Relocating To Germany: How To Register Your Address

When relocating to Germany or staying for business trips longer than three months, you may encounter the unpleasantries of the Germany bureaucratic system.  The Einwohnermeldeamt, or the Resident’s Registration Office, will be the first exposure to this system for many. At this office, you must register your new address within 7-14 days of arriving in Germany. We recommend getting this done as soon as possible, as you will face many limitations in the country without this confirmation paper.


Relocation to a country is stressful enough for even the most experienced business travelers, but we’ve created this guide to prepare you and ensure you won’t have to make a second trip to the Einwohnermeldeamt.

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Yes, You Must Register Your Address When Moving To Germany

Whether your business trip lasts longer than 3 months or you’re settling in Germany for good, you or your family must register their address with the local authorities in Germany. Yes, even Germans citizens have to register their address.


While it does seem like a hassle to have to physically wait at the Bürgeramt instead just registering online, you’ll soon learn that this may be one of the simplest steps of German bureaucracy, and it’s also free of charge. Completing this step promptly after arriving in Germany is important since you need it to start a bank account, take out health insurance, apply for a resident permit, and more.

Required Documents

It’s important to come prepared to your registration appointment. Documents required may vary by city, but most registration offices ask for the following—we’ve added translations for your convenience:


  • Passport/Identification — Identitätsnachweis
  • Supplement registration form for multiple apartments — Beiblatt zur Anmeldung bei mehreren Wohnungen
  • Address registration form — Anmeldeformular (available at registration office, only in German)
  • Marriage and/or birth certificate (if registering with family) — Personenstandsurkunde
  • Rental agreement from landlord — Mietvertrag
  • Confirmation of move-in by the landlord — Einzugsbestätigung des Wohnungsgebers
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Temporary Accommodation

It’s important to note that you cannot list a hotel when registering your address in Germany, as you need to submit a proper tenancy or sublet contract from a professional landlord. For business trips lasting longer than a month, a temporary apartment is both a comfortable and practical choice.


However, if you have not found accommodation before your trip to Germany or within the first 14 days, we’ve created a solution to easily find temporary accommodation completely online. With Homelike, you can find furnished and serviced apartments suitable for your long business trip or comfort during your relocation.


If you require assistance finding temporary accommodation for your transition to Germany, let’s start your search now. Feel free to contact us via the form below or check out our offering of furnished apartments right now.

Ummeldung And Abmeldung

Any time you move to a new address within Germany, you must, once again, go to the Einwohnermeldeamt and register your new address. This is known as the Ummeldung. Thankfully, the process is the same and since you’ve already completed the process once, you’ll know exactly what to expect.


When your business trip ends or you move abroad, then you will need to go back to the registration office one last time to deregister your address—this is known as an Abmeldung. This process is necessary, especially if you need to cancel any contracts like phone, gym membership, or the Rundfunkbeitrag.

Where Do I Register?

Once you arrive in Germany, you can register at your local Residents’ Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt), which is usually located in your city’s town hall, or Rathaus. If you are living in a larger city, there will be multiple offices, and you can register at any one of them within city limits. To avoid crowds, we recommend visiting offices outside the city center.

Useful Links

Click on a city below for city-specific information about registering your address, including links to download necessary paperwork for registration.


Emily Byrne

Emily Byrne is responsible for content marketing and translations at Homelike. Although she now lives in Germany, she originally hails from Idaho, USA—and no, that's not located in the midwest.