Your citizen service number (BSN)
As a result of registering with the municipality you will be assigned a citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN), which will be sent to your home address. A BSN is required in order to be permitted to work, open a bank account, make use of a health care institution and to apply for benefits or an allowance.
Which type of registration?
There are two types of possible municipal registration, depending on the length of your stay in the Netherlands. Highly skilled migrants who will be resident for four months or less should read more about the registration procedure for short stay migrants. Anyone coming from abroad to work or study still requires a BSN number, even for short stays. For those migrants who will be resident in the Netherlands for longer than four months, please read on for more details about the standard registration procedures.
Where to register in Amsterdam
Where you can register in Amsterdam depends on the purpose of your stay:
IN Amsterdam (formerly ‘Expatcenter Amsterdam’)
- Highly skilled migrants: registration is arranged when collecting the initial residence permit
- Highly skilled migrants who receive their residence permit directly from the IND can use this form to schedule an appointment for municipal registration
- EU citizens working for a company that is recognised as an official sponsor by the IND can also use the services of IN Amsterdam
- Intermediaries (relocation agents, immigration lawyers, tax advisers, company contacts etc) can make an appointment for registration
Please note, there are applicable service fees when using IN Amsterdam’s streamlined services.
Amsterdam City Hall or your local City Office
All other registrations should take place at Amsterdam City Hall or one of the following City Offices. This includes EU citizens working for a company that is not recognised as an official sponsor by the IND. For more information or to make an appointment, call the City of Amsterdam’s helpline number: 14 020 or +31 20 624 1111 (if calling from abroad).
- Amsterdam City Hall
- City Office Oost
- City Office West
- City Office Zuid
- City Office Southeast
- City Office New West
Please note: Registration at the Amsterdam City Hall or City Office Southeast is free; fees apply for registration at IN Amsterdam.
Please note that everyone living in or moving to Amsterdam is required to register their address in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP). It’s also very important to be registered at the actual and correct address of residence. Depending on individual circumstances, it may be necessary to present relevant birth, marriage or death certificates and other required documentation to the municipality upon registering for the first time.
Failure to register at the correct address, to notify the municipality of a change of address on time and to present all relevant documents is punishable and the municipality can impose a fine of up to €325.
Not all documents are automatically valid in the Netherlands. The civil registry and IN Amsterdam will only accept official documents in Dutch, English, French or German. An official translation will be required for other languages. Some documents may also require proof of authenticity (legalisatie). For more information click here.
Please note: as of 6 January 2014, highly skilled migrants from outside the EU with the official residence status of knowledge migrant or scientific researcher no longer have to present a copy of their birth certificate when registering at the town halls in Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Almere, Diemen, Haarlem, Haarlemmermeer, Hilversum and Velsen.
Accompanying partner and/or children
Partners and/or children must also register with the municipality. To do so, make an appointment to visit IN Amsterdam (provided at least one member of the family meets the IN Amsterdam criteria mentioned above) or the registration department in Amsterdam City Hall or City Office Zuidoost in person. The following documents are required to register an accompanying child and/or partner:
- Marriage certificate
- Birth certificate of child(ren)
- Deed of adoption or acknowledgement of child(ren)
If you require further information, call the city information number 14 020 (Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 18:00). If you are calling from abroad, please call +31 (0)20 624 1111.
IN Amsterdam partners
See a list of IN Amsterdam’s partners, including translation services.