Important Documents required (Wichtigste Dokumente)
To begin, you will need to gather the following documents
- Passport or other photo ID
- A lease or Rental contract, and
- Anmeldebestätigung (registration confirmation).
Passport or other photo ID: You will need to provide at least one of the following documents as proof of identification:
- An international passport or national ID card.
- An immigration visa (Aufenthaltserlaubnis).
Rental Agreement(Mietvertrag): You must provide a copy of your rental agreement or lease (Mietvertrag), which you and your landlord must sign. If you do not have a written lease, you can still register your apartment. However, it is recommended that you get a written agreement to avoid any potential disputes with your landlord.
Move-in Confirmation/Anmeldebestätigung: You will need to provide a registration confirmation (Anmeldebestätigung) from your place of residence in Germany. If you have just arrived in Germany, you can Anmeldung your place of residence at the local Einwohnermeldeamt or Bürgeramt.
The Anmeldung should generally be completed and delivered on the same day, and you will receive your Tax ID (Steuer ID) by post after a few weeks. After signing up for your apartment, you can expect the Radio taxes (Rundfunkbeitrag) registration document to arrive in the mail quickly.