Church exit

Verbal resignation

Leaving a church, religious or ideological community requires a declaration to the registry office of the place of residence or habitual abode. Upon presentation of a valid identification document, the declaration can be made there in person for recording.

Written resignation

In the case of a written declaration of resignation, the declarant's signature must be certified by a notary public. A written declaration of resignation must have the following content:

  • First name and surname
  • Date and place of birth
  • Residence or habitual abode
  • church, religious or ideological community from which one wishes to resign
  • if known, the place and parish of baptism

Representation by proxy with regard to the submission of a declaration of withdrawal is generally permissible. Further information on this can be obtained from the registry office on request.

An effective resignation by e-mail or informal letter is not possible.

  • Recording of the minutes of leaving the church 25,00 €
    written confirmation of the oral declaration of resignation (if requested) 10,00 €
    for certifications of signatures with the involvement of a notary public there are additional charges


  • KirchStG, Cost Law