In order to fully settle in your new home in Munich, you need to complete the Munich residence registration. Yes, more paperwork, but thankfully registering your new home at the Munich registration office is pretty easy, compared to all the visa application hoops you’ve already jumped through! In fact, the Munich Anmeldung can be completed in 3 easy steps. Don’t wait too long, though as you need to register your address in Germany fairly quickly after moving in. So let’s get it done!
If you’re staying in Munich (and Germany in general) for over 3 months, you’ll need to register your home at the Burgeramt or Bürgerbüro (registration office). You need to register your address with the Munich registration office within 14 days of moving into your new Munich home!
Why do you need to register? Well, the registration makes you an official citizen of Munich! And without official registration in the city, you won’t be able to get some rather essential documentation to further kickstart your life in Germany. These documents are your Tax Identification Number and Registration Certificate. Without these documents, you’ll have a lot of trouble trying to get anything official done, and will not be able to start working in Germany if you’re eligible to do so.
The Registration Certificate, known as the Anmeldebestätigung or Meldebescheinigung, is your proof of registration. You get an Anmeldebestätigung once, whenever you move to a new address. The Meldebestätigung proves you still live at that address and you can request a new one at any time. Keep both documents safe, cause you’ll need it close at hand semi-regularly. You’ll need it for pretty much any service that needs official proof of residence, such as:
When you first register in Germany, you’ll also be given a Tax Identification Number, known as the Steueridentifikationsnummer. This number makes sure the German tax authorities know who you are and how much they should be taxing you. Not surprisingly, you’ll need this number when starting your new job in Germany, but also when you work as an intern at a Germany company. If you can’t provide your tax ID number, you’ll be taxed at a higher standard rate that would leave you with a lot less to spend each month.
All in all, you’d do well to get your city registration out of the way as soon as possible. Remember, you need to update your registration within 2 weeks, even if you end up moving to a new place inside Munich itself!
So now that you’re eager to get your registration started, let’s take a look at exactly the steps you need to undertake to complete your registration in Munich. Thankfully, it’s only 3 steps and we’ve already compiled a list of all the documents and information you need to provide in order to let the process run smoothly. It starts with arranging an appointment, followed by a hunt for the necessary documents and ends with an actual in-person appointment at the Munich Burgerburo office.
The first thing to do is make sure you actually have an appointment to attend once you arrive in Munich! However, it takes a little more preparation than this, as scheduling an appointment is usually only possible for dates anywhere from 3-6 weeks in the future. And yes, you need to register within 2 weeks of moving in. That means it’s a great idea to schedule your appointment from abroad, well in advance for your actual trip to Germany. Thankfully, Munich has multiple Bürgerbüro offices, so you don’t necessarily have to register at the one in your new Munich neighbourhood.
Since you’re planning an appointment from abroad, the best thing to do is to register for an appointment through the Bürgerbüro website. On this webpage, select Meldeangelegenheiten (registration services). Then select An- oder Ummeldung - Einzelperson (or Familie, if you’re also looking to register your entire family). Then click Weiter (next) at the bottom. Now you get to select which Buergerbuero you’d like to make an appointment at. I suggest using Google Maps to check which of the offices is closest to your new Munich home address or, depending on the urgency, which office has the best availability with regards to your moving schedule. After all, a different office can easily be reached with Munich’s proper Public transport system. Once an office has been selected, you can use the calendar to book an appointment for the next convenient date and time.
Boom, that was pretty easy, wasn’t it? Don’t forget to put a big fat reminder in your calendar!
While your appointment is probably some time away, you’ll have some time to gather all the necessary documentation! We’ve already made you a little Anmelding document checklist!
Almost done! All that’s left is the actual appointment! It’s likely that you’ll be visiting on of these offices:
Make sure you’re well on time, even if you have a set time slot. After all, punctuality is very much appreciated in Germany! In some cases, you may be assigned a number when you arrive (vorgangsnummer), so pay attention to the numbers called out or shown on screen. If you miss your number, you may need to plan a new appointment! Now that you have made it on time, all you have to do is wait your turn and present your documents to the clerk.
All you have to do now is wait! It will take anywhere from 2-4 weeks for you to receive your documentation by mail. So all you need to do is make sure that your mailbox has a nice, clear sticker with your name on it, so the Deutsche Post knows where to deposit your shiny new tax id number and registration documents!