Registration procedures for Dutch citizens coming from abroad

Do you live abroad and are you going to move to the Netherlands? If you are a Dutch citizen and you will be living in The Hague for more than 4 months, you need to register with the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) at City Hall Spui. This is required by law.

If this situation does not apply to you, please go to Settling in The Hague from abroad.


  • You are a Dutch citizen.
  • You will be living in The Hague for more than 4 months.
  • You do not yet have a citizen service number (BSN) or the old SoFi number.

Who is it for?

Dutch citizens coming from abroad, including Dutch citizens from the Caribbean Netherlands (the countries Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the municipalities Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius). 

Are you coming from abroad and have you been registered in the Netherlands before? Or do you already have a citizen service number (BSN) or the old SoFi number? Go to Registering again in the BRP.

      What you need at the appointment

      If you are in possession of the following relevant documents, please take them with you to the appointment:

      • a recently-issued original birth certificate
      • if you are married: a recently-issued original marriage certificate

      These documents will be reviewed during your appointment. They are not required for registration. Both documents can also be presented at a later date. Make an appointment for this.

      Everybody who wishes to register needs to come to the appointment (all family members).


          Documents from certain countries must be legalised or have an apostille. You can find more information on the website of


          Some foreign documents must be translated into Dutch by a certified translator. Check which rules apply under Translating foreign documents.



          How long does it take?

          It depends of your personal situation and the documents which are required. Usually your BRP registration will be processed within 4 weeks once you have submitted all of your documents. You will receive a letter from the municipality with the confirmation of your registration.

          Make an appointment

          • Make an online appointment.
          • Fill in the correct address when you make the appointment. This is the address you will use for registration.
          • Indicate how many people will be at the appointment.
          • All of the people need to appear at the appointment in person.

          Make an appointment

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