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.

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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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  • 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

    Hi,

    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: https://allaboutberlin.com/guides/anmeldung-in-english-berlin

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  • Osei Philip

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

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