Register your residence in Berlin

Welcome to Berlin! Your next step is to register your residence at the Bürgeramt. We help you!

Here we explain in detail how to book an appointment at Berlin Bürgeramt. If you want to do the application together with us, use our application service. Do you have general questions about registering your residence? Read our FAQ’s.

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The Problem(s)
  • What does ‘Anmeldung des Wohnsitzes’ (residence registration) mean?
  • You do not know how to to register your German address / residence.
  • You have moved to Germany permanently and forgotten to inform the authorities.
  • The registration form is only available in German.
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  1. Simply fill out the German registration form on this website in English.
  2. Receive instantly all necessary forms and documents. Follow our detailed instructions.
  3. Book an appointment at your responsible citizens office
  4. Get your residence registration confirmation.

Which steps are necessary to register your residence in Berlin

German bureaucracy is not easy. We are here to help you!

Step 1:

Sign your rental contract

You made it and got an apartment in Berlin? Congratulations. Don’t forget to get a confirmation from your landlord that you have moved in. You will need this later.

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Step 2:


You moved in. You must register your residence at a Berlin Citizens’ Office within 14 days of your suit.

Step 3:

Fill out forms and other documents

You will need some forms for your appointment – among other things the registration form for you (and your family). You have problems filling out the german form? We are happy to help you!

Step 4:

Book an appointment

You have all the papers together? Wonderful, now you need an appointment with a city hall. A residence registration is only possible with an appointment.

Step 5:

Go to the appointment

Be sure to be on time and have your appointment number ready. This will be displayed as soon as it is your turn. The room number or the responsible workplace is displayed. Now submit all documents there.

Step 6:

Receive your confirmation

After checking the documents and entering them into the computer system, you will receive a certificate of residence registration. You’ve done it!

Book an appointment at Berliner Bürgeramt

We strongly recommend that you make an appointment at the Bürgeramt before your visit. If there is no free appointment on that day (which is the rule), you will be sent home. Registration is mandatory within 14 days after moving in.

I. How to book an appointment at Berliner Bürgeramt

There are three ways you can make an appointment at a Berlin Bürgeramt. Unfortunately all the options are only available in German.

We recommend the online appointment booking. We’ll help you!

Book an appointment online

The electronic appointment system offers you the possibility to make an appointment with a public authority online.

Berlin is growing at a rapid pace and with it the demands on the administration. Berlin’s citizens’ offices have been prepared for this challenge in terms of personnel. The aim is to achieve the goal of providing every customer with an appointment at the Bürgeramt within 14 days if required.

It is also worthwhile to check the calendar of appointments repeatedly for free dates. If the daily organisation in the Citizen’s Offices allows it, new additional appointments are set up every day, which you can book for your concern – even at short notice.

In case of requests with a legal deadline (e.g. in case of registration/change of residence), the confirmation of the booked appointment is already considered as proof for the adherence to the deadline. You are not committing an administrative offence, even if your request is only processed at the Bürgeramt after the deadline has been exceeded.

Book an appointment by telephone

  1. Bürgertelefon 115 – the central, telephone access to the Berlin administration
  2. Simply dial 115 without area code from a Berlin landline or your mobile phone in the Berlin area. The Berlin 115 Service Center can now also be reached directly from outside Berlin by calling 030-115 (from the fixed network and from many mobile networks).
  3. You can reach Bürgertelefon 115 Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 18:00 hours.

Book an appointment in Person

We recommend that you book an appointment in advance online or by telephone and do not go to the Bürgerbüro without an appointment.

If today’s online appointments are fully booked, this also applies to appointments at local residents’ registration offices on site. In these cases, please switch to another citizens’ office in the city or postpone your visit to another day.

The number of free capacities (still) available on the day of the appointment is naturally reduced more and more towards the end of opening hours. Therefore, it is possible that, depending on the number of visitors, a visit without an appointment may not be possible on the same day.

Should a visit to a citizens’ office nevertheless be necessary urgently and without an appointment being made, the staff in all citizens’ offices will in any case make a proposal for clarification of the respective concerns in a personal meeting.

