HOW TO DEREGISTER in Germany
Fill out German deregistration form online (Abmeldung)
Fill out German deregistration form online (Abmeldung)
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There is a lot of confusing information about German deregistration online. How do I know that I can rely on the answers provided on here?
Our information is based on the experiences of +5500 previous users, and personal interviews conducted with German officials in 16 different registration offices all over Germany (last updated in August 2019).
We are here for you. You can always reach us either by email or live chat, if you have any questions about the process.
We also have colleagues users feeding us with live information about changes in bureaucratic procedures all the time. Of course, there is no guarantee for anything when it comes to the German ‘living organ’ called bureaucracy.
That’s why we offer you our money-back-guarantee.
Our guarantee to our users: You only pay once you are actually deregistered*. You can find out if you are successfully deregistered by, a), calling the registration office where you deregistered, or b), receiving a deregistration confirmation letter.
*If you have not successfully deregistered or received the required confirmation from the German deregistration office within 45 days of sending them your filled-out deregistration form, you can claim your money back (proof needed). Please get in touch with us by providing your name, email address, customer/invoice number, a short explanation of the situation and attachment of the proof/documents.
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The guarantor is Expat Services UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Almstadtstr. 25, 10119 Berlin. The guarantee period is 45 days after dispatch of the letter with deregistration (proof required) to the Bürgeramt; at the latest 60 days after purchase. The guarantee is valid in Germany. The payment will be refunded within 7 days, the credit on the account/credit card can take several weeks and depends on the payment processor. The legal rights of the consumer remain unaffected by the guarantee and are not limited by the guarantee.
1. In short: How to deregister your address when you leave Germany
Step-by-Step: How do I deregister my address / residence in Germany?
When you leave Germany to move to another country permanently, then you must deregister your German address (Wohnsitz). In other words, you must notify the German authorities that you will no longer be residing in Germany.
Deregistration is probably the easiest bureaucratic step in Germany. Maybe that’s because Germany wants you to remember the good sides once you leave.
1. Fill out the “Abmeldungsformular”, the German deregistration form. You can do this on our website in English, if you wish. After payment we will send you the translated deregistration form with your data on it and further instructions.
2. Print the form and sign it.
3. Make a copy of your passport.
4. Send the passport copy and the deregistration form to your local German registration office. The address of this registration office will be printed on the cover letter that we will send to you, if you use our service.
Alternatively, you can deregister at the office in person.
2. Who must deregister (abmelden)?
If you are leaving Germany to move to another country, it is time to deregister your German residence (Wohnsitz abmelden).
This applies to everyone, Germans and non-Germans alike. If you leave Germany to live elsewhere, you must let the authorities know about this.
In case you have never registered in Germany (anmelden), then you don’t need to deregister.
If you move to another place within Germany, you don’t need to deregister; but you need to re-register. In other words, you have to repeat the initial residence registration (Anmeldung). Your old residence then gets deregistered automatically.
3. When to deregister your residence in Germany?
Normally you should deregister before you move away. Ideally, you send off the deregistration form 2 weeks before leaving Germany. Normally, you can not make an appointment at Bürgeramt earlier than 7 days before you leave. If you need to do it earlier, get in touch with your local registration office to enquire about options.
It is recommended to send the deregistration documents up until 14 days after your departure.
If you have forgotten to deregister in the past, better do it now quickly. This is because you may be liable to pay tax in Germany as long as you are officially registered to live in Germany. See point 5. for more information.
4. How to deregister, if you don’t speak German?
No worries, that is exactly why we have created our deregistration package. Using our online form, you do not need to be able to read the German official deregistration form. To date, there are no official English translations of these forms. If you use our service, we will automatically translate everything for you. In short, you fill out the form in English and we will send the German original version to you – with your data on it. You will also receive instructions and this guide to help you.
In theory, all German officials should have basic English skills. This is not always the case.
Some tips from previous users include: If you call an information hotline and the official does not speak English, simply call again, hoping someone else will pick up. You can also ask to be transferred to someone who speaks English (“Könnten Sie mich bitte mit jemandem verbinden, der Englisch spricht?”). Alternatively, ask a friend to call them on your behalf.
You can always go to your local registration office in person to ask for help. However, be aware that there may be long waiting times, if you have not made an appointment. Make sure to bring all necessary documents (copy of your passport, etc). And, ideally, bring a German-speaking friend.
5. Why do I need to deregister my German residence? What happens, if I just leave?
First of all, it is required by law that you deregister your residence once you no longer live in Germany. Once you deregister, you receive a document that confirms your deregistration (‘Abmeldebescheinigung‘ or ‘Abmeldebestätigung‘).
You need this document to cancel running contracts in Germany. It allows you to cancel contracts before they would normally end (for example, if you have a 2-year long gym contract in Germany, you can cancel the contract early and save a lot of money!). You simply have to show them a copy of the deregistration confirmation.
The end of all your contracts will be the day of your departure, which is written on the deregistration confirmation.
