Residence; deregistration

When you move out of your home, you are obliged to deregister with the relevant registration office (municipality or city) within two weeks, unless you move into a new home in Germany.


If you move out of your home and do not move into a new home in Germany (e.g. if you move abroad), you must deregister.

If you give up one of several apartments (secondary apartments), you must deregister the apartment you have given up. The registration office responsible for the apartment you are giving up will need a completed and signed deregistration form, your identity card, your recognised and valid passport or passport replacement document to deregister you. If the population register is kept automatically, you do not need to fill in the deregistration form if you appear in person at the registration office and confirm the correctness and completeness of the data collected by the registration office by signing a printout. Spouses, civil partners and family members with the same previous and future residences can use a deregistration form; it is sufficient if one of the persons required to register signs the registration form.

An ex officio deregistration is possible and takes place if you have not fulfilled your obligation to deregister.

If you only have one dwelling which you are giving up and you are moving into another dwelling in Germany, it is sufficient for you to register at the new place of residence.

If you do not de-register within two weeks, you are acting irregularly. In this case, you can be fined up to € 1,000.


Actual moving out of the dwelling and not moving into a new dwelling within the country. In the case of a temporary absence with the possibility and intention of continuing the use, there is no obligation to deregister.


The earliest possible time for deregistration abroad is one week before moving out.

Required documents

  • completed and signed deregistration form

    (Deregistration form is available at the registration office)

  • Identity card, passport or passport replacement document


  • none

Status: 06.10.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium des Innern, für Sport und Integration

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