Every newcomer to Tuebingen – German and foreign citizens alike – who will remain for more than 90 days must register their place of residence with the local authorities within 2 weeks of moving in.
Foreign citizens requiring a long-stay residence permit must first officially register as Tuebingen residents and then apply for the residence permit afterwards. The office where you register will also deal with your residence permit application (see also Visa and Residence Permit).
Consequences of this official registration (Wohnsitz-Anmeldung) include: you become eligible to receive local council services, can register with gas, water and electricity suppliers, and will be informed of elections in which you are eligible to vote. If you do not yet have a German tax ID number, this will be issued automatically following registration.
A further consequence: the registration form asks about your religion. If you declare membership of one certain larger religious denominations in Germany, the tax office will automatically deduct church tax (Kirchensteuer) from your income (current rate 8%), to pass on to your denomination. For further information, see Practical Advice - Religion, or ask the municipal office staff for help.
After registering, be sure to keep the carbon copy of your address registration (Meldebestätigung). This is an important document that you will need on other occasions. If you change addresses early on in your stay, be sure to notify the authorities as well as arranging to have your mail forwarded, so important information such as tax numbers is sure to reach you.
Failure to officially register within the 2-week deadline can result in a fine. If you plan to live in guesthouse accommodation for the first few weeks of your stay, you should register using the guesthouse address. See your personal support staff for institute-specific procedures and support.
|Where do I go for the official registration?|
The central municipal offices of Tuebingen (Bürgerbüro Stadtmitte) at Schmiedtorstraße 4, 72070 Tuebingen.
Opening times: Mon, Wed, Fri 7:30 – 12:30; Tues 7:30 – 18:00; Thurs 7:30 – 16:00
Times for telephone enquiries: Mon – Thurs 8:00 – 16:00, Fri 8:00 – 13:00
The offices are located in a distinctive black and white, half-timbered 15th century building known as the Fruchtschranne. German and other EU citizens register in the large front room. For non-EU citizens: walk through the big room and through the glass door at the back into the Foreign Nationals Office (Ausländeramt). Take a number from the machine by pushing the button corresponding to the first letter of your last name. When it is your turn, the ticket number will appear on the electronic board along with the window number where you should go. The staff members are very helpful and also speak English.
German and other EU citizens resident in one of the outlying districts (Teilorte) such as Lustnau, Derendingen and outlying villages may register at their local town hall or office.
|What do I need to take?|
To officially register as a Tuebingen resident you will need:
If a spouse, partner or other family members live with you at the same address, you can register all of them on the same form. In this case take along the passports of all family members.
There is no fee for official registration.
|What if my situation changes?|
If you move out of the country or move to a different address, you must notify the local authorities by changing or cancelling your address registration. Go to the office that dealt with your registration; they will supply the correct form for you to fill and sign. Take with you the same documents needed for registration, including a new version of the form Wohnungsgeberbestätigung (download here) signed by your landlord to confirm that you are moving out.
Updated 08/03/2017 11:40am