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NEW: Apply for child support online without printing and signature

May 19, 2022

The Family Fund offers parents a new service: as of now, you can apply for child benefit after the birth of a child using the ELSTER certificate completely paperless and conveniently online.

Previously, it was already possible for customers of the Family Fund to complete a child benefit application online via the Internet portal - however, this then had to be printed out and signed before being submitted. What is new is that you can submit the application via the ELSTER certificate without printing it out and signing it by hand. The application for child benefit is thus transmitted completely electronically to the family benefits office.

The use of ELSTER is optional for you - you can continue to fill out the application for child benefit at birth online without this certificate and submit it signed in paper form.

Good to know: An ELSTER certificate can be requested electronically from the tax office and provides the highest level of protection and security for the transmission of confidential data. Info at

All the latest information on child benefit as well as on the child supplement can be found online at

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