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Abmeldung: How To Deregister Your Address When Leaving Germany

Anyone who is leaving Germany and moving to another country is legally required to deregister.

The so-called Abmeldung (German term for deregistration) should be done before your departure but you can also do it after you have left. Based on the “registration law” you need to deregister 7 days before and latest 14 days after you have left the country ( see details here: Bundesmeldegesetz (BMG) § 17 Abmeldung) .

Do I need to deregister?

Everyone leaving Germany and moving to another country must deregister their residence. (Germans call it Wohnsitz abmelden)

This applies to both foreigners and Germans.

In case you have not actually registered in Germany you will not need to deregister.

You also need to deregister if…

  • you are leaving one of several apartments in Germany, for which you are registered and the Berlin apartment persists
  • you give up one of several Berlin apartments, for which you are registered
  • you give up a main or secondary residence, without moving in to another apartment in

Why do I need a deregistration confirmation (Abmeldebestätigung)?

To obtain this official document is very important when leaving Berlin. Otherwise you might still have to pay taxes here. Legally all registered people living in Germany also have to pay tax here.

Also you will also need the deregistration confirmation to cancel your broadcast licence, health insurance and other contracts. The confirmation mostly allows you to cancel contracts even before they would actually end. Therefore it is highly recommendable to deregister as soon as possible.

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When do I need to deregister in Germany?

Ideally you should deregister before you leave. Send off your deregistration form about 3 weeks before your departure. Legally you are required to deregister within 14 days after your depature. Once you have deregistered, you will receive a document confirming your deregistration called Abmeldebestätigung/Abmeldebescheinigung.

What documents do I need to deregister?

To complete you deregistration you will need the following documents:

  • Passport (a copy of your passport (it is sufficient to have it in black/white)
  • Deregistration Form (Your filled out deregistration form (Abmeldeformular)
  • Cover Letter (optional)

Since 2016 you will not need a landlord confirmation to deregister anymore

How can I deregister when still in Germany?

  1. Download Deregistration form

    Download the deregistration form here

  2. Fill in your details

    Simply fill in your details

  3. Print and sign the form

    Print and sign the documents. Note: It´s mandatory to use the same signature you used to sign your passport

  4. Scan your passport

    Scan and print your passport and include it when sending the documents.

  5. Send the documents

    Send the form to your responsible local registration office, the Bürgeramt. You can also take it there in person. Corona update: Most of the administration offices ask you to send your matter via mail to minimize personal contact.

  6. Wait for the reply

    It usually takes between 1-3 weeks before the administration sends your deregistration confirmation. If you have not heard from them after 4 weeks, we suggest to call them directly. The confirmation will be send to the address you are deregistering per default.

  7. Create a Cover Letter (Optional)

    If you´d like somebody else to receive your confirmation, you can also add a cover letter to your deregistration from, stating that you´d like person X to receive your confirmation.
    Bitte senden Sie die Abmeldebescheinigung an die nachstehende deutsche Adresse: (add in German address) (English: Please send the deregistration confirmation to the following German address: (address)

    Don´t forget to sign this letter as well.

I already left Germany and have not deregistered – what shall I do now?

Well, it possible to deregister after you have left Germany, just be aware of following points:

  • You will need to send your deregistration form to the registration office within 14 days of your departure. If you pass the 14 days, you can still send it, usually this is accepted.
  • Most administration offices will not send the deregistration confirmation to your new address abroad. To confirm your deregistration, call the registration office or provide a German address they can send the confirmation to (see explanation below).
  • If you can´t provide a German address, you might consider aksing a service provider to take care of it.

How to receive your deregistration confirmation from abroad

The registration office does not send you the deregistration confirmation by default and they normally neither send it to international addresses. Therefore to obtain an deregistration confirmation (Abmeldebestätigung) on paper you can ask a former friend in Berlin if the registration office can send it to their address. In this way your friend can sent it you via e-mail or mail.

Note: Add the following to your deregistration form – Bitte senden Sie die Abmeldebescheinigung an die nachstehende deutsche Adresse: (add in German address)(English: Please send the deregistration confirmation to the following German address: (address)

How long will it take before I reveice my confirmation from the administration?

Depending on the city it can take up to 3 weeks before receiving the confirmation. The smaller the city, the quicker they are.

Corona update: Due to the pandemic, most admistration offices face a higher work load. This is why it might take even longer than 3 weeks before they send out your “Abmeldung”.

Do I have to deregister if I move to another address within Berlin/Germany (Ummeldung)?

When moving within Berlin or Germany, you will not have to deregister your address.However you have to register the new address. Germans call this Ummeldung (re-registration).

It is important you are registered at the address where you are living.When filling out the new registration form, note down your old address on the form. The registration office will automatically deregister your old address and replace it by the new one. You can also keep two residences but make sure to indicate this on the form.

Can somebody take over the process for me?

Yes, indeed. This blog articel was written by a service provider specialized in registering and deregistering people in Germany. If you like more information on how we can help with this bureaucratic task, check your service options and get in touch with us. We are looking forward to assist.


Click to view all Bürgeramt locations in Berlin

Click to view Meldegesetz (German Registration Law in German)

Main Addresses for Bürgeramt Locations in Berlin

Bezirksamt Charlottenburg/Wilmersdorf

Bürgeramt Halemweg (Außenstelle)
Halemweg 18 13627 Berlin
Tel.: (030) 9029-25222
Fax: (030) 9029-2522

Bezirksamt Friedrichshain – Kreuzberg
Bürgeramt 1 (Kreuzberg),
Yorckstraße 4-11 10965 Berlin
Tel.: (030) 115
Fax: (030) 90298 – 3165

Bezirksamt Lichtenberg
Bürgeramt 1 (Neu- Hohenschönhausen) Egon-Erwin-Kisch-Straße
Egon-Erwin-Kisch-Straße 106 13059 Berlin
Tel.: (030) 115
Fax: (030) 90296-777819

Bezirksamt Marzahn – Hellersdorf
Bürgeramt Biesdorf – Center
Elsterwerdaer Platz 3 12683 Berlin
Postanschrift
Bürgeramt
12591 Berlin
Tel.: (030) 115
Fax: (030) 90293-5515

Bezirksamt Mitte
Bürgeramt Rathaus Mitte
Karl-Marx-Allee 31 10178 Berlin
Tel.: (030) 115
Fax: (030)9018 23060

Bezirksamt Pankow
Bürgeramt Pankow
Breite Str. 24A – 26 13187 Berlin
Tel.: (030) 115
Fax: (030) 90295-2576

Bezirksamt Reinickendorf
Bürgeramt Rathaus Reinickendorf
Eichborndamm 215 13437 Berlin
Tel.: (030) 115
Fax: (030) 90294-2994

Bezirksamt Spandau
Bürgeramt Spandau – Bürgeramt Rathaus Spandau
Carl-Schurz-Str. 2/6 13597 Berlin
Tel.: 115
Fax: (030) 90279-2828

Bezirksamt Steglitz – Zehlendorf
Bürgeramt Steglitz
Schloßstraße 37 12163 Berlin
Tel.: (030) 115
Fax: (030) 90299-3370

Bezirksamt Tempelhof – Schöneberg
Bürgeramt Schöneberg
John-F.-Kennedy-Platz – 10825 Berlin
Tel.: 115
Fax: (030) 90277-7021

Bezirksamt Treptow – Könighof
Bürgeramt I in Köpenick
Alt-Köpenick 21 12555 Berlin
Tel.: 115
Fax: (030) 90297-2845

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