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, the following methods are available:

  • If you are arriving in the Netherlands as a highly skilled migrant or as an EU citizen 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 (formerly Expatcenter Amsterdam).

  • Alternatively, upon arrival in the Netherlands, simply register with the municipality in which you will be resident (such as the district office at Amsterdam City Hall if you are going to live in the city of Amsterdam). Upon completing registration for the first time, you will be assigned a BSN, which will be mailed to your home address following the appointment.

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 You can also call the City of Amsterdam’s information helpline on 14 020 or +31 20 624 1111 (if calling from abroad).


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.

Further information

If you require further information, call the city information number 14 020 (Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 18:00).