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Registration of persons

Moving in from another city

If you have moved to Essen from another city, you will have to register yourself, and if applicable everyone else who lives in your household, at the Bürgeramt (Citizen Centre).

Under the Registration Law, this registration process must take place within seven days of moving into the new property.

The registration process requires at least one member of the family to attend the Bürgeramt (Citizen Centre) in person. In order to register, personal identity documents, e.g. personal ID cards, must be submitted by all family members.

A landlord´s confirmation of tenancy is required.

You do not need to complete a registration form. You can submit the necessary details directly during processing at the Bürgeramt (Citizen Centre).

A printout will be provided of the data saved, for you to check and for your records.

Free registration forms are nevertheless still available in the Bürgeramt (Citizen Centre(s)).

De-registration with the previous registration authority is no longer necessary, as is the confirmation of the property owner regarding your moving in.

No fees are charged, provided that you register within the correct period.

One further important note:

Citizens of member states of the European Union, and the EEA states of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, can register at any Bürgeramt (Citizen Centre).

If you are a citizen of another country, you must first register in Essen with the Aliens Authority, Schederhofstr. 45, bringing the necessary documents with you.

Required documents

  • Any birth certificates or register
  • Personal ID card, passport, child's passport or child's personal ID card for all persons to be registered. In the case of personal ID cards, the address is changed; for passports, child's passports and child's personal ID cards, the new city of residence is entered.
  • landlord confirmation of tenancy

Contact information
Bürgeramt (Citizen Centre)

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