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Creation of a national address service

At present, there is no national service that administrative units can use to validate, search for or match people's current residential addresses. The Federal Statistical Office wishes to create the legal basis for such a national address service and to establish a national address service.

Description of target

In the case of many administrative procedures, such as the collection of the compensatory military tax or health insurance premiums, or the carrying out of recovery proceedings, the competent authority contacts the person concerned in writing. In order to do so, it requires a current home address.

At present, home addresses are only partially available to administrations. A complex address procurement procedure is required with other authorities. Administrative procedures can thus be simplified and optimised by establishing a national address service.

In the future, the national address services should enable the public administrations of the Confederation, cantons and communes, as well as authorised third parties, to access the home addresses of residents throughout Switzerland.

Organisation responsible for the project

Federal Department of Home Affairs, FDHA

Federal Statistical Office, FSO

Espace de l'Europe 10, CH-2010 Neuchâtel

Contact person: Marianne Fraefel

Contact: marianne.fraefel(at)bfs.admin.ch, +41 58 483 95 90