II. Choose your Berlin Bürgeramt and book an appointment online

In Berlin there are several citizens’ offices per district. Choose the ones that suit you and then select “Termin buchen= Book appointment”. You will find detailed instructions below this text.

I don’t care about the locatioon, I want the appointment as soon as possible

If you are urgently looking for an appointment, you can also search Berlin-wide for the next possible date.

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Charlottenburg – Wilmersdorf

Bezirksamt Charlottenburg – Wilmersdorf

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Bürgeramt Halemweg (Außenstelle)
Halemweg 18
13627 Berlin

Bürgeramt Heerstraße
Heerstr. 12
14052 Berlin

Bürgeramt Hohenzollerndamm
Hohenzollerndamm 177
10713 Berlin

Bürgeramt Wilmersdorfer Straße
Wilmersdorfer Straße 46
10627 Berlin

Friedrichshain – Kreuzberg

Bezirksamt Friedrichshain – Kreuzberg

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Bürgeramt 1 (Kreuzberg), Yorckstr.
Yorckstraße 4-11
10965 Berlin

Bürgeramt 3 (Friedrichshain), Frankfurter Allee
Frankfurter Allee 35/37
10247 Berlin


Bezirksamt Lichtenberg

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Bürgeramt 1 (Neu- Hohenschönhausen)
Egon-Erwin-Kisch-Straße 106
13059 Berlin

Bürgeramt 2 (Lichtenberg)
Normannenstr. 1 – 2
10367 Berlin

Bürgeramt 3 (Friedrichsfelde) Tierparkcenter
Otto-Schmirgal-Straße 7
10319 Berlin

Bürgeramt 4 (Alt- Hohenschönhausen)
Große-Leege-Straße 103
13055 Berlin

Marzahn – Hellersdorf

Bezirksamt Marzahn – Hellersdorf

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Bürgeramt Biesdorf – Center
Elsterwerdaer Platz 3
12683 Berlin

Bürgeramt Helle Mitte
Alice-Salomon-Platz 3
12627 Berlin

Bürgeramt Marzahner Promenade
Marzahner Promenade 11
12679 Berlin


Bezirksamt Mitte

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Bürgeramt Rathaus Mitte
Karl-Marx-Allee 31
10178 Berlin

Bürgeramt Rathaus Tiergarten
Mathilde-Jacob-Platz 1
10551 Berlin

Bürgeramt Wedding
Osloer Str. 36
13359 Berlin


Bezirksamt Neukölln

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Bürgeramt Blaschkoallee, Neukölln
Blaschkoallee 32
12359 Berlin

Bürgeramt Rathaus Neukölln
Donaustr. 29
12043 Berlin

Bürgeramt Sonnenallee, Neukölln
Sonnenallee 107
12045 Berlin

Bürgeramt Zwickauer Damm, Neukölln
Zwickauer Damm 52
12353 Berlin


Bezirksamt Pankow

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Bürgeramt Karow / Buch
Franz-Schmidt-Str. 8 – 10
13125 Berlin

Bürgeramt Pankow
Breite Str. 24A – 26
13187 Berlin

Bürgeramt Prenzlauer Berg
Fröbelstr. 17
10405 Berlin

Bürgeramt Weißensee
Berliner Allee 252 – 260
13088 Berlin


Bezirksamt Reinickendorf

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Bürgeramt Heiligensee
Ruppiner Chaussee 268
13503 Berlin

Bürgeramt Märkisches Viertel
Wilhelmsruher Damm 142C
13439 Berlin

Bürgeramt Rathaus Reinickendorf
Eichborndamm 215
13437 Berlin

Bürgeramt Reinickendorf-Ost
Teichstr. 65
13407 Berlin

Bürgeramt Tegel
Berliner Str. 35
13507 Berlin


Bezirksamt Spandau

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Bürgeramt Spandau – Bürgeramt Rathaus Spandau
Carl-Schurz-Str. 2/6
13597 Berlin

Bürgeramt Spandau – Bürgerbüro Wasserstadt
Hugo-Cassirer-Str. 48
13587 Berlin

Steglitz Zehlendorf

Bezirksamt Steglitz-Zehlendorf

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Bürgeramt Lankwitz
Gallwitzallee 87
12249 Berlin

