Registration is obligatory for permanent residents

Since November 2015 the German laws regarding registration have undergone important changes. This is to make sure that people only register at the place where they actually live.

Deadline and facts

Everyone who stays in Germany more than three months must register. This has to be done within two weeks of your arrival. To register you go to the local Einwohner-Meldeamt sometimes also called Bürgeramt or Bürgerbüro. You need to register there in person or you may give another person a letter of authorisation to register on your behalf. What is needed is a valid passport or identification card. And since November the law requires that in addition you show a written confirmation of your landlord, property owner of your accommodation or rental agency.
Without this document you cannot register or deregister.

Download this form called „Wohnungsgeberbestätigung“ at the bottom of this page. Some people call it Vermieterbescheinigung or Einzugsbestätigung. They all mean the same document.

At the Einwohner-Meldeamt you will receive a written confirmation of registration. This proof of registration („Anmeldebestätigung“) is often required by other institutions or authorities e. g. when you want to open a bank account of apply for German health insurance.

Change of address

Later each subsequent change of address in Germany must also be registered with the authorities. Again you need to register in person or you may authorize another person to register for you. And again you need the „Wohnungsgeberbestätigung“

Download the document now. Then print it. Your landlord or rental agency must sign this document. Without this signed document you cannot register or deregister in Germany!


Download Sample of German ‚Landlord Confirmation Form‘

Download Wohnungsgeberbestätigung

Download Authorisation_Letter


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