Register at the municipality

Welcome to the Netherlands! 

At this point you probably just arrived with your suitcase to the Netherlands, an exciting adventure lays ahead of you. Now the very first step after arriving to the Netherlands is to get yourself registered in the Netherlands and to get your BSN Number:

What is the BSN number?

The BSN number is the burgerservicenummer, your personal citizen service number which you will need a lot during your stay in the Netherlands when dealing with the Dutch Government. Note: You need the BSN number before you can open a Dutch bank account. You can find more information here

Where do I get the BSN number?

You get your personal citizen service number at your local municipality. Note: For most municipalities you have to book an appointment online beforehand. When you go to the registration appointment at your local Dutch municipality make sure to have the following documents with you:

  • Your ID Card
  • Your Passport
  • Your birth certificate (Tip: You don't need an official translated European or International birth certificate, this kind of birth certificate does not exist. If they ask you for any kind of this, politely disagree and ask to speak with the manager. Your birth certificate gets only issued once, right after your birth, it is valid for a lifetime and cannot expire!)
  • A copy of the statement of enrollment of your dutch university (if possible)

I am an exchange student, do i also need the BSN number?

If you stay in the Netherlands for less than 4 months you do not need the BSN number. If you stay in the Netherlands for 4 months or longer, you must register as a resident with the municipality where you live. Note: Make sure to register yourself within 5 days after your arrival in the Netherlands. If your partner and/or children also stay in the Netherlands for 4 months or longer, they must also register with the municipality.

I am an exchange Student, do I also have to register myself at the municipality?

If you live in the Netherlands for less than 4 months, you still have to register yourself at a local municipality, you can register yourself as an non-resident at the following municipalities:

  • Alkmaar
  • Almelo
  • Amsterdam
  • Breda
  • Den Haag
  • Doetinchem
  • Eindhoven
  • Goes
  • Groningen/Eemshaven
  • Heerlen
  • Leeuwarden
  • Leiden
  • Nijmegen
  • Rotterdam
  • Terneuzen
  • Utrecht
  • Venlo
  • Zwolle