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Broadcasting Fee Registration

(Rundfunkbeitrag Anmeldung)

If you are living in Germany, one of the bureaucratic tasks you’ll need to address is registering for the broadcasting contribution (Rundfunkbeitrag). This guide will walk you through the process of registration and notification to ensure you receive the Rundfunkbeitrag payment notices at your new residence.

Step 1: Determine Eligibility

Before starting the registration process, it’s essential to check if you are obligated to pay the Rundfunkbeitrag. Most households are subject to the fee, including private households, companies, and institutions, regardless of whether they use broadcasting services. You will need to get a letter from the Beitragsservice von ARD, ZDF und Deutschlandradio.


Step 2: Gather Required Information

To register for the Rundfunkbeitrag, you will need the following information:

  • Your personal details, including name, date of birth, and nationality.
  • Your current address and previous address (if you have recently moved within Germany).
  • Information about other adults living in your household, if applicable.


Step 3: Registration Process

Fill out the form with your personal information and household details. Send the completed form to the address provided on the form of your local Rundfunk office.

Step 4: Confirmation

After completing the registration process, you will receive a confirmation of your registration by post. This confirmation will contain your unique Rundfunkbeitrag number, which you should keep for your records.


Step 5: Notify of Address Changes

If you move to a new address within Germany, it’s essential to notify the Rundfunkbeitrag authorities of your address change promptly. You can update your information using the form for address changes.


Important Tips:

  • The Rundfunkbeitrag is per household, not per person.
  • If you live in a shared flat (Wohngemeinschaft – WG), only one person is responsible for paying the Rundfunkbeitrag on behalf of the household. If more than one person got the request for a payment, you should notify the officials (here is how).
  • Keep your confirmation and Rundfunkbeitrag number in a safe place for future reference.