Registering your Place of Residence

Within the first two weeks of your arrival and as soon as you have found accommodation, you have to register with the local residents' registration office called the Bürgeramt at your local city hall. The office will give you a written confirmation of registration called “Meldebestätigung”. Be sure to keep this document, since you will need it to apply for your residence permit. Only after registering your place of residence can you apply for your residence permit and open a bank account.

You can call to make an appointment under +49 (0681) 9050.

You can also book an appointment online. However, the entire website is in German only. Contact us if you need help. 

The Bürgeramt gives away last minute appointments each day early in the mornings between 7:30 and 08:00 am for the next day. So be an early bird and check the website daily to get one of these last-minute appointments.

For an appointment, click on this link: Terminvergabe Bürgeramt

Now follow these steps:

  • Click on Bürgeramt
  • Click on Meldeangelegenheiten
  • If this is your first place to live in Germany, chose Wohnsitz-Anmeldung Zuzug aus dem Ausland
  • Scoll to the bottom of the page and cklick on Weiter

Here, you will get information on what documents you need to bring with you:

  • Personal identification card or passport
  • A housing confirmation from your landlord called “Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung”. You can download the form on for Saarbrücken at:
  • A rental agreement if already available (please note that a rental agreement only is not sufficient, you still need the Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung)
  • In the final step, you scroll to the bottom of the page an click on OK. This will open the page with the dates you can chose for your appointment


The address is:

Bürgeramt City
Gerberstraße 4
66111 Saarbrücken (near Saarbrücken City Hall)
(Bus stop: Rathaus or Johanniskirche)

If you do not live in Saarbrücken but in one of the suburbs, you need to register at your local city hall. Please check on their respective websites for the Wohnungsgeberbescheinigung.

More general information about how to register your place of residency in Germany can be found at under Step 1.