Registering at the City Administration Office

In Germany, all persons who rent an accommodation, as well as all persons who will be residing in Germany for more than three months are obligated to register their address. Within two weeks after your arrival in Cottbus or Senftenberg, you and your family members must register your address at the City Administration Office(Stadtbüro). Due to the fact that religious communities in Germany are allowed to collect church taxes from the authorities, upon registration, you will be asked for your religious affiliation. After registering your address, you will receive an official proof of residence (Meldebescheinigung), which is needed before you can open a bank account. You can find their hours of operation on the website of the City Administration Office.

To register, you will need:

  • Your confirmation by your landlord  (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung)
  • Your passport or ID

Current  Information: Due to epidemiological reasons, the City Administration Office Cottbus (Stadtbüro) and the Registration Office Senftenberg (Einwohnermeldeamt) are closed to public. However, it is possible that you can make an appointment for registration.

City Administration Office Cottbus
The following options are available for making an appointment:

Registration Office Senftenberg
The following options are available for contacting the office:


If you decide to change residences within Cottbus or Senftenberg, please remember that you must notify the City Administration Office of your new address within two weeks of moving. For this appointment, you must also make sure to bring your passport/ ID and new confirmation by your landlord.

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