Are you staying in Rotterdam for longer than 4 months? Make sure you make an appointment for registration in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) within 5 days after your arrival.
You can make an appointment by clicking the button 'Make an appointment' or call our municipal service number +31 10 267 16 25.
After registering yourself you will also be provided with a Citizen Service Number (BSN). You need this number when you open a bank account or take out health insurance.
Make sure that:
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Are you moving to a home for which a housing permit (huisvestingsvergunning) is required?
Make sure you make an appointment for first registration with housing permit.
If you are a highly skilled migrant ('kennismigrant') your employer will arrange your registration. In other cases you must do so yourself. It is also important that you deregister with the municipality when you leave the Netherlands.
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.
Make sure you bring all the documents you need. They also must be filled in. Otherwise we cannot register you.
You need the following documents:
Depending on your living situation, you also need the following documents:
|My living situation:||You need these documents:|
|I rent an apartment/house||Rental contract or a tenancy agreement***|
|I'm living with a tenant who is the main occupant||Declaration by the main occupant*** and a copy of his/her ID|
|I'm living with the owner||Declaration by the main occupant*** and a copy of his/her ID|
|I rent a room||Rental contract or a tenancy agreement***|
*A passport, ID-card, residence permit or W-document (in addition to your residence permit or W-document, take your passport with you, if possible).
** Certificates that have not been drawn up in Dutch or English must be translated by a sworn translator. It is possible that the certificates must have a legalization or apostille.
***These documents may not be older than 3 months. They must also be completely filled in and signed.
If you want to register from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Saba or Sint Eustatius, you must bring a proof of deregistration.
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.
To invite friends and family use the IND Application form (pdf) proof of sponsorship and/or private accommodation. This procedure is only for people who need a visa to be able to come to the Netherlands.
Fill in the application form and have your signature legalized by the municipality. This will cost € 12,10 (2019). Make an appointment by calling our municipal service number (010) 267 16 25.
Check the IND website for more information.