Changing address in Amsterdam
If you have found a new apartment or house and are planning to move – be it within Amsterdam or to/from another municipality – you need to register your change of address with the department of civil affairs (afdeling burgerzaken) of any of the seven city offices (stadsloket). 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
You can register your change of address in person at the department of civil affairs (afdeling burgerzaken) of any of the seven city offices, and you don’t need to make an appointment. You will 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’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
It is possible to register a change of address by email, or for municipalities outside of Amsterdam, by post. However there is a risk that the documents or email may not be received. Changing your details in person is the recommended option.
To 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.
To register your move by email, send the form and the required documents to [email protected]
Moving to another municipality
If you move to another municipality, you need to register at the new municipality. They will then notify your old municipality.
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 municipal 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)
If you do not have your own residence and want a correspondence address, you can apply in writing to the department of civil affairs (afdeling Burgerzaken) of a city office. In the application you must explain why you want a correspondence address.
Confirmation of the move
After processing your change of address, you will receive written confirmation at the new address. This is important for checking if the registration is correct. If this is not the case, it must be confirmed in writing or in person at a city office (stadsdeelloket). The Department of Personal Data (Dienst Basisinformatie) will conduct an investigation to establish the correct address details.
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.
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
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