Requesting information from the Central Register of Foreigners High Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you are a foreigner and would like to know what information is stored about you in the Central Register of Foreigners, you can obtain information under certain conditions. As a German national, you are not stored in the Central Register of Foreigners.

The Federal Office of Administration (BVA) is an upper federal authority and is commissioned by the register authority Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) to provide information on stored data of persons concerned from the Central Register of Foreigners.

The general data stock of the Central Register of Foreigners (AZR) contains the data of foreigners who are staying or have stayed in Germany not only temporarily, i.e. for at least 3 months, or for whom there is another legally defined reason for data storage, e.g. an application for asylum. The separately managed visa file, on the other hand, contains the data of visa applicants who usually only stay in Germany for a short time.

The information on persons concerned from the Central Register of Foreigners provides you with information on which of your data is stored in the Central Register of Foreigners. Stored data may include

  • Name
  • Place of birth
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Nationality
  • Marital status
  • Details of identity document

Note: More or different data may be required.

The data stored about you as a foreign national will be determined in accordance with the law.

Your right to request information is for the sake of transparency and data protection. You can check the accuracy of your data and, if necessary, have it corrected by the competent authority.

In this way, you can also obtain information about any entry bars that may be in place against you and the agency that issued them.

You can submit your application for information from the Central Register of Foreigners online or in writing to the Federal Office of Administration (BVA).

When submitting your application, you must submit

  • Proof of your identity:
    • an official certification of your signature (translated into German) on the application form or
    • an electronic authentication with eID when applying online
  • If applying by an authorised person:
    • a power of attorney with a certified signature from you as the person concerned.

Notes:

  • Notarisation is not necessary if the authorised person is a lawyer admitted to a domestic court.
  • If the application is made by a lawyer registered with a German court, a client power of attorney is required.
  • An official certification can be issued by an authority. This can be, for example, city, district or municipal authorities.
  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

Related Links

  • Antrag auf Erteilung einer Auskunft nach § 34 AZR-Gesetz auf der Internetseite des BVA
Bundesverwaltungsamt (BVA)


Bundesverwaltungsamt (BVA), Referat S I 5


Preconditions

Request for information on the person concerned can submit:

  • Foreign nationals who have provided the following basic personal details:
    • Family name,
    • name at birth,
    • first names,
    • spelling of names according to German law,
    • date of birth,
    • place and district of birth,
    • sex,
    • nationalities

and

  • Foreigners who have proven their identity.

Further requirements:

  • When applying online, if you have registered via the federal user account using the online identity card or electronic residence permit, you must provide your basic personal details and prove your identity if the application is submitted by an authorised person.

When submitting a written application, you as the person concerned must submit the following if you wish to

  • are within the country:
    • a notarisation of the signature on the request for information
  • are abroad:
    • a certification of the signature on the request for information by the diplomatic mission or consular post or by an authority of the State of origin authorised to certify the signature, or
    • a separate letter from a notary public certifying the signature with a German translation by a sworn interpreter.

Application by an authorized person

  • In the case of an application by an authorised person, a power of attorney with your certified signature as the person concerned must be enclosed.
  • Notarisation is not necessary if the authorised person is a lawyer admitted to a domestic court.

Related Links

  • Artikel 15 Absatz 1 Datenschutzgrundverordnung (DSGVO) in Verbindung mit
  • § 34 Gesetz über das Ausländerzentralregister (AZRG)
  • § 15 Verordnung zur Durchführung des Gesetzes über das Ausländerzentralregister (AZRG-DV)

Related Links

  • Informationen über das Ausländerzentralregister auf der Internetseite des Bundesverwaltungsamtes (BVA)
  • Ansprechpartner für Grundsatzfragen zum Ausländerzentralregister auf der Internetseite des Bundesverwaltungsamtes (BVA)

You can request an affected person disclosure in writing or online from the BVA.

Written application:

  • Go to the BVA's website and fill out the application form for information on data subjects electronically.
  • Print out the completed form and sign it.
  • Send the completed and signed form together with the certification of the identification document or the certified signature and, if applicable, other requested documents by mail to the BVA.
  • The BVA will review your application.
  • Once the review of your application is complete, the BVA will mail you the information on file.

Online Application:

  • Go to the website of the Federal Portal and fill out the application form for data subject information electronically.

Note: For the online function you need your identity card or electronic residence permit with PIN number.

  • Attach the other requested documents as a scan.
  • Send your application.
  • The BVA will check your application.
  • Once the examination of your application has been completed, the BVA will send you the information on the stored data by post.

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Last update or date of publication
19.03.2021