Administrative Offices in Berlin

Contact information for the administrative centres of Berlin...

Germany has an extensive list of national and regional authorities. For foreigners living in the country, the most important requirements are the proof of residence permit and the working visa. These documents are required for a number of reasons, the most important being to work legally and to open a bank account. The proof of residence permit is also required for less important, but nonetheless useful tasks such as joining a video store or renting a moving van.

These two documents can be obtained from the Berlin branches of the following offices:

  • Landeseinwohnemeldeamt: Citizen Registration Office
  • Ausländerbehörde: Foreigners Registration Office (for foreigners from non-EU countries only)

The main office in Berlin is:

  • Regional Foreign Affairs Department (Landesamt für Bürger- und Ordnungsangelegenheiten) (to arrange an appointment click the required service followed by Terminvereinbarung)
    Ausländerbehörde (Abteilung IV)
    At: Friedrichstraße 219, 10958 Berlin
    Tel: 030 902 690
    Contact (there are different contact options for different services. Page in German)

The Citizens Service Office (Bürgeramt) is the most important local office for citizens. A few examples of administrative tasks handle by the Bürgeramt are:

  • Register when moving house
  • Register a foreign driving license
  • Get a registration certificate
  • Get an ID card (Personalausweis) or a passport for German citizens
  • Apply for Housing Subsidy (Wohngeld)

All residents are required to register their address within 14 days of moving into a new residence. In Berlin, this can be achieved at the Citizen Registration Office (Einwohnemeldaemt) which is located within the Citizen Services Office (Burgeramt).

Foreigners will need to register at the Foreigners Registration Office.

Highly skilled migrants may need to arrange an EU Blue Card. This can be processed in a number of locations

  • More information on the EU Blue Card in English is available on the website

The Berlin Senate

Berlin also has eight senate departments which oversee various sections of society throughout the region. For more detailed information on specific issues, contact the relevant Senate department:

Senate Department Address Telephone

Town Hall

At: Berliner Rathaus, 10173 Berlin-Mitte

Tel: 030 902 60
Fax: 030 9026 2013

Senate Justice Department

At: Salzburgerstr. 21-25, 10825 Berlin-Schöneberg

Tel: 030 901 30
Fax: 030 9013 2004

Senate Department of Finance

At: Klosterstr. 59, 10179 Berlin-Mitte

Tel: 030 902 00
Fax: 030 9020 2069

Senate Department of the Interior

At: Klosterstr. 47, 10179 Berlin-Mitte

Tel: 030 902 70
Fax: 030 9027 2733

Senate Department for Economics and Technology

At: Martin-Luther-Str. 105, 10825 Berlin-Schöneberg

Tel: 030 901 30
Fax: 030 9013 8281

Senate Department of Urban Development

At: Württembergischestr. 6, 10707 Berlin-Wilmersdorf

Tel: 030 900
Fax: 030 9012 3100

Senate Department of Education, Youth and Sport

At: Beuthestr. 6-8, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

Tel: 030 902 67
Fax: 030 9026 5020

Senate Department of Labour, Social Affairs and Women's Issues

At: Oranienstr. 106, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Tel: 030 902 80
Fax: 030 9028 2053

Senate Department of Science, Research and Culture

At: Brunnenstr. 188-190, 10119 Berlin-Mitte

Tel: 030 902 280
Fax: 030 9022 8450/1

Ombudsman for foreigners in Germany (Ausländerbeauftragte des Senats von Berlin)

At: Potsdamer Str. 65,
10785 Berlin-Mitte

Tel: 030 9071 2372/2367/2368/2379
Fax: 030 262 5407