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Registration in Amsterdam

Register a short or long stay in Amsterdam with the municipality (gemeente), and receive your citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN).

New to Amsterdam 

When you register, you will receive a citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN) during your appointment. A BSN is required in order to be permitted to work, open a bank account, make use of a health care institution (a doctor or hospital) and to apply for benefits or an allowance. Note that is is very important to register the correct address and to notify the municipality on time if you change address

If you are a highly skilled migrant, in many cases IN Amsterdam (formerly Expatcenter Amsterdam) can also help with these matters. They offer a streamlined procedure for arranging permits, BSNs  and address registration. 

Registering in Amsterdam

Citizen service number (BSN)

Everyone in the Netherlands has a registration number: the citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN). It's assigned to Dutch citizens at birth...

IN Amsterdam

IN Amsterdam (formerly Expatcenter Amsterdam) provides a one-stop-shop service for international newcomers in the Amsterdam Area. We serve companies a...


Before leaving the Netherlands, a number of matters need to be dealt with. One is deregistering from the Municipal Personal Records Database (Basisreg...