Netherlands Worldwide

How can I get a citizen service number?

Do you live outside the Netherlands and do not have a citizen service number (BSN)? How you can get a BSN depends on your situation.

If you live outside the Netherlands, you are given a citizen service number (BSN) when you are registered in the Non-residents Records Database (RNI). In some situations you can also get a BSN in another way.

  • Are you entitled to AOW? If so, you can get a citizen service number via the Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB).
  • Do you need a BSN for inheritance tax purposes? If so, you can also get a citizen service number via the Tax and Customs Administration.

You can also get a citizen service number for your benefit partner or your child.

Temporary education number

Will you or your child be attending school in the Netherlands? And do you or your child not have a citizen service number? Then DUO will create a temporary education number.

The temporary education number is not a citizen service number. You will receive this education number from the school where you or your child is registered. If you or your child is given a citizen service number at a later stage, you must inform the school.

I am moving to the Netherlands

Are you moving to the Netherlands for longer than 4 months? In that case, you should register yourself in the municipality where you are going to live. Your details will then appear in the Basic Registration of Persons (BRP). After your registration you will be given a citizen service number.

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