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

In person at the Bürgeramt

You can get a Meldebescheinigung from any Bürgeramt in Berlin. The procedure is simple1:

  1. Get an appointment at any Bürgeramt for "Meldebescheinigung beantragen"
  2. When you go to your appointment, bring a personal ID (such as your passport) and 10€.

By mail or email

You can also request a Meldebescheinigung by mail or email1:

  1. Write to any Bürgeramt in Berlin.
  2. Transfer 10€ to the Bürgeramt's bank account.
  3. In your email, include a copy of your personal ID, and the date of your bank transfer.