If something is required to be sent to somebody's "Anschrift", does that allow for sending an e-mail? In other words, can e-mail be used as an Anschrift?

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    Depends on context and convention. Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 16:35

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Wenn sich aus dem Kontext nicht ergibt, dass auch eine E-Mail-Adresse gemeint sein könnte, wie man das etwa bei der Bestellung eines Newsletters vermuten würde, ist in der Regel eine Anschrift für physische Post gemeint, insbesondere im Rechtsverkehr.

Allerdings gibt es gerade im Rechtsverkehr ein Beispiel, dass explizit eine E-Mail-Anschrift verlangt wird, woraus sich schlüssig ergibt, dass eine E-Mail-Adresse ein Spezialfall von Anschrift ist.

Auch Behörden sprechen von der E-Mail-Anschrift.

Die Antwort lautet also "Ja, aber ...", denn wenn der Kontext nicht nahelegt, dass eine E-Mail-Adresse genügt, wird man sich selten darauf berufen können, dass auch eine E-Mail-Adresse eine Anschrift sei.

Kontaktformulare im Netz oder andere Formulare klären diese Frage aber meist schon funktional (fehlende Angaben werden abgewiesen) oder gestalterisch (Aufteilung der Anschrift in Name, Straße, PLZ, Ort).



Anschrift = postal address, i.e. an address which is able to receive (physical) letters and boxes.

This is not necessarily the location of the receiver. Also a mailbox in a post office can be used as Anschrift.

The address of the location of a person is »Adresse«. This is the location where a person is registered. (In Germany, Austria and Switzerland every person needs to be registered to the authorities at an Adresse.) A mailbox can not be an Adresse.

So if you rent a mailbox at a post office, your Adresse and your Anschrift are different.

But maybe the receiver will accept e-mails too. Better ask the receiver.

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    Adresse und location waren gar nicht gefragt. Es bläht die Antwort auf, die so profunder wirkt, als sie ist. Der entscheidende Punkt, 'physical letters' ist eingeklammert, also doch in Frage gestellt. Dass man einen Kühlschrank nicht an eine E-Mailadresse liefern kann ist dem Frager bestimmt auch so klar. Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 16:38
  • Adresse and Wohnanschrift are usually synonyms, to differentiate the term Wohnadresse may be used. / But I very much agree with Hubert: if there is no explicit mention of "(e)mail", then an email address is not meant or required. Apart from communication that originates online, where such an address would be either already revealed or have a special form field to enter it anyway, email addresses should never be used. Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 17:18
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    I don't think that "Adresse" necessarily has to be the address of the location of a person. DWDS lists "Anschrift" as meaning of "Adresse", and vice versa. See also Wikipedia. By the way, the Deutsche Post uses the term "Postfachadresse".
    – Lykanion
    Commented Feb 25, 2018 at 16:31
  • We already have a Q & A on the difference between Anschrift and Adresse - a link to this Q & A would make the answer more helpful. Also note the common term: E-Mail-Adresse which would contradict you assumption that a mailbox can not be an Adresse.
    – Takkat
    Commented Feb 26, 2018 at 9:59

Absent any other information I'm going to go with yes.
If the request is for simple information or something that could commonly be sent in an email and an email address is provided no one will be upset that they don't get a physical letter.

Instructions should have been given prior on whether or not email would be acceptable in nearly all cases, though. For example many contracts require you to quit a service by regular mail (but courts lately tend to disagree that this is a requirement).

In short: it's difficult to answer without knowing specifics.

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    In practice I have never heard anybody saying Bitte senden Sie es an folgende Anschrift when he or she meant an e-mail address. Usually a person mentioning an Anschrift would mean a postal address. Of course, exceptions are possible, and habits may change. Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 17:26

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