How does my personal data end up in the RNI?
There are 3 ways for a person to become registered in the RNI.
If you move outside the Netherlands, you must deregister with your municipality. The municipality will then transfer your data to the RNI. Your BSN will remain valid. If you deregistered with a municipality in the Netherlands before 1 October 1994, your data wasn’t transferred to the RNI.
If you live outside the Netherlands and need a BSN, you can register at one of the 19 municipalities with an RNI desk. You can also register at an RNI desk if you’ll be in the Netherlands for less than four months – for work, to study or for an internship, for instance.
It’s also possible for a government organisation, such as the Social Insurance Bank (SVB) or the Tax Administration (Belastingdienst ), to register you in the RNI. For example, the SVB can register you if you wish to apply for Dutch state pension (AOW) from abroad but don’t have a BSN.
What personal data is recorded in the Non-residents Records Database?
Exactly what data of yours is recorded in the RNI depends on how you were registered. If you want to know what personal data of yours is in the RNI or whether you are even registered at all – and therefore whether you have a BSN – you can find that out.
Why is it important that my data is in the RNI?
If your data is in the RNI, that means you have a BSN. You need a BSN for any matters you might want to arrange with the Dutch authorities. Such as your Dutch state pension (AOW), tax return or health insurance, or to receive benefits.
If your data is in the RNI, that means you have a BSN. You need a BSN to apply for a DigiD.
If you live abroad you may occasionally need to produce an extract from the RNI. For example, as proof of that you’ve deregistered with a Dutch municipality.
Dutch government organisations can use your data in the RNI to contact you if necessary. That’s why it’s important that your data in the RNI is up to date.
Deregistering from the RNI
If you are registered in the RNI and move to the Netherlands, you must register with the Dutch municipality where you will be living. You will then automatically be deregistered from the RNI. Your BSN will remain valid.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.