Changing address in greater Amsterdam

If you have found a new apartment or house and are planning to move – be it within Amsterdam or to/from another municipality in greater Amsterdam – you need to register your change of address with your new municipality. It doesn’t make a difference whether you live in a rental property or have bought an apartment or house. Please note that failure to register at the correct address could result in a fine. An incorrect registration could also affect your housing benefit, student benefits and your taxes.

Ways to change your address if you live in Amsterdam

In person 

If you live in Amsterdam, you can register your change of address in person at the department of civil affairs (afdeling burgerzaken) of any of the seven city offices. You don’t need to make an appointment, you just need to bring the following documents:

  • valid identification (passport, identity card or residence permit)
  • a tenancy agreement or purchase contract for your new home
  • if you are lodging with someone: a copy of the identity document of the main resident and a declaration stating that he or she gives you permission to live there

Online

If you have a DigiD code, you can also register your move with an online form. Please note that you may be required to upload the documents mentioned above.

Learn more about relocating within or to the city of Amsterdam.

Registering a change of address in the Amsterdam Area

It is possible to register a change of address for municipalities outside of Amsterdam by post. However there is a risk that the documents or email may not be seen on time. Changing your details in person or online is the recommended option. If in doubt, please contact your local municipality directly.

If you do wish to proceed and register your move by post, download the official Change of Address Declaration (to be completed and returned to the municipality you are moving into – relevant addresses are shown on the form). Send a signed declaration form with a copy of your valid identification (passport, driving licence or official Dutch identity card) and a tenancy agreement or purchase contract for your new home (or, if you’re lodging with someone, a copy of the identity document of the main resident and a declaration stating that he or she gives you permission to live there) to the department of civil affairs (afdeling burgerzaken) of your new city office.

When you move to another municipality, you need to register at the new municipality. They will then notify your old municipality of your departure.

When to change your address

You need to register your new address no earlier than one month before and five working days after moving. After you’ve notified your municipality of the move, or registered at the new municipality, the municipality will adopt the moving date from your application.

The date on which the application arrives counts as the moving date. This is different if you register that you are moving at a later date. In this case the date of departure you register will apply. Your change of address from another municipality in the Netherlands will be forwarded to other government departments automatically. Changing address is free.

It can take several days before the move is registered in the personal records database (Basisregistratie Personen, BRP).

Who can register the move

  • all adults in person
  • all minors, from the age of 16, in person
  • spouses who live together may register for each other
  • partners, in a registered partnership, may register for each other
  • the parent, guardian or carer of minors
  • parents with children older than 16, still living at home
  • adults for parents who are living with them
  • the guardian of someone who has been placed in their care
  • Any other adults who are authorised in writing (see below) – for example, unmarried couples or those without a registered partnership

Authorising a third party

You can authorise someone else to register your move for you. They will need to show the following:

  • their valid form of identification (passport, driver’s license, Dutch identity card or aliens document)
  • an authorisation form completed and signed by you
  • your valid form of identification (passport, driver’s license, Dutch identity card or aliens document or a copy thereof)

Further investigation

To avoid false registrations, it is possible that the member of staff at the Civil Affairs department requests further details and documents, for example a rental contract or proof of ownership. This will certainly be the case if you lodge with someone.

Confidentiality

It is possible to request your address details to remain confidential. You can obtain more information at the Department of Civil Affairs of a city office.

IN Amsterdam partners

For a full list of IN Amsterdam’s partners, including relocation agents, or for more information on the Partnership Programme, please click here.