Moving temporarily or permanently to another Member State

Information about Rights & Duties

Moving temporarily or permanently to another Member State

Obligation to register

Persons who usually live abroad and who move into accommodation for a stay of no more than 3 months are not subject to the general registration obligation.

If it is already clear when moving into the accommodation that the stay will exceed 3 months, the person must register with the registration authority 2 weeks after  moving in.

Further information

Competent authorities are registration office of the municipality or city.

Further information:

  • Sections 27(2), 17(1) and (3) and Section 23 of the Federal Registration Act (Bundesmeldegesetz, BMG)
  • Sections 17.1, 17.3 and 23.0 of the General Administrative Regulation implementing the Federal Registration Act (Verwaltungsvorschrift zur Durchführung des Bundesmeldegesetzes, BMGVwV)

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Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community

Last update or date of publication
15.12.2022