When you move out of your apartment and leave Berlin, you must deregister your address. This process is called the Abmeldung. Here is how you do the Abmeldung in Berlin.

Who needs to deregister?

If you are moving somewhere else in Germany, you do not need to deregister your current address. It will be deregistered automatically when you register elsewhere. You only need to deregister if you leave Germany.

You must do your Abmeldung if:

  • You are moving out of Germany and will not have an address in Germany anymore.
  • You are leaving one residence, but you are not moving to a new address. For example, if you have two apartments and sell one of them, but still live in the other, you must deregister the apartment you sold.

You don't need to do your Abmeldung if:

  • You are temporarily moving out of Germany, but will return to the same address. For example, if you are studying abroad for a semester, you don't need to deregister.
  • You are moving to a new address in Germany. You only need to register your new address, and your old address will be deregistered automatically.

Why do you need to deregister?

Once you are deregistered, you don't need to pay health insurance anymore. If you forget to deregister, your health insurance will keep charging you until you prove that you have left Germany. This is why it's very important to deregister when you leave the country.

How to do an Abmeldung

The Abmeldung can be done in person, by mail or by email. It costs nothing. You only need to fill this form. You must do it maximum 14 days after moving out1. After you deregister, you will receive an Abmeldebescheinigung. This document confirms that your address is deregistered.

In person at the Bürgeramt

Here is how you can do your Abmeldung in person:

  1. Book an appointment for Abmeldung einer Wohnung. You can choose any Bürgeramt in Berlin.
  2. Fill the Abmeldung form
  3. Bring the Abmeldung form to your Bürgeramt appointment.

You will receive an Abmeldebescheinigung during your appointment. This is a simple procedure. You can do it alone, even if you don't speak German.

By registered mail

Here is how you can do your Abmeldung by mail:

  1. Fill the Abmeldung form
  2. Send it to one of these Bürgeramt locations by registered mail

Don't forget to write your future address on the form. They will send your Abmeldebescheinigung at this address.

By email

The Bürgeramt in Steglitz lets you do your Abmeldung by email. You can deregister any address in Berlin with them. They personally confirmed this with us.

To do your Abmeldung by email, send the Abmeldung form and a scan of your passport to buergeramt@ba-sz.berlin.de. Don't forget to write your new address in the form. They will send your Abmeldebescheinigung to your new address, even if it's in another country.

How much does the Abmeldung cost?

The Abmeldung is free. You don't need to pay anything.

What else do I need to do?

When you leave Germany, you should also inform your health insurer, the GEZ, your bank, your utility company, your internet service provider and any other services you use1. They will not be informed automatically.

Related guide: How to move out of an apartment in Germany

If you are leaving Germany, you must inform the GEZ. You will not get any more GEZ/Rundfunkbeitrag letters. You can deregister on the Rundfunkbeitrag website.

If you have a dog, you must deregister it at the Finanzamt, and at the Ordnungsamt to stop paying the dog tax.

If you lived in Germany for less than 5 years, you can get a refund for your pension payments1, 2, 3. You can get thousands of euros back1.

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