How to get a BSN

Internationals receive a BSN upon registration with the municipality (gemeente).

Short stay migrants

If resident for four months or less, see the registration procedures for short stay migrants.

Standard registration

For internationals who will be resident for more than four months, you must follow the standard registration. The following methods are available:

  • Upon arrival in the Amsterdam Area, simply register with the municipality in which you will be resident. Upon completing registration for the first time, you will be assigned a BSN, which will be mailed to your home address following the appointment.
  • Alternatively, if you are arriving in the Netherlands as a highly skilled migrant or as an EU citizen and living in a partner municipality, you can arrange municipal registration via IN Amsterdam and will receive your BSN as part of that process. Learn more about the streamlined services provided by IN Amsterdam.

Whether choosing to register via IN Amsterdam or your local municipality, it is required to make an appointment to complete the registration.


There are no costs involved with registering and receiving a BSN via your local municipality. However, highly skilled migrants or EU citizens choosing IN Amsterdam are required to pay the appropriate service fees.


You can find more information about the BSN on


The BSN is issued by a District Council office when a birth is registered with the Department of Civil Affairs. Children born in the Netherlands will immediately receive a BSN.