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Persons establishing their residence in Austria must register to the competent registration authority [Meldebehörde] for themselves and all minors living in the same household.
The following situations require a registration [Anmeldung]:
If a new principal residence is registered, the authority competent for the new principal residence is able to carry out the de-registration [Abmeldung] or the change of registration [Ummeldung] of the former residence together with the registration of the new residence.
Residence registrationGerman text of a newborn baby can be carried out together with the notification of its birth at the register office [Standesamt] if a residence registration form [Meldezettel-Formular] is filled in beforehand (which is usually done at the hospital). In this case registration to the authority is not necessary.
Changes of the name, civil status, sex or citizenship made in Austria are entered directly into the central register [Zentrales Melderegister] by the departments responsible for civil status or the citizenship offices. Therefore, separate registration is not required.
Failure to fulfil the legal obligation to register one's residence, for example by failing to register or de-register or by registering or de-registering although no accommodation is established or the existing accommodation is not given up, is considered an administrative offence which can result in a fineGerman text of up to 726 Euro. Should the offence be repeated, the fine can be up to 2.180 Euro.Information on notifying changes of address to government authorities, organisations etc.German text can be found on the German website at HELP.gv.at.
Within three days after moving
Registrations can be carried out either in person or through the post or be delivered by a person you trust. However, registrations via fax or e-mail are currently not permitted by law.
Minors must be registered by their parents or legal guardians or those who are entitled to care for them. Custodians [Sachwalterinnen/Sachwalter] are required to carry out the registration for mentally handicapped persons as long as this procedure is part of their field of action. In cases where there are no such people the accommodation providers must carry out the registration.
For making a registration in person or via post you require a residence registration form which makes it possible for the registration authorities to enter the registration data into the register. This form can be downloaded and it is available at registration authorities. Furthermore, it is available at some tobacconists.
The columns of the form must be filled in completely and legibly. Please note the following characteristics:
An accommodation provider is a person who effectively provides accommodation for a person taking up the accommodation, for example
A separate residence registration form must be filled in for each person.
There are no fees or costs.
Residence in tourist accommodations (e.g. hotels, inns, bed and breakfast places, rooms in private homes) also requires registration which is carried out by entry in the guest register [Gästeverzeichnis] (the collection of visitors' books [Gästeblattsammlung] until 31 march 2016) in the accommodation.
Homeless people have the possibility to obtain a certificate of their principal residence from the registration authority provided they
Exemptions from the obligation to register one's residence
People who are already registered at another place in Austria are exempt from the obligation to register their residence provided they
People who are accommodated in a flat for no more than three days are also exempt from the obligation to register their residence irrespective of whether they are already registered in Austria or not.
According to the E-Government-Gesetz, the registration authority must enter existing civil status certificates and proofs of citizenship in the standard register of documents. Generally such registered documents do not need to be provided any more in their original form for (electronic) administrative processes.
EU/EEA citizens and their relatives who intend to stay in Austria for more than three months and settle are required to apply for a registration certificate [Anmeldebescheinigung] additionally. Further information on this topic can be found in the chapter "Einreise, Aufenthalt und Niederlassung in der EU" at the German website of HELP.gv.at.