Registering in the Basisregistratie Personen (BRP)

Are you have moving to the Netherlands? Do you intend to live here for more than 4 months? Then you must register in the Basisregistratie Personen – BRP (Personal Records Database). You can do this at your municipality. 

Last updated on 19 July 2021

Registering with the municipality

You must register at the municipality: 

  • where your permanent address is located; 
  • if you have no fixed address, you must register where you have a postal address. For example, if you are a ship’s captain, or where the institution that you are in, such as a prison or psychiatric facility, is located.  

Are you moving to another municipality in the Netherlands? Then you must notify the new municipality of your change of address.

Register within 5 days

You must register in the BRP within 5 days of arriving in the Netherlands. You can do this at your municipality. Are your partner and/or children are coming with you to the Netherlands? They must come with you to the municipality. 

Burgerservicenummer after registering in the BRP  

Once you register in the BRP, you will receive a Burgerservicenummer – BSN (citizen service number). You will need this number for any contact with the Government of the Netherlands, such as when managing your taxes.


There are some exceptions. In some situations you can register later than 5 days or in a different way. The exceptions are as follows:

  • You are going to be living in the Netherlands for less than 4 months. Then you can register in the BRP as a non-resident. For this you can use an address outside the Netherlands. You will still receive a BSN. 
  • You do not have valid residence status, and to be allowed to stay in the Netherlands, you need a verblijfsvergunning (residence permit). If you are waiting for your residence permit to arrive, you do not have to register within 5 days.
  • You are unable to prove your identity. This may require additional investigation. Registration in the BRP can then wait until the outcome of this investigation. After that, you will have to register. 

Registering in the BRP at your municipality

You register in the BRP at your municipality. There is no charge for this.

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