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May 7, 2013

Anmeldung: the German address registration explained

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How to register your address in Germany

Last update: February 2018
(in German: Anmeldung) 

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What's the Anmeldung?

Anmeldung bei der Meldebehörde (Anmeldung process for the Bürgeramt office): you are required by law to register your residency within 14 days of relocating to your new German address. 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

In all Germany, including in Berlin, 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. 

In some city, the Bürgeramt will be called Bürgerbüro or Kundenzentrum. For Munich addresses, you need to register at the Kreisverwaltungsreferat (KVR).


Anmeldung Guide

In November 2015, the German law for the registration process changed. 
Read our new updated Anmeldung Guide in here.