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If you plan to live or work in the Netherlands, you will need to register with the municipality. During your appointment, you will receive a personal public service number (BSN), which is required in order to be permitted to work, open a bank account and many other things. Depending on your nationality, you might also have to apply for a residence permit.

Official matters

Organise visas, permits, registration, driving licences and other essential procedures for becoming a new resident in Amsterdam. 

Register in Amsterdam

Register a short or long stay in Amsterdam with the municipality (gemeente), and receive your citizen service number (burgerservicenummer, BSN).


Before leaving the Netherlands, a number of matters need to be dealt with. One is deregistering from the Municipal Personal Records Database (Basisreg...

Death certificate

When a person in the Netherlands dies, a death certificate must be drawn up. This is done at the Civil Registry of the municipality where the person h...

Registering marriage

If you're planning on getting married in Amsterdam, there are a few details to add to the to-do list before the big day.

Document authentication

Those coming to live in the Netherlands from abroad may be asked to show documents from their country of origin, such as a birth or marriage certifica...

Sworn or affirmed statement

If it is not possible to supply official source documents, you can make a sworn or affirmed statement at the municipality. In this case, the necessary...

Documents & certificates

Find out the latest on document authentication, certificates (marriage, birth, death) sworn statements and how to get an extract from the municipality...