How to get a Meldebescheinigung or Anmeldebestätigung

How to get a Meldebescheinigung or Anmeldebestätigung

Here's how to get an Anmeldebestätigung or a Meldebescheinigung. This document is required to open a bank account, apply for a residence permit or get a cellphone contract in Germany.

The Anmeldebestätigung and Meldebescheinigung are documents that confirm your official address in Germany. Banks, cellphone companies and government employees require these documents to confirm your address.

Anmeldebestätigung or Meldebescheinigung?

When you register your address in Berlin (the Anmeldung), you receive a document called the ANMELDEBESTÄTIGUNG. The Meldebescheinigung is a different document, but it has the same purpose.

The Anmeldebestätigung confirms that you registered an address on a certain date. The Meldebescheinigung confirms that you are still registered at this address. You only receive the Anmeldebestätigung once, but you can request a Meldebescheinigung anytime you want.1

You need an Anmeldebestätigung or a Meldebescheinigung to open a bank account, get a cellphone contract, register a vehicle or apply for a residence permit. It's the official way to prove that you live at a certain address.

How to get an Anmeldebestätigung

You receive an Anmeldebestätigung when you register your address in Berlin (this is called the Anmeldung). The document is printed out and given to you during the appointment.

Related guide: How to register your address in Berlin

How to get a Meldebescheinigung

You can get a Meldebescheinigung from your local Bürgeramt. The procedure is simple: get an appointment at any Bürgeramt for "Meldebescheinigung beantragen", and bring a personal ID (such as your passport) and 10 euros1.


  • Ajit

    I have a work contract and work visa. I am planning to come and work in Berlin. But initially, I will be coming for 3 weeks and after that I will be travelling to my country for a few months. In mid of next year (2020), again I will be coming to Germany for a longer stay. So in this scenario, can I get register an Anmeldung done to get tax id and health insurance?


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  • Abdul Wajid

    Hallo Dear Sir,
    I want to move in Hannover but now i live in Idstein and i want to leave my room and directly move to Hannover where i find job, so for Anmeldung in Hannover i need abmeldbescheinigung from Stadt Idstein?

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      If you move from one German city to another German city, you just do your Anmeldung. Your old address will be deregistered automatically.

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  • Kofi

    Am live in Germany and my ex is live in Italy with my daughter and I will like to put my daughter address in my house ,do I need my daughter to be there or I can do it without her ..,she is five years old...,

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  • Katrina

    I tried opening a bank account with one of the online bank and they sent me a letter to send them Meldebestätigung. Should I send them an original Meldebestätigung or just a copy of it?

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  • Christian

    Is it possible to get Meldebestätigung without a permanent address in Germany?
    I am a german citizen, but I live in Norway. I would like a german car registered on me.

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      That is not possible. The Anmeldung is the process of registering a permanent address in Germany. You can't do this without a permanent address in Germany.

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  • Marcelo


    I just moved to Berlin from abroad for a new job and I am currently stuck in a loop:
    - need a registration (Anmeldung?) for getting my work contract and starting my employment
    - need a work contract to show I can pay for and get an apartment so I can register for

    any way to break free of this loop? I am currently staying in a Gasthaus / Hostel

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      You do not need to be registered to get a work contract. You can give the missing information (like the tax ID) after you started working, ideally before your first paycheque.

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  • Alex


    Do I need the Meldebescheinigung for registering the bank account or Anmeldebestätigung is enough (I received it less than a month ago)? Sparkasse was willing to take the Anmeldebestätigung, but I am not sure if DKB will accept it.


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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      You can use one or the other. Some banks don't require any:

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  • Narendra Joshi


    I need to get a Meldebesheinigung. Do I need to write an informal written application that I need to submit during appointment for that? Is it sufficient to just show up with my ID card?

    Thank you for the articles. :)

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    • Miranda

      Got a response?

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  • Yrel Joie

    Hi, i am currently living and working in brandenburg, and want to move with my Fiancè in Berlin. Is it possible? Thank you.

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      Yes, of course!

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  • Engit

    I have an appointment in a month and Bürgeramt accepts payment by girocard only. I don't have a bank account in Germany. How to pay for the registration then ?
    As for opening a bank account I need Meldebescheinigung.

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      The process is free. You do not need to pay anything.

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  • Cecilia

    Hi! Do you know if I can get more than one Meldebescheinigung in one appoiment?

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      Usually, they expect only one person to register in one appointment. Registering more than one person makes the Bürgeramt employees grumpy.

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  • Susana

    I will arrive on July but my kid starts the Kita in August. How can I obtein the Kitagutschein if the system ask me for the Almendung?

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    • Leonardo Santos

      I'm with the same problem. How will you make it?

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  • Marta

    hi, my birth certificate is far away. Can I get Meldebescheinigung, without that?

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      Hi Marta, this was a mistake on our part. You only need your personal ID and 10€. You can find more information on the "Meldebescheinigung beantragen" page of the Bürgeramt.

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  • Pamela Quilodran

    Hi, is possible to get the anmeldung if my stay in this moment is in a hostel?

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      No. As the guide says, you need a document from the landlord. Hostels do not give that document. They are not a permanent address.

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  • Jelena


    Is there any chance to get Meldebescheinigung online, or I have to do that in Bürgeramt?

    Thanks :)

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    • Nicolas Bouliane

      You must get it in person. Germany isn't a big fan of doing things online.

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      • Adrian

        Yes and then they start with the bullshit , Umwelt and Friday is for future

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  • Simon

    thank you! I never would have realised there was a difference between the two: Anmeldebestätigung/Meldebescheinigung and I had much confusion when I was asked for a Meldebescheinigung no older than three months!

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    • Anonymous

      Well, I grew up here in Germany and I always thought these were the same thing. Actually the only difference is that the first is issued free of charge (at least here in Bavaria, but you only get it when you register) and the latter must be paid for.

      In practise I hardly need these documents anyway because I have my ID card which is also a valid proof of address.

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  • Nicolas Bouliane

    Hello Osei,

    See this guide to know how to do your Anmeldung in Berlin:

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  • Osei Philip

    I want to do Anmerdung but i don't know the office

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