Apply for a permit for the temporary export of national cultural property

Service Description

You need a license to export national cultural property from Germany (Sections 22, 25 and 26 of the Cultural Property Protection Act). Cultural property includes, for example, works of art, archaeological objects, archival materials, manuscripts or antiques such as furniture, musical instruments or jewelry.

National cultural property is cultural property that is

  • is entered in a register of nationally valuable cultural property,
  • is publicly owned and held by a public institution that preserves cultural property (e.g. a museum, archive, library),
  • is owned and held by a cultural property preservation institution (e.g., museum, archive, library) that is predominantly financed by public grants, or
  • is part of a federal or state art collection.

You can apply for the permit at the competent authority. A distinction is made between permanent and temporary export. The export is temporary if it is for a period of time limited from the beginning, not exceeding 5 years.

You apply for a permit for the temporary export of national cultural property in writing to the competent authority of the federal state,

  • in whose register of nationally valuable cultural assets the cultural asset is entered, or
    • if the cultural property is not registered, in the federal state in which the cultural property is located at the time of application.

If you are a legal entity, your head office in the federal territory is decisive for the local jurisdiction.

You can apply in writing to the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media for a license for the permanent export of national cultural property (Section 23 of the Cultural Property Protection Act).

Note: You can also use a new online procedure in pilot operation to apply for export licenses for cultural property. The online procedure includes an optional pre-check to determine, based on a few questions, whether an export license is needed in a specific case. In general, you no longer have to select the correct application yourself; it is determined automatically on the basis of the information provided. The pilot operation serves to further test and optimize the procedure. At the same time, the procedure is to be expanded by the end of 2022 so that it will also be possible to issue the permit digitally.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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