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Your first encounter with the German bureaucratic system once you relocate to the country is Einwohnermeldeamt or the Resident’s Registration Office. When relocating to Germany or staying for more than three months for business, you will have to register at this office within 7-14 days of your arrival. Failure to register your address in Germany can result in a penalty of up to 1000 euros, or a negative impact on your benefits, taxes, and insurance. Therefore, to minimize the unpleasantries of this bureaucratic system, we’ve made a checklist to help you get started.
Where to Register Your German Address
Registration is one of the most important things you need to do after you arrive in Germany. Once you shortlist a home, you need to book an appointment with the Bürgeramt (citizen’s registration office). This process is free of cost and is one of the simplest, hassle-free steps of the system. It will help you apply for a resident permit and get health insurance.
Documents Needed for Registering Home Address In Germany
To avoid a second trip to the registration office, make sure to carry the following documents:
- Passport/Identification — Identitätsnachweis
- Supplement registration form in case of multiple apartments — Beiblatt zur Anmeldung bei mehreren Wohnungen
- Address registration form — Anmeldeformular (available at the registration office, only in German)
- Marriage and/or birth certificate (applicable only if registering with family) — Personenstandsurkunde
- Rental agreement from landlord — Mietvertrag
- Landlord confirmation of move-in — Einzugsbestätigung des Wohnungsgebers
How do you write a European address?
Germany postal addresses are written uniquely with one information per line:
- 1: Form of Address (optional)
- 2: Recipient
- 3: Street name followed by property/house number
- 4: Postal code followed by town name
What if I Don’t Find a House Within 14 days?
If you are unable to find accommodation within 14 days, you are not alone. With language issues to finding the perfect accommodation in terms of location, rent, and utilities, house hunting can be strenuous. Add to it, you cannot list a hotel as your address in Germany.
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Companies like Nomaden offers short-stay rental home addresses that you can register with the citizen’s office.
Deregistering Address in Germany
If your long business trip is coming to an end or you are planning to move out of the country, you are required to de-register your address. This process is called Abmeldung. For de-registering, you will have to go back to the registration office for one final time to complete this process. It is important if you want to end your contracts like the internet, phone, gym membership, or the Rundfunkbeitrag.
In case you are permanently moving out of the country, you need to de-register your Germany postal address at the citizens’ office within two weeks of moving out.
Documents required to de-register home address in Germany are:
- A copy of your passport
- Completed Deregistration Form
- Cover Letter (optional)
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