Bürgeramt Steglitz
Schloßstraße 37
12163 Berlin

Bürgeramt Zehlendorf
Kirchstr. 1/3
14163 Berlin

Tempelhof Schöneberg

Bezirksamt Tempelhof-Schöneberg

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Bürgeramt Lichtenrade
Briesingstrasse 6
12307 Berlin

Bürgeramt Schöneberg
John-F.-Kennedy-Platz –
10825 Berlin

Bürgeramt Tempelhof
Tempelhofer Damm 165
12099 Berlin

Treptow – Köpenick

Bezirksamt Treptow-Köpenick

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Bürgeramt I in Köpenick
Alt-Köpenick 21
12555 Berlin

Bürgeramt II in Schöneweide
Michael-Brückner-Str. 1
12439 Berlin

III. Step by step to the appointment (instructions)

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IV. Please bring the following documents with you:

To make the appointment as easy as possible for you, you will also receive an ebook in our registration package, in which we have translated the most important terms and sentences into German and English. With this list the appointment becomes a child’s play. If you still have concerns, you can also authorize a third person to do the registration for you. The power of attorney is also included in our package.

  1. identity card and – if available – passport of the person to be registered
  2. Registration form from the Residents’ Registration Office
  3. child IDs and/or birth certificates of the children accompanying the applicant
  4. Rental or purchase agreement
  5. Confirmation of move-in by the landlord/main tenant (if you are not named in the rental agreement)
  6. Marriage certificate (if available)

FAQ – How to register in Berlin

Welcome to Berlin, the city of singles, contradictions, and exciting experiences! Despite its unique character, Berlin is not exempt from the German bureaucratic processes. As a newcomer, your first step is finding a place to live. Once you’ve settled in, the next essential task is registering at a local registration office.

In this blog, we will guide you through the registration process, providing all the necessary information about the required documents and how to fill out the forms accurately to avoid any unnecessary fees. You’ll need to complete the registration form, which is available in German, but don’t worry! You can fill it out in English on our website.

If you still need assistance with your move, you can check out our top partner company Umzugsvergleich DE. They offer free and obligation-free moving quotes, helping you save up to 40% on moving costs.

Let’s get started with your registration process and make your transition to Berlin a smooth and enjoyable one!

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What is Residence Registration’Anmeldung’ in Berlin?

Anmeldung is the term used for the process of registering your residence in Germany. It is a mandatory requirement for individuals who are studying, working, or planning to stay in Germany for more than three months. By law, you must complete this registration within a strict time frame of 14 days from the date you officially establish your residence (for detailed information, see the Bundesmeldegesetz (BMG) § 17 Abmeldung).

The registration involves two important documents:

  • Registration Form (Anmeldeformular): This form needs to be filled out and signed by you, providing your personal information and details about your residence in Germany.
  • Landlord Confirmation Form (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung): Your German landlord is also involved in the process and must fill out and sign this form. It serves to confirm your tenancy and provides relevant information about the property. Landlords must provide this within 14 days of signing the rental contract.

To simplify the registration process, our website offers a convenient option. By filling out the registration form on our platform, we automatically provide you with both the completed registration form and an empty landlord confirmation form. You can then pass the landlord confirmation form to your landlord for them to fill in the required details. In case your landlord is unable to complete the form, it is advisable to discuss this directly with the German official at the registration office (Bürgeramt / Meldeamt).

Why ‘Anmeldung’ is crucial in Berlin

Making Berlin your new home isn’t just about finding your favorite coffee shop, it’s also about establishing your official residency before the law. When you register, you receive official proof of residency, which gives you access to important services. This proof is important if you want to open a bank account, take out health insurance, or even become a member of the local library.

Who needs to register in Berlin?

If you plan to study, work, or live in Berlin, registration is a mandatory requirement for all residents. The German government aims to verify the identity of all individuals living in the city and their respective housing situations. Therefore, one of your initial tasks upon arriving in Berlin is to visit the local registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt) or citizen service center (Bürgeramt) in the city. Both serve the same purpose: facilitating the registration process for those intending to stay in Berlin. Below, we will guide you through everything you need to know about the registration process in Germany.

