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

If you move abroad and deregister from a Dutch municipality, your personal data will automatically be transferred to the Non-residents Records Database (RNI). In other cases you can register directly at an RNI municipality.

When registering in the RNI you have to provide a foreign address. That way, the Dutch authorities know where to contact you – for example, so that you can vote from abroad in elections.

Making an appointment with a municipality

You can make an appointment at any of the 19 RNI municipalities in the Netherlands.


Which RNI municipality you register at is up to you.

At most RNI municipalities you must call to make an appointment.


At the moment the waiting time at the RNI counters is longer than usual. Please keep this in mind.

Registering in person

You must appear in person at the RNI municipality where you have an appointment. If you want to register anyone other than yourself, that person must be present too. This also applies to children.

What to bring with you

Bring a valid form of identification with you, such as a passport or an identity card.

If you don’t speak Dutch, English or German, you should also bring someone to interpret for you.

When registering a child under the age of 16 you will also need to bring:

  • a valid form of identification for the child; and
  • a birth certificate or declaration of acknowledgement of parentage stating that you are the child’s parent. Check with the municipality to find out what requirements this document must meet.


Registration in the RNI is free.

After you have registered

If everything is in order, the municipality will register you in the RNI. You will then receive proof of registration and a citizen service number (BSN). You will need your BSN for your dealings with the Dutch government.

If you are moving abroad


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.