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When you leave the Netherlands you have to deregister from the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP). The municipality will update your details accordingly and will automatically inform other government authorities of your departure.

You can have yourself deregistered a month before leaving the Netherlands. You must indicate the date of your departure.

Who can deregister

The following people may report a move (unless not all the members of a family at one address are moving abroad together, because then everyone leaving the Netherlands must appear in person at the Public Service counter):

  • Anyone aged 16 or up, on behalf of themselves.
  • Cohabiting spouses/registered partners, on behalf of each other (provided that spouses and partners move from the old to the new address together).
  • The parent, guardian or caretaker, on behalf of minors.
  • Parent(s), on behalf of their adult children living at home (provided that the parents and the children living at home move from the old to the new address together).
  • Adult children, on behalf of their parent(s) living with them (provided that the adult child and parent(s) move from the old to the new address together).
  • A guardian, on behalf of a person who has been placed under their guardianship.

If you authorise someone to register your departure for you, they will need to send or take the following documents with them:

  • his or her valid ID
  • an authorisation, signed by you
  • a copy of your valid ID

How to deregister

  • By post
    If you register your departure by post and give no date of departure, then the date the municipality receives your amendment will be adopted as your date of departure. That is the date  the municipality receives your written notice of departure.
    It is not possible to report your move in writing if not all the members of a family at one address are moving abroad together. In this case everyone who is leaving the Netherlands (including minors) must appear in person at the municipality's Department of Public Service counter to report the move.
    You can send the filled in deregistration form and a copy of your valid identification (passport, identity card or residence permit) to:

    Publiekszaken Rotterdam
    Afdeling Migratie
    Postbus 70013
    3000 KR Rotterdam

    The municipality will send a confirmation of your deregistration to your given address abroad.
  • In person
    You need to call (010) 267 16 25 to make an appointment to report your move abroad.
    The municipality will hand out a confirmation of your deregistration during your deregistration appointment if you deregister on the same day.
    If you do not deregister the same day, then a confirmation of your deregistration will be send to your new address after your deregistration is processed. To deregister you need a filled in deregistration form (pdf) and a copy of your valid identification (passport, identity card or residence permit).

Costs to deregister

Deregistration from the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) is free. It is possible to get an extract of your deregistration from the BRP. For example when moving to or from a location abroad, customs can ask you to present an inward or outward clearance certificate for your household effects.

Costs extract 2017
In person € 12,-
By post € 9,- and mailing costs 

You will receive an extract of deregistration free of charge if you are moving to the Caribbean Netherlands (the countries Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the special municipalities Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius). You will need this document to register in the Caribbean Netherlands.

If you have left the Netherlands, you can apply by post, together with a copy of your valid ID:
Publiekszaken Rotterdam
Afdeling Gegevensverstrekking
Postbus 70013
3000 KR Rotterdam

You will receive an invoice to be paid after receiving the document.

More information

You can call the city of Rotterdam: (010) 267 16 25.