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
Municipality of Dijk en Waard: Registering with the municipality
You must inform us of your move to the Netherlands in person. Please contact us to make an appointment to do this.
All family members who wish to be registered must come to the appointment with you. This includes babies, young children and elderly people.
When you go to your appointment, please bring the following documents:
- A valid document of identity (passport or ID-card) of every person to be registered.
- Do you not have Dutch nationality or another EU nationality? Then take your foreign passport and residence permit with you.
- A rental contract or contract of sale of your home, or your proprietor’s permission, for which you need to complete the form 'schriftelijke verklaring van inwoning'. Please note: you also need a copy of the main resident's proof of identity.
- A proof of deregistration when you come from Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Saba or Sint Eustatius.
- Original documents from abroad of yourself and of your children, such as certificates of birth, a marriage certificate or a deed of divorce.
- Only English, German and French deeds will be accepted without translation by a sworn translator. Foreign documents have to meet rules for legalising foreign documents. These rules depend on the country where the documents were issued.
Registration is free of charge. You must pay the costs of translating or legalising official documents that you may need to take with you.