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When should you apply for a Dutch BSN number as a non-resident?

You can choose to apply for a BSN number if


  • you live abroad and need a citizen service number (BSN) for matters that you arrange with the Dutch government.

  • you come to live in the Netherlands for a maximum of 4 months for study or work, for example.

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How to apply for a BSN number in the Netherlands

  • Make an appointment at one of the 19 municipalities with a counter for non-residents. Also view the municipality's RNI registration information.

  • Take a valid proof of identity with you.

  • Also state your home address in the country of origin at the counter.

  • Registration is free of charge


Do you not speak Dutch, English or German? Then take an interpreter with you.


When registering a child under the age of 16, also need to bring:


  • a valid ID of your child

  • a birth or recognition certificate stating that you are the parent of the child. Check with the municipality what conditions this document must meet.

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