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Registering with the Authorities
In Germany, all persons must register their address with the authorities (Meldepflicht). This must be taken care of in the first two weeks of your stay, so please make an appointment with the Welcome Center in the Citizens’ Service Office in Potsdam as soon as you arrive. If you provide us with the dates of your arrival, then we will be glad to make an appointment for you.
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Welcome Center in Potsdam’s Townhall | In Potsdam, international guest scholars can take care of all important formalities pertaining to their stay at the Welcome Center in the Citizens’ Service Office/Townhall. We offer consultation in English and provide assistance while applying for all of the necessary documents:
  • official registration with the Citizens’ Service Office (Anmeldung)
  • application for certificates of good conduct (Führungszeugnis)
We also offer information on cultural events, sports and educational opportunities, and tourist activities.

The Welcome Center is located in the Citizens’ Service Office on the ground floor of Potsdam’s townhall. Please inform the person at the information desk of your arrival.

Welcome Center
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 79/81
14469 Potsdam
Tel. +49.331.2891731

Monday: 10-18h
Tuesday-Thursday: 8-18h
Friday: 8-14h

Necessary Documents
  • passport/personal identity card (incl. those of your family members with you in Germany, for example children’s passports)
  • lease for your accommodations (if applicable)
Citizens’ Service Office in Potsdam| Should you not have an appointment at the Welcome Center, you can also take care of these formalities at the Citizens’ Service Office. However, consultation in English is not always possible.

Citizens’ Service Office
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 79/81
14469 Potsdam
Tel. +49.331.2891111
Fax. +49.331.2893814

Monday: 10-18h
Tuesday-Thursday: 8-18h
Friday: 8-14h
Saturday: 8-12h

Income tax papers can be obtained at the local tax offices.  For changing your tax class etc, please refer to the local tax office.

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Steinstr. 104-106
14480 Potsdam

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Foreigners’ Registration Office in Potsdam | The Foreigners’ Office is responsible for official matters pertaining to foreigners, including the provision and extension of residence permits (Aufenthaltserlaubnisse).

The new electronic residence permit (elektronischer Aufenthaltstitel- eAT) in credit card format was introduced in  September 2011. The old self-adheseive labels remain valid until 31 August 2021. The fee for obtaining an electronic residence permit increases by around 50€. Please refer images/textlink.gifhere for more information.
Please apply for a new residence permit in a timely manner, if possible between six and eight weeks prior to the expiration of your current visa or residence permit. Applying and obtaining the electronic residence permit requires two personal visits to the Foreigners' Office. Please make an appointment prior to visiting the office in order to avoid long waiting periods.

Foreigners’ Registration Office in Potsdam
Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 79/81
14469 Potsdam
Tel. +49.331.2891753

Tuesday: 9-18h
Thursday: 9-12h / 13-16h
Friday: 9-12h

Necessary Documents
  • application form
  • certificates of proof of residence (Meldebestätigung), to be obtained upon registration with the Citizens’ Service Office
  • passport-sized picture (biometric)
  • lease for your accommodations
  • certificate of study (if applicable)
  • proof of adequate financial resources (employment contract, scholarship, private savings)
  • proof of a valid health insurance policy (Krankenversicherungsnachweis)
  • for families, marriage certificate and declaration of common residency
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Authorities in the Region

Citizens’ Service Offices in Berlin | Registering with the authorities in Berlin takes place in the Citizens’ Service Office (Bürgeramt) of the respective district in which you live. Please refer here for more information.

Foreigners’  Registration Office in Berlin | The Foreigners’ Office (Ausländerbehörde) in Berlin is very busy and there are oftentimes long queues. Therefore, you should make an individual appointment prior to going to the Foreigners’ Office.

Foreigners’ Registration Office in Berlin
Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 24
13353 Berlin
Tel. +49.30.902694000

Monday-Tuesday: 7-14h
Thursday: 10-18h

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Authorities in the Potsdam Mittelmark Region

Please refer here for more information on the citizens’ services in the Potsdam Mittelmark region.

Citizens' Service Werder/Havel
Uferstr. 10
14542 Werder/Havel
Tel. +49 3327.7830

Monday: 8-16h
Tuesday: 8-18h
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 8 -18h
Friday: 7-16h

Foreigners’ Office in Werder/Havel
Am Gutshof 1-7
14542 Werder
Tel. +49.3327.739298

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: appointment only
Tuesday: 9-12h / 13-18h
Thursday: 9-12h / 13-15.30h