Registering your address in Berlin

Registering in Berlin is mandatory, so there’s nothing you can do to avoid the Anmeldung, sorry! But  unlike all the mandatory things, this one is not bad at all and it actually brings you many advantages. You will need it to open a bank account, to be able to sign a work contract, to get free access to the libraries of the city hall, sign up for a gym, and so on. 

The Anmeldung (also called Meldebescheinigung or registration certificate) is the most important administrative piece of paper that you must obtain within 14 days  of your arrival in Berlin (according to § 11 of the law concerning registration in Berlin or Meldegesetz).

Every district has at least one registration office where you can register your new address, apply for an international driving licence, obtain an identity card and make use of other services.

Where to get your Anmeldung

To get the registration certificate you can go to nearest Bürgeramt (or Citizen Registration Office) of your area. Click here to find the registration office closest to you. (Note: the website, like most bureaucratic information, is only in German. The English version of the site just gives you tourist information.)

It is strongly recommended to get an appointment beforehand, since the queue can be quite long (from 1h if you are lucky to 4h and more). Also keep in mind that on Fridays the citizen registration offices are usually open only for those who have an appointment, while some others receive applicants only upon appointment confirmation. So make sure you don’t show up in  at the wrong place at the wrong time!

The appointment service is available online and is quite easy to use even if you don’t know German. We provided you with the links for the appointment service of each registration center below. Usually you have higher chances  of finding free slots for the next few days if you check the booking system at 8 AM - it doesn’t always work though, so we advise you to check in different offices and choose the one with the shorter waiting time. In the worst-case scenario, you might have to wait a couple of weeks. On this website (German only) you can find the full list of all the registration offices and their opening hours divided by discrict.   

Opening hours of the registration offices usually are:

  • Monday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Thursday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:00 am – 1:00 pm and by appointment

Documents you need to bring along for registering your new address in Berlin

Within two weeks after moving to Berlin – or even if you’ve just moved house within Berlin – you must register your new address with the authorities. There is no fee, and you can either download the registration form or fill one out at the district office. Here’s what you need to bring with you to the appointment:

  • Photo ID (your national identity card or passport; foreign driving licences usually aren’t accepted)
  • Registration form (Anmeldeformular)
  • Birth certificate (only for the first time you register in Berlin!)
  • Marriage certificate (only for first time)

Though on the website it says that one must bring a birth certificate and a marriage certificate if applicable, many EU and non-EU citizens can get away with just bringing a passport, since place of birth is also verified on that official document.