First step: register your place of residence
Welcome to Berlin! We are delighted that you have found a new job and a new place to live. Your next step is to register your place of residence with the local authorities (Bürgeramter). Every Berlin borough has several such offices. To register your place of residence, you can either schedule an appointment or just walk in, although there may be a wait time. Please bring the following documents with you:
- Identity card and – if available – the passport of the person registering
- Notification form from the resident registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt – also available from the Bürgeramt)
- The IDs and / or birth certificates of any accompanying children
- Rental or purchase agreement
- Entry confirmation from the landlord / main tenant (if you are not named on the rental agreement)
- Marriage certificate (if applicable)
The best way to book your appointment is online. This will help you avoid a long wait time.
OUR TIP: The new Berlin Service App allows you to access the services of all the public offices in Berlin and make appointments online. The GPS localization allows you to easily determine how far the public offices are from your location.
If you need help registering for your residence, we also recommend the AiRelo service assitant. AiRelo supports you 24/7 with all questions of the registration process, in English. Try it!
In order to get along well in Berlin, we recommend the Berlin Guide by Club GLOBALS: Welcome Tips, Language, Transport, To-do’s, Places, Startups, Networking, Apps, Groups, Business, Impressions, Events.
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Get to know Berlin: Welcome Tours
Under the aspects "Living and working in Berlin", Berlin Partner provides free Welcome Tours along the usual tourist attractions. Book your tour online! And tell us and others about your Welcome Tour, for example on our facebook page. We are excited to learn about your experiences.
OUR TIP: New in Berlin? The eBook "New in Berlin" - a book of the Berlin daily newspaper "Tagesspiegel" full of tips on the topics of moving, Berlin districts, arriving, living, culture, traffic, security, shopping and more - is the perfect support for your reboot. Read now!
Twelve boroughs, twelve district exchanges
If you want to apply for a driver’s license or passport, the Berlin district exchange (Bezirksamt) is your first point of contact. In Berlin, there are twelve district exchanges (Bürgerämter) – each borough has its own district exchange. They provide the following services.
- Residents’ registration certificate
- Initial driver’s license and extension
- International driver’s license
- Exchange of a foreign driver’s license
- Familienpass (family pass)
- Identity card and passport
- Transfer of a residence permit to a new passport
OUR TIP: The best way to book your appointment is via the service app.