Registration at the Local Register Office (maistraatti)


All foreign citizens who intend to stay or work in Finland for more than three (3) months must register at the Local Register Office (maistraatti).  This will be done by filling in the form "The Registration Information of a Foreigner".

If you will be staying in Finland for less than one year, you will be registered as a temporary resigding foreigner.

The register data will be entered in the Population Information System (väestörekisteri). The data includes, for example, name, date of birth, nationality, family status and address. The data is used for various purposes (e.g. elections, taxation, health care, judicial administration and statistical purposes).

To register you will need the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Valid residence permit (non-EU citizens) / registration document of an EU citizen from the Finnish Immigration Service (EU-citizens excluding Nordic citizens)
  • Possible certificate of marriage and birth certificates of any children moving with you (see Legalisation of documents)
  • Employment contract/Proof of Grant

The following things will also take place at the Local Register Office within the registration:

Municipality of residence

Notification of move

Personal identity code


Jyväskylä Register Office (maistraatti):

Address: Yliopistonkatu 28, PL 253, 40101 JYVÄSKYLÄ
Telephone: +358 71 874 0331
Telefax: +358 71 874 1421
Official e-mail address: info.sisa-suomi(at)maistraatti.fi
Open: Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Further information: