Anmeldung : the compulsory registration

Anmeldung in English : what is it ?

Anmeldung, from the german An/melden, to register, this is one of the most important administrative pre-requisite to an easy and fast settlement in Berlin or anywhere in Germany.

It is simply the fact of registering yourself as living at a specific address in Germany.

When doing so, you will be given the  “Anmeldungbescheinigung” , literally “Registration certificate”. Every German citizen or new comer in Germany is supposed to register within 14 days after moving in a new house or flat.

This little innocent piece of paper will be necessary in many aspects. You will be asked that paper if you want to open a bank account, set up an internet connection or simply obtain a tax number.

It’s obvious, to register your flat with the Anmeldung, you need to have found one. Now if you haven’t found your flat, don’t panic! A simple letter from a friend or from the people letting you stay at their place will be enough to register. Same goes in case of a sublet situation.

My advice if you are to stay in Berlin or in Germany for less than 4 months :

The Anmeldung may not be a necessary step if you plan to stay for a semester or less than 4 months. You can then be considered as a tourist for this period. However you won’t be able to open any internet or electricity contract, so make sure you can sort that out through other ways (like through a sublet for example). If you want a mobile phone, simply use a pre-paid offer from Blue, Lidl mobile or equivalent.

 

All you need to do the Anmeldung is :

  • Bring your ID
  • Bring your tenancy or sublet contract. If you are simply temporarily staying at a friend’s or a relative’s while looking for something more permanent, have them write and sign a letter stating that you are staying with them. Here is a draft you can use.
  • Bring a confirmation that you have moved in from your landlord (document below or here)
  • Fill in that form called “Anmeldung bei einer Meldebehörde” that you get at the entrance of any Bürgeramt or here
  • Go to the nearest Bürgeramt of you area (list below)
  • Have patience

Unless you have an appointment, you will have to wait between 1h and 2h before you can actually meet a city employee that will magically type in all the info you provided in da computer. It only lasts about 5min and voila ! You are done with the Anmeldung.

 

This might be what it feels like sometimes.

This might be what it feels like sometimes.

The Anmeldung is an administrative process that is normally compulsory as it’s how the German state tracks population. However; it won’t be the end of the world if you do it a bit later than required. It took for example for me almost 1 year to perform that.

How to get an appointment at the Bürgeramt fast

Booking an appointment is highly recommended to avoid lengthy waiting times (For Berlin, use this link and scroll down). However the demand for appointements is so high that the first available slot is usually weeks away. A tip to get an appointment in the next few days instead is to check the booking system at 8 a.m. This is when the whole system is refreshed and it often shows open slots when it didn’t a few minutes before (in Berlin anyway). Increase your chances by doing a city-wide search. Sometimes, you can even get something for the same day!

Et voila, you are on the fast track!

Notes

  • During the Anmeldung, you will also be able to notify that you need a tax card and number (Steuernummer), you will need that if you decide to find a job in Germany. For some reason, when I did my Anmeldung, I never received the said tax number. I had to go then to the Tax center (Finanzamt) to get it myself. You can find more information about the tax card (Lohnsteuerkarte) and the Finanzamt here.
  • Update February 2016 : The city has set-up a special phone number to get an express service if you are in a hurry to do your Anmeldung.
    Just call that new number to get an appointment asap : 030 – 9024 990 (07-20 Uhr).
  • If you are impatient like me or don’t want to spend 2 hours with loud kids, you can simply make an appointment through the website of your local Bürgeramt around 2 weeks in advance.
  • You have the possibility to let the administration know what your religion is. Be aware that if you do so, you will be eligible for an extra tax in case you decide to stay longer. I just choose to state that I was an atheist.

 

FAQ

  • “I am subletting a room. Do i really need to have the Wohnungsgeberbestätigung filled in by the landlord? Can the main tenant do it?”
    The german administration wants landlords to fill in that document to confirm that you moved in. This also makes sure that the landlord is aware of the sublet, which is required by law. Although i cannot recommend you to do it, it seems that some people have had the main tenant filled it in and gotten away with it. It seems that the Bürgeramt employees don’t care and don’t check. It’s up to you to take that risk.
  • “I am subletting a room but the main tenant doesn’t want me to register there. Why?”
    This probably means that they are not allowed to sub-rent their room. They maybe live in a WBS flat or they haven’t let the landlord know about it. This is a bad bet if you need to register to start working and stuff.
  • “Which Bürgerämter accept people without appointements? The next available appointment online or when i call is in 3 weeks, i need something sooner.”
    Each Bürgeramt seems to have its own policy regarding appointments. The best is maybe to call one to check with them. If they do accept walk-ins, go queue there 30min before opening time to make sure you have a ticket.
  • “Do i need to register at a Bürgeramt in the Bezirke where i live?”
    You can register at any Bürgeramt in Berlin. This is especially useful if you need to register fast. You can travel to a less popular Bezirke that has less traffic to get an appointement sooner.
  • “I need to register fast & i don’t have time to register or/and i’m afraid to do mistakes because of the language, can i send someone else to do it for me?”
    Absolutely. Someone can represent you and do all this for you provided this person has all the required documents together with your ID/Passport.

 

Anmeldung in Berlin : list of Bürgeramt per city district

Here is a complete list of all Bürgerämter to make an appointment with one of them. You can also scroll down to see some districts here after.

If you don’t live in another city than Berlin, simply enter your postal code on this page to find out where to go.

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg:

Bürgeramt 1
Yorckstr. 4 – 11, 10965 Berlin, Main Entrance, 3rd Floor
website

Bürgeramt 2
Schlesische Str. 27 A, 10997 Berlin
website

Bürgeramt 3
Frankfurter Allee 35/37, 10247 Berlin, Entrance B
website

Neukölln

Bürgeramt Rathaus Neukölln
Karl-Marx-Str. 83
12043 Berlin – Neukölln
website

Mitte

Bürgeramt 1
Mathilde-Jacob-Platz 1
10551 Berlin
website

Bürgeramt 2
Karl-Marx-Allee 31
10178 Berlin
website

Bürgeramt 3
Müllerstr. 147
13353 Berlin
website

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Rathaus Charlottenburg
Otto-Suhr-Allee 100,
10585 Berlin.
website

Hohenzollerndamm
Hohenzollerndamm 177,
10713 Berlin.
website

Heerstr.
Heerstr. 12,
14052 Berlin.
website

602 Comments

  • Reply Phil C 12/07/2018 at 10:14

    hello,

    I moved to Berlin a couple weeks ago, and finally got into my apartment this past Saturday. I have everything I need to register, but the problem is my company. They “forgot” to take care of my visa so now I’m a “freelancer” until they get my visa back. I spoke to a friend last night who moved to Bonn a couple years ago, and she said I needed to have health insurance in order to get my anmeldung done, but since my company messed things up, I’m currently not insured and I’m starting to panic a bit. My company seems a bit too relaxed and I’m not sure what to do here. Any advice??

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 17/07/2018 at 09:33

      Hi Phil. It would be the other way around actually, you’d need to sort your Meldebescheinigung first to get health insurance. They don’t ask for a coverage certificate at the Bürgeramt to let you register.

  • Reply Pablo 08/07/2018 at 21:20

    Hi there,

    My question is: I’m entering my apartment the 1st August but I’ve already signed a contract that says that. Can I register my Anmeldung in advance? Or do I have to wait until effectively living there in order to do it. I want it to open a bank account and get a health insurance before that date but without the Anmeldung is harder to do it. Thank you in advance.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 12/07/2018 at 11:28

      Hi Pablo. You have to wait until after the first day of the move in date, stated on the contract.

