Registering (new place of residence)
If you move to another municipality, then you have to register in your new place of residence.
The registration office is
- the municipal or city council where you live or
- administration association or the municipality which handles the tasks of the registration office for the residential area.
You can register in person or in writing. To register, you must fill out the official registration form. This is available in your municipality. In some municipalities, the form is available to download.
Some municipalities maintain an automated registry. In these locations, there is no need to fill out the registration form. In this case you do not have to fill out a registration form. However, you must appear in person at the authority. There you will be presented with a printout containing data relating to you. With your signature, you confirm the correctness of the data.
In some municipalities, you can also send the required data to the registration office through the Internet. If you do this, you must use a qualified electronic signature. An informal e-mail is not sufficient.
You may also appoint a representative (for example, your spouse) with a written power of attorney. This person then hands in your signed registration form.
Family members who share the same accommodation can use a joint registration form.
The registration office can demand additional documents from the applicant. These are frequently:
- Identity card or passport
- Identity cards of the family members if all are registered on a single registration form
- Children's passport or the birth certificate (for children who do not have a passport)
You can also mail the completed registration form by post to the municipality. Then you must enclose a copy of your identity documents for you and for all family members to be registered.
Note: You do not have to submit a deregistration from your last place of residence.
Useful tip: When you register with the authority at your new place of residence, you should have your identity documents updated at the same time.
After registration, you receive an official confirmation of registration for your records.
The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Innenministerium released the full description on 02.11.2015. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.
In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.