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Declaration of resignation from the church

Withdrawal from a church, religious community or ideological community must be declared to the competent authority.

Process flow

The declaration of resignation must be submitted in person.

The change in religious affiliation under registration law is transmitted electronically by the competent authority to the tax authorities. The employer automatically learns of leaving the church by retrieving the electronic wage tax deduction characteristics (ELStAM), which are stored at the Federal Central Tax Office (BZSt).

An interview with the tax office is therefore no longer necessary, the employee must inform the employer accordingly.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the municipality, the joint municipality and the city in which you have your domicile or habitual residence.


  • at least 14 years of age
  • Persons who have not yet reached the age of 14:
    • The legal representative who is entitled to custody of the person (parents, one parent if applicable) can declare his or her resignation from the church.
  • Children who have reached the age of 12
    • The resignation cannot be declared against their will.

Which documents are required?

  • Identity card or passport
  • if available: baptismal certificate

What are the fees?

Fee: 30,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
Leaving the church

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The withdrawal from the church takes effect on the day of the declaration. However, the church tax liability does not end until the end of the calendar month in which the declaration became effective.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Stadt Papenburg - Bürgerdienste Allgemein
Address: Friederikenstr. 11, 26871 Papenburg
Telephone: 04961 82-500
Online appointment: to the online appointment
Building Access
payment methods:
EC Card Payment, Cash Payment

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Stadt Papenburg - Rechnungsprüfung
Postal address: Post Office Box 1755 , 26857 Papenburg
Address: Hauptkanal rechts 68/69, 26871 Papenburg
Telephone: 04961 82-320
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)