Last update: March 2014
|German Address Registration (in German: Anmeldung)|
Anmeldung bei der Meldebehörde (Anmeldung process for the Bürgeramt office): you are required by law to register your residency within 7 days of arriving in Germany (in some towns the deadline could be 2 weeks). The exception to this deadline is if you are a "visitor" in Germany for stays up to 2 months.
The registration process is called Anmeldung or Bürgeramt Anmeldung and it’s mandatory if you want to live legally in Germany (even as a student).
It applies to everyone who lives in Germany, citizens and foreign residents alike. Without official registration of your local address, you cannot get a residence permit, nor can you complete your enrollment at the university or do other official things that require proof of residence. In German, the proof of residence is called Anmeldebestätigung or Meldebescheinigung (see image below).
|Example of an Anmeldebestätigung from Berlin|
For Berlin, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Cologne and Hamburg addresses, you have to register at your local Bürgeramt in its Einwohnermeldeamt (resident registration office). In the suburbs, the Einwohnermeldeamt can vary from town to town.
Exception: For Munich addresses, you need to register at the Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR).
What can I do with my proof of residence?
- apply for a German tax id number;
- open a bank account;
- get German health insurance;
- enrol at a German university;
- obtain a residence permit;
- get a mobile phone contract
- subscribe to a fitness club;
- and so on.
Address Registration Checklist
You will need:
- Registration form, called Meldeschein or Anmeldung form, available ONLY in German at your local Bürgeramt.
- The Anmeldung form is also available online in English, French or Italian here.
- Valid passport (non-EU citizens) or ID card (EU/EEA citizens).
- Visa if required for entry into Germany.
- Rental agreement / lease.
- [Birth certificate (for some specific countries) and/or a marriage certificate (if applicable).]
- You also need to re-register if you change your address or name while you’re in Germany.
- When leaving Germany, you need to notify the Bürgeramt as well (called Abmelden). The Abmeldung process can be done in person or in writing.
Where to register?
- Here is a map of Germany with a list of Bürgeramt for the cities of Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund & Hamburg.
- Here is the address for Munich:
Kreisverwaltungsreferat / Einwohnermeldeamt (KVR ground floor)
- If you need more details on how to register your address with myGermanExpert, watch this video tutorial: How to fill in your Bürgeramt form.
- In case of other questions, do not hesitate to contact us.