When to register your residence in Berlin?

The nationality of the individual does not affect the registration process; it applies to everyone planning to stay in Germany for more than 3 months, regardless of their citizenship. Whether you are a German citizen, an EU citizen, or a non-EU citizen, registration is a mandatory requirement. This obligation is applicable to students, employees, interns, and anyone else residing in the city.

Typically, you must register your residence within 14 days of moving into your new place. However, if you do not have a fixed address yet, registering might be a bit more challenging. One of the necessary documents for registration is a confirmation of residence signed by your landlord. Some municipalities may accept a confirmation from the proprietor of your temporary accommodation, but in most cases, you will need a rental contract to complete the registration process. If you are uncertain about your specific situation, it is advisable to check with your local citizens’ office for guidance.

Booking Appointments: Your Express Route to Registration

Embarking on a seamless registration journey commences with scheduling appointments. Our service doesn’t stop at paperwork; we’re here to help you secure appointments with ease. Bid farewell to the uncertainty of waiting, as we simplify the process, allowing you to concentrate on your Berlin adventure.

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Advantages of the residence registration in Berlin

The Meldebescheinigung

In Berlin’s administrative landscape, the Meldeschein, your proof of residence, has a huge impact. It is the gateway to accessing important services, whether it’s opening a German bank account, signing up for health insurance, or purchasing a library card. The Meldeschein is basically your key to convenience.

The Lohnsteuerkarte

In addition to convenience, proper registration offers financial benefits. Eligible individuals automatically receive the Lohnsteuerkarte (Tax ID), an important tool for employers to deduct applicable taxes and social security contributions from your income. This card simplifies your financial obligations and makes Berlin’s economic landscape more manageable.

Extra Info: What is Kirchensteuer and do I have to pay it?

When filling out your registration form, you’ll encounter a section where you’re asked to indicate your religious affiliation. However, you also have the option to leave this field blank if you prefer. Nevertheless, if you wish to officially identify as Catholic, Protestant, or a member of any other Christian denomination, you’ll be subject to a religious tax known as church tax (“Kirchensteuer”) on your annual income tax statement. Typically, this tax amounts to approximately 9 percent of your annual income tax.

Important Note: Opting not to pay church tax in Germany will render you ineligible to receive communion, confession or get married in a German church

Embarking on a New Journey in Berlin as a Family

We’re Here to Make it Effortless. Whether your move to Berlin is driven by a career opportunity or a quest for fresh adventures, our service is designed to streamline the registration process. Our English-language platform, equipped with detailed, easy-to-follow instructions, caters perfectly to families with varying requirements. From assembling the essential documents to navigating the intricacies of Berlin’s neighborhoods, we stand by your side as your trusted partner, ensuring this transition becomes a delightful experience for your entire family.

I can’t find a place in Berlin- what to do?

No need to worry if you haven’t found a permanent place to stay with a sublet or rental contract. In such a situation, you are not obligated to register. If you are living in a hostel or hotel temporarily, registration is not required.

It’s essential to remember that registration is only possible with a proper tenancy agreement in place. Your landlord must provide a signed confirmation when you move into a new residence. Without this landlord confirmation, you cannot proceed with the registration process. Therefore, you cannot simply register at a friend’s place without the necessary documentation.

Many foreigners in Berlin face challenges in finding permanent accommodation, especially if they haven’t secured a job yet. This can create a bit of a catch-22 situation, as you can’t start working without registration, and finding a place to stay may require proof of employment. Starting off by living in a hostel temporarily can be a practical solution. Once you have a job contract, you will likely find it easier to secure a more permanent living arrangement.

Our partners will also support you in finding an apartment in Berlin. Check out our short-term & long-term solutions.

Which documents are required for residence registration in Berlin?

