The Abmeldung - how to deregister in Berlin

The Abmeldung - how to deregister in Berlin

When you leave Berlin - hopefully for greener pastures - you must deregister with the city. This process is called the Abmeldung. Here is how it's done.

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Who needs to deregister?

If you are moving somewhere else within Germany, you do not need to deregister your current address. It will be deregistered automatically when you register at your new address.

An Abmeldung is required if:

  • You are moving out of Germany and won't have an address in Germany
  • You are leaving a main or secondary dwelling, but you are not moving to a new address.

An Abmeldung is not required if:

  • You are temporarily moving out of Germany, but will return to the same address.
  • You are moving to a new address in Germany. You only need to register your new address.

What happens when you deregister?

When you deregister, your bank may block your bank account without notice.

How to do an Abmeldung

The Abmeldung can be done in person or by mail. In any case, it's free and only requires you to fill a form.

In person at the Bürgeramt

The in-person Abmeldung works exactly like the Anmeldung: you make an appointment with one of these Bürgeramt locations, fill the Abmeldung form and hand it in.

By registered mail

The Abmeldung form can also be filled at home and sent to one of these Bürgeramt locations by registered mail. Fill the form, go to your post office and ask to send the letter per Einschreiben.