Church Entry/ Church Exit Declaration
If you wish to be admitted to a religious community, you must express this will to the relevant religious community. The latter will then notify your membership to the registration authority. If you would like to leave a religious community that is a corporation under public law, express this will to the municipal administration of the non-affiliated municipality, the municipal administration as well as in district-free and large district-affiliated cities of the city administration. This is a change in religious affiliation under registration law.
Church admission: Documents may be required. Please contact the competent authority. Leaving the Church: Identity card or passport or foreign identity card with a confirmation of registration not older than six months, for married persons and persons living in civil partnership: marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate.
Leaving a church, religious community or ideological community can be declared by those who have reached the age of 14. For a person who has not yet reached the age of 14, the legal representative who is entitled to care for the person (parents, if applicable one parent) can declare that he or she will leave the Church. In the case of children who have reached the age of 12, the resignation cannot be declared against their will.
- State Act on Withdrawal from Religious Communities (RelAuG) Opens in new window
- State Act on the Taxes of Churches, Religious Communities and Weltanschauungsgesellschaften (KiStG) Opens in new window
- Land Ordinance on the Fee for Official Acts under the Land Act on Withdrawal from Religious Communities Opens in new window
The declaration of resignation from the church must be submitted in person to the competent authority. The resulting change in religious affiliation is transmitted electronically by the competent authority to the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt). The employer automatically learns of the church exit by retrieving the electronic wage tax deduction characteristics (ELStAM), which are stored at the Federal Central Tax Office. An interview with the tax office is therefore not required.
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