A move to St.Gallen, away from St.Gallen or within the city not only means moving boxes from A to B but also administrative tasks. Above all the registration and deregistration as well as the change of address at the different offices are of importance. In this article, we have put together the most important addresses and information for a move in St.Gallen.

Population Services St.Gallen (“Bevölkerungsdienste”)

If you are planning to move to St.Gallen, the first point of contact is the Population Services counter. This office should be visited within two weeks after the move and/or be notified about the move. This is because the population services in St.Gallen manage the registration and de-registration of the St.Gallen resident population. You should bring the following documents with you to register or de-register:


  • Official identity card
  • Rental agreement
  • Health insurance certificate
  • Foreigner’s identity card, if applicable


  • Settlement card
  • Service record (Military obligated persons with main residence in St.Gallen)
  • Foreigner’s identity card (if applicable)

Move within St.Gallen

  • Rental agreement
  • Residence card
  • Service record (Military obligated persons with main residence in St.Gallen)
  • Foreigner’s identity card (if applicable)

The population services are located in the town hall of St.Gallen.

Address Population Services St.Gallen:
City Hall
9001 St.Gallen
Phone: 071 224 44 00

The opening hours are:
Monday to Wednesday: 08:30 to 17:00 o’clock
Thursdays: 08:30 to 18:00 o’clock
Fridays: 08:30 to 16:30 o’clock

Anyone who moves to St.Gallen from a municipality that uses the electronic “eUmzugCH” notification can also complete the registration, de-registration and address change online. To do this, simply visit the eumzug website.

Office for Migration St.Gallen

The Office for Migration in St.Gallen is responsible for granting, renewing or withdrawing residence permits. If you are a foreign citizen and have either just moved to Switzerland or have just moved to St.Gallen, you should visit the Office for Migration in St.Gallen.

If you have a right of residence, you will be issued with a residence permit there. If you do not yet have a residence permit, you must first apply for a residence permit. You can find out on the website of the Migration Office what you need to bring with you and which requirements you have to fulfill for which identity card. There you will find a link to the online counter so that you can also fill in documents online and submit them if necessary.

Address Migration Office:
Oberer Graben 38
Counter no. 1 + 2
9001 St.Gallen
Tel: 058 229 31 11

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 17:00 o’clock

Road Traffic Office St.Gallen

The Road Traffic Office is responsible for the admission of vehicles and persons to St.Gallen road traffic. If you move within St.Gallen or to St.Gallen, you should also report this to the Road Traffic Office. Make sure, however, that your first visit after moving to St.Gallen is to the residents’ office, where you must be registered in order to be able to visit the road traffic office.

Since your driving license does not contain an address, you do not need to exchange your driving license if you change cantons. If you have moved from another canton, it is obligatory to re-register the vehicle and thus change the license plates.

Moving to St.Gallen from another canton

To register your vehicle, you should bring the following documents with you:

  • Previous driving license
  • Exchange form FAK with current passport photo (in color)
  • Confirmation of residence
  • Foreigner’s identity card, if applicable
  • Original vehicle registration document
  • Proof of insurance with new address (apply for liability insurance)
  • The previous control signs
  • Desired license format

Please note that you have 14 days in which to re-register your vehicle. The Road Traffic Office will take care of the de-registration in the old canton.

Change of canton Vehicle registration document: CHF 40
Change of canton pair of signs: CHF 45
Change of canton Single sign: CHF 30

Address Road Traffic Office St.Gallen
Frongartenstrasse 5
9001 St.Gallen
Phone: 058 229 22 22

The opening hours are:
Monday to Friday : 08:00 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 17:00 o’clock

Parking space reservation for the move in St.Gallen

If you are planning to move to or within St.Gallen, you should take care of a parking space near your new address. If there is a Blue Zone in front of your front door, you can buy a so-called day permit. This costs 9 francs and can be obtained from the city police, among others. However, please note that a daily permit does not guarantee parking space.

Social Insurance Institution St.Gallen

The Social Insurance Institution in St.Gallen regulates everything regarding social insurance benefits in the canton St.Gallen. If you have recently moved, you should also report your new address to the Social Insurance Institution.

The address is:
SVA St.Gallen
Brauerstrasse 54
9016 St.Gallen
Phone: 071 282 66 33

The opening hours are:
Monday to Friday: 08:00 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 17:00 o’clock

Disposal points St.Gallen

The waste disposal centers are the place to go if you have goods that need to be disposed of and that are too large for the garbage disposal. The following two addresses are available in St.Gallen for disposal:

EFM Entsorgungsfachmarkt AG
Letzistrasse 20
Phone: 071 311 32 56

Opening hours Monday to Friday:
Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 12:00 o’clock and 13:30 to 18:00 o’clock
Saturday: 09:00 to 13:00 o’clock

Entsorgungscenter Ost Max Müller AG
Martinsbruggstrasse 98
Phone: 071 282 50 82

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday: 07:00 to 11:45 o’clock and 13:00 to 17:30 o’clock (only in summer, in winter only to 17:00 o’clock)
Friday: 07:00 to 11:45 and 13:00 to 17:00 o’clock
Saturday: 08:00 to 11:30 o’clock

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