Change of status – main residence is to become a ‘secondary residence’ or vice‑versa

General information

A change of status is only necessary when there is a change to the nature of the place of residence, i.e. if the existing secondary residenceGerman text becomes the main residenceGerman text, and the main residence to date becomes the secondary residence, and in those cases in which a change to citizenship, name, marital status or sex is made in another country. A change of status must be made for all minors living in a shared household.

Affected

Person above the age of majority taking up accommodation

Requirements

If a new main residence is acquired (an address other than the main residence to date), registration is necessary, and at the same time it is possible to de‑register the old main residence or change its status to a secondary residence.

Deadlines

Within one month

Competent authority

The registration authority

Procedure

You can change status in person or by post. The change of status may also be made via a messenger, however. Changes of status by fax or email are currently not permitted under the law.

For minors, a change of status must be registered by those responsible for their care or their parents or guardians, and for persons with a mental disability under the care of a legal guardian, by this person, or if this person is unavailable, by the party providing accommodation.

In order to change status, you will need the registration form, which is used by the registration authorities to enter the data in the population register. The form is available for downloadGerman text, or copies may be obtained from the registration authority and in a number of tobacconists/newsagents.

The headings in the registration form must be completed legibly and in full. Attention is drawn to the following particular areas:

  • Religious denomination: It is possible to leave this heading blank until the accommodation provider has signed the registration form. It may also be left blank thereafter.
  • Central Population Register number (ZMR): This must be stated, if known. The Central Population Register number is a twelve‑digit number that is randomly assigned by the system and is used by the authorities to identify you.
  • Signature of person required to register: This serves to confirm that the registration data are true and accurate.
  • Signature of the accommodation provider

The accommodation provider is any person who actually provides accommodation to the person taking it, e.g.:

  • the actual owner of a house or owner‑occupied dwelling to a cohabitant (e.g. partner, family member) or the main tenant;
  • the main tenant to a cohabitant or sub‑tenant;
  • the sub‑tenant to the cohabitant.

A separate registration form must be completed for each individual person.

You will receive a written confirmation of registrationGerman text (formerly: registration formGerman text).

Required documents

  • Official records showing the family names and forenames, maiden name, date of birth, place of birth and nationality of the person taking the accommodation (e.g. passport and birth certificateGerman text)
  • Any certificates of academic qualificationsGerman text
  • For persons without Austrian citizenship (foreign nationals) taking accommodation:
    • Travel document (e.g. passport)

If you are not changing status in person, you will need to enclose your original documents or copies of these documents that have been certifiedGerman text by a civil‑law notary or a court with your completed registration form or provide them to the messenger. If changing the status of a place of residence by post, please consider the risk associated using the post, for which the authority will not accept liability.

Costs and fees

There are no fees or charges payable.

Legal basis

Sections 3, 4, 4a and 11 Abs 2 of the Meldegesetz (MeldeG)

Expert information

There is no expert information available.

Link to form

Authentication and signature

  • In person, by courier or through the post: with a signed residence registration form. You can find additional information about this under Procedure and Required Documents and also at oesterreich.gv.at.
  • Electronically: At present, the deregistration of residences is possible for all individuals who have a citizen card.

Means of redress or appeal

An appeal against a decision by the registration authority can be filed with the relevant Regional Adminstrative Court. This must be submitted within four weeks to the authority which issued the decision.

Assistance and problem-solving services

There are no assistance or problem-solving services.

For better understanding and easier reading, the form chosen for all personal designations in this text applies to both genders.

 

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 1 February 2021

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of the Interior