  • Reply Joey 01/07/2018 at 17:36

    Hello there –

    Thank you for the article and apologies if this question has already been asked! But I’ve recently moved to Berlin for a job and am currently staying with friends until I find a more permanent flat. Can I register with a letter only? My friends are happy to write a letter but cannot sign the form you link to in the article as I’m not officially subletting – just visiting them. And I can’t apply for a permanent flat until I get my Visa, which won’t happen until I register in Germany. So, can I register without that form?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Best,
    Joey

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 06/07/2018 at 21:32

      Hi Joey. As mentioned many times in the comments section and in the article; in theory, this is not the right way to do this but it seems that most people get away with the tenant filling-up that form instead of the landlord. Sorry i can’t give you a more definite answer. Good luck!

    • Reply dan 17/07/2018 at 21:38

      Hey Joey, did this work I am in the same position atm!

      Thanks

  • Reply Francesca 25/06/2018 at 14:21

    Hi,
    I have a doubt and I hope you can help me.
    My boyfriend is moving to Berlin to look for a job, in which case he would need the Anmeldung to be able to work legally.
    Since I don´t know how long he´s gonna stay at my place, I was planning to write him a letter stating that he´s staying with me. In this case, does he need approval from my landlord? Do they need to fill also the Wohnungsgeberbestätigung?
    Which Anmeldung forms does he need to fill? I saw there are different ones on the Burgeramt page (Neue Wohnung, Bischerige Wohnung, Beiblatt zur Anmeldung…).
    I need to specify that I personally have a sub rent, which is known by the landlord because I, him and the official renter filled together the Wohnungsgeberbestätigung.
    Thank you for helping!

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 25/06/2018 at 20:17

      Hi Francesca. Yes, in theory you’d need the approval from the landlord but as mentioned before in the comments and in the post, people seem to get away with it without it. It’s not legal but workers at the Bürgeramt don’t check/care that much. Anmeldung form —> Neue Wohnung.

  • Reply James Wilson 17/06/2018 at 23:31

    I’m renting the 2nd apartment in a duplex owned by my friend (he stays in the other apartment). Could he simply come with me and say I am staying there or do I still need paper documentation?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 22/06/2018 at 14:09

      Hi James. Your and yourself need to fill-out all the documentation required.

  • Reply Krisanov 06/06/2018 at 13:03

    Can I do anmeldung in Muncih and work and live in Berlin? Thank you!

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 22/06/2018 at 00:59

      Hi Krisanov, you need to the anmeldung at your place of your residence, i.e, where you spent more than half of the year.

  • Reply Gappan 01/06/2018 at 13:49

    Hi ,
    So I submitted the documents for Anmeldung, more than 2 weeks back but I am yet to get the post from them. What is the process in such cases ?

    Thanks

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 02/06/2018 at 20:02

      Follow-up and ask what happened !

  • Reply Jake 30/05/2018 at 15:46

    Hey, thanks for all the helpful info.
    I’m due to move into a short-term rental apartment in Berlin soon (I’ll be there for 2 months minimum). Whilst I’m there I’ll be looking for something more permanent in Berlin.
    Will I need to submit the Anmeldung for my initial, short-term rental apartment, given that my plan is to not be there for more than 2 or 3 months?
    Thanks again.

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 31/05/2018 at 16:18

      Hi Jake. In theory, you could still be considered a tourist during that time-span, so if you don’t need to register for work-related reasons or other, it should be fine.

  • Reply piyush 18/05/2018 at 21:30

    hi,

    I have a doubt. I moved to berlin on 5 feb and sub let a room for 3 months as my internship was for 3 months till April. I didn’t do registration as it was just 3 months and main tenant was not travelling for 3 weeks , so I couldn’t get his signature. After 1 month, my company extended my internship til may end. Since 1st room was til April only, I again sublet another room for 1 month may without registration. So effectively I stayed at 2 places without registration (Feb to April, and then may). now I am moving back to wiesbaden. Willi be in a problem for living in Berlin for 4 months without registration?

    • Reply Bastien - Settle in Berlin 20/05/2018 at 19:53

      Hi there. It’s in theory a violation but i cannot tell you if something bad will happen to you. My opinion is that probably not, but it’s an opinion only.

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