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When do I have to deregister from a Dutch municipality?

If you live or will be living outside the Netherlands for more than 8 months of the year, you must deregister from the Dutch municipality in which you live.

These 8 months do not have to be consecutive. For example, you will have to deregister even if you live outside the Netherlands for 5 months at a time twice in one year – regardless of whether you keep your home in the Netherlands.

Deregistering from the municipality

You must deregister from the Dutch municipality in which you live no more than five calendar days (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays included) before your departure.

Depending on your situation you may be able to do so in person or in writing. Certain municipalities also allow you to deregister online. Contact your municipality to find out more.

You must always deregister in person if not all family members (such as your partner and children) are moving from the address.

Attention: At the moment the waiting time at the municipality can be longer than usual. Please keep this in mind.

Tip: when you deregister it is a good idea to request proof of deregistration. You may need this to register outside the Netherlands.

After you have deregistered

After you have deregistered from a Dutch municipality, your data will be transferred to the Non-residents Records Database (RNI), which is part of the Personal Records Database (BRP). Your citizen service number (BSN) will remain valid.

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