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Register your residence as your main residence

If you move into a new main residence, you must register in person with the registration office responsible for you at your new place of residence within two weeks of moving in.

The municipalities of Stuttgart, Freiburg im Breisgau, Oberndorf and Ladenburg are currently piloting electronic residence registration. You can also register your new main residence online here under certain conditions (see below).

The following applies as your main residence:

  • If you are married or living in a civil partnership: the home primarily used by both of you. This also applies if you are only living apart temporarily.
  • If you are married or in a civil partnership and live apart permanently: Your predominantly used home.
  • If you are a minor: the home mainly used by your parents or foster parents. If they live separately, the main residence is the home you mainly live in.
  • If you cannot clearly determine the home you mainly use: Your home in which you have the centre of your life.
  • If you have several homes in Germany, your main home is the home you primarily use.

Related forms and processes

Prerequisite

  • You are moving
  • With electronic residence registration (pilot operation in the municipalities of Stuttgart, Freiburg i.Br., Oberndorf and Ladenburg):
    • You are moving to one of the above pilot municipalities.
    • You are of legal age.
    • You are not married and do not have a registered civil partnership.
    • You are moving into your new home without underage children.
    • You have a (service-bw) user account.

Responsible department

the registration office of your new place of residence

The registration authority is

  • the municipal/city administration of your place of residence or
  • the administrative community or the municipality that fulfils the tasks of the registration authority for your municipality of residence.

Procedure

To register, you usually have to appear in person at the registration office. The registration office will record your new data and provide you with a printout of the data. You confirm the accuracy and completeness of your data by signing the printout. You will then receive written confirmation in the form of an official registration confirmation.

For electronic residence registration (pilot operation in the municipalities of Stuttgart, Freiburg im Breisgau, Oberndorf and Ladenburg):

  • You call up the online service.
  • You log in to the online service with your (service-bw) user account.
  • You enter all the required data online and submit the form online.
  • You will then receive your electronic registration confirmation.

Deadlines

You must register your new place of residence within 2 weeks of moving into your new home.

Required documents

  • At least one proof of identity. These are usually:
    • Identity card and / or passport
    • Identity documents of family members: For children who do not have a children's passport, you must present the birth certificate.
  • Certificate from the landlord (if you are moving into a rented property)
  • Power of attorney if you wish to register on behalf of another person

The competent authority may request the submission of further documents to verify the information (for example: marriage certificate, birth certificate).

Tip:You can have the address in your identity documents updated at the same time as registering your place of residence.

For electronic residence registration(pilot operation in the municipalities of Stuttgart, Freiburg i.Br., Oberndorf and Ladenburg):

  • ID card with online ID function and AusweisApp2
  • Certificate from the landlord (when moving into a rented property)

Costs

none

Processing time

Online: The processing time is about 5 minutes.

Miscellaneous

If you are under the age of 16, your new main residence must be registered by the person whose home you are moving into.

If you are over 18 years of age and a carer or guardian has been appointed for you who can determine your residence, then your new main residence must be registered by your carer or guardian.

You only have to register newborn babies born in Germany if they move into a different home to that of their parents or mother.

Your landlord is obliged to confirm in writing that you have moved into the new home. Present this certificate to the registration office. Confirmation from the landlord is also possible electronically. In this case, you will receive an allocation feature which is used to process the confirmation.

Appeal

Lawsuit

Legal basis

Bundesmeldegesetz:

  • § 17 Anmeldung, Abmeldung
  • § 19 Mitwirkung des Wohnungsgebers
  • § 21 Mehrere Wohnungen
  • § 23 Erfüllung der allgemeinen Meldepflicht
  • § 23a Elektronische Anmeldung
  • § 24 Datenerhebung Meldebestätigung
  • § 25 Mitwirkungspflichten der meldepflichtigen Person

Allgemeine Verwaltungsvorschrift zur Durchführung des Bundesmeldegesetzes (BMGVwV)

Baden-württembergisches Ausführungsgesetz zum Bundesmeldegesetz(BW AGBMG)

  • § 5 Führung und Aufgaben des zentralen Meldeportals Baden-württembergisches Ausführungsgesetz zum Bundesmeldegesetz

Release note

machine generated, based on the German release by: Innenministerium Baden-Württemberg, 12.03.2024