If you are planning to stay in Germany for more than 3 months, you must register your residence within two weeks after moving into your domicile according to the Registration Act (Meldegesetz).
If you are planning to stay less than 3 months, but need a local bank account, you may still have to register in order to open the account.
Registration takes place in one of the Bürgerämter (citizens' offices) of the city of Frankfurt.
When you go to your appointment, make sure to bring with you the following documents:
- a confirmation of residence (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung) filled out and signed by your landlord,
- your passport,
- if your spouse is accompanying you, your marriage certificate (with translation) and your spouse’s passport,
- if your children are accompanying you, their birth certificate(s) (with translation) and their passport(s).
Registering your residence is free of charge.
At the citizens’ office you will receive your residence registration (Meldebescheinigung), which you will need in order to apply for your residence permit (Aufenthaltsgenehmigung) or to open a bank account.
If you change your domicile during your time in Germany, you must register the new address (ummelden) at the citizens’ office (Bürgeramt). When you leave Germany, you must deregister your residence (abmelden) at the citizens’ office. These actions also require making an appointment in advance.
Feel free to contact the IO for support at any time during this administrative process.
Please take note of the information on the homepage of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building, and Community.