Deregistering from the municipality in the event of a long stay outside the Netherlands
Are you going to live outside the Netherlands for at least 8 months in 1 year? If so, you must deregister from the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen – BRP). The BRP contains your personal data, such as your name, gender and date of birth. You can deregister from the BRP through the municipality where you live.
Deregistration from your municipality is subject to certain rules:
- You cannot deregister until 5 days before your departure. This includes weekends and public holidays.
- You can deregister in writing or in person at the municipality service desk. This depends on your situation. In some municipalities, you can deregister online. Ask your municipality whether this is possible.
- Are not all your family members, such as your partner and children, moving with you? In that case, at many municipalitys you must always deregister in person. Deregistering by post or online is then not possible.
- You can also deregister if the 8 months in which you intend to live outside the Netherlands are not consecutive.
It may be important for you to have proof of deregistration, for example because you need to demonstrate to an organisation that you have been deregistered. Request proof of deregistration from the BRP via your municipality. Do this when you have yourself deregistered. Proof of deregistration demonstrates that you have been deregistered from the Netherlands. This proof specifies your personal details and the date of your deregistration.
Have you already been deregistered from your municipality? If so, you can no longer request proof of deregistration via the municipality where you lived. In such a case, you can request an international excerpt from the BRP. This is a document containing your details if you are not registered in the Netherlands. You can request this excerpt from one of the 19 Dutch municipalities with an RNI service desk. An international extract from the BRP is also referred to as an extract from the Non-residents Records Database (Registratie Niet-Ingezetenen – RNI).
This is how it works for you
Here is some information from your municipality.
Municipality of Utrecht: Deregistering from the municipality in the event of a long stay outside the Netherlands
Please note: you can report that you are moving outside the Netherlands only if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
You are 16 years of age or older. Children under the age of 16 need their parents, guardians or caregivers to report the move abroad.
- Are you moving outside the Netherlands on your own? If so, you can report your departure online.
- Is your entire family moving outside the Netherlands? If so, you must report your departure to the municipality in writing or at its service desk.
You can report your departure online. Do so up to 5 days before your departure. You need your DigiD to do this.
You can only report that you are moving by post if all the members of your family are moving with you.
Fill in the form for departure outside the Netherlands. Send the form together with a copy of a valid passport, Dutch identity card or residence permit for you and your family. The address can be found on the form.
Submit the form at least 1 week before you move abroad.
At the service desk
Do you want to report the departure of you and your family at the service desk? Make an appointment first. Do so at least 1 week before your departure.
Bring a valid form of identification to your appointment.
You must specify your new address at the appointment, if already known. You must always specify the country in which you will be living.
You can report the departure of the following people at the same time as you report your own:
- your husband or wife;
- your civil partner;
- your children;
- your parents.
Those persons must be registered with you at the same address.
Do you have a samenlevingscontract (cohabitation agreement)? If so, you and your partner must report the departure outside the Netherlands separately.
Reporting a move is free of charge.
- Reporting by email or post: 5 working days.
- Reporting at the service desk: processed immediately by the municipality. Or on a specified date in the future.
Questions about this topic?
Contact the Municipality of Utrecht