• Federal Government to Standardize Registration Procedures
  • March 26, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • The German government plans to standardize the resident registration process in all of Germany‚Äôs 16 federal states by the Fall of 2014, under newly enacted legislation.

    All residents of Germany, including citizens and long-term foreign residents, are legally required to register with their local town hall within seven days of securing indefinite housing. They must re-register whenever they change residential addresses and de-register when leaving Germany. Currently, each federal state has its own procedures.

    Individuals residing in hotels must also register, but the timeframe for registration is longer and differs in several states, varying from within two to six months. Under the new law, the same registration procedures and timeframes will apply in all states. Those staying in hotels for longer than three months will be required to register within two weeks after their first three months in Germany.