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 your birth certificate, a personal ID (such as your passport), a copy of your personal ID and 10 euros1.

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