Obligation to register
When you move into or out of domicile, you must register or de-register within two weeks.
De-registration of your domicile is only necessary in this case if you move abroad or give up one or several domiciles (secondary domiciles). If you move home within Germany, you are only required to re-register with the registration office of the municipality to which you move; de-registration with the registration office of the municipality which you are leaving is not required in this case.
The obligation to register is independent of nationality and irrespective of whether the person is entitled to use the domicile (house occupation) or whether he/she has the required residency permit.
Domicile within the meaning of the registration law is every enclosed space used for living or sleeping. Quarters on board a ship of the Federal Armed Forces is also deemed to be a domicile. A domicile is also weekend houses, community lodgings, sub-leased rooms and sleeping spaces that are used at least occasionally for living or sleeping. Size and quality are irrelevant. Caravans and houseboats are only considered to be a domicile when they are not or only occasionally moved.
If you have several domiciles in Germany, the one that you use most is your main domicile and the others are secondary domiciles.
Who do I have to contact?
Please contact the registration office (formerly known as the “Einwohnermeldeamt”) of your municipality or town.
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