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. It's the law. This process is called the Anmeldung.

When you register your address (the Anmeldung), you obtain a registration confirmation (Anmeldebestätigung or Meldebescheinigung) and a tax ID (Steueridentifikationsnummer). The certificate of registration proves that you live at a certain address, and the tax ID identifies you with the Finanzamt. You need the certificate of registration to apply to open a bank account (with some exceptions), to set up an internet connection etc. Your employer needs your tax ID as soon as possible.

You are supposed to register within 14 days of your move-in date, but this rule is not enforced in Berlin. You must simply register within a reasonable time1.

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

Step 1: Get a Bürgeramt appointment

The Bürgeramt offers many bureaucratic services to Berliners, including the Anmeldung. You must get an appointment for Anmeldung einer Wohnung. You can go to any Bürgeramt in Berlin, not just the one for your borough.

There are 3 ways to do register your address 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.
  3. Go without an appointment. Go to the Bürgeramt, get in line and wait until someone can see you. This used to be the only option, but this is not necessary anymore. The city hired more Bürgeramt employees, so you can easily find an appointment.

For more information, see our guide on 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!

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.

Registering an address is free. You do not need to bring any money.

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. This process takes 5 minutes.

The employee will give you the Anmeldebestätigung on the spot. A few days later, you will receive your tax ID by mail1.

Letting someone do the Anmeldung for you

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

A word about the church tax

When you register for the first time in Germany, you will be asked about which religion you are part of. Depending on your answer, you might have to pay an extra tax on your income: the church tax. This tax is 8% or 9% of your income tax, so a single person earning 50 000€ a year would pay 800 to 900€ in church tax.

If you were baptized in your home country, they might take church tax from your paycheques 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.


  • Julia

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


    • Reply to Julia

    • Nicolas Bouliane

      You should apply for a residence permit after registering. You need to prove that you have an address in Germany during your visa interview.

      However, the registration certificate is NOT required to apply for the visa. You can use your lease and the certificate from your landlord instead.


      • Reply to Nicolas Bouliane

      • Julia

        Thank you Nicholas your advice is much appreciated. Does anyone know how long it takes approximately to get an appointment? Does it make sense to schedule one a month or so in advance?
        Thank you :)


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  • Cam

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


    • Reply to Cam

  • 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... :(


    • Reply to Tess Vlaminck

    • Anup

      Can you please point us towards the new Wohnungsgeberbestätigung document? Where can we download this online?


      • Reply to Anup

      • Georgia Moffa


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    • ltonEngal

      I am ltonser. I need help. What can i do it?


      • Reply to ltonEngal

    • Orilofeskix

      I can create guide for you. It is possible to share?.

      What kind of problems can you solve for us?

      I ma from Finland.


      • Reply to Orilofeskix

    • Woodiskingser

      ich habe ein Problem mit diese


      • Reply to Woodiskingser

    • Woodiskingser

      Problem mit Javascript. Nachricht zu den Einstellungen. Hilfe!

      My english is poor :).


      • Reply to Woodiskingser

    • Beerislooov

      witam serdecznie! Jestem nowy. Nie Jestem pewien czy dodałem mój post do odpowiedniego działu na stronce. Proszę o przeniesienie

      Pozdrawiam i mam nadzieje ze się przydam :)

      Edit: nie wiem czy dodal sie wczesniejszy post


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  • Carmen

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


    • Reply to Carmen

  • Arash Barazandeh


    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


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