Although a simple administrative step, doing your Anmeldung in Hamburg is a little challenge when not speaking any Germany. This English guide makes it extra-clear for you.
The Anmeldung is one of the most important administrative steps for anyone moving to Germany. It is the process of registering your current address with the local authorities and must be done in person at the nearest Bürgeramt or customer service center to your place of residence. The German government expects you to at least make an appointment for your Anmeldung within your first two weeks of arriving in Hamburg. Although this rule isn’t strictly enforced, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Once you have done your Anmeldung, you will be given a residence registration certificate called a Meldebescheinigung. While it might look like nothing more than a printed piece of paper, this document is extremely important. You need a Meldebescheinigung in order to open a bank account, get German health insurance, apply for a residence permit, enroll in university, get a mobile phone number and obtain a tax ID number.
This registration process can be an anxious experience for anyone moving to Germany. This is why we’ve put together this English Anmeldung guide for Hamburg if you can’t speak German yet.
As you will discover with every encounter with German bureaucracy, there is always a long list of documents that you need to bring with you. The Anmeldung is no exception. Before you leave your home, make sure you print these documents and bring them with you to the appointment:
The following people might be asked for additional documents:
You can book an appointment online at any customer service centre, or Kundenzentrum. You can find your nearest customer service centre by entering your home address in this authority finder.
Once you’ve found the appropriate center, you can book an appointment by following these steps:
Once you have completed the booking, you will receive an appointment number via email. Bring this number, along with all of the necessary documents with you to the customer service center.
In Hamburg, as in the rest of Germany, there’s a massive demand for Anmeldung appointments, which means you probably won’t get an appointment for a few weeks. This can be problematic if you urgently need an appointment in the next day or two. There are a few hacks to get around this:
Arrive at the customer service center on time with all the necessary documents. A few things to keep in mind:
Do I have to go in person?
Yes. To register your new address, it is mandatory to attend a physical appointment at a customer service center. You can’t do your Anmeldung online.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. You can arrange an appointment with your local Bürgeramt by phone, in person, or online.
Can I register as a subtenant?
Yes. For this, you need a landlord/lady confirmation form or Wohnungsgeberbestätigung. This shows that the landlord is aware of the sublet.
Hope this small guide was useful to you. Feel free to reach out for more info.