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Registering your residence, moving in from abroad

Anyone moving into an apartment must register with the registration office of their place of residence within two weeks of moving in.

The registration must be done within two weeks after moving into the (new) apartment at one of the BürgerService facilities of the Bürgeramt. Please note that different forms are offered for the registration of families and the registration of individuals. The form for the registration of individuals is also to be used by persons moving together but not married to each other or living in a same-sex registered partnership.

When moving from abroad, personal appearance is generally required for all persons required to register.

If you do not speak German sufficiently, you must bring an interpreter with you. This does not have to be a sworn interpreter. It can also be a person you trust.

Registration via the Internet is not possible.

Requirements

  • All persons to be registered (including children) must appear in person at the residence registration appointment when moving from abroad.

What documents do I need?

  • Proof of identity

    e.g.: identity card or (child) passport

  • Form: Registration with a registration office

    Available at the registration office or for download under "Forms".

  • Form: Confirmation of accommodation provider

    Available at the registration office or for download under "Forms".

  • For the registration of married persons

    Marriage certificate. If no international marriage certificates are available: additional translation by a sworn translator and, if necessary, legalization/apostille.

  • For the registration of children

    Birth certificates. If no international birth certificates are available: additional translation by a sworn translator.