The Anmeldung - How to register an address in Berlin

The Anmeldung - How to register an address in Berlin

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:

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 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 don't have time go to the Bürgeramt, someone else can go for you. That person must have a power of attorney letter with your signature (Vollmacht). The signatures on your passport, on the Anmeldung form and on the Vollmacht must look the same. You must show your original passport, not a copy. Use this free power of attorney template from UmzugBerlin.

If it's your first Anmeldung, they sometimes require you to do it in person1. They sometimes refuse to let someone else do your Anmeldung, even if they have a Vollmacht.

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. Here is why people don't want you to register your address:

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 many of our readers did it in 2020. I confirm that it is possible.

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.