You are staying in the Netherlands for less than 4 months to work or study. To get a Citizen Service Number (BSN) for your contacts with the Dutch authorities, apply for the registration for non-residents.
You have to register at the Department of Public Service in Rotterdam or in one of the other municipalities as a non-resident in the Municipal Personal Records Database (RNI). You need to apply in person.
There are 3 types of registration.
1. Individual registration
Call to our municipal service number (010) 267 16 25 to make an appointment to visit the department. When you call from abroad, call +31 10 267 16 25.
2. Group registration
Are you an employer and would you like to register a larger group (more than 8 people) at the same time? Please contact our account manager. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Registration from abroad
In this case you must contact the Dutch Tax administration/Department of International Issues in Heerlen:
Telephone number: +31 55 538 53 85
Address: P.O. Box 2865, 6401 DJ Heerlen
If you are staying for more than 4 months, you need to register as a resident in the municipality where you live.
Rotterdam will check your address of residence in the Netherlands before providing the Citizen Service Number (BSN).
Please note: the municipality of Rotterdam can impose an administrative fine if you deliberately provide incorrect information for the BRP. This fine is an incentive to make sure that everyone registers properly and passes on correct information in good time.
Your registration will directly be processed. You will receive a confirmation of your registration with the following information:
If you have lost your confirmation of registration, you can apply for an extract by post:
To the attention of CVE2 department
P.O. Box 70013
3000 KR Rotterdam
You can also call to our municipal service number (010) 267 16 25 to make an appointment for ‘uittreksel RNI’ to apply for the extract in person.
You can change your address in 2 ways.
Send an e-mail to email@example.com.
You can also call (010) 267 16 25 to make an appointment for RNI to come along in person.
Always enclose or bring along the following documents:
Every person in the Netherlands has a personal registration number. It is called the Citizen Service Number ('Burgerservicenummer' or BSN). This number is issued to Dutch citizens along with their birth certificate.
You need the BSN in order to:
If you were not born in the Netherlands, you must apply for the number yourself.
How to obtain a BSN
When you come to live in the Netherlands and register with the Municipal Personal Records Database, you will automatically receive a Citizen Service Number. You need the following documents:
Check the following webpage of the government for more information.
There are 3 ways to do this: