STEP 1: Gather all required documents
In order to register your temporary or permanent address of residence in Poland you have to file:
- A registration form for temporary or permanent residence, where you fill in your personal information, the address of residence in Poland and previous permanent residence address.
You can also obtain the form in the City Hall, but it’s easier to print it and fill at home.
Remember, if you don’t have a lease agreement or your name is not written on it, the owner of your apartment has to sign the form.
- A passport or another document proving your identity
- Copy of your visa/residence card/residence permit/any document proving your legal stay in Poland. If you’ve applied for a residence permit and it hasn’t been issued yet, the stamp in your passport is enough to register your residence, however it should not be older than 3 months.
- Copy of your lease agreement.
STEP 2: Go to the City Hall
After you’ve gathered all the documents needed, you should go to the City Hall. In Kraków it’s located at al. Powstania Warszawskiego 10 or – depending on the district where you live your department – may be at ul. Wielicka 28a (Districts VIII-XIII) or at os. Zgody 2 (Districts XIV – XVIII). It is open from 7:40 till 18:00 from Monday to Friday.
There you should go to the Department of Administrative Affairs and take a queue number choosing “Ewidencja ludności – meldunki, PESEL” (Population registry).
STEP 3: Register you residence
The registration of your residence is handled immediately. After you gave your documents to the official, you have to go to pay 17 PLN if you want to have a document confirming your registration. In case of permanent registration you don’t pay anything. Together with your registration you also get a PESEL number automatically.
- You can also register your residence online at https://obywatel.gov.pl/
- If your child was born in Poland and will stay here for more than 30 days – the head of the registry office who prepared the birth certificate will register your child’s residence in Poland. Your child will also receive a PESEL number automatically.
- You can register your residence in person or appoint a proxy in writing who will do it on your behalf.