Why fill out the German deregistration form online?
3 Main Advantages
1. Get all the forms you need to deregister in one place
2. No need to speak German – fill out the forms in English on our website and download the German original form with your data on it; German bureaucracy has never been easier!
3. Get our FREE deregistration guide – it contains everything you need to know about deregistering in Germany and it explains why you may still be liable to pay tax in Germany, if you do not register!
What does it contain?
Our exclusive deregistration package contains:
cover letter with instructions on what to do next.
deregistration form – send it to the registration office, or go there in person to deregister your residence (Abmeldung).
broadcast license cancellation form – send this to the broadcast agency in order to stop your monthly broadcast fee payments (this only applies, if you are registered there).
link to our new deregistration guide.
How it works
1. Fill in the deregistration form (Abmeldung) on this page. Our system will automatically translate it into German.
2. This process requires a one-off payment via Paypal or credit card.
3. Now you can directly download:
– cover letter with instructions – the translated deregistration form – deregistration guide – broadcast license cancellation form (if you have lived in Germany and paid for the broadcast license, you can use this form to cancel the broadcast license payments! Just sign it and post it to the address on the form).
3. Print the deregistration form. Make a copy of your passport (black/white is acceptable).
4. Sign the deregistration letter. Send it together with a copy of your passport to your local registration office (Bürgeramt).
5. After 5-10 working days, you should receive a deregistration confirmation (Abmeldebescheinigung) via post from the registration office. If you do not get the deregistration confirmation, you can call the registration office. They can tell you, if your deregistration was successful.
Questions? Read our Deregistration Guide! You will get it once you have made the payment.
My city is not listed. Can I still use this deregistration form?
Yes, you can! If you live in a city that is not on the list, then simply choose ‘other’.
This is very important: You must deregister in the city where you initially registered in Germany!
The deregistration form must be sent to the registration office where you are officially registered. How to find out where I am registered?
There are 2 ways to do this: 1. Google ‘your city/district + Bürgeramt’ or ‘your city/district + Meldebehörde’, for example “Berlin Kreuzberg Bürgeramt”. 2. Look at your registration confirmation (Meldebescheinigung) that you received when you first registered in Germany. The registration confirmation should feature the address of the registration office to which you should post your deregistration letter. This is the safest option!
Still not sure? Get in touch with us, and we will help you!
FAQ - How to deregister in Germany
Who needs to deregister?
If you leave Germany permanently, you must deregister your German address of residence. To deregister, you can fill in the deregistration form on this page and send the German deregistration letter to your local registration office.
If you’re leaving Germany for a limited amount of time, it is not necessary to deregister. If you’re changing address within Germany, you need to register your new address by filling in the registration form (Anmeldung).
If you fail to deregister you may be liable to pay tax in Germany. Moreover, a deregistration confirmation letter allows you to cancel your contracts you have signed in Germany.
When to deregister?
Ideally, you deregister (Abmelden) before you actually move away and leave Germany. We recommend filling out the deregistration form and sending it to the registration office 3-4 weeks before leaving. On the deregistration form you can indicate the date of moving out, it can be in the future. This leaves enough time for you to receive the deregistration confirmation (‘Abmeldebescheinigung‘ or ‘Abmeldebestätigung‘). This confirmation allows you to cancel running contracts with your German health insurance, your bank account etc.
I have left Germany already and have forgotten to de-register / do my Abmeldung. What should I do?
Just fill in the deregistration form indicating the correct move-out date, even if it is in the past. It is extremely important to deregister (abmelden) because if you are still registered in Germany, a) you may have to continue paying for tax and certain contracts etc. b) you may have problems if you want to travel in or move back to Germany in the future.
How can I make sure my deregistration was successful?
If you have not received a deregistration confirmation but you want to make sure that you are deregistered, you should contact your local registration office. It is best to call the registration office to which you have sent the deregistration letter. They can confirm over the phone whether your deregistration was successful.
How to do I get the deregistration confirmation (Abmeldebescheinigung)
You must explicitly ask for a deregistration confirmation (Abmeldebescheinigung) in order to receive one. This is why we have created a custom-made deregistration letter: If you just fill in the deregistration form provided by the Burgeramter, you will not receive a deregistration confirmation letter. You must ask for the confirmation letter to be sent to you. If you use our deregistration letter on this website you do exactly that. Remember, however, that not all registration offices send the confirmation letter to an international address.
Do I need the ‘landlord confirmation’ (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung) to deregister?
No. Since 1st November 2016 you no longer need the landlord confirmation form to deregister.
In German, people refer to the landlord confirmation as Wohnungsgeberbestätigung, Vermieterbescheinigung or Auszugsbestätigung. Between November 2015 and 2016 there was a law that required your landlord to sign this document when you left Germany. However, this is no longer the case. Now you only need the landlord confirmation when you register in Germany.
Why should I also cancel my German broadcast license?
As part of our deregistration package, you will also receive the broadcast license cancellation form.
If you deregister in Germany you must also cancel your registration at the public broadcast agency in Cologne.
If you don’t cancel your license, you will continue to get monthly invoices (Rundfunkgebühren).
What happens, if you just leave and do not pay the invoices? You may have to be liable to pay additional fines.
So you must make sure you cancel your public broadcast license (Rundfunkbeitragsservice)
Once you leave Germany you have to fill out a form to cancel your public broadcast registration. It is very easy to do so: 1. You can fill out the form on our website in English (it is part of the Deregistration Package!). 2. We will then send you the German original form with your personal details on it. 3. Print the form. 4. Sign the form and send it to the public broadcast agency (the address is printed on the instruction letter that we send you). 5. Contact the Rundfunkbeitragszentrale directly, if you do not receive a confirmation letter within 2 weeks of sending off the cancellation form.