Once you have moved into your accommodation in Germany, and you are planing to stay more than 3 months in Germany, you must comply with the Registration Act and register with the Citizens' Office (Bürgeramt) of the city of your residence within two weeks. International academics, scientists and researchers are also required to register. The registration and is free-of-charge. You will require the following papers and documents to be able to register:

  •  Lessor´s confirmation/Wohnungsgeberbestätigung (please find download on the right side of this page);
  • Proof of identity for all persons registering (ID card or passport);
  •  If you arrive with your spouse: marriage certificate (original + certified translation)
  •  If you have children coming with you: birth certificates (original + certified translation)

With the city of Frankfurt you have to book an appointment online before visiting the Bürgeramt (link available in German only). On Mondays and Wednesdays you can go without appointment.

At the Bürgeramt you will receive a registration certificate, which you will need, among other, when applying for a residence permit or opening a bank account. Please make sure, that your name is well visible on the mailbox of your place, because subsequently a letter containing your German tax number will be sent to you by mail.

Please note: if you move to another accommodation during your stay, you have to re-register with the local Bürgeramt responsible for your new place of residence, i.e. you have to register your new address. When leaving Germany, you have to de-register at the Bürgeramt.

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