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November 26, 2014

Registering in Germany: Anmeldung Guide

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The Anmeldung Guide

Last update: February 2018

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8 Things you should know about the Bürgeramt registration

This Anmeldung Guide was written to help foreigners start their life in Germany. The Anmeldung is the most important step when relocating to Germany. Here are 8 things you should know about the Anmeldung to start off well in Germany.

Register in Germany

Place to Live

The first step to live & work legally in Germany is to find an accommodation as soon as possible. In fact, you cannot live in Germany more than 3 months without having an officially registered address. 

There are some exceptions: the Anmeldung may not be a necessary step if you plan to stay in Germany as a tourist for a few months, but bear in mind that you will not be able to open a bank account* and get any electricity or internet contract without registering your German address.

[* Exception: No Anmeldung or Steuer-ID is necessary with N26]

In brief, who is obliged to register at the Bürgeramt?

  • People who intend to live in Germany for more than three months;
  • People who want to work or study (at a university) in Germany;
  • People who want to sign any kind of contract in Germany (register with a German health insurance, get an electricity or internet contract, and so on).