The Anmeldung - How to register an address in Berlin

The Anmeldung - How to register an address in Berlin

A plain English guide to registering an address in Berlin. This is how you get a Meldebescheinigung and a tax ID.

Registering your address is the first thing you should do after moving to Berlin. If you say at an address for more than 6 months1, you must register. This process is called the Anmeldung.

Coronavirus update: Can you do your Anmeldung in Berlin during Coronavirus?

When you register your address (the Anmeldung), you obtain a certificate of registration (Anmeldebestätigung or Meldebescheinigung) and a tax ID (Steueridentifikationsnummer). You need the certificate of registration to apply to open a bank account (with some exceptions), to set up an internet connection etc1. Your employer needs your tax ID as soon as possible to pay you correctly.

You should register within 14 days of your move-in date1, but this rule is not enforced in Berlin1, 2, 3. You will not have problems if you take a few weeks to register. Just register as soon as you can1.

If you already registered at this address but lost your Anmeldebestätigung, you can request a new one.

Step 1: Get a Bürgeramt appointment

Get an appointment for Anmeldung einer Wohnung. You can get an appointment at any Bürgeramt in Berlin, not just the one near you.

Do not go to the Bürgeramt without an appointment. This is not possible anymore.

There are 2 ways to get an appointment at the Bürgeramt:

  1. Dial 115 and ask for an appointment. The Bürgertelefon helps Berliners find appointments.
  2. Book an appointment online. It's the easiest way, especially if you don't speak German.

For more information, see how to get a Bürgeramt appointment in Berlin.

When you book an appointment, you will receive an appointment number (Vorgangsnummer). Don't lose that number! If you lose it, you can call 115 to get it back1.

Step 2: Gather the required documents

Before you visit the Bürgeramt, you must have the following documents:

  • The Einzugsbestätigung des Wohnungsgebers (or Wohnungsgeberbestätigung, or Vermieterbescheinigung). You cannot complete the Anmeldung without this document. Only the person who gives you the apartment (the Wohnungsgeber) can sign this document. The landlord can sign this letter. If you are renting a room or a sublet, the main tenant (Hauptmieter) can also sign the letter, with the permission of the landlord1, 2. A rent contract is not enough1, but it's sometimes accepted by the Bürgeramt1.
  • The filled Anmeldung form. You can find an English translation here. This website and this website can also help you fill the form.
  • A valid ID document, like your passport.
  • Your vehicle papers. If you have a vehicle registered at your old address, bring your Zulassungsbescheinigung Teil 1. They will put a sticker with your new address on your vehicle papers.

Registering your address is free, but updating your vehicle papers costs 10.80€ per vehicle.

Step 3: Go to your Bürgeramt appointment

Go to the Bürgeramt on the date of the appointment. Bring the documents listed above.

If you can, a German-speaking friend. Some of the employees speak English, but not all of them. If you don't have any German-speaking friends, you can hire a relocation consultant to help you.

When you go to the Bürgeramt, you must sit in the waiting room until your number is called (the one you received when you booked the appointment). You will sit at a clerk's desk, give your documents and receive your Anmeldebestätigung. You will also get a sticker with your new address on your Zulassungsbescheinigung. The Anmeldung takes around 10 minutes.

The employee will give you the Anmeldebestätigung on the spot. A few days later, you will receive your tax ID by mail1. You can get your tax ID faster by going to the Finanzamt.

Can someone do the Anmeldung for me?

Yes. If you can't find time to go to the Bürgeramt, you can sign a power of attorney (Vollmacht) that allows someone else to do the Anmeldung for you. UmzugBerlin.org created a free power of attorney template for this.

There are also services that do the Anmeldung for you. Red Tape Translation and c/o Germany can go to the Bürgeramt and register the address for you. If you don't speak German or you don't have time to go to the Bürgeramt, this is a good solution.

Can the landlord refuse to let me register?

No. The landlord can't refuse to let you register1. Registering your address is a right. There are a few reasons why you might not be able to register your address:

  • The landlord doesn't know that you live there
    It could be an illegal sublet. The tenant is subletting the apartment without the landlord's permission. If the landlord finds out, you can get kicked out without any warning1, 2.
    • The landlord can't refuse to let the tenant sublet a room. He can only refuse if the apartment is too small. The landlord can charge more rent when you sublet an apartment1, 2, 3, 4.
    • The landlord can refuse to let the tenant sublet the entire apartment.
  • The landlord doesn't want to let you register there
    This is illegal. The landlord must let you register your address1. You can inform the Bürgeramt, and they will force the landlord to let you register1, 2, 3.

Can I do my Anmeldung if my name is not on the mailbox?

Yes, but you must add "c/o" to your address when you register1. If you don't do this, you won't receive your mail from the government, and you won't receive your tax ID.

Landlords sometimes refuse to put your name on the mailbox if your name is not on the lease1. When your name is not on the mailbox, you must write your address like this everywhere:

[name of person on the mailbox]
c/o [your name]

Musterstraße 123
10115 Berlin

Some people say that it's not possible to register with "c/o" anymore1, but one of our readers did it in January 2020. If you have tried it, let us know in the comments below.

Related guide: How to address a letter in Germany

Can I do my Anmeldung at a hotel or AirBnB?

Generally, no. Most hotels, hostels and AirBnBs won't let you register your address there. They are not forced to let you register, unless they let you stay for more than 6 months1.

Can I do my Anmeldung later?

Yes. You should register within 14 days after you move in, but many people take longer. You will not get a fine, even if you take a few weeks to register1, 2, 3.

Can I get a job without my Anmeldung?

