Register at the citizens office Kreisverwaltungsreferat
As in other countries, in Germany you are obliged to register personally as a new citizen at the government’s office, also if you are German. How to do this and why?
The Bürgerbüro at the Kreisverwaltungsreferat at the subway (U-Bahn) station “Poccistrasse” (U3/U6) opens from Monday to Friday. Opening times are:
Monday: 07.30 - 12.00 Tuesday: 08.30 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 18.00 Wednesday: 07.30 - 12.00 Thursday: 08.30 - 15.00 Friday: 07.30 - 12.00
We recommend you to be there before it opens, some ten minutes before opening time will be good. There is usually a very high frequency of people and if you don’t come early, usually there are very long waiting times. Be also aware that almost certainly, no one will speak English with you! The Munich town governmental offices will only speak German, only in rare cases, you will be helped out in English.
Once the KVR opens and you enter, you have to find your section, according to the first letter of your last name. The offices for registration (Bürgerbüro) are all on the ground floor. There, you will have to pull a number on a ticket machine. Then, you have to wait until your number is called and enter one of the offices. When you are in, you can say something like:
“Guten Tag, ich möchte mich gerne als neuer Bürger anmelden.” which means “Hello, I would like to register as a new citizen.”
The person at the desk will revise your passport and see your registration form. Sometimes, additional information is required. Since 2015, there is a new rule that obliges you to show your rental contract (if you rent a flat) together with a letter from your landlady/landlord, that confirms your rental of her/his flat.
To register, you will need to fill in a form called “Anmeldeformular”. You can find the official page of the KVR with the registration form here: Oficial KVR Site
There is also the form your landlady/landlord will have to fill out, called “Wohnungsgeberbestätigung”.
We hope you get lucky and this process is not so tedious for you.
Text by: Alicia Enciso. Twitter: @lich27