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
First registration in the Netherlands
You must inform us of your move to the Netherlands in person. You must make an appointment to do this.
The conditions for a first registration in the Netherlands are:
- you have
- Dutch nationality, or
- a passport from an EU/EEA country, or
- a residence permit for a definite or indefinite period
- you will stay in the Netherlands for longer than 4 months
- A valid identity document for everyone who is to be registered (this cannot be a driving licence).
- A rental or purchase contract for your home or the consent of the main resident with whom you will be living.
- Proof of de-registration if you are moving from another part of the Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (Kingdom of the Netherlands): Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Saba or Sint Eustatius.
If you were born, married or divorced abroad, please also bring the following original documents:
- Your birth certificate.
- The birth certificates of your partner and/or children.
- Your marriage certificate or proof of civil partnership.
- Divorce papers.
- Adoption papers and/or a death certificate for your partner or child(ren).
In some cases, your certificate or document will need to be legalised and/or translated. You can check whether this is the case for your country on the government website.
First make an appointment with the municipality by telephone. Call 14 043 for this.
This is how you register for the first time in the Netherlands:
- Come to the municipality in person.
- take with you
- your valid ID (which shows your nationality)
- proof that you have living space, such as a rental contract or proof of ownership
- if you were not born in the Netherlands: your birth certificate
- if you do not have European nationality: proof that the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) has approved your stay
- if you come from Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba: a relocation notice
- if you have these:
- proof of your marital status
- a marriage certificate
- a divorce certificate
- a death certificate of your partner (as proof that the marriage has been dissolved by death)
- the birth certificates of your children
- Do you have proof of deregistration from the previous country? So take that with you.
- All persons who move with you will also come personally.
Have the requested documents not been drawn up in Dutch, English, German or French? Or do you not have a multilingual model form? Then you have to have them translated. Is the translator sworn in in the Netherlands? Then you do not need to have the translation legalised. Is the translator sworn abroad? Then you must have the legalized original document legalized again in the Netherlands. https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/wonen-werken/buitenlandse-documenten-legaliseren
Registration is free of charge. You must pay the costs of translating or legalising official documents that you may need to take with you.
The municipality will register you in the Basisregistratie Personen – BRP (Personal Records Database) during the actual appointment. You will receive a confirmation letter. The municipality will send your citizen service number (BSN) by post within 3 weeks.