Anyone who is admitted to hospitals, nursing homes or other facilities that serve to care for people in need of care or disabled people or to provide home education does not have to register as long as they are registered for another home in Germany. However, those who are admitted permanently must register within two weeks because they have moved out of their previous home(s) domestically. Moving out means actually leaving a dwelling for good. As a rule, a move-out is to be assumed if the anticipated absence is longer than one year. Anyone who is not registered for an apartment in Germany must register within two weeks as soon as their stay exceeds three months.
For persons who cannot fulfill their obligation to register in person (e.g. due to infirmity) and for whom no caregiver or guardian has been appointed who can determine the residence, the managers of the facilities must notify the registration authority responsible for the location of the facility of the admission within two weeks. The persons concerned must be informed of this.
For persons for whom a guardian has been appointed who can determine the residence, the obligation to notify is incumbent on the guardian.
If an authority determines that it is necessary in an individual case to avert a significant and present danger, to prosecute criminal offences or to clarify the fate of missing persons and accident victims, hospitals, homes and similar institutions must provide the competent authority with information from their records. The information includes surnames, first names, date and place of birth and, in the case of birth abroad, also the state, nationalities, addresses as well as the date of admission and date of discharge.