Do you intend to live in the Netherlands for more than 4 months? Then you must register in the Personal Records Database (Basisregistratie Personen – BRP). You can do this at the municipality where you intend to live.
You must register in the BRP at the municipality where your intended address is located. There is no charge for this.
If you have no fixed address, you must register your postal address. For example, if you are a ship’s captain, or where the institution that you are in, such as a prison or psychiatric facility, is located.
Are you moving from one municipality to another municipality in the Netherlands? Then you must notify the new municipality of your change of address.
You must register with the municipality within 5 days of arriving in the Netherlands. You can do this at your municipality. Are your partner and/or children are coming with you to the Netherlands? They must come with you to the municipality.
Once you register in the BRP, you will receive a citizen service number (Burgerservicenummer – BSN). You will need this number for any contact with the Government of the Netherlands, such as when managing your taxes.
Exceptions: registering later or in a different way
There are some exceptions for registering with the municipality. In some situations you can register later than 5 days or in a different way. The exceptions are as follows:
- You are going to be living in the Netherlands for less than 4 months. Then you can register in the BRP as a non-resident. For this you can use an address outside the Netherlands. You will still receive a BSN.
- You do not have valid residence status, and to be allowed to stay in the Netherlands, you need a residence permit (verblijfsvergunning). If you are waiting for your residence permit to arrive, you do not have to register within 5 days.
- You are unable to prove your identity. This may require additional investigation. Registering with the municipality can then wait until the outcome of this investigation. After that, you will have to register.
This is how it works in your (future) place of residence
Establishment from abroad
If you live abroad and you want to move to the Netherlands (again) and you want to live in the Netherlands for at least 4 months in the next six months, you must make an appointment to register.
Make an appointment for your registration within 5 days of your arrival in the Netherlands. Your family members must also attend the appointment in person.
For all family members you have to make a separate appointment, you can, when you make an appointment via the website, add your family members to this appointment.
Have you lived in the Netherlands before? Even then you will make an appointment to register again. Everyone who needs to be registered must report in person.
- A valid proof of identity (passport or identity card) of each person being registered
- The form First Registration/Resettlement Basic Registration of Persons (BRP)
- Rental contract or purchase contract of your home. Or permission from your homeowner/principal resident. For this, have the form Declaration of Residence filled out by the homeowner. Note: you cannot be registered before the start date of your rental or purchase contract.
- If you are going to live with someone who rents a house from the SSW housing foundation, the main tenant must inform the SSW in advance. On the SSW website you can find the form Agreement to move in (under category My home) (in Dutch) or you can indicate this via your SSW account (under category I rent (in Dutch): change rental contract). The SSW will issue a written statement and you must attach this statement to your declaration of move-in. Permission from the main tenant is not required for this.
- Proof of deregistration if you come from Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Saba or Sint Eustatius
- Were you born abroad? Then we need your original, recently issued birth certificate.
- Did you get married abroad? Then we need your original, recently issued marriage certificate.
Do one or both of you not have the nationality of an EU country and no permanent residence permit?
Then you both need to declare that you have not entered into a marriage of convenience. With this declaration (in Dutch) you indicate that you are not marrying or entering into a partnership just to obtain a residence permit.
If the civil servant suspects that there is a marriage of convenience after all, he must conduct an investigation. If he is then convinced that there is a marriage of convenience, he must refuse to register the marriage or registered partnership. The self-declaration is kept for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND).
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