Yes. When you do your Anmeldung, you get a tax ID. Your employer needs your tax ID to calculate your income tax. If you don't have a tax ID, your employer will take more income tax from your salary1, 2, 3. You will only get that money back when you file a tax declaration1, 2.

Do I need to speak German to do my Anmeldung?

Probably. Some Bürgeramt employees speak English, but many don't. The Anmeldung is very simple, but if you can, bring a German speaker with you.

If you need a translator, Red Tape Translation and c/o Germany can go to the Bürgeramt with you. If this is your first Anmeldung and you don't speak German, this is a good solution.

Do I have to pay church tax?

It depends. When you register for the first time in Germany, they will ask you what your religion is. Depending on your answer, you might have to pay an extra tax: the church tax. This tax is 8% or 9% of your income tax, and it's taken directly from your paycheque. A single person earning 50 000€ a year would pay 800 to 900€ per year in church tax.

If you were baptised in your home country, they might collect church tax even if you registered as an atheist. Watch your paycheques for unexpected church tax payments, just in case.

Settle in Berlin wrote an excellent guide on how to stop paying church tax.

    Comments

    • Alneel

      Please let me know the pathway of Anmeldung if I am already registered and I shift to another new apartment.
      Is there anything that's called Ummledung?
      How can I do this Ummeldung?

    • Caroline

      Hello, thanks for the useful post!
      I was wondering if you know how many people can register in one single flat, or where I can get this information?
      Many thanks, Caroline

    • Veronika Livnat

      Hi:) I'm moving to Berlin in March, my passport is from Israel but it also states that I was born in Russia. Unfortunately I wasn't able to issue a new Russian passport, and the old one is expired. I heard some people bring with them all the passports to prove their nationalities. Will it be ok to only bring my current passport from Israel and not mention anything about Russia( I haven't lived there since a very young age)? Thanks in advance!

    • Kren

      Thank you for the useful information. I have a question. My contract of the apartment starts from April 2020. Can I register now with that address and stay for two months in a place unregistered. Or do I need to have a contract ir sublease from now if I want to register at the authorities.

    • MăDăLin

      Hi dears,
      I would like to move in Berlin but :
      If I want to rent a flat, the owner will ask me if I have a job and the answer will be “ no “.
      If I will find a job, they will ask me if I have an address and of course the answer will be again ,, no ,, .
      What I should to in this situation ?
      Moreover I’m trying to apply for different jobs in Berlin and the feedbacks are always negative. Maybe because on the cv I mentioned a different address than Berlin ?

      Kind regards ,

    • Andrea Casanova

      I also wanted to ask something else. As I am doing a registration (to get the anmeldung) in a place where I am actually not living, could I get mi tax ID at the same moment I get my anmeldung or anytime before I get the mail in the address I am registering??

      Thanks :)

    • Andrea Casanova

      Hi!

      This post is really useful!

      Regarding the c/o [your name], where do i have to write down this when I do my anmeldung?? In the Wohnungsgeberbestätigung or in the form i have to fill?

      Thanks a lot!!

    • Madalin

      Hi dears,
      Would you be so kind as to let me know if I can make anmeldung if I don’t have a job in Berlin ?
      I want to move in Berlin, I’m still searching a job but the problem is when I will find it, they will ask me about anmeldung, German bank account and I don’t have these .

      Thank you so much

    • Juan

      I already did the "Anmeldung" in another city near Stuttgart because I lived there for 1 year, but my contract there is valid until April this year. I work in Berlin from January and I rent a provisional apartment. What should I do with the process of "Anmeldung"?

      Thanks!

    • Rayan

      Hi !
      I never received my Tax ID, either by mail or at my appartement, what am I supposed to do ? It's been a month and a half now.
      Thanks !

    • Lisa

      Hello,

      Can a power of attorney sign the landlord confirmation (on their behalf)? I have an appointment this Thursday for my Anmeldung, but found out my landlord mailed the confirmation to me, so I won’t get this before my appointment.

    • Nelson Nsofor

      Can I use a friends appointment number to register myself ?

    • Michael

      I am moving to Berlin in a rush as I've been offered a Job, I've sorted a WG but will only have 1 week in Berlin to anmeldung before my job (that needs my tax ID etc) starts.
      There are no appointments in this free week in any Bürgeramt's, so can I just walk in and wait?
      Thank you!

    • Justin

      Hi there, I had two questions if anyone can help!

      1. My husband is coming to Germany later than I am. I have an appointment before he arrives to register. Can I register for both of us in the same appointment without him here or will we need to schedule two separate appointments?

      2. On the form, what is "civil status person 1 or 1 and 2" mean? If we are married does that mean were are 2?

      Thanks so much!
      Justin

    • Julia

      As a non-EU citizen, do I have to apply for a visa / residence permit before or after registering (doing my Anmeldung)

    • Cam

      I lost my Vorgangsnummer, and the email that the site said they would send me never arrived? What can I do

    • Tess Vlaminck

      Hi, I just came back from the Bürgeramt. The document "Wohnungsgeberbestätigung" has changed. Now you also need to fill in the name of the landloard... :(

    • Carmen

      Hi, if I am Orthodox I understand I do not have to pax church tax, yes? Thank you

    • Arash Barazandeh

      Hallo,

      Ich habe mich für die Adresse registriert, aber ich konnte keine Dokumente im Zusammenhang mit Steuern und Registrierung erhalten. Ich eröffne auch ein Bankkonto und konnte meine Karte noch nicht erhalten, wo kann ich folgen, um meine entsprechenden Dokumente zu erhalten?

      Mit freundlichen Grüßen
      Arash Barazandeh