.00 to EUR 1,580.00, depending on the administrative effort

Average time to process request

approx. up to 6 weeks

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