Abmeldung: deregistration of your address in Cologne/ Köln

What should I know when deregistering my address in Cologne?

  • Unfortunately, there is no actual digital deregistration process provided by the administration in Cologne. To complete your deregistration you can either go in person or send an authorized representative
  • Further, you can deregister via mail (post) in certain cases, such as when you have already moved abroad and you have no friends/ family in Germany who could represent you at the registration office
  • You have to follow certain steps and need to understand what registration offices in Cologne ask for in order to process your deregistration request
  • You have to adhere certain deadlines of the German law – German bureaucracy at its best…
  • And last but not least, the deregistration form is only available in German

How can I deregister while I am still in Cologne?

In person: You can easily deregister your residency in Cologne by going to a local registration office (Bürgeramt) and inform them that you are moving (abroad).

Below this article you will find a list of the respective registration office in Cologne where you can book appointments. To book an appointment, check out their official appointment booking website here.

The documents you need for this process are…

  • your valid passport (including your visa or permit of residence if you are from a non-EU country)
  • passports of all persons moving away in case of a deregistration of additional family members

However, to save time at your appointment, you can already fill out the deregistration form (find the form below this article under documents or at your local registration office) in advance and bring it to your appointment but it is not mandatory. Fortunately, the respective employee at the registration office will fill it out on behalf of you as well.

In case you are moving abroad, you will probably be asked about your follow-up address abroad. However, the most important information the registration office asks for is the country that you are moving to.

Once a local registration office in Cologne accepts all required documents, you will receive a deregistration confirmation right away and the deregistration process is completed.

Via an authorized representative: If you can not make it to the registration office yourself, you can authorize another person using a proxy form (find the form below this article under documents). This person also needs to book an appointment with one registration office in Cologne (see addresses below).

The documents needed for this process are…

  • his/ her own passport
  • a copy of your valid passport (including your visa or permit of residence if you are from a non-EU country)
  • a copy of the passports of all persons moving away in case of a deregistration of additional family members
  • completed deregistration form with your signature (matching the signature of your passport)
  • signed proxy form

Once a local registration office in Cologne accepts all required documents, the authorized person will receive a deregistration confirmation right away and the deregistration process is completed. Please ask this person to send you the confirmation.

Via mail (post): In case you already left Cologne/ Germany you can also complete the process by sending the required documents by mail to one of the registration offices in Cologne.

The documents needed for this process are…

  • a copy of your passport 
  • passport copies of all family members who are to be deregistered from that address 
  • the completed deregistration form for you + all family members who are to be deregistered (find below this article under documents) with your signature
  • a cover letter stating at which German address (best would be to use a friend’s address) you would like to receive your deregistration confirmation at

Once a local registration office in Cologne receives all required documents, the registration office will process your deregistration. This usually takes 2-3 weeks. However, currently due to COVID-19 delays are possible (up to 8 weeks). If you have not heard from them after 4 weeks, we suggest calling them directly. If no documents are missing the registration office will send the deregistration confirmation to the address you are deregistering per default. Hence it makes sense to indicate a friends’ address where you would like to receive it.

Via a service provider: If you don’t want to deal with this (very) bureaucratic task yourself, you can get assistance from us – Amtio – to get your deregistration done smooth and easy. You can either get support to do it yourself (=self service) or choose our “Personal Assistant Service” to hand over the task to us.

At which registration office (Bürgeramt) can I request my deregistration in Cologne?

You can request your deregistration at the registration office of the city or municipality where you are registered as a primary residence. The easiest way to find your respective registration office is by looking at your registration confirmation.

If you are registered in Cologne with your main residence, you can deregister at the registration office of your choice in all Cologne, regardless of your district of residence. Here, you can also deregister your secondary residence, if it is located outside of Cologne.

How does COVID-19 affect the deregistration process in Cologne?

Due to COVID-19 local registration offices in Cologne require you to book an appointment in advance either by phone, via email, via their website’s contact form or online. If you would like to handle your deregistration in person, the necessary protective measures for both customers and employees must be observed (hygiene, space, mask).

What else should I know about deregistering an address in Germany?

You can find more general information about how to deregister your German residency here.

About us

This blog article was written by us – Amtio – a service provider specialized in registering and deregistering people in Germany. By simply providing us with the necessary information and documents for the deregistration process, we will take over this bureaucratic task for you.

Click to view all Bürgeramt locations in Cologne

Main addresses for registration office/ Bürgeramt locations in Cologne:

Bezirksrathaus Chorweiler
Pariser Platz 1 (1. Etage),
50765 Köln
Tel.: 0221 / 221-0 or 115
Fax: 0221 / 221-96343

Fax: 0221 / 221-96343

Bezirksrathaus Ehrenfeld
Venloer Straße 419-421
50825 Köln
Tel.: 0221 / 221-0 or 115
Fax: 0221 / 221-94219

Kundenzentrum Innenstadt
Laurenzplatz 1-3
50667 Köln
Tel.: 0221 / 221-0 or 115
Fax: 0221 / 221-91484

Bezirksrathaus Kalk
Kalker Hauptstraße 247-273
51103 Köln
Tel.: 0221 / 221-0 or 115
Fax: 0221 / 221-98290

Bezirksrathaus Lindenthal
Aachener Straße 220
50931 Köln
Tel.: 0221 / 221-0 or 115
Fax: 0221 / 221-93212

Bezirksrathaus Mülheim
Wiener Platz 2a
51065 Köln
Tel.: 0221 / 221-0 or 115
Fax: 0221 / 221-99341

Bezirksrathaus Nippes
Neusser Straße 450
50733 Köln
Tel.: 0221 / 221-0 or 115
Fax: 0221 / 221-95298

Bezirksrathaus Porz
Friedrich-Ebert-Ufer 64-70
51143 Köln
Tel.: 0221 / 221-0 or 115
Fax: 0221 / 221-97437

Bezirksrathaus Rodenkirchen
Hauptstraße 85
50996 Köln
Tel.: 0221 / 221-0 or 115
Fax: 0221 / 221-6592200


Download legal documents provided by the registration office in Cologne:

Do you want experts to look after your deregistration?

Are you already abroad or simply don’t want to spend time and nerves on your deregistration in Cologne? Simply get in touch with us and we are happy to take care of it.