Registration procedures for non-residents of the Netherlands

Are you staying in the Netherlands for less than 4 months? For example to work or to study? Then you can apply for a citizen service number (BSN). You get the BSN when you register as a non-resident of the Netherlands in the Registratie Niet-Ingezetenen (RNI).

  • Are you staying in the Netherlands longer than 4 months? Then you need to register with the municipality where you are going to live. Will that be The Hague? Go to Settling in The Hague from abroad. You will also receive a BSN when you register.
  • Do you have the special residency status of a privileged person? Then it does not make a difference whether you live in the Netherlands for shorter or longer than 4 months. In both cases you may make an appointment to get a BSN.


You can register at 19 RNI municipalities in the Netherlands. The Municipality of The Hague is 1 of these selected municipalities. If you would like to know which other municipalities are participating in this programme, visit the website of the Dutch government.

You can register in the RNI in The Hague only by making an appointment at the Centrum city office.

What you need at the appointment

  • A valid form of identification (passport or identity card). Without a valid form of identification, you will not be registered.
  • Do you have children aged 16 years or younger? They will also have to come with you to the appointment in order to be registered.
  • Bring an original birth certificate for these children. Documents from certain countries must be legalised or have an apostille (look at the website of the Dutch government). There are also requirements regarding the language of the documents.

Make an appointment


  • You can make an appointment online using the green button below.
  • Make a separate appointment for each person.
  • Provide the correct address of residence when making the appointment.

    Make an appointment

    By telephone

    You can also call the Municipality of The Hague on tel. 14 070 (telephone number from abroad: +31 70 353 30 00) to 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.
    • Everybody who would like a BSN must come to the appointment.

    Appointment times

    The times you can make an appointment are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8.30 to 16.15 hrs.

    Due to high demand, it can take some time before you get an appointment. If you are unable to get an appointment quickly enough, you can also visit 1 of the other participating municipalities. View the list on



    How long does it take?

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

    Are your details no longer correct in the RNI?

    You can change your address and personal details in the RNI. Read more under Change personal info in Registratie Niet-ingezetenen (RNI).

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