Registration on Arrival

As soon as you move in to your new home in the Netherlands, you should register with the BRP. Find out more...

The BRP (Municipal Personal Records Database/Basisregistratie Personen) is the government database, shared by numerous government agencies, which contains relevant personal information regarding residents in the Netherlands. Residents are required to register changes of address, births, marriages, deaths and other events that may effect their legal status or government services they receive. Residence permit requests and the registration of the arrival of all people (Dutch and foreign) in a municipality (Gemeente) is recorded in the BRP. The BRP is maintained by the Registration Office (Dienst Burgerzaken) at the local town hall (stadhuis).

Any person planning to stay in the Netherlands for more than 90 days must register on the local BRP within three to five days of arrival. This applies to both EU and non-EU citizens and is done at your local council (gemeente). If you are non-EU and not yet a resident of the Netherlands, the council will complete your registration when they are notified by the Immigration Department that your residency has been approved.

Registering on the BRP

The following documents are required for registration on the BRP:

  • Passport
  • Employment contract (if applicable)
  • Rental contract (or proof of address, or being accompanied by the owner of the home)
  • Birth certificate (long version) and marriage certificates for each family member being registered

These documents may need to be authenticated (known as "legalisation").

The BSN number

Upon registering on the BRP, a Citizen Service Number (Burgerservicenummer - BSN) number (formerly a SoFI number) will be issued. This is a unique identification number that must be presented when starting a job, opening a bank account, using the health care system, applying for benefits, buying a car and announcing a change of address, among other things. Within a few weeks of registration a new resident will receive a letter containing registration details and the BSN number.

  • For detailed information from the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties) about the BSN

Note: Foreign residents who have previously been issued with a SoFI number need not change this to the BSN number - this will have happened automatically.