Register your residence in Cologne

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

No need to speak German

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Step by step guide


How we help

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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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The SOLUTION
  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 Cologne

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 Cologne? 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:

Move-In

You moved in. You must register your residence at a Cologne 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 Bürgeramt in Cologne

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 Cologne Bürgeramt

There are three ways you can make an appointment at a Bürgeramt in Cologne. 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.

Cologne is growing at a rapid pace and with it the demands on the administration. Cologne’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

Bürgertelefon 115 – the central, telephone access to the Cologne administration

Simply dial 115 without area code from a Cologne landline or your mobile phone in the Cologne area. The Cologne 115 or +490221-2210 Service Center can now also be reached directly from outside Cologne by calling 115 or +490221-2210 (from the fixed network and from many mobile networks).

You can reach Bürgertelefon 115 or +490221-2210 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 Cologne Bürgeramt and book an appointment online


In Cologne 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.

Bezirksamt Ehrenfeld

Bezirksamt Ehrenfeld

Book the next possible appointment in Bezirksamt Ehrenfeld

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Bezirksrathaus Ehrenfeld
Venloer Straße 419-421
50825 Köln

Opening hours
Monday, 7:30 to 12
Tuesday, 9:30 to 18
Wednesday, 7:30 to 12
Thursday, 7:30 to 16:00
Friday, 7:30 to 12

Bezirksamt City center

Bezirksamt City center

Book the next possible appointment in Bezirksamt City center

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Kundenzentrum Innenstadt
Laurenzplatz 1-3
50667 Köln

Opening hours
Monday, 7:30 to 12
Tuesday, 9:30 to 18
Wednesday, 7:30 to 12
Thursday, 7:30 to 16:00
Friday, 7:30 to 12

Bezirksamt Kalk

Bezirksamt Kalk

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Bezirksrathaus Kalk
Kalker Hauptstraße 247-273
51103 Köln

Opening hours
Monday, 7:30 to 12
Tuesday, 9:30 to 18
Wednesday, 7:30 to 12
Thursday, 7:30 to 16:00
Friday, 7:30 to 12

Bezirksamt Lindenthal

Bezirksamt Lindenthal

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Bezirksrathaus Lindenthal
Aachener Straße 220
50931 Köln

Opening hours
Monday, 7:30 to 12
Tuesday, 9:30 to 18
Wednesday, 7:30 to 12
Thursday, 7:30 to 16:00
Friday, 7:30 to 12

Bezirksamt Mülheim

Bezirksamt Mülheim

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Bezirksrathaus Mülheim
Wiener Platz 2a
51065 Köln

Opening hours
Monday, 7:30 to 12
Tuesday, 9:30 to 18
Wednesday, 7:30 to 12
Thursday, 7:30 to 16:00
Friday, 7:30 to 12

Bezirksamt Nippes

Bezirksamt Nippes

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Bezirksrathaus Nippes
Neusser Strasse 450
50733 Köln

Opening hours
Monday, 7:30 to 12
Tuesday, 9:30 to 18
Wednesday, 7:30 to 12
Thursday, 7:30 to 16:00
Friday, 7:30 to 12

Bezirksamt Porz

Bezirksamt Porz

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Bezirksrathaus Porz
Friedrich-Ebert-Ufer 64-70
51143 Köln

Opening hours
Monday, 7:30 to 12
Tuesday, 9:30 to 18
Wednesday, 7:30 to 12
Thursday, 7:30 to 16:00
Friday, 7:30 to 12

Bezirksamt Rodenkirchen

Bezirksamt Rodenkirchen

Book the next possible appointment in Bezirksamt Rodenkirchen

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Bezirksrathaus Rodenkirchen
Hauptstraße 85
50996 Köln

Opening hours
Monday, 7:30 to 12
Tuesday, 9:30 to 18
Wednesday, 7:30 to 12
Thursday, 7:30 to 16:00
Friday, 7:30 to 12


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)
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