BSN and registration as a non-resident of the Netherlands (RNI)

Do you live outside the Netherlands? Or are you moving to the Netherlands for no more than 4 months? For example, to do seasonal work or a short study or internship? And you do not yet have a citizen service number (BSN)? Then you can apply for a BSN. You need this number to arrange your government affairs.

How does it work?

Make an appointment at 1 of the 19 participating RNI municipalities in the Netherlands. The Hague is 1 of these RNI municipalities. You will then get a citizen service number (BSN). Your information will be recorded in the Non-residents Records Database (RNI).


  • You do not live in the Netherlands or you will be staying in the Netherlands for less than 4 months.
  • You do not yet have a citizen service number (BSN) or Sofi number.
  • You may request a citizen service number (BSN) only for yourself.

Needed at the appointment

  • A valid form of identification. This may not be a driving licence.
  • The Request for registration in the Non-residents Records Database form. You can download the form in 7 languages from the website of the National Office for Identity Data. Complete the form and bring it with you to your appointment at the RNI service counter.
  • Do you have children aged 16 years or younger? They also need to attend the appointment to be registered in the RNI.
  • Bring an original birth certificate and, if applicable, the acknowledgment certificate for these children which proves that you are the parent.
  • Sometimes your certificate or document needs to be legalised and/or translated. You can look up country specific information on the website of Choose the country which issued your document. 

Make an appointment


  • You can make an appointment online using the green button below.
  • Make a separate appointment for each person.
  • When making the appointment, fill in your temporary address in the Netherlands.

    Make an appointment (in Dutch)

    By telephone

    You can also contact the Municipality of The Hague to make an appointment.

    Appointment times

    You can make an appointment on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8.30 to 16.15 hrs.

    Make sure that you are on time for your appointment. If you arrive too late, there may be no time left to help you.



    How long does it take?

    You will be registered immediately in the RNI during the appointment. You will get your citizen service number (BSN) right away.

    Good to know

    Also see Change address or personal details in Non-residents Records Database (RNI)