To successfully register your residence in Germany, you will need the following documents:

  • Your passport or ID.
  • The completed registration form (Anmeldeformular).
  • The completed landlord confirmation form (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung). Landlords must provide this within 14 days of signing the rental contract
  • Your Homeownership Documentation: If you’re a homeowner, provide relevant pages from the “Grundbuch” (land register) to establish your ownership of the property.Your Visa/ Residence Permit, only if applicable.
  • If registering with your spouse or child, it is advisable (but not obligatory) to bring their marriage certificate and children’s birth certificates.

If you are registering multiple individuals simultaneously, such as your partner or children, ensure you have all their relevant documents as well. It is acceptable to use one proof of residence certificate for multiple individuals.

Can you register without using the German registration form?

No, you must use the specific form provided by the residents’ registration office in your city. There is no standardized form for all of Germany; each city uses its own. At our website, we offer the correct forms for Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, and Munich. We also assist in filling them out for you, making the registration process more convenient.

How can I fill out the registration form in English?

Rest assured, we have designed a convenient registration package to simplify the process for you. With our online form, you won’t need to read the German official registration form. As of now, there are no official English translations available for these forms. However, when you use our service, we will automatically translate everything for you. In a nutshell, you can fill out the form in English, and we will send you the German original version with your data on it. Additionally, you’ll receive detailed instructions and this guide to assist you throughout the registration procedure.

Get 50 Euros as a registration bonus in Berlin!

If you’re here to study at a university in Berlin, you have the opportunity to receive a generous welcome bonus of 110 Euros from the city! To claim it, simply download the ‘Welcome Money’ application form and take it to the registration office when you register. To find the application form, just search ‘Berlin Begrüßungsgeld + your university’ on Google.

It’s important to note that you can only avail of this offer when registering in Berlin for the first time. Unfortunately, it cannot be applied for retrospectively, so make sure to claim it while registering. Enjoy the extra 50 Euros for your time in Berlin!

Where to register in Berlin? How to schedule an online appointment?

Now that you have all your documents ready, it’s time to visit your local registration office in Berlin. However, please note that due to recent changes, you are now required to make an appointment before visiting the office.

To schedule an appointment, you can use the Berlin registration office’s online system. Click on the “Termin berlinweit suchen” (Search for appointments throughout Berlin) button located in the top right corner. Then, select a suitable date and time for your appointment.

If you don’t find an available appointment immediately, don’t worry. Keep checking the system every 30 minutes, as slots may become available.

Alternatively, you can also call the central registration office hotline at 030 – 115 to make your appointment. Just let them know that you wish to schedule an appointment to register your residence in Berlin by saying: “Ich möchte einen Termin machen, um meinen Wohnsitz in Berlin anzumelden” (I want to make an appointment to register my residence in Berlin).

What if all online appointments at the Bügeramt are booked out?

Don’t worry. It’s normal that the appointments for Anmeldung at the Bügeramt in Berlin are booked out several months in advance.

There’s a little trick you can do.

Just keep pressing the refresh button on the website on which you can book an appointment. Especially in the mornings new appointments are added by several registration offices. Sometimes people also cancel their appointments. You will definitely find an appointment if you keep looking.

Remember that for the Anmeldung you can go to any Bügeramt in Berlin – just go wherever a free appointment pops up.

Update June 2016 – You can also try your luck and go about an hour before opening time to these registration offices in Berlin without an appointment:

Donaustraße 29, Berlin-Neukoelln Alice-Salomon-Platz 3, 12627 Berlin

Going to the registration office in Berlin – what to do

Make sure that you arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment. Finding the correct waiting room can be confusing. Just follow the signs saying ‘Bürgeramt’. Best is to ask your way around.

If you have booked an appointment online, you receive your personal waiting number in a confirmation email. You then wait for your number to be displayed on a screen together with a corresponding room number. Quickly walk to the room. Most officials speak English in case you don’t speak German. Give the official all your registration documents. If everything is fine, you will get your registration confirmation right away (Anmeldebestätigung/ Meldebescheinigung).

Important: Check the registration confirmation right away! You want to make sure that your name and address are spelled correctly.

Be sure to keep the registration confirmation to it in a safe place – you will need it on a number of occasions.