Put your name here, your address there, then sign on the dotted line... If you want to be able to watch TV in your new home, make a phone call, turn on the heating or the lights, you have to fill in lots of forms. The trip to the Einwohnermeldeamt – Residents Registration Office – should be one of the first things you do. Because, in accordance with the Hessen registration act, you are obliged to register your new district within a week after moving. Penalties may apply if you leave it longer. Furthermore, you only feel like a genuine Frankfurt resident when it´s written on your ID, don’t you?
And it’s easy to register in Frankfurt. You just need to go to any one of the eleven district offices located in the city area. You need to bring ID documents for everyone who is moving (ID, child’s ID or birth certificate). If you want to send someone else to register on your behalf, you must also give him or her a completed and signed registration form (download from www.frankfurt.de).
Otherwise the registration document will be filled out by the official on site. Registration is free. You don’t have to deregister from your previous district if you move within Germany. The registration authority at your new residence does this.
For foreigners who are not from the EU region but have the right to live and work freely within the European Union, or who come from Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, there are a few more steps in the authorization process after registration: you must get a residence permit in the form of a credit card-sized document with an electronic chip from the foreign residents department in the Ordnungsamt (public affairs office) on Kleyerstraße.
For administrative reasons, you cannot visit the foreign residents’ authority less than three days after registering with the district office. Free movement permits for newcomers from the European countries named above can usually be issued as part of the legal registration process at the relevant district office.
General number for civil service:
Tel. 115, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
›› Altstadt, Hinter dem Lämmchen 6, Tel. 115,
Opening hours in most district offices:
Mo 9.00-17.00 Uhr, Di, Mi & Fr 7.30-13.00 Uhr, Do 10.00-18.00 Uhr
›› Innenstadt, Zeil 3, Tel. 115
›› Außenstelle Fechenheim, Alt-Fechenheim 89, Tel. 115
›› Bergen-Enkheim, Marktstr. 30, Tel. 115
›› Dornbusch, Eschersheimer Landstr. 248, Tel. 115
›› Höchst, Dalbergstr. 14, Tel. 115
›› Nieder-Eschbach, Deuil-La-Barre-Str. 26, Tel. 115
›› Außenstelle Harheim, Philipp-Schnell-Str. 52, Tel. 115
›› Außenstelle Nieder-Erlenbach, Alt-Erlenbach 42, Tel. 115
›› Heddernheim, Nidaforum 5, Tel. 115
›› Außenstelle Kalbach, Kalbacher Hauptstr. 36, Tel. 115
›› Sachsenhausen, Große Rittergasse 103, Tel. 115