De‑registration of an existing main residence or ‘secondary residence’
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Any person leaving accommodation in a dwelling in Austria (moving out) is required to de‑register with the registration authority. De‑registration can be done with any registration authority.
Person above the age of majority taking up accommodation
When a new main residence is registered, the competent authority for the new main residence may also carry out the de‑registration or change of status of the former place of residence at the same time as registering the new one. In this case, it is not necessary to de‑register yourself.
Any person who fails to fulfil the statutory requirement to register, particularly because they neglect to register or de‑register at all, or they do so even though they have not taken up or left accommodation, is regarded as committing an administrative offence, which is punishable by a fineGerman text of up to 726 Euro (up to 2.180 Euro should the offence be repeated).
→ Online de‑registration (→ BMI)German text with a Citizen Card
Since April 2016, adults have also had the option to de‑register from the dwelling online using their Citizen Card via the Central Population Register (ZMR).
Once a person’s identity is confirmed using the Citizen Card (by any means, therefore also with a mobile phone signature), all current places of residence in the Central Population Register are displayed. After selecting the place of residence you wish to de‑register (it is possible to select more than one), the de‑registration information is displayed once again and can be signed using the Citizen Card function. You will then see an up‑to‑date confirmation, a copy of which is available to download.
An additional digital service (online service regsitration via oesterreich.gv.at) is available for registering and deregistering the main place of residence (currently not yet for secondary residences!). This service also applies to own minor children with the same residence.
Within three days before or up to three days after moving out
The registration authority
- The municipality officeGerman text
- In chartered urban districts: the municipal executive German text
You can de‑register in person, by post or online using a Citizen Card (e.g. mobile phone signature). The de‑registration documents may also be delivered via a messenger. De‑registration by fax or email is currently not permitted under the law.
Minors must be de‑registered by those responsible for their care or by their parents or guardians, persons with a mental disability under the care of a legal guardian, by this person, or if these persons are unavailable, by the party providing accommodation.
If de‑registering in person or by post, 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.
A separate registration form must be completed for each individual person who is de‑registering from an address. The signature of the accommodation provider is not required when de‑registering.
You will receive a written confirmation of de‑registration.
Official photo ID card (proof of identity)
If you are not de‑registering in person, you will need to enclose your original documents or certified copies with your completed registration formGerman text or provide them to the messenger. If de‑registering a place of residence by post, please consider the risk associated with using the post, for which the authority will not accept liability.
Costs and fees
There are no fees or charges payable.
There is no expert information available.
Link to form
- Registration formGerman text
- Online de‑registration of a place of residence (→ BMI)German text
- Online registration system service at oesterreich.gv.atGerman text
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: using a mobile phone signature or a card-based Citizen Card via Residence deregistration service (→ BMI)German text or online service via oesterreich.gv.at (the latter currently not yet for secondary residences!)
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.
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