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How to get a social security number (AMKA) in Greece

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

The AMKA (Social Security Number) is in essence the employment and insurance ID of every employee, pensioner and dependent family member in Greece. A valid AMKA number is required for all transactions regarding employment, insurance, pensions, and benefits in Greece for both nationals and non nationals.

With a valid AMKA number, services will be easier and faster in all your transactions concerning employment and insurance such as starting new employment and social insurance, paying your insurance contributions, issuing or renewing your health booklet, getting your pension or any benefits you may be entitled to.

The necessary documentation for foreign nationals is as follows:

  • The expatriate ID card or ID card (equivalent to a Greek ID card), or passport.

  • A family status certificate, officially translated into Greek when an ID card or passport are not available, or when these documents do not contain the necessary details required for registration.

  • For underage individuals born in Greece, a birth certificate is required.

Step 1: Preparing documentation

The first step in obtaining your AMKA (Social Security Number) is to check that you have all the necessary documents and proofs. Before you visit your local EFKA branch, it is important to make sure you have everything you need. We recommend calling your local EFKA branch or the Citizen's helpline 1555 ahead of your visit in order to confirm your eligibility, necessary documentation, as well as to book a scheduled appointment for your AMKA application.

Step 2: Visiting you local EFKA branch

You will need to apply in person by visiting your local EFKA branch. Most EFKA branches in Greece are open to the public from 8 am until 2 pm. You can find your nearest EFKA branch on their website by clicking here.

Step 3: Receiving your AMKA number

The last step is to wait for the application to be processed and verified by the Greek authorities. Once your application for an AMKA number has been accepted, you will be contacted to collect your AMKA certificate by your local EFKA branch where you made your application. This will include your AMKA number. The AMKA number consists of 11 digits, the first 6 correspond to your date of birth, in this order: DDMMYYYY

Necessary documentation in the event of acquiring an AMKA through a representative:

ID card, or passport or family status certificate of the representative and furthermore

an official statement of Law 1599/1986 declaring that they represent the interested party.

Procedure for altering or updating details: It is possible to alter and update details of those already holding an AMKA (such as name, telephone number, postal address, insurance institution, etc) through the local EFKA branch or AMKA offices at the interested party’s request.

For further information, please visit the official Greek website:

Updated: 23/02/2023


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