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Registering from abroad

Do you live abroad and do you want to live in the Netherlands? In that case, you must register with the municipality where you will live within 5 days of your arrival in the Netherlands. You do this in person by making an appointment at the municipal office.

The municipality must ascertain your identity. That is why you must come in person with your ID. Your partner and under-age children must also come along in person.

In order to be registered you must stay in our country for at least 4 months out of the next six months.

Make an appointment

You can make an appointment by telephone by calling 14 015.

Please bring the following items with you

  • Passport or identity card (not your driving licence)
  • A copy of your rental contract or purchase contract or
  • If you are going to live in with someone: a statement from the co-occupant
  • If you have them: original legalised and translated foreign documents about yourself and your children, such as birth, marriage or divorce certificates. If the documents were created by the issuing authority in French, German or English, they will be accepted in most cases. If in doubt, the municipality can ask for a Dutch translation
  • If you come from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius or Sint Maarten: a certificate of deregistration
  • If you come from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland and do not have Dutch nationality: proof of lawful residence from the IND


Documents from certain countries must be legalised or have an apostille stamp. For more information, see the Government's website.

Lawful residence

You must be lawfully resident in the Netherlands. That means that you:

  • have Dutch nationality
  • or have the nationality of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland
  • or have a valid residence permit

Short stay in the Netherlands

Are you staying in the Netherlands for less than 4 months but do you need a Citizen Service Number (BSN)? Please check the information about the Register of Non-Residents (RNI).

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