6. I forgot to deregister and I have already left Germany. Is it too late now?
If you have left Germany without deregistering then… don’t panic. Most registration offices require you to send them the deregistration form 14 days after your departure. Nevertheless, most of our users were fine, if they submitted it after 14 days.
You can simply fill out the deregistration form online, indicating the correct move-out date, even if it is in the past. It is important that you send the deregistration form to the registration office in the German city in which you were originally registered (for example, if you moved to Munich and registered there, you must also deregister in Munich, if you registered in Potsdam, then you must deregister in Potsdam etc).
Note 1: Some registration offices do not send confirmation letters to an address outside of Germany. As such, it may be easier and safer, if you still have friends/relatives in Germany. You can ask them, if it would be alright, to provide their address on the deregistration form, so that your deregistration confirmation will be sent to their address.
Note 2: You may have trouble deregistering in hindsight, if you were registered in Saarbrücken – we were told that they do not accept documents sent from abroad! It may sound strange, but apparently some small towns in Germany, especially in the South, don’t have a lot of experience deregistering non-Germans, so they are confused when they get letters from an international address. Again, it might be useful to provide a German address from a friend or relative on the letter.
Note 3. We always recommend getting in touch directly with your registration office, if you are in any kind of doubt. Then you can ask them where to send the deregistration form that you have filled out on our website.
7. Can I deregister without using the German deregistration form?
Yes, you can. Upon calling a number of registration offices in Germany, we were repeatedly told that you deregister without using the official deregistration form (updated in August 2019), as long as you provide the following points of data on a piece of sheet.
On a A4 paper you have to write:
However: Most German officials in registration offices normally prefer you to use the common deregistration forms to make their work easier. In fact, we have had many users who were unsuccessful trying to deregister by just putting their data onto a simple piece of paper. This is because not all officials are aware that you can deregister this way. Some registration offices in Germany even have their own tailor-made deregistration form. The bottom line is: Always double-check with your local registration office.
8. What documents do you need for your deregistration in Germany?
To successfully deregister in Germany you need the following documents:
1. The filled-out deregistration form (Abmeldeformular)
2. Your passport
3. A copy of your passport (black / white is acceptable)
Note: You no longer need a move-out confirmation from your German landlord. This regulation was changed some years ago.
9. Where do I deregister? How to find my registration office?
To find out where your nearest registration office is located in your city:
Google ‘your city (+ district) + Bürgeramt’ or ‘your city + district + Einwohnermeldebehörde’.
Bürgeramt and Einwohnermeldebehörde are both two official terms that mean the same thing, namely ‘registration office’ or ‘municipal office’.
Once you google it, the address should immediately appear on Google, or in one of the first few search results.
If you want to deregister in Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt a.M., Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg or Stuttgart, use our deregistration form. Then you don’t need to look up the registration office. We have already printed the address on your deregistration cover letter.
10. How do I get my ‘Abmeldebestätigung’ (deregistration confirmation)?
‘Abmeldebestätigung‘ is an official German document that confirms that you have deregistered in Germany. This document is very important because it is written proof that you are no longer resident in Germany.
Please note that you do not automatically receive a deregistration confirmation. You must ask for it. If you deregister in person, you can receive the written confirmation on the spot.
You can also ask for the deregistration confirmation in written. After you send off your deregistration documents to the registration office, the confirmation should be sent to your German address after about 1-2 weeks. If you have not received a confirmation within 2 weeks, please call the office directly to follow up.
Please remember that some German offices do not send deregistration confirmation letters to an international address. So if you no longer live in Germany and you absolutely need the Abmeldebestätigung, you can do is the following: Ask a former employer or a friend in Germany, if it’s okay, if the deregistration confirmation is sent to their address. Once they receive it, they can always post it to you or send it via email.
If you want the deregistration confirmation be sent to a specific address in Germany, you can simply do this as part of our deregistration package. Alternatively, you can simply include a piece of paper with your deregistration documents that says:
Bitte senden Sie die Abmeldebestätigung an folgende Adresse in Deutschland: Maria Mueller, Amanstr. 21, 12332 Berlin)
(English translation, ‘Please send the deregistration confirmation form to this address in Germany: Your address’)
11. How do I know, if my German "Abmeldung" (deregistration) was successful?
You know that your deregistration was successful, if you receive a deregistration confirmation (Abmeldebestätigung), see above.
If you did not receive a deregistration confirmation (Abmeldebestätigung), then you can call the registration office where you sent the deregistration letter. They can tell you on the phone whether you are ‘listed as deregistered ‘ on their computer.
To find out the telephone number of the registration office, google ‘your city + Bürgeramt Telefon’.
12. What to do, if the registration office did not receive my documents?
If you sent the deregistration documents to your registration office but it turns out they never arrived, or rather, did not get processed, then what to do? Most likely the letter got lost on the way to the office, or got lost somewhere in the office.
In this case, you will need to print the deregistration form again and resubmit them. Luckily, this does not happen very often.
