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Everyone who moves into a house or flat in Germany is obliged to register. Within two weeks of entering the country you will normally have to register at the Residents' Registration Office or the Immigration Office. In the city of Essen the Welcome Centre of Essen is responsible for registration and a first advice of international academics according to § 19 or § 20.

Required documents

  • the document "Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung" (landlord's confirmation) (Essen, Duisburg (PDF))
  • your birth certificate
  • your passport or equivalent document

After registration you will receive

  • Taxpayer Identification Number ("Steueridentifikationsnummer"), which will be sent to you by post after you have registered
  • "Meldebescheinigung" which confirms that you have registered

Moving within Germany

Even if you are "only" moving within Germany, you still need to go to the Foreigners' Office or Registration Office in the city you are moving to to change your address.

EU-Nationals

If you are a national of an EU member state, you are not required to register with the Foreigners' Registration Office, but rather – just like every German – with the local Office of Residents' Registration (Einwohnermeldeamt or Citizens’ Office (Bürgeramt), also Local Authority (Bezirksamt)) within two weeks in your new place of residence; an exception is the city of Mülheim, where you should register centrally with the Foreigners' Registration Office. For Duisburg and Essen, make sure which local authority is responsible for your place of residence.

Bezirksamt
Duisburg (DU)

Bezirksamt Mitte
Sonnenwall 73-75
47051 Duisburg
Phone: 0203-94000

E-Mail

Office Hours:
Mon-Wed 8:00 - 16:00 h
Thu 8:00 - 18:00 h
Fri 8:00 - 14:00

Stadt Duisburg

Bürgeramt
Essen (E)

Bürgeramt Innenstadt
Gildehof Hollestr. 3
45127 Essen
Phone: 0201-88 33222

E-Mail

Office Hours:
Mon-Tue 8:00 - 15:00 h
Wed 7:00 - 13:00 h
Thu 8:00 - 18:00 h
Fri 8:00 - 13:00 h

Stadt Essen

 

Non-EU and non-EEA citizens

After your entry into Germany you must register your new place of residence within two weeks. You must appear during office hours in the Foreigners' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) within this time frame. Please make an appointment to register well in advance. The responsible authority for your registration is the aliens authorities for the area in which you reside.

NB: An EEA national is a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway.

Foreigners‘ Registration Office Address Office Hours Appointments
       

For a breakdown of Duisburg city areas
» see Stadt Duisburg

Duisburg Centre/ South      

Foreigners‘ Registration Office
 

Sittardsberger Allee 14 (Buchholz)
47249 Duisburg 
 
» E-Mail

Mon-Wed 8:00-16:00 h
Fri 8:00-12:00 h

Central
Reception

Phone:
0203 2837246

Duisburg North      

Foreigners‘ Registration Office
 

 

Duisburger Str. 213 (Hamborn)
47166 Duisburg 
 
» E-Mail

Mon-Wed 8:00-16:00 h
Fri 8:00-12:00 h

Central
Reception

Phone:
0203 2835568

Duisburg West      
Foreigners‘ Registration Office
 
Bismarckplatz 1 (Homberg)
47198 Duisburg 
 
» E-Mail
Mon-Wed 8:00-16:00 h
Fri 8:00-12:00 h

Central
Reception

Phone:
0203 2838806

Essen      

Foreigners‘ Registration Office 

Schederhofstr. 45
45145 Essen 
 
» E-Mail

» Stadt Essen

Mon, Tue, Thurs 08:00 - 13:00
Mon, Tues 14:00 - 15:00
Thurs 14:00 - 18:00
Fri 08:00 - 12:30
Closed on Wednesdays

Central
Reception

Phone:
0201 8838883

Essen      
Welcome Center
Gildehof
Hollestr. 3
45127 Essen
 
 
Tues 08:00 - 15:00
Thurs 08:00 - 18:00
Fri 08:00 - 13:00
Closed on Mondays
and Wednesdays

Phone:
0201 88 33888

Telephone hours:
Mon 08:00 - 12:00
Tues 08:00 - 15:00
Wed 08:00 - 12:00
Thurs 08:00 - 18:00
Fri 08:00 - 13:00