Everyone who lives in Germany must be registered. You must have registered with the 'Einwohnermeldeamt' or 'Bürgerbüro' within two weeks of moving to Germany. You will need a valid ID and the written confirmation by the lessor/landlord to do this. You might also be asked to present the lease agreement. You will receive a confirmation of registration. This document shows how long you have lived in Germany.

Helpful hint: In some municipalities, the 'Einwohnermeldeamt' is also called the 'Bürgeramt'. In smaller municipalities, registration takes place in the town hall ('Rathaus'). Any foreigner coming to Germany who is not an EU citizen must additionally register with the local Foreigners’ Registration Office.

Tax Identification Number

The Federal Central Tax Office provides to all persons who have registered their residence in Germany for the first time a tax identification number (IdNr), as soon as the reporting authority has transmitted the required data electronically. The allocation of the IdNr, which can take up to three months, is carried out exclusively by an automated procedure. Employees cannot therefore apply for the allocation of an IdNr themselves. They will receive the IdNr by post.

You can find further information in the right-hand column on this page. You can also search there for the 'Einwohnermeldeamt' or 'Bürgerbüro' responsible for the area where you live in the Stuttgart Region.

The Welcome Service Region Stuttgart (WSRS) is an offering by the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation (Wirtschaftsförderung Region Stuttgart GmbH). The project is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Württemberg.