It is always sensible to make sure your deregistration was successful as soon as possible – make sure to get that piece of paper that confirms your deregistration, or call the office to check if you are deregistered successfully by phone.
13. Do I have to deregister, if I move to another address within Germany?
If you move within Germany, then you don’t have to deregister (abmelden) your old German address. You simply have to register the new address. This process is called ‘Ummeldung’, literally ‘re-registration‘.
When you register a new address, your old address is automatically deregistered – unless, of course, it’s a second address and you live at both places. Even if you just move down the street, you still have to register your new residence. There is no way around this. You must be registered at the address where you are actually living.
If you want to be registered at two places at the same time, you must indicate this on your registration form (Anmeldeformular). You can do these kinds of changes on here https://www.sympat.me/solutions/registration-form-anmeldung-germany/.
14. List of major German registration offices
German registration offices / municipal offices (Einwohnermeldeämter)
Berliner Platz 2′
Tel. 0228 770
Tel. 0421 36188666
Tel. 0221 / 221-0
Tel. 0231 5013331
Hoyerswerdaer Str. 3
Tel. 0351 4886655
Abteilung Standesamt – 33/2
Tel. 0211 89-91
‘Frankfurt am Main’
Zentrales Bürgeramt Frankfurt am Main
Zeil 3, 60313 Frankfurt am Main
Tel. 069 115
Bezirksamt Hamburg-Mitte – Kundenzentrum
Caffamacherreihe 1-3, 20355 Hamburg
Tel. 040 428280
Bürgeramt Bemerode – Hannover
Bemeroder Rathauspl. 1, 30539 Hannover
Tel. 0511 16833102
‘Bürgeramt Altstadt – Abmeldung Wohnsitz
Bergheimer Str. 69
Tel. 06221 58-17000
‘Bürgerbüro K8 – Karlsruhe’
Kaiserallee 8, 76133 Karlsruhe
Tel. 0721 115
Bürgeramt Leipzig Südwest-Zentrum
Bismarckstraße 39 04249 Leipzig
Tel. 0341 123-0
K7 – Bürgeramt
Landeshauptstadt München – HA II Bürgerangelegenheiten
Tel. 089 23396000
Vitus-Center Eingang E
Tel. 02161 250
Äußere Laufer G. 25
Tel. 0911 2310
Tel. 0681 9050
‘Bürgerbüro Mitte – Schwabenzentrum B4’
Tel. 0711 21693740
‘Dotzheimer Straße 6-8’
Tel. 0611 313344
Various Registration Offices in Berlin, central telephone hotline 030 115
‘Charlottenburg – Wilmersdorf’
Wilmersdorfer Str. 46,
in den Wilmersdorfer Arcaden
Bürgeramt 2 (Lichtenberg)
Normannenstr. 1 – 2′
‘Marzahn – Hellersdorf’
Bürgeramt Marzahner Promenade
Marzahner Promenade 11
Bürgeramt Rathaus Mitte
Bürgeramt Rathaus Neukölln
Breite Str. 24A – 26
Bürgeramt Rathaus Reinickendorf
Tempelhofer Damm 165
Bürgeramt I in Köpenick
This website is the most extensive resource with regards to deregistration in Germany I’ve come across. Big thumbs up for the research that went into this project, guys. In short, what happened: I filled out the deregistration form on this website, made the payment, received the PDF with the official German deregistration form via email, printed it, sent it off to the address that was provided on the letter. My opinion? Finally a project that serves a need!
Being Dutch I always felt my German skills were alright. That being said, filling this official document out in English was a great help. I was missing a printer though – important detail! Make sure you can print the form somewhere. I printed the form at work, signed it. Made a copy of my passport. The Meldeamt was next to my workplace in Cologne, so I just dropped the documents off in person. This was good actually, because I got the deregistration confirmation right away. I was able to use this to cancel my gym contract, which I thought was great!
All in all, this is a fantastic website and I wish there were more projects like this, for other bureaucratic procedures, too.
What I really liked about this online form is that you are able to save the form and return to it later, in case you do not have time to fill it out in one session.
Little note: Filling in all the fields of the abmeldung-form took me a little longer than I thought. Why? I was not sure about, firstly, when my last day in Germany would be, and 2, which address I would be moving to after leaving Germany. And these information are necessary!
So my advice to other users would be: Be sure to have these details at hand when you fill out this form.
In their accordion, they explain how you can deregister without using this paid online form – which I think is kind of awesome. You only pay, if you want to support the project and/or want to make use of the translation service.
As for my own experience with using the paid deregistration form on here: After sending off the form, I received the deregistration confirmation within less than a week. That’s what I call smooth sailing.
My German skills are solid but I was happy to pay for this translation service anyway because you never know with bureaucratic language – sometimes you miss something important.
It all went extremely smoothly; it took me about 5 minutes to fill out the form. Then I sent it to the Bürgeramt in Berlin, the address was printed on the cover letter. The officials sent the deregistration confirmation to a friend of mine who still lives in Berlin. Seemingly, it was not a problem that I deregistered approximately one year too late – phew.