How can I get a citizen service number?

You are given a citizen service number (BSN) when you are registered in the Personal Records Database (BRP). If you live outside the Netherlands, you can register in person at one of the 19 RNI municipalities in the Netherlands.

In some cases it may be possible to get a BSN via another organisation, such as the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) or the Tax and Customs Administration.

Getting a BSN via an RNI municipality

If you live outside the Netherlands or are coming to the Netherlands for less than four months to study or work, you can register in the BRP. Your personal data will be registered in the part of the BRP called the Non-residents Records Database (RNI) and you will receive a BSN.

How can I register in the Non-residents Records Database (RNI)?

If you come to the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you must register with the municipality where you will be living. Your personal data will be registered in the Personal Records Database and you will receive a BSN.

Getting a BSN via the Social Insurance Bank to receive Dutch state pension

If you live outside the Netherlands and are applying for a Dutch state pension (AOW) but do not have a BSN, the SVB will take care of your registration in the BRP so you can receive one. You do not need to be present in the Netherlands for this.  

How do I apply for a Dutch state pension from outside the Netherlands?

Getting a BSN for your benefit partner via the Tax and Customs Administration

If you would like to apply for or make changes to your benefits but your benefit partner does not have a BSN, you can apply for a BSN for your benefit partner via the Tax and Customs Administration (information in Dutch).

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